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The Meat Offering

The Meat Offering

(Compiled from notes and posted studies)

This offering commonly called the “meat” offering in the KJV is also known as the “meal” offering or “grain” offering as transcribed by various translations.  This is the second of the five different kinds of offerings given to Israel through Moses in the Book of Leviticus.  Together there these five offerings are known as the LAW OF THE OFFERINGS.

We continue in this study series remembering the words of Peter (1Pe 1:10-12) and Paul (1Co 10:11) that all of these events, stories and rituals are for our spiritual edification and learning.  The meat offering symbolizes our service to the Lord and to our fellow man.  We can see the truth of what our reasonable service (Rom 12:1) is through these shadows of the truth that was given under the Old Covenant.

This Offering differs from all the other Offerings in that there is NO life being given. So there are no herd, flock or fowl categories in this Offering. Instead it has four parts of one Offering: it was composed of 1) flour, 2) oil, 3) frankincense and 4) salt. Each of these parts reveals more of what Christ IN US is. All are “fruit of the ground” and therefore represent what man, who was made out of the ground, made of the dust of the earth, THROUGH “Christ IN HIM”, owes to God, the Father, in SERVICE to his fellow man. The Meat Offering being of the fruit of the ground represents our GOOD WORKS which we perform in our flesh. But these good works are not a “sweet savor” IF they are not offered upon a BURNT OFFERING, our OBEDIENCE to God.

Lev 23:18 And ye shall [on the day of Pentecost] offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD.

Num 29:2 And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, [and] seven lambs of the first year without blemish:

Num 29:3 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram,

The Law of the Meat Offering:

Lev 2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be [of] fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:

“Fine flour” means that this Offering has been “crushed to powder” (Luk 20:18).

Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

What is the difference between “falling on the stone and being broken” and the stone “falling on us and grinding us to powder”?

Rom 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

Rom 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;

Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

“Believing on Christ” is “DOING the things that I say”. It is becoming “fine flour” with no unevenness, a PROCESS until the end. It is becoming completely malleable in the hands of the Potter to be “made anew”.

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

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

The Meat Offering was what Cain presented to God. But Cain had “not done the things which I say”. Cain had not obeyed God’s instructions concerning how to approach God. Remember the Burnt Offering is about how to APPROACH God, which is Christ IN US, the Hope of Glory, a sweet smell to God, the Father. In other words, we are to serve our fellow man on the condition that we ourselves, are obedient to the Word of God, otherwise our “good works” are not being accepted.

The spirit of Cain in us wants the easy way out and he sees no need to die to self.

Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

“The fruit of the ground” was what God had given man AT THIS TIME as man’s nourishment. This is when we are HEARERS only and our faith has not been TRIED yet.

Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

But “the fruit of the ground” does not satisfy God. What does satisfy God is the Burnt Offering which requires the shedding of blood which means we have to die to self, Christ in us overcoming sin, as we decrease and He increases. God’s portions which satisfy and nourish Him was not to be eaten by man at this time of our walk. It IS not until AFTER the flood (baptism) that Christ gives us MEAT to eat. And even then He reserves the blood to Himself:

Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

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

“You shall rule over him” is a prophecy of “Cain’s”, the elect sons of God, and all men’s ultimate destiny through the sacrifice of Christ for which Cain saw no need. “If you do well” means “if you do the things I say”. Cain is US, not doing well and is a shadow of king Saul, who was instructed to kill all the Amalekites and their animals, but he decided to keep the cattle and women and King Agag. But King Saul’s good works, like our good works, when those works are out of us and not THROUGH the Burnt Offering, through CHRIST, become “as filthy rags” before the Father (Isa 64:6). WE ARE TO NOT DO LIP SERVICE ONLY.

“Our [most insidious and hard to detect] iniquities” are “our righteousness’s.” They are not called our unrighteousness’s, they are called “our righteousness’s,” our “BLAMELESSNESS ACCORDING TO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS IN THE LAW”. This, our self-righteousness’s, takes us away” from the presence of God and Christ, we have to EXCEED that righteousness.

Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Aaron and his sons represent Christ, our Priest and “His Christ” which is the Law of Liberty, the renewed Covenant (Christ) which replaces the old Covenant (Moses and the law of the gentiles):

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

This offering represents Christ’s claim upon our entire lives as a LIFE IN SERVICE to our brothers. We present our entire bodies as living sacrifices to God: It is a sweet savour offering.

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

The Meal Offering is of four ingredients 1) “finely ground flour” with 2) oil, and 3) frankincense and 4) salt.

Lev 2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:

Lev 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

His handful (Lev 2:2) represents Christ’s claim upon our entire lives just as the tithe represented God’s claim upon the lives of Israel. All of the shadows of the OT represent Christ.

This Offering is not burnt upon the altar but is given to the priests and is a shadow that shows us that this is an Offering whose emphasis is on OUR DEBT to our fellow men who we are to see as Christ. The righteous are the Meat Offering who feeds, gave, took in, clothe and visit.

Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink?

Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]?

Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

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

The Meat Offering shows us Christ IN us. But it is a certain part of Christ in us. This is Christ in us as “finely ground flour … of the fruit of the ground.” It is Christ being ground to powder FOR us. It is also Christ being ground to powder IN us. It is US being ground to powder FOR Christ’s Body which is the Church, His Bride:

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

So while this Offering shows us what Christ accomplishes in being bruised and crushed to powder for us, it also shows us that this is accomplished THROUGH US by having Christ IN US. This is the only Offering which is not a Blood Offering. It is an Offering of the fruit of the ground. It represents what and how the fruit of the ground is given in service to God. It represents our good works toward our fellow man, who is also Christ. And the fact that it must never be offered without a Blood Offering tells us that our good works alone are not being able to save us. The fact that it is always BEING offered with a shed Blood Offering, our good works are not our works at all. They are rather “Christ in us”, the Hope of Glory! We have to be hearers and doers of the Word.

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.

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by [my own efforts of keeping] the law [for the lawless], then Christ is dead in vain.

So whose works are they if they are worked in us?

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9 Not of [our own] works, lest any man should boast.

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

Let’s now look at the four ingredients as this will be very instructive to how we are to walk with the Lord  and conduct ourselves in the house  of God (The Body of Christ).

First Ingredient of this offering … flour:

The Meat Offering IS BEING bruised for Him:

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

Isa 28:29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

“Bread corn is bruised.” That is what we are if we are to be of service to our brothers. We are to “fill up in our bodies what is behind of the afflictions of Christ, for His Body’s sake which is the Church.” That is the finely ground and even consistency of the Meat Offering. It ‘is, was and will be’ BEING “finished … in our bodies, for His Body’s sake which is the Church.”

Christ suffered, from His enemies and He suffered from His own apostles who left Him to whatever the Jews and the Romans wanted to do to Him. As He is so are we in this world. WE ARE BEING BRUISED FOR THE CHURCH’S SAKE.

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Joh 15:18 If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

1Jn 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one [of his father the Devil-Joh 8:44], and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Second Ingredient … oil:

The second ingredient is oil, “he shall pour oil upon it.” What does oil signify?

Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; Act 2:17 (a) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:

Oil is not mentioned in the Burnt Offering. Here is the “oil” being poured out on the “flour”:

Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

And here is what “oil” produces:

Luk 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Luk 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

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

Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The Spirit (oil) is mentioned in this Offering of our bodies to Christ in SERVICE to our fellow man, as oil, because it is in service to one another that the smoothing and healing effect of oil is needed TO HEAL THE WOUNDS WE FIND OR INFLICT ON ONE ANOTHER:

Luk 10:34 And went to him [one of the least of these my brothers], and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Here is the one verse which best describes the Meat Offering:

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

And what was the result of Him “going about doing good?”

Luk 4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

Luk 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

We are being bruised as “bruised corn”, being a Meat Offering upon a Burnt Offering.

Third ingredient … frankincense:

The third ingredient is frankincense, “and put frankincense thereon:” But look what is said in connection with commanding this ingredient to be part of the Meat Offering:

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

Why is frankincense to be burnt on the altar of the Lord, but leaven and honey are never to be burnt on the altar? The reason is that both honey and leaven corrupt when submitted to heat. Frankincense, on the other hand, is a most precious and fragrant and enduring perfume WHOSE SCENT IS RELEASED WHEN HEATED. This is the symbolism of Christ in us as the Meat Offering and it is contrasted with the sweetness of honey which is in many of us until we are put through the fire of God’s Words and purged. Then all of our sweetness, like honey and leaven, begins to ferment and sour immediately.

Our bearing the trials with joy and receiving all things from the Lord with thanksgiving from our hearts as we die daily is a sweet-smelling savor to the Lord.  This is faith in action and what we are maturing into as we endure to end and finish the race we have been given to run.  It is those having been beaten (crushed) by trials that are being humbled that enables us to meet the Lord in the tabernacle of our hearts to worship in spirit and in truth.

Exo 30:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:

Exo 30:35  And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:

Exo 30:36  And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.

To those in the true light, we the Elect as the  Lord’s priests are a savour of life but to those on the other side of the veil of  flesh, we are the  savour of death.

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

2Co 2:16  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

In fact those in the true light become the light unto this world (Mat 5:14).  Grace chastens us, beats us down, grinds us to  fine flour and then we become the living and acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord.

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

Our “corruption” must never be placed on the altar of God. The story of king Saul illustrates this point.  Saul was anointed of the Lord, commanded to smite Amalek and destroy everything of Amalek. Saul did as commanded except he kept Agag, king of Amalek, alive and the best of the animals. He even wanted to offer these unto the Lord but Samuel spoke the Truth to him in this matter … rebellion is the sin of witchcraft ….

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

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

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

These shadows are written for US (1 Cor 10:11, 1 Pe 1:12):

We as king Saul, put our trust in the Law and do not know that “a little leaven” corrupts because we have to OBEY from the heart and not be hypocrites.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Fourth Ingredient … salt:

Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

All Meat Offerings have to be seasoned with salt: “Every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt” But notice the next part of this same verse: “neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering”.

When anything is intended to be understood as lasting and being preserved it is called “a covenant of salt”. Salt both “seasons” and salt also preserves.

Num 18:19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute forever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.

Leaven is contrasted with salt. Leaven corrupts, and salt preserves: “neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering”.

Leaven, is HYPOCRISY and Paul admonishes us using the word “salt”:

Luk 12:1 In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Col 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Speaking the truth requires one to properly divide the SUM of the word (Psa 119:160 ASV) and allows us to impart wisdom and  understanding of the way of the  Lord to those prepared to hear.

Pro 25:11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

The Meat Offering differs from the Burnt Offering in that it is not all burnt:

Lev 2:3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

The priest takes a handful of the flour and of the oil and all of the frankincense to burn on the altar to the Lord. “And the rest of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons.

So while it is not all burnt like the Burnt Offering, it is all consumed with nothing going to the Offerer. Here is what the Meat Offering is:

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

Christ IN US is our Meat offering, and He Himself FEEDS His priests:

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Psa 132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Who is “her poor?” “Her poor” is Zion, City of the GREAT KING!

Psa 132:13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Psa 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

So the Meat Offering, with its flour, its oil, its frankincense and its salt is intended to be consumed for the most part by man, it is nevertheless “for the Lord.” We may tend to do what we do for recognition of others. Christ IN US does it all for His and our Father of whom every Name is named.

1Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

1Th 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Difference between the Meat Offering and the Wave Sheaf Offering:

Lev 2:12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits (His first fruits), ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.

What is the “oblation [offering] of the firstfruits (which are us, Christ’s sons)? It is mentioned in Lev 23:

Lev 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:

Lev 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

Lev 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Why is this offering (us) not “burnt on the altar for a sweet savour” whilst the wave sheaf (Christ) on the morrow after the Sabbath during the days of unleavened bread was to be burned on the altar?

Lev 2:14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.

Lev 2:15 And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering.

Lev 2:16 And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn thereof, and [part] of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The reason why the Meat Offering of the days of unleavened bread is allowed to be burnt upon the altar as a sweet smelling savor is because Christ had no leaven in Him but the Church, BEING HIS SONS, which is being established fifty days after Christ’s acceptance as the “first fruit to God of them that slept” is commanded to be offered with LEAVEN and is therefore not a sweet smelling savor which can be burnt on the altar to God. Christ is the First and we are a kind of first fruits. He is before us in all things.

1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

We are a “kind of firstfruits”, the wave sheaf of PENTACOST/DAY OF THE LORD/TIME OF JUDGEMENT is the ONLY offering which is mixed with LEAVEN: There are many things to be burned out of us, many things we are not yet able to bear but only as we progress on our road to maturity. We have leaven in us that have to be purged.

Lev 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

The “bread of the firstfruits” was and is being offered with the SIN OFFERING (Lev 23:19-20).

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

The difference between the Offering of the firstfruit at “the morrow after the Sabbath” and the Offering of the firstfruits at the day of Pentecost fifty later? We have not arrived yet but Christ knew no sin and that is the difference.

Phi 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,

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

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

Christ IN us, is our Meat Offering accepted as a sweet savor and burnt upon the altar to the Father, but the Offering contrasting us with Christ is not a sweet savor. It is “baked with leaven” on the day of PENTACOST, which is our Day of the Lord, the time of Judgement on the House of God. Christ is both our sweet savor and our Sin Offering. He is all of these things and He is doing all of this in us, FOR, THROUGH, AND TO HIM are all things.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

SUMMARY:

The Burnt Offering belongs to the Father alone. It is a sweet smelling savour to God, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. Upon the Burnt Offering, Christ in us, offers a Meat Offering which is our reasonable service to our fellow man. We are not being saved for ourselves but we are being saved to save others. As His priests, we are being fed through this Meat Offering.

Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

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

We will look at the Peace Offering in the next installment.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 

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Micah Part 21 – Eating Strong Meat

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Eating Strong Meat

Key Verses:  Micah 7:9 – 7:15

Here near the end of Micah, judgment is in full bloom.   As we saw last week, those being judged are now looking to the Lord.  This is what men do when they are given to know that the bearing of the cup of wrath will hasten the appearing of the Lord within us as the enemies of the new man are destroyed off the earth (Jer 22:29).  Patience is being learned as we wait for the coming of the Lord and experience many trials and temptations that draw us closer to Christ who is the lamp for our walk of faith.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Contrary to the Babylonian lie of substitutionary atonement, all men will reap what they sow.  Our sinfulness is punished as our loving Father disciplines us by pouring out His grace in executing judgment.   The Body of Christ lives these words out now as judgment is now on the house of God as our old man is tormented in the presence of the holy angels in “The Christ”.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The rest of mankind are reserved to the Lake of Fire to bear their punishment and endure their torment in their appointed time of judgment.

2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

This prophecy like all prophecies applies in an “is, was and will be” manner.  God’s Elect live them out now, as judgment is now on His House (1Pe 4:17) and the rest of mankind will live them out later in the Great White Throne Judgment in the Lake of Fire. Here are the 7 verses for today’s detailed study in the last chapter of Micah.

Mic 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

Mic 7:10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

Mic 7:11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

Mic 7:12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

Mic 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

Mic 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

Mic 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

All men have sinned and trespassed against the Lord.  There is no one good no one, not even one!  Simply put, flesh is not good and cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  The way we are made “good” is by the process of judgment that destroys the first vessel.

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

Losing our old life is required to gain our new life.  This life swapping process is only finished when we take our last breath living a crucified life for Christ Jesus as the Lord set the example we will follow.

Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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.

Mic 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

If we are so blessed to be shown the depths of our sin and given the faith to believe the Word, then we have what is needed to bear the indignation of God against our sin.  We know it is that very process that accomplishes the will of the Lord and brings about our sanctification. In due time, all men are brought to Christ, who is the light unto the world through His Christ (Mat 5:14).  It is there “In Christ”, where we will behold His righteousness and where judgment is, was and will be executed.

Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zec 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

The spiritually dead that hear our voice, hear the voice of Christ the True Shepherd and those words will execute judgment.

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

It is the Body of Christ through whom the Lord works.  We have been given ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and earth because as He is so are we in this world (1Jo 4:17). We are the instruments of judgment and salvation to all men.

The Lord drags us to His Light as the true Jesus Christ is repulsive to flesh and the carnal mind esteems Him not (Isa 53:3).  We don’t decide to follow Him on our own, He turns us into destruction and also turns us back to Him in our day of the Lord (Psa 90:3).

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

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

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

It is the consuming fire of the Word that brings forth righteousness.  This does not come by our abiding alone. It come by our abiding in the midst of the fire which is the Body of Christ.

Mic 7:10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

Our enemies that persecute and mock us will be shamed when they see the Lord’s work in us and see that He truly loved those He chastens and scourges. Our enemies shall come bow down before Christ in us.  In this age, it is our inward enemies who seek to suppress and kill Christ within us that will bow down to Christ in us.  However in due time, in the Lake of Fire, our outward enemies will also come bow before us.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The true sons of God will be made manifest and the whole world will know the chosen few in whom the Lord has been working in ushering His plan for salvation of all men.

Isa 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Of course if we are in that first resurrection we will have forgiven our enemies fully knowing they were mere instruments of the Lord to bring salvation to us and truly knew not what they were doing.

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

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

When our enemies behold the truth, they will be in judgment going through the same process the Elect already have been through. To be carnally minded IS DEATH and those thoughts and mindsets represent the dust (mire) of the streets that is trodden down in the day of the Lord.

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

The time of the Gentiles treading down Jerusalem is fulfilled when the Lord returns for judgment.  Then the enemies of God shall see who The Christ and be ashamed.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled….

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see (Behold) the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

It is the Body of Christ who fight and tread down the Lord’s enemies with the Word (Zec 10:5).

Mic 7:11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

Christ via The Body of Christ builds the walls and the gates of the Temple which separate us from the heathen world within and without us.  But when that construction project commences, the law of God, the decree, the statutes and ordinances of the Lord are far removed from us as our old way of life continues to manifest.  Our struggles with sin bring doubt and mockers both within is and without as judgment falls upon us.

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

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The construction of the Temple of God within us commences long before our enemies are subdued within and without.  The Book of Nehemiah shows us this as the escaped remnant from Babylon (The Elect in type and shadow) endured much stumbling as the wall was built until they began to walk in the counsel of the Lord.

Neh 1:7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

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

When Christ shows up on the inside to bring war to our heavens, the new man is blessed beyond belief.  Yet it takes much travailing for this inward righteousness to begin to show up on the outside. In the natural it takes several years for good fruit to appear on fruit trees and so it is in the spiritual (Rom 1:20, Heb 12:11).  We must learn patience in waiting for the fruit.

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

When judgment suddenly comes upon us, it is likened to the days of Noah and Lot.  It is a time of eating, drinking and being merry and then suddenly destruction comes.  Obedience and our focus on treasures in heaven is not yet in view. Our initial testimony is false.  All talk and no action, we continue to make a pretense in our worship of God, seeking gain and making merchandise until a fuller measure of grace is poured out to turn us back to the Lord.

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not…

Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

Yet we are mere clay, truly the Lord’s workmanship.  He alone is the builder of His House.  He starts the construction and He finishes it right on schedule (Isa 46:10, Isa 64:8).  When the Lord begins working with us and making us into doers, it is the day of small beginnings.

Zec 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

The Body of Christ are the eyes of the Lord in bringing judgment and protecting the sheep as faithful watchmen.

Mic 7:12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

Mic 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

The whole of the earth, the inward and the outward will be subject to judgment.  All of the land within and without, every nation, tribe and tongue will become part of the kingdom of God as every knee shall bow.

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The Lord uses everything, nothing is wasted in bringing about our sanctification when He is performing His will in our life.  The Lord has devised means to save His people and that includes working the evil and the good (Isa 45:7) to save men. He even raises up the Assyrian King within us and in this world outwardly to bring occasion for judgment and usher in salvation (Isa 10:6).   Those that overcome are symbolized both by those that stand on the Mountain of God and also those that have dominion over the sea.  Earlier in the Micah study we covered these verses which also closely mirror the words of Isaiah 2 and which speak to events of the Lake of Fire when there is no more war.

Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Flesh is symbolized in Scripture by the sea (Rev 20:8, Rev 16:3).  Ultimately there will be no more seas as all flesh is destroyed by judgment as the last enemy to be destroyed is death which means no more flesh.  This comes to the Elect first in down payment form but ultimately to all mankind at as the Millennium comes to an end and the judgment of the lake of fire commences.

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

Jesus Christ has overcome the world and everything in the world and one day too all men In Christ will be able to spiritually walk on the sea which is symbolic to gaining dominion over sin.

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Psa 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

The fruit of the Spirit begins with Love which is our obedience the judgments of God and the chastening grace causes us to walk in His way (Eze 36:27).  Fruit of the Spirit is manifest in those who “have” and are crucifying the flesh and its evil desires, AFTER we have walked in the fire of judgment.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

As we begin to partake of communion with the Body of Christ we begin to eat at the King’s Table and grow and thereby produce the fruit for which we have been chosen to produce.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Mic 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

Mic 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

Being fed the rod is being fed the word of God which judges us in the last day.  What is bitter to the old way of life and the flesh is sweet to the new man and is what nourishes the new man.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter

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

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

The Lord’s Elect, the Body speak those words of fire (Jer 5:14) that consume the adversaries of God.  We are they that feed the flock of God and give one another the very spiritual food that grows and matures the new man within us. Christ tells Peter 3 times in John 21 to feed and to nourish His sheep signifying the process of spiritual completion (three) by judgment.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

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

These “marvelous” [H6381] works of the Lord are indeed the same “wonderful” [H6381] works of the Lord to the children of men in Psalm 107. These works are His judgments and the trials and tribulations we must endure to be delivered from the world (Egypt) and its carnal way of life.  These many signs and wonders are the many tribulations of Acts 14:22.

Psa 107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Carmel, Bashan and Gilead are all places where the Lord’s people gain great spiritual victories.  All those stories are written for our admonition to teach us valuable spiritual truths (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:12).  Carmel is where all the lies and false doctrines of Baal are cast out of our heavens (1Ki 18:40) as we kill all the false prophets.

Bashan and Gilead represent the land of King Og and where Israel had a wonderful overcoming experience with a major enemy. King Og was the last obstacle east of the Jordan for Israel to cross over and enter into the promised land and begin to be fruitful and multiply.  For us to advance and mature we must too be overcomers.

Deu 3:3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.

Deu 3:4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Deu 3:5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

Yet we don’t continue to fight.  We get complacent.  We are warned not to become slothful not to grow weary but continue to strive and endure to the end.  The same shall be saved.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

In that day, the Lord will awaken us to righteousness and get us back feeding on our enemies the way we did in type and shadow in Bashan and Gilead. Enemies of Christ are bread for the new man.  The mighty men of the flesh, the bulls of Bashan become food for us.

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

We learn to eat strong meat as a mature man and that is dying to self, bearing the trials and the afflictions for which all of God’s Elect have been appointed.  This is spiritual nourishment for Christ in is to grow and mature and bear fruit that remains.

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

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

Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him

Breaking bread with our fellow brethren is sharing the Word and fellowship with Christ.  Eating the Word is partaking of the suffering and affliction for which all of God’s Elect have been appointed (Phi 1:29).  This is how we endure, dying daily and ultimately become overcomers.

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

Christ is His Body and the Body is the Tree of Life. As we overcome and conquer the enemies of the Lord, we are eating of the tree of life. The old man is dying and Christ is being raised to eternal life.

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

Eating of this bread, the Body of Christ is the hidden manna that the world does not know.  But we who are overcoming have the mind of Christ and bear His name in a mystery.

Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Next week Lord willing, we will conclude the Book of Micah and review the final five verses.  A brief summary of the entire book will also be provided to bring to remembrance the things we have studies these past 5 months.

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

Your servant in Christ,

Pete