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Amos Part 13 – Seek the Lord and Live

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“Seek the Lord and Live”

Key Verses:  Amos 4:13 – Amos 5:6

Before we move on to chapter 5, we will look again at the last verse of chapter 4 which is a testimony of just how mighty the Lord is.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought [H7808], that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

The “all things” the Lord is working includes the outward physical and the inward spiritual. His Words are all Spirit (Joh 6:63) and signify things in the Spirit and not of the letter. He creates the pride and idols of our heart (mountains) and sends the wind (spirits, the beliefs we follow) and by declaring unto us our very thoughts; the Lord can turn the heart of any man and any king whatsoever way He desires.

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

The carnal mind wonders about how the Lord can do certain things about such as bringing about the end and ruling the world within the few chosen. The power in His hand is beyond the comprehension of our carnal mind. Those being justified learn to walk and faith and believe the Scriptures that reveal the Lord’s hand in ALL THINGS we do.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

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 Lord making the new dawn, darkness, is all part of His process to tread down the high places in our earth and bring down the pride of the beast and remaking a new earth and a new heaven wherein righteousness dwells.

Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

The words “is his thought” H7808 is only found one place in all Scripture here in Amos 4:13.

H7808, śêach

From H7879; communion, that is, (reflexively) meditation: – thought.

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

thought, 1  —  Amo_4:13

H7879, śı̂yach, see’-akh

From H7878; a contemplation; by implication an utterance: – babbling, communication, complaint, meditation, prayer, talk.

Total KJV occurrences: 14

All of these 14 references of the root word for thought speak of some other entity than the Lord meditating, praying or speaking a complaint. So it is these mental contemplations, our every thought given to us by the Lord who is working all things. We think first and then we do. Such is how the Lord is directing our every step and giving us every word we speak.

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

The Lord, was and will be pouring out His Spirit on our flesh in our appointed days. Let’s move on with our new verses as we are meeting our God in the whirlwind of judgment.

Amo 5:1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 

Amo 5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 

Amo 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 

Amo 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 

Amo 5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 

Amo 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 

There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven (Ecc 3:1) and that includes us being forsaken of the Lord, seeking and not finding Him. As our Lord is so are we His people (Joh 20:21), applies to us feeling forsaken when we are caused to carry our cross and die with Him.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

Mar 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Verse 1 speaks of a lamentation. This is the weeping and mourning we are enduring in being caused to give up our old life and carry our cross in following Jesus Christ.

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Hearing and obeying the Word is a cross we carry. The Lord shall and is judging His people (Heb 10:30) and these words working righteousness within us are a lamentation to the old man. Our beast, being ridden by the spiritual harlot, (Rev 17:3) laments her destruction.

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,

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.

It is the elect of God who are the chaste virgins (2Co 11:2) that are being saved by judgment. It is the elect of God, living by every word of God, who have fallen away and need to be turned back to the Lord. The day of the Lord is a time of much trouble all of which the Lord is causing (Eph 2:11) and working for the greater good of saving all mankind within and without in due time (Rom 8:28).

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

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;

It seems a contradiction to the carnal mind to think how one can be a chaste virgin and at the same time be a harlot. Yet it’s no contradiction at all when we understand the principles of the Word of God including these two:

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

As the elect, we are promised the Lord will not forsake us or ever leave us (Heb 13:5). Yet we feel that way when we are being taught the Lord’s ways.

1Ch 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.

Jdg 10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Amo 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 

Verse 3 speaks to the consumption and destruction of our flesh (Israel) and the resulting salvation of the remnant within, that is Christ in us being resurrected. Only the remainder, the residue of the Lord’s people, are being brought through the fires of judgment. The treasure in our earthen vessels is what is increasing and being saved while the flesh is being destroyed.

2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

We do not humble ourselves, it is the hand of God working in us that humbles us (Jam 4:9, Mat 23:12). This is why the Lord seeks occasion to bring His chastening. We go out by the thousand or a hundred and return only a tenth of that.

Deu 28:62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.

Only the remnant is being saved and this applies inwardly as well as outwardly.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Isa 10:22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Isa 10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. (the kingdom within Luk 17:21)

The concept of tithing, much abused and lied about in orthodox Christianity was always about giving the increase of the land or the herd to the Lord (Lev 27:30-32, Deut 14:22-23). Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is being destroyed in our day of judgment so only the true tithe, the increase, Christ in us, is given to the Lord

The Lord in the OT type and shadow is only saving the the tithe (the 10%), that represents giving the Lord all of our increase in the New Testament in the covenant of faith.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven

It is to the House of Israel, the Christ of Christ, that the remainder is left. Nothing the Lord is doing is for ourselves, it is all Christ centric. It is the tithe of tithes, giving our life for our brethren that is left in our day of the Lord. This is living a sacrificed life, giving it all to Jesus Christ which is our reasonable service.

Neh 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

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

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

The harvest is brought into the Lord’s storehouse which is “The Christ” (Mat 13:30, Mal 3:10).  The threshing of wheat BY JUDGMENT is done in and by the Body who are the winnowing fork that separates the chaff and brings the harvest in for the Lord (Mat 3:11-12).

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

It is abiding in this torment for the old man, in the presence of the holy angels of God, that the old man dies and we find eternal life (Rev 14:10).

Amo 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Living for the Lord is dying to self and our carnal and sinful way of life. We live for Christ being dead to our self when seek the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul. If we do not seek the Lord we remain dead in our  sins and trespasses abiding in death.

Mar 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

2Ch 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

2Ch 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Eternal life only comes through death (Joh 12:24, Gal 2:20). Yet flesh does not want to die and will seek anything but its own death. We cannot find death to our flesh and carnal mind on our own, only the Lord can lead us there AFTER we are truly being converted, a process.

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.

We won’t be able to find death separated from Christ. It is the only place we come to know Him and abide in eternal life.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

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

It is only by carrying our cross and dying with the Lord daily that we find peace with God and the enmity in our flesh (Gen 3:15, Eph 2:15-16) is abolished as the old man is slain. As powerful and wonderful as the Scriptures are and the knowledge they contain to those given to understand, the seeking of those riches for vainglory is not seeking the Lord.

Joh 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

This was the first of two times the Lord tells us to seek Him in this chapter. Two being the number for our witness, we now come to a verse that supports the truth that the day of the Lord will not come until we first fall away. We suffer the reproach of Jesus Christ outside the camp of the saints for our unrighteousness first, before we do righteousness.

Amo 5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought [H205].

Bethel means House of God.  The Elect of God are collectively this House and this house is also within us and it is the  Lord who is the Master Builder (1Pe 2:5, 1Co 3:16).

2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Bethel coming to nought is not a great translation. That word Aven H205 is only used once translated as “nought” and as the KJC shows the word really means inequity or wickedness.

H205, ‘âven

Total KJV Occurrences: 79

iniquity, 47

vanity, 6

wicked, 6

mischief, 4

affliction, 3

unrighteous, 2

wickedness, 2

nought, 1  Amo 5:5

The word Beersheba comes from H7650 and H785 and means “well of seven” or “seven wells”.  Beersheba is where Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech and sojourned many days at peace with the Philistines (Gen 21:31-34). That is a shadow of the peace of Christ we find in the Body of Christ (The Israel of God) while we live out our lives in clay vessels. Yet there will be no peace, we won’t be near Beersheba when our day of the Lord is at hand. Beersheba is often used with Dan to define the boundaries of Israel “from Dan to Beersheba” with Beersheba being the southern end of the kingdom. As such Beersheba signifies another name for the Body of Christ much like Gilgal, Bethel and Mt. Zion.

Why are we told to seek the Lord but not seek Bethel nor go into Gilgal or pass by Beersheba? It was these very places the Lord called us to come earlier in Amos. As the elect of God, we are appointed to suffer and follow the Lord who suffered without the gate, outside the camp of Israel.

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.

The first half of our testimony as God’s witnesses is done in the great city of spiritual Jerusalem, the one below (in the earth) not the one seated in heaven. Here we are being overcome and taken captive by our sins and the beast within us.

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

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

We must be overcome before the Lord comes the second time without sin, to save us by seating us in the heavens.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

An OT witness of this was seen in Mike’s Isaiah study. At the start of the prophecy the Lord is  speaking to Judah and Jerusalem. Yet we see a few verses later who we really are before the fires of salvation come.

Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

All things are ours (1Co 3:21) and we are being separated from the world and our physical families. As our beast is being made manifest, the world reproaches us and mock us that we cannot save ourselves of our sins yet we claim to the sons of God.

Psa 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

Psa 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 

Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psa 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

It is only through the faith OF Christ (Gal 2:20) that we can do what our Lord did and die for Him and not care for the reproaches of mankind.

Luk 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

Luk 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Luk 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

Before we can seek the Lord and find Him with our whole heart, we go into spiritual Babylon. It is there and only after our symbolic 70 years is over that the Lord returns and causes us to return to His House.

Jer 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (salvation).

Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 

Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

It is important to distinguish the reproaches we suffer. We still suffer reproaches once returned to the Lord’s House, yet our suffering should be for doing righteousness rather than for doing unrighteousness.

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

1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

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.

Bethel (the House of God within us) is coming to nought, it will be in bondage to inequity before the Lord restores Israel. This is speaking of our falling away first and leaving our first love which is Christ. We are the prodigal son who must fall away and leave our first love before we can be brought back by judgment.

Luk 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

Luk 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

A time of famine ensues and we come to our wits ends (Luk 15:14) and acknowledge our sin and repent. We return to our Father in Heaven and His Household.

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

This falling away as a prodigal son precedes the day of the Lord (2The 2:3, Rev 14:8) but it serves us well by humbling us by exposing our decrepit condition. While Bethel and Gilgal represent the House of God and Camp of the Saints, they are an immature version of what we and the Body become as we mature in our day of judgment.  It is the few chosen and the even fewer that are being found faithful (Rev 17:14) that are the true Body and “His Christ”. For example, it is in Bethel (in the general kingdom of Samaria) where we (Jeroboam #1 King of Israel) set up false gods and idols of the heart and worship while claiming the righteousness of the Lord.

1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

We are being delivered of our vainglory (Phi 2:3-4) by leaving our first love and falling into inequity. This is serving a great purpose to give the Lord the occasion to come the second time to teach us humility and the fear of the Lord as the old man is being consumed and burned up.

Amo 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out [H7643] like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 

It is the second half of our witness when we are caused to seek the Lord when the fire comes.  We naturally choose death and remain in a yet carnal, unbelieving “dead” spiritual state until the Lord comes the second time and drags us into His fire (Joh 6:44).

Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

These words are also “is, was and will be” as Christ in us are going through the baptism of fire.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The name of Joseph is a type for the House of God and means Increaser. It is the breaking out of fire within the house of Joseph that will increase Christ and decrease the flesh (Joh 3:30).  The word for break out [H6743] is actually the Hebrew word for prosper which helps us understand the Lord is saving us when we meet Him in judgment. Here is how the CLV puts it.

Amo 5:6 CLV Inquire of Yahweh and live, lest He should prosper as fire in the house of Joseph, and it devours, and no one is quenching it for the house of Israel.”

The prospering of the Lord in our spiritual house (the Temple of God) is a very good thing, it is salvation in progress. Fire is what saves us and destroys the old man so the new man, Christ in us, is revealed in our day of the Lord. The increaser is also the decreaser. 

Heb 12:29 for also our God is a consuming fire.

Isa 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Seeking the Lord “to live” is actually seeking to die to the old and to live for Christ. It is a conundrum to the carnally minded yet a great spiritual truth to those few given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Life comes only through death.

Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

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

As we grow in the faith, our ability to endure the suffering increases. But getting there is hard and we will first turn the increasing judgment and costs we are being required to pay into wormwood. We will learn to not be bitter over what the Lord is doing by first being bitter. We will start Lord willing, in verse 5:7 next week where we will see a second witness to what the book of Job tells us in our seeking to justify ourselves and disannul the righteous judgments of Christ. Until we mature beyond lamenting our losses, we are still turning judgment into wormwood.

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

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

Your fellow servant in Jesus Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 11 – Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions

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“Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions”

Key Verses:  Amos 4:1 – 4:5

The smiting of the winter house with the summer house (Amo 3:15) via the Word published in our heavens was last week’s focus and another way of stating the Lord’s process about how Jesus Christ is increased within us.

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

Here we continue in Amos past the man-made chapter break with the prophecy and details of this smiting with the summer house and how the spiritual circumcision is accomplished.

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

Amo 4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

Amo 4:3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

This chapter continues the process of the Lord dragging His naturally rebellious people (Isa 1:2), who are at enmity with His commands back to Himself.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me DRAG (draw) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

This chapter (this study and next) will show just have involved the Lord’s hand in the process of leading us into sin and destruction for the purposes of bringing us back in due time (Psa 90:3).

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

The bulls (kine) of Bashan represents the strength of the flesh that yet surrounds the new man in the same way the Assyrian army is the sword of the Lord (Isa 10:5, Psa 19:13). When the Lord seeks an occasion (Jdg 14:4), He has an army and has placed a law of sin within our members to manifest transgressions that create the chastening moments.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

All of our works, the good and the bad, are His works (Phi 2:13, Isa 64:8). Whether it is speaking of strong bulls, tall oaks or high hills, Bashan is linked to and symbolizes the yet carnal pride of man that must be brought low in judgment. The kine of Bashan is symbolic speak of us when our beastly nature is still alive and well and sitting on God’s throne (2Th 4).  Zealous for knowledge and righteousness, yet in an immature state, our faith has not yet been tried in the fire (Rev 3:18). We have to live the words (Mat 4:4) that call for us to wax fat, get puffed up in our own conceits. This gives the Lord the occasion He seeks to bring the fire of judgment.

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.

A New Testament version of this would be:

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.

We can’t serve two masters. We either love the one and hate the other (Mat 6:24) and a jealous God, who is longsuffering, brings an end to it in the appointed times.

Pro 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

When we are in it for ourselves, we are oppressing the poor and breaking (crushing) the needy within ourselves and without. A spirit of self-righteousness, believing we bring anything to the table, is this oppression of the needy.

Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Eating and drinking in the kingdom is important, yet it is our service that is more important. Only the DOERS, those that love God by their obedience enter in and not the hearers that feast and drink on the knowledge.

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

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity (love, our obedience) edifieth.

Seeking knowledge above obeying the Lord is a trait of the Pharisees. Our righteousness has to exceed that of a self-righteous Pharisee (Mat 5:19-20) to enter into the kingdom of heaven and be in the first resurrection. As our judgment and the furnace of affliction intensifies, we are given to eat strong meat. Thus begins the overcoming and gaining dominion over the flesh and Babylonian/Samaritan spirits of the great harlot.

Eze 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

It is the weak, the poor in fleshly spirit that has the victory. Until we are humbled by being shown our inequities we cannot be exalted (Jas 4:10, Luk 14:11). That exaltation will not be us, it will be Christ in us.

Amo 4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks [H6793] and your posterity with fishhooks [H1729] [H5518]

The Lord has sworn that He will save us and all mankind (Tit 1:2, Heb 6:13). That day will come, and we are learning the patience and requirement to wait for the promises (Rev 14:12, Heb 6:15). We are saved by grace through our faith that is given to us (Eph 2:8). Faith is also likened to a shield, an integral component of the whole armor of God.

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

What takes us away from our old way of life is what the KJV translators call hooks [H6793] but this word is actually the word for shield and buckler (a small shield).

H6793, tsinnâh, tsin-naw’

Feminine of H6791; a hook (as pointed); also a (large) shield (as if guarding by prickliness); also cold (as piercing): – buckler, cold, hook, shield, target.

Total KJV occurrences: 22

shield, 9

1Sa_17:7, 1Sa_17:41, 1Ch_12:8, 1Ch_12:24, 1Ch_12:34, 2Ch_25:5, Psa_5:12, Psa_91:4, Jer_46:3

buckler, 3

Psa_35:2, Eze_23:24, Eze_26:8

targets, 3

bucklers, 2

target, 2

cold, 1

hooks, 1   – Amo_4:2

Psa 5:12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

It is our faith in the Word, our belief which bears us and lifts us up and draws us to Christ and via the process takes us away from old life. It is this armor, the helmet of salvation and the shield of faith that Christ in us uses waging war against the flesh.

Eze 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

Eze 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Even the word translated for fishhooks found only one time in Scripture and that rendering needs to be modified to bring the best understanding. The word for fishhooks is coming from two distinctive Hebrew words one ostensibly meaning FISHERS [H1729] POTS [H5518].

H5518, sı̂yr  /  sı̂yrâh  /  sirâh

From a primitive root meaning to boil up; a pot; also a thorn (as springing up rapidly); by implication a hook: – caldron, fishhook, pan, ([wash-]) pot, thorn.

Total KJV occurrences: 34

pot, 12

pots, 9

thorns, 4

caldron, 3

caldrons, 2

washpot, 2

pans, 1

fishhooks, 1 – Amo_4:2

Our “posterity” is referring to our end or the later days of the carnal way of life as we prepare and endure through judgment that transforms us into a mature man in Christ. Being boiled in a pot is likened to be seethed in a pot and this spiritual represents the many trials and tribulations we all have to endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

The Body of Christ, which is broken for us, is our spiritual food. It is how we grow and we partake of this dying daily in following (remembering) our Lord. This is the One Bread and the true communion, the blessed few chosen to be judged now in this age are partaking of daily (Gal 2:20).

Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Our maturity is likened to our ability to eat strong meat which is bearing these trials and afflictions with joy knowing it is the Lord saving us by the process.

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.

A recent email thread recently spoke of the significance of seething a kid in his mother’s milk that primarily spoke to not giving babes more than they can bear (Deut 14:21, Exo 34:26).  The Lord is faithful to not try us beyond our ability (Joh 16:12, 1Co 10:13) yet He is preparing us for trials and afflictions as those are necessary to bring us to our wits end and usher in salvation. This is the food and the communion the priest of the Lord, which priests we are, eat from the seething and boiling pot/caldron.

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 fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

1Sa 2:14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

Jeremiah was shown the vision of judgment coming to Israel and he saw this seething pot that is the food the mature of the Lord begin to eat when made ready.

Jer 1:13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

It is our dying daily that is our daily bread. This is the prayer of the saints to be given this food that brings forth the kingdom of God within us (Luk 11:3).

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

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

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

The second word used to derive “fishhooks” is H1729 is also found only once in the scriptures.

H1729, dûgâh, doo-gaw’

Feminine from the same as H1728; properly fishery, that is, a hook for fishing: – fish [hook].

H1728, davvâg

Total KJV Occurrences: 2

fishers, 2  Jer_16:16 (2), Eze_47:10

All men and all of the Lord’s disciples are fisherman in spiritual terms. We try to catch men. Of course we are first working for the devil and fishing for men in seeking ungodly mammon.  We capture many in the nets (200 million lies) of the great harlot (Mat 4:18,Hab 1:5-6). The coming of Jesus Christ into our life and heavens changes our fishing objective. We are transformed into fishers of men being used of the Lord to bring this seething pot (within and without ourselves) to a boil in the heavens and earth of those the Lord is saving. Ultimately all men will be caught by the truth of God’s word.

Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

The Body of Christ is made up of the fish dragged out of Samaria or found hiding in the crevices of the mountains of the great harlot. The Lord brings us into the Holy City and there we begin to eat meat out of this pot being a living sacrifice unto the Lord (Rom 12:1). When gathered together, we minister to each other and give “Christ” a piece of fish and an honeycomb. Grace through faith is the food that Christ serves to the multitudes.

Luk 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

Mar 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

Our next verse is a profound verse of how salvation comes to the Gentiles, which Gentiles we are when we are being dragged to The Christ. The verse requires some rework to see the truth.

Amo 4:3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every [H802] cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace [H2038], saith the LORD.

There is much scholarly dispute over the word palace here.  A key contention is the word for palace, only used one time in all Scriptures and which most translators link back to the primary word for palace H2036. There is good reason to not use Strong’s as an infallible source, it is not.

H2038, harmôn, har-mone’

From the same as H2036; a castle (from its height): – palace.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

Many scholars believe “harmon” should have been Hermon and thus a totally different rendering comes into view. Here’s an excerpt from the Holman Bible Dictionary.

HARMON (hahr’ muhn) Place name of uncertain meaning in Amos 4:3 as translated by NRSV, NAS, NIV. KJV reads, “palace,” changing the first letter of the Hebrew word to a common Hebrew noun for royal fortresses. TEV does not translate the final Hebrew word, saying it is unclear. REB changes two Hebrew letters slightly to translate, “dunghill.” The earliest Greek translation read, “Mount Rimmon.” Some Bible students change the first letter slightly to read, “Mount Hermon.” If Harmon, the unchanged Hebrew text, is read, we know nothing of the place meant.

My view of this is that Hermon is the correct rendering, speaking to Mt. Hermon as it is consistent with the next verse and symbols of Bethel and Gilgal. The Lord is calling His people out of Babylon/Samaria to Himself meaning His Body. Here are three other versions.

Amo 4:3 NKJV You will go out through broken walls, Each one straight ahead of her, And you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the LORD.

Amo 4:4 NKJV “Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days.

 Amo 4:3 ISV Each of you will go out through the breaches of the walls straight to Mt. Hermon,” declares the LORD.

Amo 4:4 ISV “Come to Bethel and sin, to Gilgal and sin even more! Bring along your morning sacrifices, and pay your tithes every other day. 

 Amo 4:3 CLV And at the breaches shall you fare forth, each woman straight in front of her, and you shall be flung toward the highland, (averring is Yahweh Elohim).”

Amo 4:4 CLV Come to Bethel and transgress! At Gilgal increase the transgression! And bring your sacrifices for the morning, and your tithes for three days!”

We come into the Body of Christ bringing many idols and lies to be burned out of us (Eze 23:11, Joh 16:12). As we are given ears to hear, cracks, gaps and holes develop in our doctrines and these are the opening the Lord uses to bring us to Him. There will be no holes in the wall of the new temple, which temple we are (1Co 3:16) as we continue onward towards maturity.  For the new temple to be built, the existing one needs to be destroyed by judgment.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

The number three signifies our process of spiritual progression towards maturity. It is only on the third day we are being perfected (Luk 13:32). It is only on the third day the temple within us are being raised up in Christ (Joh 2:9). In the third year, we are being able to bring our tithes, which is the laying down of our life, the entire increase of Christ within us to the Lord (Deut 14:28, Mal 3:10).

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

Mt. Harmon/Hermon means the house of God also just as Bethel and even Gilgal.

Deu 4:47 And they possessed his (King Sihon’s) land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;

Deu 4:48 From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon

Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels (The Body of Christ).

It is the dew of Mt. Hermon that is the dew of Mt. Zion and the moisture that brings forth the fruit and harvest for the Lord.

Psa 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psa 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

Psa 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

We need to always remember that all these things in the Old Testament are written for our admonition, to teach the Body of Christ spiritual lessons and knowledge (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:1012). Crossing over the Jordan river is a type of baptism and spiritually part of our maturing process. The real battle with the giants of the land do not begin until we get across that river and camp with Israel. We transgress from Bashan east of the Jordan to Gilgal which is on the west side. That is indeed how we follow Christ, we follow the Sun of Righteousness which like the physical sun goes from east to west (Rom 1:20).

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Gilgal means Wheel or Wheels and symbolizes the camp of the Israel of God just across the Jordan River.

H1536, gilgâl, ghil-gawl’

A variation of H1534: – wheel.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The Body is the wheel of the Lord’s Ark (cart) that takes the Word wheresover He shall lead us. The OT witness to Mat 12:20 is the one place the root of Gilgal is used.

Isa 28:28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel[H1536] of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.

There are many studies on the IWWB site that speak of the whirling wheels of Ezekiel, witnesses that show that wheels in their positive use are the elect of God abiding in The Christ.

Gilgal is where we are after first crossing the Jordan River and begin the spiritual circumcision needed to fight the giants (sins/idols) in the land. We have progressed beyond milk and no longer are eating the manna from heaven but eating the fruit of the land as we are conquering and possessing more of the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21).

Jos 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

Jos 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

Jos 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

It is in Gilgal we begin to grow, moving beyond the milk and the self-righteous law of Moses and partake of the true bread from heaven.

Jos 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

Gilgal is where many victories are won (Jos 10:7, 10:10, 10:12). But Gilgal is also where the rejected anointed old man within us is exposed by the prophets of the Lord. The story of King Saul failing to obey the Lord by taking the spoil of the Amalekites show was in the camp of the saints (Gilgal).

1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

The Lord calls us into Bethel (House of God) and into Gilgal (both The Body) and says to multiply our transgressions. God hates sin but as we know, He works evil for good and is the one causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) so judgment can be brought that is turning us back. It is through the chastening of the Lord’s grace that we learn to walk in obedience (Heb 12:6).  Where sin abounds, grace abound even more and eventually brings salvation (Rom 5:20).

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

It is here in Gilgal, through the recompense of our transgressions that we are learning obedience through these sufferings (Heb 5:8). It is here in Gilgal that we first learn the sacrifices the Lord truly desires.

1Sa 10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

It is the peace of God, we learn in the Christ that transcends all understanding and keeps us through all of our trials (Phi 4:7). It is here where we are still transgressing that we become thankful in all things (Eph 5:20).

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

As we come into the Body of Christ, known by many names and symbols, we are still in clay vessels that are not yet perfected. We are being redeemed now in down payment form and have to wait until the resurrection for the fullness.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

To find peace with the Lord we are commanded to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving with leaven.  This is an integral part of the Law of the Offering that reveal Jesus Christ.

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

We are learning to be at peace with God and where we are in The Christ, knowing all of it is 100% the Lord’s work. The peace offering is shared with the entire Body (the priests and his sons) and is the only offering from which the offeror is fed. This is the nourishment we are having to give us the strength and spiritual growth to endure to the end to be saved. That only comes in communion in the Beloved which is Jesus Christ.

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

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

When we are rooted in Christ and established in faith, then we truly can give the Lord thanks in all things and we are at peace.

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

Next week Lord willing, we will pick back up with verse 5 and move forward with the Lord demanding  why we have not yet returned to Him in our hearts despite all the miraculous signs and wonders.

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Micah Part 17 – Worshiping in Spirit and Truth #1

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Worshiping in Spirit and Truth #1

Key Verses:  Micah 5:15 – Micah 6:5

The Lord’s people are commanded to come out and be separate and not mix with the nations of this world.  It is the mixing with the heathen world, within and without, that causes the Israel of God to integrate pagan customs and their gods into our worship.  God will have none of it.

Exo 23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.

Exo 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

We ended Part 16 with the Lord plucking up our groves (Asherah Poles) which spiritually speak to the destruction of the idols of hearts and the works of our hands that we bow down after disobeying the Lord’s commandments.  The Lord has a very narrow way and a very specific criteria for how we are to worship Him which we learn in our “day of the Lord”.  This learning is done via the process of judgment which is also the way towards maturity which we are studying here in Micah.  The title of this study is “Worshiping In Truth and Spirit” which is taken from the account in John 4 with the woman at the well.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

It is when we are drawn to meet Christ at this well of living water and begin to break bread and speak words with Him (via His Body) that we begin to worship in spirit and in truth.  With time we begin to no longer trust in the works of our own hands.  This is what the fiery ongoing trials brought on by the Word will do to confidence in flesh.

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

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

Even after coming to knowledge of the truth, we stubbornly disobey the Lord and hear His commandments and Word but don’t do them. Thankfully in His mercy, the Lord returns a second time to redeem us with fire and execute vengeance upon the heathen within us and in the outward in the ages to come at the Second Resurrection.

Mic 5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

The tribulation coming on the earth, inwardly and outwardly is not something we understand until it happens.  It is not something any man has seen or heard before neither can anyone understand it until they live it out.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

The understanding of the judgment of the Lord is a mystery not given for those yet carnal to understand.  The Lord will not try us in judgment beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13). Our hearing and keeping of these judgments must wait till the appointed time.

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Rev 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

We are not appointed to wrath but we are saved by living through that wrath and drinking the cup which Christ promised all men would drink (Mat 20:23).  We are saved by Christ living His life in us and our enduring the same sufferings and afflictions of our Lord (Rom 5:10).

Once we are brought into the marvelous light of The Christ we will then be able to understand what the Lord is doing and His purposes in it.  This is perk given only to the Lord’s Elect who are His prophets and through whom He reveals His secrets.  The Lord tells us what He is going to do before He does it. Are eyes are truly blessed to see and understand these things now as it is the only way we can endure our trials and tribulations with thanksgiving.

We continue the study with the first five verses of Chapter Six.

Mic 6:1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

Mic 6:2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

Mic 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

Mic 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

The first two verses begin with “hear ye” telling us the Lord is speaking to His people that have been given ears to hear and eyes to see.  Thus begins the Day of the Lord and the hour of judgment.

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

When we are called down to the Potter’s house, the BODY OF CHRIST, then and only then are our ears CAUSED to hear and begin the overcoming process.

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

These first two verses call on us that “hear” the word of the Lord to arise from our sleep and get in the game.  We must learn to contend for the faith and fight the good fight of faith.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Lord has a controversy with us His people.  The Lord is not impressed by the feigned worship of Him by men that call Him Lord but do not do what He says.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

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

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it

Rom 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Hills and mountains represent the higher forms and elevations of the earth that are closer to heaven.  Spiritually speaking, these represent the deep seated sins of pride and covetousness which we hold in unrighteousness that need to be leveled by the fire of the Lord.  Speaking the words bring fire against those idols and our sins.  These must be go (be brought low) for us to humbled so the Lord can then exalt us in due time (Jas 4:10).  It is judgment, eating the Word of God, the Flesh of Christ that brings the hills and mountains low.

Luk 3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Trusting in true faith and asking according to His will guarantees our prayers will be answered and the mountains and hills moved out of the land within us.

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.

The strong foundations of the earth are these idols and besetting sins, the giants in the land that will be burned with fire as the increase of the earth is consumed.

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

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?

The Lord’s reproves His people with judgment.  The translation of the Lord pleading with His people implies He is beholden to men and their will.  Such is a lie as the word translated pleading is H3198 and it mostly translated as Reprove or Rebuke or other variations of those words.  The Lord needs nothing from any man (Act 17:25) as He indeed is working ALL THINGS according to the counsel of His Will (Eph 1:11, Rom 11:36).

Mic 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

The Lord will reprove and rebuke our sinful ways via the war He brings into our heavens.  This war is the many trials and tribulations we must suffer and endure to enter the Kingdom.  Trusting in our own works (gods) and our own righteousness, we all like JOB at first contend with the Lord and complain our judgments and trials are unjust and attempt to justify ourselves by our own works.

 Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,

Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Of course we have no testimony against the Lord and will only be brought to repent in dust and ashes of our complaints.  The people of God will learn contentment and the great gain that comes from knowing He truly is the Lord of All.  Our attempt to disannul the Lord’s judgments are met with mockery as the Lord reveals the extent of His Lordship.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Then after the Lord has His way with us in the whirlwind, we are brought to our senses and by His mercy granted repentance from our rebellion and self righteousness.  Our eyes of understanding are greatly improved the longer we abide in the fire of judgment.

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Mic 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Through Micah, the Lord references the patriarchs and in the next verse a key story of a false prophet to show us our sin and continued rebellion in failing to obey Him and worshiping the way true worshipers must worship.  Those stories remain for our admonition today (1Co 10:11).  All men are born slaves to sin and the ways of the world that is represented by Egypt.  We are redeemed from this “house of slavery” only by living through great judgments and time of journeying in the wilderness looking for the promise land of salvation.

Exo 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.

Exo 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

The prerequisite (forerunner) to the judgment of God is our being drawn to Christ by being shown our sinfulness and rebellious ways through the Law of Moses also known as the Law of the Gentiles (Rom 2:14).

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

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

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The law of Moses, the carnal commandments that are just a shadow of the true light that is the Law of Faith, are given to lead us to the real Christ in due time.  Those sacrifices we make in worshipping pursuant to the Law of the Gentiles does not cleanse our consciousness and take not away our sins.  Only living by the Law of Faith and the fiery grace can change our hearts.

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.

Moses, Aaron and Miriam, all three represent our process of spiritual completion.  But we have to get beyond the righteousness that comes by the works of the law (Mat 5:20) if we wish to enter the kingdom of God.  The Lord goes on to state His case and controversy against us by bringing up the story of Baalam.

 Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balaam represents the Lord’s people when we are puffed up with knowledge and use those riches for gain.  The Micah study has several times already brought in this merchandising (Jebusite and Canaanite spirits) that has us in the flesh taking the things of God and using them to seek something valued by the flesh and carnal mind.

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

1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

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

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Doing deals with fleshly kings (Balak) is not what the Lord demands in our worship and service.  We are to be separated from the world and not lust after the treasures of this earth and what its kings have to offer us (Mat 6:19-20).

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Mat 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Balaam had the true knowledge of God, He spoke truthfully and prophesied of Christ’s coming (Num 24:17-18) and the deliverance of Israel from its enemies.  Balaam who represents you and me and all men in due season (Mat 4:4) is a merchandiser, he is a peddler of the Word.  Paul tells us it is the MAJORITY who do this.

2Co 2:17 For we are not as the majority, who are peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God in Christ, are we speaking.

Balaam’s covetousness of worldly riches leads to sin which brings a plague upon the Lord’s people.  We need to be diligent to get this spirit out of our midst and our heavens.   Fornication shall not even be named among the people of God (Eph 5:3).

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication

We will live these words of forsaking the right way and loving the reward we get in the flesh.  We have lost some in the Body who have fallen for this deceptive spirit, having great knowledge but using it in search of ungodly mammon.   If we are found faithful through our judgment this will be cast out of us by our suffering and trials.

The end of the matter is Balaam was actually a false prophet and was known as a soothsayer also known as a witch.  As we saw last week, it is the duty of God’s people not to let a witch live.  Witches must be put to death by the people of God. (Exo 22:18).  Seeking things of the world makes one an enemy of God and the fate of Balaam was death by the sword.

Jos 13:22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer (witch), did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.

 The Lord works evil for good and despite the attempts to have Israel cursed by Balaam, Israel (you and me) is blessed by the experiences.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

The Lord’s waste nothing in working all things for His Counsel and even our disobedience is used to bring grace and scourging the very experiences that teach us true righteousness.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

These temptations to peddle the word for gain and do deals with the world to bless our flesh will always be with us as we abide in these bodies of clay. It says Balaam answered Balak from Shittim to Gilgal.  This defines our journey as the Lord’s Watchmen and how the people of God are matured and overcome in the day of the Lord.  The definitions of Shittim and Gilgal tell of this process.

The whirling wheels that bring the judgment of fire is the Body of Christ.  We kill off the Balaam’s within and without in the appointed times.  The root words for Shittim and Gilgal reveal the meaning and both represent maturing stages of God’s Elect in their day of judgment.

 H7848, shiṭṭı̂ym, shit-teem’

Feminine of a derivative (the second form being only in the plural, meaning the sticks of wood) from the same as H7850; the acacia (from its scourging thorns): – shittah, shittim. See also H1029.

Exo 25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

Exo 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold

Steve did a masterful job of covering the spiritual significance of all these symbols in the Awesome Hands series in the lessons from #90 – 100. Gilgal comes from a word that means wheel.

 H1536, gilgâl, ghil-gawl’

A variation of H1534: – wheel.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

Isa 5:28  Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

Eze 10:6  And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.

It is traversing this journey from beginning to end that we learn righteousness.  In begins with the planting of the ARK (Word) in the Temple of God.  It ends with us being the instruments of judgment and being used of God to judge all mankind.

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.

Once we learn it and become the mature man of God, we can be used to teach others.  We lead by example by our DOING.

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

We will end this study here and finish up the topic of worshipping in truth and spirit Part 2.  The light that is Christ will eventually get to all our hidden darkness within.  The pride and covetousness we hide is not hidden to the Lord.

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

The pride of man shall be brought low by the Lord exposing to us and burning it up in the fiery furnace of judgment.  This is how we will be able to obey Him and be caused to walk humbly before Him.  It will have nothing to do with our strength, our will or the works of our hands, it’s all Him.

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

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.

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

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