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Jeroboam Causes Israel to Sin

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Kings of Israel #5

“Jeroboam Causes Israel to Sin”

Key Verses: 1Ki 12:25-33

Our old man will make us sin if he is not brought under the subjection of Jesus Christ within us.  That is such a simple yet powerful truth and one our story of King Jeroboam will bear out today and, in the weeks ahead as we begin studying the kingship of Jeroboam, the first king over the Northern Kingdom in a divided nation of Israel.   We should always be reminded that the kingdom of God is not outside of us somewhere but instead is within you (Luk 17:21) as are all of these events that God’s Elect are living out.   Jeroboam represents our naturally rebellious and contentious flesh that wars against the doctrines of Christ (Judah).

Before the division of Israel, Jeroboam was a servant of Solomon (1Ki 11:26) meaning Solomon had dominion over his carnal mind and fleshly lusts.  Yet Solomon apostatized, and Israel reaped (and we reap what we have sowed).

1Ki 11:9  And the LORD was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

1Ki 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

The result of our apostasy is our becoming servants of the old man which consumes us in carnal and lustful passions.

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

As God’s Elect, we will live through a divided Kingdom fighting wars as our flesh (Israel) wages war against the Word (Judah).  These wars will continue until we are given the fullness at the first resurrection.

1Ki 14:30  And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

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.

Rebellious flesh is naturally SELF-serving and always seeking to enlarge its borders and make a name for itself.  Out from the dominion of Christ’s doctrines, it does not take long for us to begin worshipping our own gods and perverting judgment.  Jeroboam went right to work doing what flesh does best in using his own hands in building idols and strongholds to expand and protect his kingdom and kingship.

1Ki 12:25  Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel. 

1Ki 12:26  And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 

1Ki 12:27  If these people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 

1Ki 12:28  Whereupon the king (Jeroboam) 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. 

1Ki 12:30  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 

1Ki 12:31  And he made a house of high places and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 

1Ki 12:32  And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 

1Ki 12:33  So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. 

Jeroboam’s focus instantly turned to retain power and control.  It is the opposite of faith when we fear men and do not trust the Lord nor submit to Him working all things in our life.  The laws of warfare are written about our war against our own flesh and lusts that wage war against the ways of God in our hearts and mind.

Deu 20:4  For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Jeroboam, as our old man, is made to be destroyed and will resist dying and submitting every step of the way.

Rom 13:2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross (dying to self) is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

While these Scriptures say Jeroboam did these things after the “devising of his own heart”, we know that truth is subject to a much greater absolute truth which is this.

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

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

It is the Lord who is doing all the causing, even causing Jeroboam and us in our day to commit these besetting sins (Isa 63:17).

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Jeroboam life and actions are innate to all flesh.  His deeds live on in Bible infamy being cited at least 21 times and in 15 of the 18 successor Northern Kingdom kings here being just one example.

2Ki 13:6  Nevertheless they [Israel during Jehoahaz’s reign] did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made [is making] Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

The life of Jeroboam and his evil deeds are an example of our evil deeds and have been written down for us to learn from and help in our process of overcoming.

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

It is impossible for flesh to please God (Rom 8:8) and the Jeroboam spirit will continue to plague Israel all the days in our flesh.  The sins of Jeroboam are our sins that we all are struggling with until we are matured in our judgment and trials.  Now we look some more into what is called “the sins of Jeroboam” for wisdom in identifying these sins and finding ways to overcome them.

Worshipping a false god and creating graven images:  Jeroboam quickly sins against the Lord in violating both the first and second commandments (and others).

Deu 5:6  I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deu 5:7  Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

Deu 5:8  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Our flesh will seek to share the glory with the Lord but He is having none of it (1Co 1:29).  Jeroboam will soon be rebuked by a prophet speaking words of fire and his kingdom will not be long-lasting as the next study will cover.

These besetting (persistent) sins are ingrained in all flesh and lead to other sins against the Lord’s commandments.  The old man aka man of sin, cannot subject himself to the ordinances of God and will persistently create a god unto himself until that man of sin is destroyed. Only then will Israel be reunited as One with God.

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.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Jeroboam was a friend of Egypt’s King Shishak (1Ki 11) and these false gods are given birth from our spiritual fornication and adultery with the mindset and ways of this wicked world.  The new man within us cannot commit this sin. If we see this within ourselves we can know it is a manifestation of our old man who is to be reckoned dead instead.

1Jn 5:18  We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

1Jn 5:19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Calves are nearly full grown cows and in Scripture signify a sacrificed life being laid down in service to the Lord which is the reasonable divine service of God’s people (Rom 12:1).  Jeroboam like all flesh is SELF FOCUSED whose thought life is about preserving his life and kingdom.  This is what leads us to worship our own ideas and self-exaltation (our god, the image to our beast)

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Thankfully, we know our beastly nature will be destroyed and our attempts to preserve the way of the old man will come to naught in due time.  Believe these words of the Lord!

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

Isa 42:17  They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

The history of Jeroboam also tells us where he placed these golden calves in Israel.

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

1Ki 12:30  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 

Jeroboam wanted dominion over Israel and their exercise of faith which we are commanded not to have over anyone (Rom 14:4, 2Co 1:20).  His plot to keep his subject from going to Jerusalem including placing these two idols in two strategic locations.  Bethel, meaning House of God refers to our worship and was in the southernmost part of Israel.  Dan which means “judge”, is in the far north which is the spiritual direction from which judgment always comes.  How we worship and how we judge are both essential and we have many Scriptures and studies that reveal to us how to worship in truth and how to judge righteously.  If we are in the flesh as is the mind of Jeroboam here is the result.

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

Before Christ comes we are worshipping a false god and making a graven image in our self-absorbed delusion that we are in control of our own free will.  Such is the STRONG DELUSION that all men are given which causes us to reject the true love of God as we persist in unrighteous behavior.

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Continuing with Jeroboam’s action in prescribing worship for Israel we read this.

1Ki 12:31  And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 

1Ki 12:32  And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 

1Ki 12:33  So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. 

While we are not told specifically with whom Jeroboam took counsel with to devise the worship plan for Israel, we do know he was an ally of Shishak the King of Egypt (1Ki 11:40) which tells us Jeroboam is a friend of the world as Egypt symbolizes the world.  We also know there were no longer any true priests left in Israel.

2Ch 11:14  For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

Jeroboam kicks out the true priests and replaces them with idolatrous priests not of the tribe of Levi as commanded of the Lord (Num 3:1-6).  Without the priests to be the multitude of counselors, there is no safety (Pro 11:14) and our old man can easily lead us astray and corrupt the pure food and service at the Lord’s table.

Heb 13:16  (JUB) Do not forget to do good and to fellowship (communicate KJV); for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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.

This act of our old man is another besetting sin that will keep us from worshipping in truth and being saved from our sins.      We are saved from our sins as we are able to walk in the light that is the Body of Christ (Mat 5:14) who are also the kings and priests of the Lord in the making (Rev 5:10).  The light of Christ is also the same as the fire that is saving us and burning up the false images of God we make as carnal men.

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.

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

We have many Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments warning us about whom we keep company with and with whom we eat and digest spiritual food. We are to be watchful for those that have not the Truth nor obey the Truth and not be partakers with them.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

On the same vein, we are not to idly bring strange priests and those teaching false doctrines into our fellowship and communion.

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.

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

Jeroboam in our exalted strong delusion thinks he is doing God a service by ordaining a feast that appears to closely mimic the Feast of Tabernacles (15th day of 7th month).  This was no doubt done to further the motive in preventing Israel from going up to Jerusalem as the Law of Moses commanded.

Exo 23:14  Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Exo 23:17  Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD (in Jerusalem)

Our old man is much more comfortable being isolated from the fiery fire and bright light that is exposing our deeds of darkness in the house of God where judgment now dwells.  Forsaking the assembly and merely warming ourselves by the fire is not enough to burn out our besetting sins. We need to be directly in the fire.

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;

The taking of the true communion often in Jerusalem (a type of New Jerusalem, aka the Body of Christ) is how we die daily and Christ grows within us.

1Co 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

But like orthodox Christianity and carnal men everywhere, Jeroboam is taking the things of God and perverting them; adding too and taking away from the Word; even making up holy days on his own devising.  The three feasts of the Lord in the Old Testament are all shadows of the Lord savings us by the process of judgment (the number three).  The Elect live this out in Spirit now, in our day of the Lord, and all mankind will fulfill those feast days in the Lake of Fire.

The false gods, the perverted priesthood and even the man-made feast days are all an abomination to the Lord and only invite the Lord’s wrath to destroy Jeroboam.

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

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

Outwardly there is to be no keeping of days, times or seasons.  It takes judgment to come to be able to approach the Lord in truth and in spirit.  Before then we will be serving up false gods with our keeping of days, times and years as the world does.

Gal 4:8  Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

The Lord is getting our obedience (LOVE) by destroying the Jeroboam mindset that keeps us separated from our brethren and the true doctrines of Christ.

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

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love (obey is love – 1Jo 5:3) the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

As we look at the remaining 18 kings of the Northern Kingdom, Jeroboam always seems to be in the picture (2Ki 17:22-23).  That is true because it is these besetting deeply ingrained sins that only our overcome as we are able to lay down our life in service and humility.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

In the next study, we will continue with Jeroboam’s reign as a man of God is sent to rebuke the disobedient king and prophesy of the impending doom and rejection of his idolatrous worship.

1Ki 13:1  And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

1Ki 13:2  And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.

1Ki 13:3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

 

 

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Learning by Examining Ourselves

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For Our Admonition Part 21

“Learning by Examining Ourselves”

Key Verses:  Jdg 8:18 – 8:28

This series of studies in the life of Gideon is reminding us that entering into the Kingdom of God is a process of many wars and fiery experiences which are teaching us the right ways of God.  We pick up the story with Gideon holding the captured Midianite kings that were found in a spiritual location where SELF was being exalted and promoted (Nobah and Jogbehah) and where our man of sin was dwelling securely (Jdg 8:11).  A discussion between Gideon and the kings takes place ending with their death.

Jdg 8:18  Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. 

Jdg 8:19  And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you. 

Jdg 8:20  And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. 

Jdg 8:21  Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks. 

 This outward event happened for our sake (1Pe 1:12) to show us the benefits of examining ourselves.  The Lord has purposefully ordained our erring and rebellion, represented by these two kings to bring the grace and chastening that is saving us in our day of the Lord (Pro 16:4, Rom 8:20).  We fall down our “seven” times as we are learning righteousness and are shown our error and are chastened of the Lord (Heb 12:8).

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Our old man is manifest in the mindset of these two kings and is an enemy of God.  In our day of the Lord, we are meeting the enemy and he is us (Mat 10:36)!  We will confront our these kings in our day of judgment and Lord willing will learn of the damage they are causing and adapt our walk and ways or spiritual warfare.  After a victory or conquest, it is natural to relax and let one’s guard down but that is exactly the opportunity the adversary is looking for to hit a soft unprepared target.  We must never forget that our carnal mind is always at enmity with the ways of the Lord.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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.

We are admonished constantly in Scripture to be vigilant in keeping watch and examining ourselves to keep us spiritually healthy.

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

We will see in the end, Gideon falling down and not being wise just after the Midianites are finished.  All of those “take heed” admonishments are given to warn us about issues within ourselves and not just about those outside ourselves.  If we see these things within, we just might have a Midianite king to be hiding out in our heavens.

Mat 16:6  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mar 4:24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Luk 11:35  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

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.

Learning from our enemies is examining ourselves and our motives and past actions.  That is the lesson from Gideon’s questioning of the Midianite kings.  Gideon asks the kings what kind of men (where they were spiritually) were the men these kings slew when they killed the men of Israel at a placed called Tabor.  We are not given the details of the event being referenced but we can learn more by digging in the Scriptures (Pro 25:2).

Tabor [H8396] comes from a root “tebor” H8406 that means broken or fragile.  Tabor spiritually speaking is where we are made to see our true broken nature and how we have done horrible things in the Name of the Lord.  Christ comes to the brokenhearted (Luk 4:18) and breaks open the fountains of life deep inside of our flesh (Gen 7:11).  When we are drained of self then we can be lifted up and given the land with power.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

These carnal kings within us slay Christ and His Christ as we mix carnal strife and contention with the Truth.  We come to see that we are the Pharisee that has slain Christ and killed His prophets.

1Th 2:14  For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

1Th 2:15  Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

Tabor is symbolically between the temple and the altar.  It is where babes, the immature dwell, still engaging in two trains of thought – the carnal mind and the ways of the Spirit. It is here in Tabor that we kill Christ and His prophets with our hatred for the commands and ways of the Lord.

Mat 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

An OT witness to us doing spiritual violence and turning back to carnal wisdom are these.

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Eze 8:17  Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

Facing eastward away from the direction the sun (temple) is a symbol of immaturity and our being yet carnal.  Yet that is where we all are at when we first come into the Truth while we await the day of the Lord that is going to suddenly come and burn of the Midianites with fire.  As babes in Christ, we are broken and very fragile and are easily seduced by the carnal darkness that masquerades as light and its ministers as angels of light.

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him

Looking behind ourselves in our day of judgment, we are being humbled in seeing how we have opposed the Lord and His work within ourselves and the work of others.  This good work is bringing us to repentance and turning our hearts back to God.  Thus, we are given a zeal like our Lord to cleanse the Temple (Joh 2:19, 1Co 3:16) and put to death these Midianite kings.  These OT shadows speak of this NT spiritual reality (Joh 6:63).

Exo 21:12  He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

Hos 5:1  Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

There is something for each of us to focus on as there is always work to be done in the Kingdom of God while we walk in clay.  When we see false doctrines and carnal unbelief in our heavens we are to spare not and show no mercy to these inward enemies but to put them to death.  This extends to our thought life as well as our deeds.  We are not to suffer the woman Jezebel (another shadow of carnality) who is causing us to commit fornication against the Lord and His Christ.

Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

Deu 20:18  That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

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 are given further detail that our firstborn mindset, representing the flesh and our yet carnal nature is unable to rise up and slay these kings.

Jdg 8:20  And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth.

Gideon’s firstborn son Jether, comes from a word by the same name [H3499] that means remnant or residue, speaking of the part of us that is cut off and unable to enter into the Kingdom of God (Gal 4:30).  Being a youth (also Hebrew word for child), he was spiritually immature and not yet given to overcome the Midianites.  Such is the definition of a babe in Christ.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 

Being the firstborn of Gideon is also a symbol for our flesh and the old man who is the rejected anointed and was not designed to inherit the Kingdom of God.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Gideon and all of us are to work out our own salvation. We have to bear our own burden (Gal 6:5) and provide for ourselves (1Ti 5:8) if we are to eat the spiritual nourishment and grow.  While we have a body of Christ to strengthen and encourage and teach us, we still have to tend and keep the garden of Eden in the Kingdom of God within us (Gen 2:15).

Jdg 8:21  Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks. 

Our carnal mind does not want to die but there comes a time when the trumpet judgments are blowing, the fiery trials are tormenting us when we do seek the death of our old man and the Midianite spirits.

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.

The old man will die along with these carnal kings but only when the Lord has ordained us to overcome.  These kings are the root of a mixed multitude, emotionally driven mindset that is hindering and oppressing Israel in the promised land.  We learn later in verse 8:26 that the kings wore purple raiment symbolizing the mixture of flesh (red, “adam”) with the things of the Spirit (blue).  Yet there is only one master and we either hate Christ or the Midianite kings.  Like Gideon, we are all made willing to lay down the flesh and kill the false prophets we have followed only by looking behind ourselves and seeing the miracles in our own life.  Elijah brought this outward miracle to Israel and thus the liars and false prophets were then taken and killed.

1Ki 18:39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

1Ki 18:40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

Removing the round ornaments on the camel necks symbolizes removing the yoke and bondage to our beastly (camel like) natural state.  Cutting off these ornaments is ridding ourselves of carnal thoughts that have us going up and down reasoning and justifying what seems right to our beastly nature.  This is the epitome of the law for the lawless and self-righteousness that those in Christ are overcoming by judgment.

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;

The word for ornament is H7720 “saharon” comes from a root meaning round and is also translated as round tire in its one other use in Scripture.  These round tires or round ornaments symbolize (Hos 12:10) the lies and distractions of the great harlot, all 200 million of them (Rev 9:16) that keep us focused on fleshly things and not the commandments of the Lord.  There is spiritual freedom in Christ and the Law of faith, yet the Midianite spirits will keep us bound in unbelief.

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

The Lord is always testing and trying our faith.  Immediately after the slaying of the kings, Gideon becomes the object of angel worship.

Jdg 8:22  Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 

Jdg 8:23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. 

Flesh loves to give credit and glory to flesh. We see several examples of this in the new testament involving Paul (Act 14:12), Peter with Cornelius (Act 10:25) and most memorably with the angel in the Book of Revelation who showed John Truth.  The carnal mind wants to bow down to the Lord’s angels (messengers) that bring us into the Truth and who are more mature than us and have been given much overcoming and dominion over their flesh.   The rest of Israel who had witnessed Gideon’s conquest in slaying the two kings were quick to hand dominion and rulership over to a mere man.  God’s people are to not to do this nor receive such adulation that is solely the purview of the Lord.

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Our answer Lord willing will be the same as the messenger who helped John in his overcoming.  Gideon gives the mature answer in turning them back to the Lord and His rulership over all things in heaven and on the earth.

Isa 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images

The Lord and His Christ hate the spirit of the Nicolaitans that has one lording over another having any dominion over their faith (Rev 2:14-15).  I personally came into this fellowship and it was demanded that I bow down to the man who had shown me such truths.  If any of us ever find us in that situation, know it is not the way of the Lord and such brother or sister is in grievous error and needs strong rebuke and correction.

2Co 1:24  Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

But Gideon had not arrived yet and would soon fall down again in pursuing idolatry.

Jdg 8:24  And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 

Jdg 8:25  And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. 

Jdg 8:26  And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels’ necks. 

Jdg 8:27  And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. 

Jdg 8:28  Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon. 

The story of Gideon is our story (1Co 3:21).  It is a story of abiding in the fire as it begins to work its work within the Kingdom of God within us.  Gideon is a story about failures and unbelief as much as it is of conquests and victories.  The “mighty man of valor” which Gideon was called upon his initial visitation was no such thing at that time.  Yet this is the way the Lord operates declaring the end from the very beginning (Isa 46:10) and speaking of things that are not as though they already are (Rom 4:17).  Knowledge and successful conquests will puff us up and the Lord will cause us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) to bring more grace.

Deu 5:8  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Deu 17:17  Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

Gideon asks and receives the spoils of war from the men of Israel collecting all these valuables in order to make an ephod.  An ephod was a specially made garment or robe for the priests of Israel as is described in detail in Exodus 28.

Exo 28:4  And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.

Of course, the true ephod is the armor of God (faith) and the garments of salvation (fiery trials) that are given to us by Christ and intricately woven as we endure in the age-abiding fire of judgment (Isa 33:14-15, Rev 3:18).

Golden earrings in the positive symbolize our God-given gift of ears to hear the Word of God (Eze 16:12) which is how we are able to love (obey) God.  In the negative they represent us taking God’s gifts and using them for our own purposes and in establishing our own outward righteousness.  Which is exactly what we do in Spiritual Babylon as we merchandise in the things of God and go after the way of Balaam, Korah and Cain using our outward works to justify ourselves.  There is another famous story of Israel misusing golden earrings in making themselves idols in their impatience in waiting on the Lord and in this case Moses to return from the mount.

Exo 32:3  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

Exo 32:4  And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Gideon’s ephod was a phony covering of self-righteousness that is the carnal mind’s way of exalting itself and running ahead of the Lord in His process of maturing us.  This man-made ephod is very alluring because it looks so beautiful and righteous.

Rev 18:16  And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Rev 18:17  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Gideon’s ephod is a molten image of our own beast made with the best our flesh has to offer.  The weight (judgment) of the gold was one thousand and seven hundred shekels representing the perfection of flesh, the process of judgment (10 x 10 x 10) and the completion of that judgment (seven).  Gideon’s nor anyone’s flesh can inherit the Kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and instead must be destroyed for us to enter.  Thus, more experiences and more judges bringing judgment on the land are needed.

The story of Gideon has taught us the virtue of patience and believing the promises of the Lord despite what we see in the physical and what our own failures will have us believe.  Our growing into the mature man includes us living through the experiences of Gideon.  We will go from fearful to bold and each step the Lord uses for good in teaching us anew and giving Him plenty of opportunities to apply the grace that is, was and will be saving us.

Heb 12:5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

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

The story of Gideon is not done.  Judges continues with Gideon’s concubine son Abimelech, being put into judgeship and there is a quick backsliding to Baal.  Such is our story and our walk as it seems 3 steps forward and 2 backwards at times, yet we are getting there little by little.

Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Amos Part 20 – I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

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I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

Key Verses:  Amos 7:7 – 7:9

We continue in this study with the third of the five visions Amos is shown by the Lord regarding the judgment of Israel.  This is the process the Lord has ordained for all men to come to knowledge of the Truth, via many tribulations and which is also bringing salvation from sin in the appointed time for all (1Co 15:21, Gen 18:10). The Lord is showing us His works in these visions which comes first to the house of God which is also known as the church. The earth encompasses the seas and all the land and spiritually speaking what we are seeing is the Lord establishing dominion on earth as it is in our heaven.

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Here is the vision of the plumbline and our three verses for today.

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.

We know these are all spiritual statements and the vision is not a literal event and the understanding here must come by comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13).

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Just as the book of Revelation is signified (Rev 1:1) via symbols, so are the words of Amos as are all the words spoken by the prophets of the Lord.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

All three of the symbols, the wall, the plumbline and the Lord’s hand represent Jesus Christ who created all things and is by whom ALL THINGS consists.  Our carnal minds often forget just how expansive is the Lord in the affairs of mankind and the world.

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

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

What is the plumbline?

Being “plumb” is a construction term that refers to being straight up and down. A plumbline is an ancient method of measuring the straightness of a wall. It has a string with a weight on the end that uses gravity hang straight down which the builders then follow. In the modern era, levels have replaced plumb lines in constructing walls that are level.

The Hebrew word “anak” is only found in these verses of Amos and according to Strong’s probably comes from an unused root meaning narrow.

H594, ‘ănâk, an-awk’

Probably from an unused root meaning to be narrow; according to most a plumb line, and to others a hook

This is all very interesting because we know the way is indeed narrow, the gate is straight by which the kingdom of God is entered.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

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

The setting of the plumbline in Israel will in its appointed time accomplish all the Lord’s purposes and making the walls straight and bring down the pride of life.  It is the weight of the Scriptures and the express commandments of God that become the measuring line of righteousness in our day of the Lord.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

When we are measured against the plumbline, our hidden sins are being manifested along with lies and false doctrines.

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.

The New Testament version of the Plumbline is the reed like unto a rod that is also a measuring device and is likened unto a rod.

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.

A rod connotes discipline and authority in the Scriptures and that is exactly what the loving Lord is doing for His children in our day of judgment.

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

Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (with the rod)

When a nation is ruled by a rod (plumbline), this is what is quickly learned.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

This is what mankind is learning when they are constantly measured by the plumbline or ruled by a rod of iron.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

It is only after we begin to have dominion over sin and our struggles against the man of sin and the lies of the harlot are “finished” that we become the golden reed in the Lord’s hands that are used to bring others into Holy City and reveal Jesus Christ to them.

Rev 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

What is the wall the Lord is standing on?

Amos sees The Lord standing upon a wall that is said to be “made” by a plumbline that the Lord has in His hand.  The Lord is building the House of Israel and the vision of Him on the wall with the plumbline is a testimony to building of the church of God which is the same as the House of Israel. The church is built by putting the Lord’s enemies under His feet.

Mat 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

The Lord is standing on/upon/against the wall that the rebellious and idolatrous King Jeroboam has built in his heart and mind. This is our experience as we are this idolatrous king who have built a wall that provides us peace not yet knowing it is a false peace. Our pride has blinded us to the truth of our spiritual condition and the wall built with the wrong ingredients and tools is going to be torn down so a new one can be built instead.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit

Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

The plumbline and wall vision is a vision of judgment.   The Lord is against this wall and it will fall just as the walls of Jericho (Jos 6:20) and Babylon “is, was and will be” falling in our appointed times.  The wall of Babylon is the first wall made of the mixed multitude within us (untampered mortar) which are the lies and unbelief we cling to claiming to follow the Lord.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

The Lord is discovering our foundation in our day of judgment and as we saw last week, our secret sins are being revealed in light of the Sun. The day of the Lord is revealing our work and what we have built upon the foundation Christ has laid within us.

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.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

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.

Walls separate and divide what is on either side of the wall and so it is also true in the spiritual (Rom 1:20).  These divisions are both needed for defense/safety as well as preventing escape both reasons the Lord comes to bring division and build walls.

Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 

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

The wall built by the works of our carnal mind is being destroyed so it can be rebuilt.

Mar 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

When the plumbline is set, the commandments go forth and the wall is built again.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

The Holy City of Spiritual Jerusalem is another symbol for the Body of Christ and His Christ that are defined with a wall that was great and high.

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Standing on the walls of the House of God is standing on truth and believing on the Lord.  Contending for the truth is a daily battle we must fight within ourselves and without ourselves in this evil world.  We are the watchman that are on the walls and look after and care for the sheep within and without ourselves by protecting the House of God from evil.

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

We as the Lord’s angels (messengers) are the ones stirred up by the Lord that are gathered together in Jerusalem to build city and using the Lord’s instruments of judgment.

Ezr 9:9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem

With the wall repaired, we can find true peace and enter into the rest promised.

What is His hand?

Christ is the Word (Joh 1:1) and is the plumbline and the wall as we have seen.  It should not be a surprise therefore to come to see that Christ is also the hand.  It is through the Christ, His Body that the greater works get done (Joh 14;12).  The Body is the hands, feet, of the Lord and the flesh in which He is already come.

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

It is the Elect who will be the saviours of the world and bring each other into the truth and reveal Jesus Christ and pour out the vials of wrath (Oba 1:21, Rev 19:10).  The redeemed of the Lord are redeemed by the arms, hands and the body of Christ.

Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

It is the word that is judging us as we hear the commandments and are measured against the plumbline that is Christ.

Mat 3:12 Whose (winnowing) fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Exo 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Psa 19:4 Their (plumb) line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

It is the Elect of God, being judged now, that are used of the Lord to save others and speak the words of fire in building the church of Jesus Christ. We are the Lord’s Body and as the judges of Israel, we are His Hand that is holding the plumbline and doing the measuring.  We measure ourselves (examine ourselves) but also are used to bring judgment to our brethren.

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.

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 plumbline aka the rod of the Lord is going to establish the Lord’s power over all the nations within us now and in the outward nations at the first resurrection and start of the Millennium Reign.  The planting of the plumbline within us is the beginning of our living the Millennium Reign inwardly as our nations are rules with a rod.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he (through His Christ) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The Lord Will Not Pass by Again

“Not passing by Israel again” after the plumbline is set, is a promise that the Lord’s strange act (Isa 28:21) will not fail.  Salvation is assured, once the word is planted.  The Lord will bring it to pass and our patience is waiting on Him to perform it.   Such is the torment and suffering to which we, those that believe on Jesus Christ are appointed (Phi 1:29, Rev 14:10)

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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:

The work of the word of the Lord is tearing down our idols and destroying the temple of the self-righteous religious beast as a jealous God executes vengeance for His temple.

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.

The killing of the old man by the sword of the Lord is a good thing.  It is required for the rebuilding of the temple and repairing the breaches and broken down walls.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

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 setting of the plumbline is another way is the coming of Christ and He comes to bring peace but that only comes about after a great war is fought in heaven and the earth.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

The plumbline is placed within us and in the midst of Israel.  It is here where the Lord sits and wages this war against our man of sin and the beast.

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.

Jesus Christ and His Christ are taken up to these high places and this is where we are tempted with the riches of world and the pride of life.

Luk 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luk 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luk 4:7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

In the day of the Lord those high places will be laid waste as the words of Christ, the weapons of our warfare destroy the idols of our man of sin as we overcome more and more.

2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

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

The “was” of this prophecy was fulfilled by Shallum, who conspired against Zachariah the son of Jeroboam, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, which put an end to the family of Jeroboam (2Ki 15:7-11).  Yet none of these prophecies are history lessons (1Co 10:11), these words of the Lord from Amos are “is, was and will be” and not just was.  They apply to us and not just the ancient King Jeroboam.  Like Jeroboam, we will reap what we sow and every evil deed will be dealt a recompense in due time.  Prophecies of doom to our wicked ways will come to pass and by this judgment we shall be saved.

Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

We are living out the “is” in our day of judgment when the plumbline is set in our midst. These words are spoken to King Jeroboam who was the king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  Jeroboam #2 is you and me (all things are ours) in our appointed time.  Like Jeroboam we are used of the Lord for good, winning some key battles, yet we are making idols and worshipping them which is not of faith and causes us (Israel) to sin.  The man of sin must die.

2Ki 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

2Ki 14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

The high places appeal to our flesh and the pride of man.  The devil knows this and we are constantly tempted to serve Satan and create high places which are stumbling blocks of sin in our hearts. The truth the world cannot see much less accept is that the Lord is working these sins (Isa 63:17) and creating these idols so we can be brought back to the Lord with a repented heart

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Eze 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Our flesh and man of sin does not like these words of Amos.  Flesh wants to live and does not like being made to give an account according to the narrow way of the plumbline.  Our rebellious old man will seek to destroy the one measuring and highlighted our crooked paths and the high places that exalt themselves against the Lord.  This will be the focus of our next installment as Amos is put under duress and persecuted for speaking the word of God and prophesying against the high places of Israel. Amos is told to go away and prophesy not these harsh things to Jeroboam and the people of Israel.

Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

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Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

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Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

By Pete Wilson

The journey spoken of in Micah contains very few words but these words are full of symbolism and meaning that are being digged out by the kings and priests of the Lord (Pro 25:2).  All these things are written to admonish and edify the sons of God so they can be prepared for the Lord’s service in doing the greater works (Joh 14:12).

Living by every Word of God means we are Micah in our appointed times and we will be put into service as we are made ready on the road to Zion.

Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Jer 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Like Saul of Tarsus, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and all the Lord’s prophets, we have no choice or free will in our commissioning into service or any other aspect of our life.  Here is our one verse for this study.

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

8. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.

The first thing we need to recall is that Micah the prophet is from and is an inhabitant of Moreshethgath.  That is what being a Morashtite means:

H4183 – Morasthite, mo-rash-tee’ – Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath

There is great significance in numbers and what they represent in Scripture.  In the same way, it seems the order of these cities in Micah are also important and hold spiritual wisdom.  This is the eighth city, the city of Moreshethgath, and represents the new man within us rising up in service to the Lord.  The number eight as we know refers to new beginnings and specifically the new man, the spiritual circumcision that occurs on the eighth day.

Gen 21:4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

An inhabitant of Moreshethgath, a Morashtite is “getting there” and starting to mature and be used more and more in service.  Those that serve the Lord are those that reap the reward and are given the inheritance of Jesus Christ that comes at the end of the journey if we are in that blessed and holy first resurrection.

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

We cannot serve the Lord in Spirit until we are given to let go of the pulls of our flesh and this world we all have as carnal men.

Exo 9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Christ builds His church by freeing a chosen few of their bondage to this world and its elementary principles and raises up His prophets that go speak His Words to serve His Body.

Zep 3:9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

We need to break Moresheth Gath into its two root words to recall what is being said.

H4182, môresheth gath – From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: – Moresheth-gath.

H3423 – A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin

The KJC shows how this root word for is most aptly translated as Possess or Inherit.

possess, 95

Gen_22:17, Gen_24:60, Lev_20:24, Num_13:30, Num_14:24, Num_27:11, Num_33:53, Deu_1:8, Deu_1:21, Deu_1:39, Deu_2:24, Deu_2:31, Deu_3:18, Deu_3:20, Deu_4:1, Deu_4:5, Deu_4:14, Deu_4:22, Deu_4:26, Deu_5:31, Deu_5:33, Deu_6:1, Deu_6:18, Deu_9:1 (3), Deu_9:4-6 (3), Deu_9:23, Deu_10:11, Deu_11:8 (2), Deu_11:10-11 (2), Deu_11:23, Deu_11:29, Deu_11:31 (2), Deu_12:1-2 (2), Deu_12:29, Deu_15:4, Deu_18:14 (2), Deu_19:2, Deu_19:14, Deu_21:1, Deu_23:20, Deu_25:19, Deu_28:21, Deu_28:63, Deu_30:5, Deu_30:16, Deu_30:18, Deu_31:3, Deu_31:13, Deu_32:47, Deu_33:23, Jos_1:11 (2), Jos_18:3, Jos_23:5, Jos_24:4, Jos_24:8, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_11:23-24 (4), Jdg_18:9, 1Ki_21:18, 1Ch_28:8, Ezr_9:11, Neh_9:15, Neh_9:23, Job_13:26, Isa_14:21, Isa_34:11, Isa_34:17, Isa_61:7, Jer_30:3, Eze_33:24-26 (3), Eze_35:10, Eze_36:12, Hos_9:6, Amo_2:10, Amo_9:12, Oba_1:17, Oba_1:19-20 (3), Hab_1:6

drive, 30

Num_33:52, Num_33:55, Deu_4:38, Deu_9:3-5 (3), Deu_11:23, Deu_18:12, Jos_3:10, Jos_13:6, Jos_14:12, Jos_15:63, Jos_17:12-13 (2), Jos_17:18, Jos_23:5, Jos_23:13, Jdg_1:19, Jdg_1:21, Jdg_1:27-33 (7), Jdg_2:21, Jdg_11:24, 2Ch_20:7, Psa_44:2

inherit, 21

Gen_15:7-8 (2), Gen_28:4, Lev_20:24, Lev_25:46, Deu_2:31, Deu_16:20, 2Ch_20:11, Psa_25:13, Psa_37:9, Psa_37:11, Psa_37:22, Psa_37:29, Psa_37:34, Isa_54:3, Isa_57:13, Isa_60:21, Jer_8:9-10 (2), Jer_49:1, Eze_47:14

possessed, 19

Num_21:24, Num_21:35, Deu_3:12, Deu_4:47, Deu_30:5, Jos_1:15, Jos_13:1 (2), Jos_19:47, Jos_21:43, Jdg_3:13, Jdg_11:21-22 (2), 2Ki_17:24, Neh_9:22, Neh_9:24-25 (2), Isa_63:18, Jer_32:23

cast, 11

Exo_34:23-24 (2), Jos_13:12, 1Ki_14:24, 1Ki_21:26, 2Ki_16:3, 2Ki_17:8, 2Ch_28:2-3 (2), 2Ch_33:2, Job_20:15, Zec_9:4

heir, 9

Gen_15:3-4 (3), Gen_21:10, 2Sa_14:7, Pro_30:23, Jer_49:1-2 (2), Mic_1:15

possession, 6

Here are three examples of the most common uses of the root word for Moresheth.  It is used in the context of possessing the land, the receiving of the promise of salvation, our inheritance.

Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Amo 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite

Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

And an NT witness to support the inheritance being our inheritance of the earth.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

The second part of the name, Gath, is the word for WINEPRESS.

H1660 – gathProbably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): – (wine-) press (fat).

It is by enduring in this winepress that we are being judged (in this age) and that is how salvation comes to us little by little as we mature.  “This crushing to powder” is what makes the light to the world burn brightly within us (Exo 27:20).

Lam 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress [H1660 – GATH]

We also saw in Part 1, that the word Gath has a root according to Strong’s that links this winepress to the singing of a new song and playing music to the Lord.  Spiritually our abiding in this devouring fire and the noise and harmony is the sound of salvation to the new man.  The redeemed of the Lord (new man) sings forth the praises to God giving thanks to the Lord for ALL THINGS.

Isa 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

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

We have just come from spiritual Lachish and the other inward cities where we have our nakedness (sinfulness) laid bare before us and now we clearly see ourselves for what we are in these clay vessels of our own strength and initiative. The multitudes of heathen within us are wakened and come forth for judgment by this journey through the land.

Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press [H1660 -GATH] is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

The valley of decision is really the valley of gold or diligence [H2742] and where we buy  pure gold tried in the fire (Rev 3:18).

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision [diligence].

This smiting of the heathen nations within us is what brings us to maturity in due time.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Our Master puts a winepress in His vineyard within us.

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

As this parable teaches us, it is God’s own people who take His gifts but would rather spend them on their own lusts and pride of life.  We kill Christ within and without in our rebellion.

Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

Christ comes the second time to bring fire and take this kingdom from the rebellious old man  and give it to the new man He raises up from the ashes of our inward desolation (Mat 21:44).

So an inhabitant of Moresheth Gath is someone inheriting or possessing the land in Christ Jesus by virtue of abiding in the winepress and drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath now in this age.  The beast (Goliath from Gath) within is under subjection.  This defines the very elect of God who are judged first (1 Pe 4:17, 1 Co 11:30-31) so they will be used of the Lord to rule and judge the nations in the ages to come (Rev 20:4, 1 Cor 6:2).  We are not being used for service until we are able to eat strong meat (the suffering, the afflictions) that is the sacrificial Lamb of the Body of Christ (Heb 5:13, Col 1:24, Phi 1:29).  This is how we become mature in time.

Joh 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Imparting Presents/Gifts to Moreshethgath

The Lord is saving us for His purposes, not for our own.  Raising us up now is so we can be put into service and begin to be prepared for our roles to come.  This is what giving “presents” to Moreshethgath is all about.  It is about SERVING the body of Christ.  Like our Lord, we are being raised up now in down payment form to SERVE and MINISTER.

Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

We do this by speaking the Word (Jer 5:14), loving God (1 Joh 5:3) and doing good works. Our gifts and oil are first and foremost to be poured out on The Christ (Joh 12:3, Mat 26:7) as the parable of the Alabaster Jar tells those with ears to hear.  The people of God serve each other with our God given gifts.

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.

The Elect are the angels of the Lord that minister to our fellow brethren who is “Jesus Christ”.

Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Here is what our ministry is all about, these being spiritual statements in edifying and purifying the Bride of Christ.  We edify, admonish, exhort and reprove one other with the Word.  This is what brings spiritual healing, raising from the spiritually dead and casting out devils which are lies and false doctrines.  We are commanded to freely give what has been freely given to us.

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

The word translated as presents or gifts in Micah 1:14 is H7964 found only 3 times (1 Ki 9:16 – Present, Mic 1:14 – Presents and Exo 18:2 – Sent) in Scripture.  Looking at the root of this word H7971 confirms the real meaning of giving presents.

Here are the major uses of this word and one can see SENT or SEND is the primary context.

H7971, shâlach

Total KJV Occurrences: 880

sent, 461

Gen_3:23, Gen_8:7-8 (2), Gen_8:10, Gen_8:12, Gen_12:20, Gen_19:13, Gen_19:29, Gen_20:2, Gen_21:14, Gen_24:59, Gen_25:6, Gen_26:27, Gen_26:29, Gen_26:31, Gen_27:42, Gen_28:5-6 (2), Gen_31:4, Gen_31:27, Gen_31:42, Gen_32:3, Gen_32:5, Gen_32:18, Gen_37:14, Gen_37:32, Gen_38:20, Gen_38:23, Gen_38:25, Gen_41:8, Gen_41:14, Gen_42:4, Gen_43:34, Gen_44:3, Gen_45:7-8 (2), Gen_45:23-24 (2), Gen_45:27, Gen_46:5, Gen_46:28, Exo_2:5, Exo_3:12-15 (4), Exo_4:28, Exo_5:22, Exo_7:16, Exo_9:7, Exo_9:27, Exo_24:5, Num_13:3, Num_13:16-17 (2), Num_14:36, Num_16:12, Num_16:28-29 (2), Num_20:14, Num_20:16, Num_21:6, Num_21:21, Num_21:32, Num_22:5, Num_22:10, Num_22:15, Num_22:40, Num_31:6, Num_32:8, Deu_2:26, Deu_9:23, Deu_24:4, Deu_34:11, Jos_2:1, Jos_2:3, Jos_2:21, Jos_6:17, Jos_6:25, Jos_7:2, Jos_7:22, Jos_8:3, Jos_8:9, Jos_10:3, Jos_10:6, Jos_11:1, Jos_14:7, Jos_14:11, Jos_22:6-7 (2), Jos_22:13, Jos_24:5, Jos_24:9, Jos_24:12, Jdg_1:23, Jdg_3:15, Jdg_3:18, Jdg_4:6, Jdg_5:15, Jdg_6:8, Jdg_6:14, Jdg_6:35 (2), Jdg_7:8, Jdg_7:24, Jdg_9:23, Jdg_9:31, Jdg_11:12, Jdg_11:14, Jdg_11:17 (2), Jdg_11:19, Jdg_11:28, Jdg_11:38, Jdg_12:9, Jdg_16:18, Jdg_18:2, Jdg_19:29, Jdg_20:6, Jdg_20:12, Jdg_21:10, Jdg_21:13, 1Sa_4:4, 1Sa_5:8, 1Sa_5:10-11 (2), 1Sa_6:21, 1Sa_10:25, 1Sa_12:7-8 (2), 1Sa_12:11, 1Sa_13:2, 1Sa_15:1, 1Sa_15:18, 1Sa_15:20, 1Sa_16:12, 1Sa_16:19-20 (2), 1Sa_16:22, 1Sa_18:5, 1Sa_19:11, 1Sa_19:14-15 (2), 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:20-22 (4), 1Sa_22:11, 1Sa_25:5, 1Sa_25:14, 1Sa_25:32, 1Sa_25:39-40 (2), 1Sa_26:4, 1Sa_30:26, 1Sa_31:9, 2Sa_2:5, 2Sa_3:12, 2Sa_3:14-15 (2), 2Sa_3:21-24 (4), 2Sa_3:26, 2Sa_5:11, 2Sa_8:10, 2Sa_9:5, 2Sa_10:2-7 (7), 2Sa_10:16, 2Sa_11:1, 2Sa_11:3-6 (5), 2Sa_11:14, 2Sa_11:18, 2Sa_11:22, 2Sa_11:27, 2Sa_12:1, 2Sa_12:25, 2Sa_12:27, 2Sa_13:7, 2Sa_14:2, 2Sa_14:29 (3), 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:10, 2Sa_15:12, 2Sa_18:2, 2Sa_18:29, 2Sa_19:11, 2Sa_22:14-15 (2), 2Sa_22:17, 2Sa_24:13, 1Ki_1:44, 1Ki_1:53, 1Ki_2:25, 1Ki_2:29, 1Ki_2:36, 1Ki_2:42, 1Ki_5:1-2 (2), 1Ki_5:8, 1Ki_5:14, 1Ki_7:13, 1Ki_8:66, 1Ki_9:14, 1Ki_9:27, 1Ki_12:3, 1Ki_12:18, 1Ki_12:20, 1Ki_14:6, 1Ki_15:18-20 (3), 1Ki_18:10, 1Ki_18:20, 1Ki_20:2 (2), 1Ki_20:5, 1Ki_20:7, 1Ki_20:10, 1Ki_20:17, 1Ki_20:34, 1Ki_21:8, 1Ki_21:11 (2), 1Ki_21:14, 2Ki_1:2, 2Ki_1:6, 2Ki_1:9, 2Ki_1:11, 2Ki_1:13, 2Ki_1:16, 2Ki_2:2, 2Ki_2:4, 2Ki_2:6, 2Ki_2:17, 2Ki_3:7, 2Ki_5:6, 2Ki_5:8, 2Ki_5:10, 2Ki_5:22, 2Ki_6:9-10 (2), 2Ki_6:14, 2Ki_6:23, 2Ki_6:32 (2), 2Ki_7:14, 2Ki_8:9, 2Ki_9:19, 2Ki_10:1, 2Ki_10:5, 2Ki_10:7, 2Ki_10:21, 2Ki_11:4, 2Ki_12:18, 2Ki_14:8-9 (3), 2Ki_14:19, 2Ki_16:7-8 (2), 2Ki_16:10-11 (2), 2Ki_17:4, 2Ki_17:13, 2Ki_17:25-26 (2), 2Ki_18:14, 2Ki_18:17, 2Ki_18:27, 2Ki_19:2, 2Ki_19:4, 2Ki_19:9, 2Ki_19:16, 2Ki_19:20, 2Ki_20:12, 2Ki_22:3, 2Ki_22:15, 2Ki_22:18, 2Ki_23:1, 2Ki_23:16, 2Ki_24:2 (2), 1Ch_10:8-9 (2), 1Ch_12:19, 1Ch_14:1, 1Ch_18:10, 1Ch_19:2-6 (5), 1Ch_19:8, 1Ch_19:16, 1Ch_21:12, 1Ch_21:15, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:11, 2Ch_2:13, 2Ch_7:10, 2Ch_8:18, 2Ch_10:3, 2Ch_10:18, 2Ch_16:2-4 (3), 2Ch_17:7, 2Ch_24:19, 2Ch_24:23, 2Ch_25:15, 2Ch_25:17-18 (3), 2Ch_25:27, 2Ch_30:1, 2Ch_32:21, 2Ch_32:31, 2Ch_34:8, 2Ch_34:23, 2Ch_34:26, 2Ch_34:29, 2Ch_35:21, 2Ch_36:10, 2Ch_36:15, Ezr_8:16, Neh_2:9, Neh_6:2-5 (4), Neh_6:8, Neh_6:12, Neh_6:19, Est_1:22, Est_3:13, Est_4:4, Est_8:10 (2), Est_9:20, Est_9:30, Job_1:4-5 (2), Job_22:9, Job_39:5, Psa_18:14, Psa_18:16, Psa_59:1, Psa_78:25, Psa_78:45, Psa_80:11, Psa_105:17, Psa_105:20, Psa_105:26, Psa_105:28, Psa_106:15, Psa_107:20, Psa_135:9 (2), Pro_9:3, Pro_17:11, Isa_9:8, Isa_36:1-2 (2), Isa_36:12, Isa_37:2, Isa_37:4, Isa_37:9, Isa_37:17, Isa_37:21, Isa_39:1, Isa_42:19, Isa_43:14, Isa_48:16, Isa_55:11, Isa_61:1, Jer_7:25, Jer_14:3, Jer_14:14-15 (2), Jer_19:14, Jer_21:1, Jer_23:21, Jer_23:32, Jer_23:38, Jer_24:5, Jer_25:4, Jer_25:17, Jer_26:5, Jer_26:12, Jer_26:15, Jer_26:22, Jer_27:15, Jer_28:9, Jer_28:15, Jer_29:1, Jer_29:3, Jer_29:9, Jer_29:19-20 (2), Jer_29:25, Jer_29:28, Jer_29:31, Jer_35:15, Jer_36:14, Jer_36:21, Jer_37:3, Jer_37:7, Jer_37:17, Jer_38:14, Jer_40:13-14 (3), Jer_42:9, Jer_42:20-21 (2), Jer_43:1-2 (2), Jer_44:4, Jer_49:14, Lam_1:13, Eze_2:9, Eze_13:5-6 (3), Eze_23:16, Eze_23:40 (2), Eze_31:4, Dan_10:11, Hos_5:13, Joe_2:25, Amo_7:10 (2), Oba_1:1, Mic_6:4, Hag_1:12, Zec_1:10, Zec_2:8-9 (2), Zec_2:11, Zec_4:9, Zec_6:15, Zec_7:2, Zec_7:12, Zec_9:11, Mal_2:4

send, 157

Gen_24:7, Gen_24:40, Gen_24:54, Gen_24:56, Gen_27:45, Gen_30:25, Gen_37:13, Gen_38:17 (2), Gen_42:16, Gen_43:4-5 (2), Gen_43:8, Gen_43:14, Gen_45:5, Exo_3:10, Exo_4:13 (2), Exo_7:2, Exo_8:21, Exo_9:14, Exo_9:19, Exo_12:33, Exo_23:20, Exo_23:27-28 (2), Exo_33:2, Exo_33:12, Lev_26:21-22 (2), Lev_26:25, Num_13:2 (2), Num_22:37, Num_31:4, Deu_1:22, Deu_7:20, Deu_19:12, Deu_24:1, Deu_28:20, Deu_28:48, Deu_32:24, Jos_18:4, Jdg_13:8, 1Sa_5:11, 1Sa_6:2-3 (3), 1Sa_6:8, 1Sa_9:16, 1Sa_9:26, 1Sa_11:3, 1Sa_16:1, 1Sa_16:11, 1Sa_16:19, 1Sa_20:12-13 (2), 1Sa_20:21, 1Sa_20:31, 1Sa_21:2, 1Sa_25:25, 2Sa_11:6, 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:36, 2Sa_17:16, 1Ki_8:44, 1Ki_18:19, 1Ki_20:6, 1Ki_20:9, 1Ki_20:34, 2Ki_2:16-17 (2), 2Ki_4:22, 2Ki_5:5, 2Ki_5:7, 2Ki_7:13 (2), 2Ki_9:17, 2Ki_15:37, 1Ch_13:2, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:7-8 (2), 2Ch_2:15, 2Ch_6:34, 2Ch_7:13, 2Ch_28:16, 2Ch_32:9, Neh_2:5-6 (2), Neh_8:10, Neh_8:12, Job_21:11, Job_38:35, Psa_57:2-3 (4), Psa_110:2, Psa_144:7, Pro_10:26, Pro_22:21, Pro_25:13, Isa_6:8 (2), Isa_10:6, Isa_10:16, Isa_16:1, Isa_32:20 (2), Isa_37:7, Isa_57:9, Isa_66:19, Jer_1:7, Jer_2:10, Jer_8:17, Jer_9:16-17 (2), Jer_16:16 (2), Jer_24:10, Jer_25:9, Jer_25:15-16 (2), Jer_25:27, Jer_27:3, Jer_29:17, Jer_29:31, Jer_42:5-6 (2), Jer_43:10, Jer_48:12, Jer_49:37, Eze_2:2-4 (3), Eze_5:16-17 (3), Eze_7:3, Eze_14:13, Eze_14:19, Eze_14:21, Eze_28:23, Eze_39:6, Hos_8:14, Joe_2:19, Amo_1:4, Amo_1:7, Amo_1:10, Amo_1:12, Amo_2:2, Amo_2:5, Amo_8:11, Mal_2:2, Mal_3:1, Mal_4:5

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Gen_32:26 (2), Exo_4:20-21 (2), Exo_4:23 (2), Exo_5:1-2 (3), Exo_6:1, Exo_6:11, Exo_7:14, Exo_7:16, Exo_8:1-2 (2), Exo_8:8, Exo_8:20-21 (2), Exo_8:28-29 (2), Exo_8:32, Exo_9:1-2 (2), Exo_9:7, Exo_9:13, Exo_9:17, Exo_9:28, Exo_9:35, Exo_10:3-4 (2), Exo_10:7, Exo_10:10, Exo_10:20, Exo_10:27, Exo_11:1 (2), Exo_11:10, Exo_13:15, Exo_13:17, Exo_14:5, Exo_21:26-27 (2), Lev_14:53, Lev_16:10, Lev_16:22, Lev_16:26, Deu_21:12-14 (3), Deu_22:7, Jdg_1:25, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_15:5, Jdg_19:25, 1Sa_6:6, 1Sa_9:19, 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:5, 1Sa_20:29, 1Sa_24:19, 2Sa_13:27, 1Ki_11:22, 1Ki_20:42, 2Ki_5:24, Isa_45:13, Isa_58:6, Jer_34:9-11 (4), Jer_34:14 (2), Jer_40:1, Jer_40:5, Jer_50:33, Eze_13:20

The giving of our presents to Moreshethgath is linked to us being sent by the Lord.  Here is the use of the root word for PRESENTS [H7971] from this well-known passage in Isaiah.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, [H7971] and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send [H7971] me.

The ultimate test of our faith is our obedience.  Will we do as we are commanded?  The Lord is raising up His prophets and send them to be His ministers.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent [H7971] among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

The elect are the Lord’s laborers, whom He sends to do His work.

Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

It is thru the giving of our presents or service that the church of the living God is built to those given to believe.

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

We should always be looking for ways to impart spiritual gifts and physical ones where appropriate to meet the needs of the Lord’s people.  Everyone in the Body, all the prophets have gifts of one degree or another.

1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

The key takeaway from our eighth city, is we get there by the grace of the Lord and then once commissioned, we are obedient and being sent to go serve the Lord, giving the presents (our service) to the Body as a representative of Jesus Christ.  It is by the ministration of the Lord’s grace, THRU HIS PROPHETS that we are completing this journey and receive our full reward.  We are ministering only according to our own gift.

1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

To mature, we need to take heed the commandments to serve and grow in our ability to be the Lord’s able ministers.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Now let’s consider the ninth city mentioned and the second part of verse 14.

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

9. The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.

Achzib means lies and deception.

H392, ‘akzı̂yb, ak-zeeb’

From H391; deceitful (in the sense of a winter torrent which fails in summer); Akzib, the name of two places in Palestine: – Achzib.

Once we are sent, we are still and even more so in our day of judgment.  We must take heed we do not fall and not be surprised if we are severely tested (1 Pe 4:12).  When tested, those that are not DOERS will fall.  The winnowing process we mentioned in the last study NEVER ENDS.

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.

Its root is H391, ‘akzâb found twice in Scripture. liar, 1 Jer 15:18  lie, 1 Mic 1:14

The root of H391 is H3576 and is also always in the context of deception.

H3576, kâzab, kaw-zab’

A primitive root; to lie (that is, deceive), literally or figuratively: – fail, (be found a, make a) liar, lie, lying, be in vain.

It takes looking at the use of Achzib in Scripture to gain a deeper understanding of what we are being told by Micah.  Achzib is mentioned only four places in Scripture.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Jos_15:44, Jos_19:29, Jdg_1:31, Mic_1:14

What we see is there are actually two distinct cities within the whole of Israel called Achzib.  There is one in Judah, in the Philistine plain area we have been focused on that was given to the tribe of Judah (the lineage of Jesus Christ) and included in the list of cities in Joshua 15.  The second city Achzib is way up north and was part of the inheritance given the tribe of Asher (Jos 19:29).  Asher did not drive out the Canaanites from their cities and Achzib is associated with the Canaanites.

Jdg 1:31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

Jdg 1:32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

The Canaanites are linked to merchants, and peddlers and traffickers in the things of the Lord.

 H3669 – Canaanite – Patrial from H3667; a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication a pedlar (the Cananites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans): – Canaanite, merchant, trafficker.

We bring idols with us into Jerusalem and commit adultery against the Lord (Jam 4:4).  We must be given to overcome the pride of life that causes us to seek gain from our supposed godliness.  We must learn to be content and beware of the prideful lusts of the Canaanites within ourselves and outside of ourselves, even in the professing Body of Christ.  People peddle stuff for gain.  Here is a warning against the lies of the Canaanites that are traced back to our pride and us being puffed up.

1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

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

On our road to maturity comes as these Canaanite nations are being conquered within us.  They shall  no more be found in the house of the Lord, which house we are as God’s sons.  They will be cut off in due time as we move on to maturity.

Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

The people of God must be separated and learn not to touch anything that is unclean.  Taking heed of our doctrine and trying the Spirits is keen to our ability to keep walking the narrow road.  Many have and will continue to fall off the narrow road and depart from the living God.

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.

This journey in the land of Judah as we approach our inheritance is where we learn to spare nothing alive and sweep the Canaanites out of our heavens and our earth. The history of the tribe of Judah shows their conquest of the Canaanites in many places (Judges 1:7-17).  These stories are examples of us of the wars and battles we fight to overcome these lies and idols.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We do all of this by putting on the whole armor of God and engaging in spiritual warfare daily.

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

Peter wrote to THE CHURCH, the Body, and we best learn to always keep watch.  Many brothers and sisters have fallen before and have not endured.  Leaven enters in, we get prideful and if we exalt ourselves above the Body of Christ, we will be cut off.

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Kings have the role of judging (2 Ch 1:11, Rev 20:4).  God’s elect are being prepared to be the judges of the whole world, through which all of mankind will be saved.  That indeed is how we are redeemed from the earth (our carnally minded way of life) and given salvation (dominion over sin).  Christ in us, the rising King, IS NOT judging according to the flesh but judges all things spiritually by using the Word of the Lord i.e. righteous judgement.

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

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

The houses of Achzib are idols and strongholds of the carnal mind still resident in our heart and minds that keep us from Judging Righteous Judgment.  They must be burned out on our way to maturity.  The Kings of Israel will not be able to judge righteous judgment and stand solely on the Word with these deceptive strongholds within us.   As we mature and our faith grows, we get much better at doing this.  We have many wonderful studies and practical lessons on Spiritual Warfare that will edify me and you to be diligent in exercising the spiritual judgments that kings of the Lord must perform daily.  We must remain diligent always!

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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

The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare and not do as the Asherites did and fail to purge the land completely of the lies and false doctrines.  The Kings of Israel, which kings we are as the elect can and are ensnared and fall away by the lies of Achzib.

We are nearing the end of this 11 city journey, yet the Book of Micah is only getting started.  As we begin to serve the Body and become able ministers of grace (Moreshethgath) and excellent discerner’s of spirits (Achzib) we are maturing into our roles of being kings and priests.  This is our on the job training for the Elect’s role in the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

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