Studies

Purging the Midianite Kings

Download mp3 Study, right click “save as”

For Our Admonition Part 20

“Purging the Midianite Kings”

Verses:  Jdg 8:10 – 17

Our study of the exploits regarding judge Gideon is our experience as all things written are indeed ours to experience (1Co 3:21)!   The root of the Midianite spirits, the two kings are captured and killed and the land within us, under the Midianite influence is brought into subjection.

Jdg 8:10  Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. 

The two kings are in a place called Karkor [H1754], the only reference in all Scripture.  Christ must judge all nations within and without and Karkor is where Christ in us is sent to finish the war against the striving and contention of our unbelieving old man. Karkor means foundation and comes from a root word [H6979] that is translated as “break down, cast out, or destroy”.  This meaning reflects just how significant killing the Midianite kings is to our walking the narrow way. When Gideon arrives at our inward Karkor, so has the fire (Word) which is beginning the laying of a proper foundation.

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

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.

It is only after we have been proven in the battle and have overcome and established a foundation on the Truth that we are ready to pursue (1Co 10:13) the greater pursuits and go after the Midianite kings.  Our baptism with fiery trials creates the foundation where success leads to more success in delivering Israel within us little by little.  Being weaned off milk and made to pursue kings takes time.

Isa 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Isa 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

We see the information in our first verse (Jud 8:10), that appears to be a contradiction regarding the original size and number of the Midianite army.  We were told earlier a couple of times that this host or army was without number, a multitude that was uncountable.

Jdg 6:5  For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

Enemies of God that draw the sword are enemies that exalt themselves against the Words of Christ and His Doctrines and narrow way.  God purposefully created us to have enmity against Christ (Gen 315, Rom, 8:20, Jer 18:4) so that He makes us over putting us under subjection to His Word in order to find the peace of Christ, a resting place.

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.

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

Here we are now told the original army was 135,000 men strong if we take the number remaining and add in the number that fell (15,000 remains plus 120,000 which fell = 135,000).  The fact 120,000 fell and 15,000 remain to be felled are not conveying literal numbers but spiritual lessons (Joh 6:63) and truths which are “is, was and will be” truths.  There is no contradiction to the spiritual man who is given to discern spiritual truths conveyed and hidden to the natural man.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Twelve is the number for foundation just as Karkor means the same.  It was the slaying of the 120,000 (12 x 10 x 10 x 10) which “is, was and will be”, the process (the number 3) by which we are being matured.  This is our preparation, the foundation on which we are established before we are able to continue and endure wars and tribulations all the way to the end.  The number 15,000, the Midianite remnant remaining symbolizes the continued battle once the foundation is established.   It is grace by faith in the process of our judgment in the day of the Lord by which we are “being” saved little by little (5 x 3 x 10 x 10 x 10).  The enemy could not be literally numbered as Judges 6:35 stated.  The further detail in Judges 8:10 is giving us spiritual revelation of the principles of the Lord’s process of setting us firmly on His foundation before we are able to then begin to overcome the remnant and slay the Midianite kings.

We learn more details about how Gideon found the two Midianite kings.

Jdg 8:11  And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was secure. 

Jdg 8:12  And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host. 

Nobah [H5025] is only mentioned one other place Scripture yet we can deduce some significance of its meaning in this scripture.

Num 32:42  And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name. 

It has been a theme of a Midianite of making a name for oneself.

Gen 11:4  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

We are going to find Midianite kings where we have ambition and motive to make a name for ourselves!  Contrast this ambition with the example of lowliness and meekness set by our Lord for us to follow.

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

The root of Nobah comes from H5024 and means bark in its only use in the Bible.  All of this is speaking of Israel acting out of faith (i.e. the dogs outside the city).  Midianite kings keep thriving in our land make us spiritually blind and dumb and loving to sleep like physical dogs.  It’s the same spirit that is defining the Midianite kings, outward sacrifice at the expense of obedience (Zebah) and denying entry into the shade and protection of Christ (Zalumma).

Isa 56:10  His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark [H5024]; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isa 56:11  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Jogbehah is a second witness of the same spiritual condition and place in our heart where the Midianite kings reside.  It comes from a root H1361 that means to soar and be exalted and lifted up.  Here is a verse we should all be familiar with that speaks to a SELF EXALTED state and is derived from the root of Jogbehah.

Eze 28:2  Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up [H1361] and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

These Midianites and the remnant army (host) are dwelling quite safely in these two places in the land within us.  That is until the Lord’s army and judges comes to these villages bearing the sword of the Lord.

Jdg 8:12  And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host. 

As Christ enters into the nations and cities in rebellion to His ways, those thoughts which are the enemy armies within us will be discomfited.  Without a head, the host of the Midianites become afraid and trembling which is the more common meaning of discomfited.  Having our man of sin and lawlessness being revealed to us and then taken out of the way by Christ (2Th 2:3-7) is necessary for us to be made weak in the flesh so we can then be strong in the Spirit.

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1Co 2:3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Judgment on Succoth and Penuel

With the kings captured, Gideon now returns to judge and teach the cities that had defied him in our last study.

Jdg 8:13  And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 

Jdg 8:14  And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and enquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men. 

Jdg 8:15  And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary? 

Jdg 8:16  And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth. 

Jdg 8:17  And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city. 

About 50% of the English translations say Gideon returned from the “Ascent of Heres” instead of before the sun came up.  Either way, it is saying the same things.  We, as God’s judges, are there to speak words of fire to those that are being judged.  We plant and water but only the Lord can raise the sun up from within a Midianite controlled land.

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

The implanted and watered WORD that judges the old man and gives life to the new man in the times appointed.  It is those who hear these words of fire that are being cleansed of the Midianite kings.

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

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

Gideon is returning to Succoth and Penuel as he promised to render recompense for their refusal to serve and help when needed. It won’t appear this way to the old man, but Gideon is coming in peace as he said he would and tearing down the tower of idols that is needed to cleanse the temple and make room for Christ.

Jdg 8:9  And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. 

Gideon’s return in type and shadow is Christ’s return to His Temple, which Temple we are!

Joh 2:15  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise (i.e. gain saying)

This is type and shadow of the second coming of Christ to all men in their appointed day of the Lord.  The prince of peace brings peace, yet that peace only comes by way of the sword.  In the same way, we gain our life only by losing the old one via fiery judgment.

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

Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Gideon captures a young one [H5288] symbolizing a child of God seeking escape from the bondage and lies of Succoth.  A young child of God in Spirit will know the elders and key false doctrines that keep Succoth striving and contending against the Truth. The child writes down for Gideon the seventy-seven leaders of Succoth that Gideon will then retrain. The number seventy-seven is significant in it being the multiple of eleven with seven.  Summation from Mike’s study on the Number Eleven follows:

Eleven is simply the ruin and disintegration of the perfection of the flesh. Eleven plus one is a solid foundation for those who are God’s spiritual temple. Twelve minus one is a rebellious, very confusing, unbelieving state.  Eleven signifies that time when we have just met Christ and we are just now becoming aware of our total blindness. The time of our judgment still lies ahead of us.

The Number Seven symbolizes “completion” of whatever is the context of the discussion and here we are talking about judgment.  Two seven’s or 77 is our complete witness we have in Christ from Adam to the mature man.  There are seventy-seven leaders or mindsets of Succoth we have to experience to go from Adam to having the mind of Christ.  All of our rebellion and carnal enmity with God must be met and converted in our day of judgment.  There are seventy-seven “generations” or mindsets from Adam to Christ according to the lineage listed by Luke in Chapter 3:23-38.

Jdg 8:16  And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth. 

Jdg 8:17  Then he tore down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city. 

Gideon begins teaching the men of Succoth the truth.  They are learning this truism about reaping what we sow.

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

Thorns and briars are the lies and false doctrines we learn in our wilderness experience in Babylon which remain with us and our burned out little by little.  It is the Succothites within and without ourselves to whom Gideon and all of Christ’s Christ are sent to speak words of fire.

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

Eze 2:7  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

In the day of the Lord, those words are heard in Succoth and the thorns and briars are no more.

Eze 28:24  And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

We learn righteousness only by our judgment.  Tearing down the tower of Baal in Penuel is the same things that kills the old man of Peneul which is the same as being taught righteousness in Succoth.

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

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

This is the positive of briars and thorns. They are used as Gideon uses them to show us our erring and contrast the way of truth versus lies and godliness from inequity.  Nothing is wasted in God’s plan for our lives, it all works for good in the end (Rom 8:28).

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

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

After Gideon’s swift judgment (teaching) the rebellious Succothites and Penuelites, the focus turns to the two kings who must be destroyed per the commandments of the Law of Moses.

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:

A wise man learns from all his experiences even from his enemies.  Gideon now turns his attention to the kings to obey the Lord and leaving nothing alive that exalts itself against Christ in our heaven.  Gideon asks the kings a question and Lord willing, this is where we will start next time which should be our final disposition of the Midianites and Gideon’s exploits.  Here are Gideon’s question and the initial sequence of verses we will cover in the next study.

Jdg 8:18  And he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, “What kind of men were they whom you killed at Tabor?” So they answered, “As you are, so were they; each one resembled the son of a king.” 

Jdg 8:19  Then he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you.” 

Jdg 8:20  And he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise, kill them!” But the youth would not draw his sword; for he was afraid, because he was still a youth. 

Jdg 8:21  So Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Rise yourself, and kill us; for as a man is, so is his strength.” So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments that were on their camels’ necks. 

 

Studies

The Coming War With the Midianites

Note:  Audio recording had technical error and will need to be redone.  A great discussion lost but that too all the Lord’s doing

For Our Admonition 14

 “The Coming War With the Midianites”

Key Verses: Jdg 6:1 – Jdg 6:10

We continue in the book of Judges and begin looking at the story of Gideon.  This will be a multi-part study with many spiritual lessons contained in the signified words of Judges Chapters 6-8 as the Midianites subdue the land and the Lord uses this evil to teach and admonish Israel.  The pattern of the prior judge dying off and the children of Israel soon returning to doing evil repeats itself.

Jdg 6:1  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 

Jdg 6:2  And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds

Jdg 6:3  And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 

Jdg 6:4  And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 

Jdg 6:5  For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 

Jdg 6:6  And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 

Jdg 6:7  And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 

Jdg 6:8  That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 

Jdg 6:9  And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 

Jdg 6:10  And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 

 We should be noticing a pattern and Lord willing begin to apply this in our walk.  Our oppression and vexation by heathen enemies is the punishment (curse) for our disobedience. This is the grace of God in action, the experience of evil that is humbling us (Ecc 1:13 CLV).

Deu 28:20  The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

These wicked inward (and outward) nations are part of His sword that will be used for good and turning the hearts of Israel back to the Lord.  Nothing is being wasted as the Lord makes wicked people and creates evil all for the good of His people.

Psa 17:13  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

The Lord’s answer to us (Israel) doing evil is to send more trouble to us to enslave us further.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

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

To turn the hearts of a rebellious and disobedient Israel (you and me) the Lord is sending the wicked to bring us to our wits end where we cry out for deliverance and learn obedience.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Like the Moabites, the Midianites are inward enemies, part of our own household of flesh, that must be overcome because they will keep us from walking by faith.   Their origins come from Midian, the son of Abraham’s concubine wife Keturah (Gen 25:1-2).  There are two seeds of Abraham, one of flesh and one of Spirit, but only the seed of Isaac is given the promise who are the chosen of God.  Our fleshly seed (old man) is being destroyed and in the process is being used to save the spiritual seed (the new man) in faith.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Children of the East:

While the Midianites are central, this time of Israel’s history involved related nations all found to the east of Israel.  It was the Midianites who are also the Ishmaelites who buy Joseph (the new man in us) and take him to slavery in Egypt (Gen 37:28).  The offspring of Ishmael and Midian, both being sons of concubines are sent to dwell in the east signifying this separation with Israel who is given faith.  Men or children of the east are men of the FLESH versus the children of the Spirit of Christ who abide in the west.

Gen 25:6  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. 

The men and kings of the east (Rev 16:12) symbolize Babylon which is the seed of Abraham (called) but not the seed that is chosen and born of the Spirit.  It is in the east where we all must go (Isaac, Moses) when called of God and from where we will be called out (Gen 29:1, Exo 2:15, Rev 18:4) in the appointed time.  Children of the east are known for wisdom and are rich (Job) and increased of goods having many cattle and camels.

The Meaning of Midian:

The name Midian comes from a word of the same name that means contention and comes from H4066 that means strife and contention.

H4079, midyân, mid-yawn’A variation for H4066: – brawling, contention (-ous).

contentions, 4

H4066, mâdôn

strife, 7

contention, 3

contentious, 3

discord, 1

Midianites and Moabites go hand and glove and are aligned with our carnal mind that is always at enmity with the ways of the Lord (Rom 8:7).  The Midianites work with Moab, the Amalekites and other children of the east to curse Israel and cause Israel to sin.

Num 22:7  So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.

Num 31:16  Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

We are commanded to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2Co 10:3-5).  An Old Testament version of this command is this.

Num 25:17  Vex the Midianites, and smite them:

Num 25:18  For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled (seduced) you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi ….

If we do not obey the Lord, we will be recompensed with more evil and more enemies who will compass about us and cause us to err in judgment.

Hab 1:3  Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 

Hab 1:4  Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth

Being enslaved to the Midianites is another type and shadow of our being enslaved in Babylon.  Being enslaved to strife and contention is the manifestation of unbelief and a yet carnal mindset.  Unity is replaced by division, strife and envy.

1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The fiery Word is necessary for judgment to burn all the wood and carnal mindedness up.

Pro 26:20 Where no wood (carnal mindedness) is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Pro 26:21  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 

Strife and contention represent the mirror opposite of the peace and rest that those in the faith are to be dwelling.

Jas 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

Jas 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Jas 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Midianites in large numbers bring envy, pride and all works of the flesh to the forefront and thus are good in helping us examine ourselves and how we conduct ourselves in the house of God.

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Pride and envy and other such fleshly lusts and emotions stir up strife and discord and cause us to exalt ourselves and seek dominion over others including the new man within.

Pro 28:25  He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

When the Midianites are strong in the land, Israel is unable to work the land and hides out in the dark caves and strong holds created by our defiled mindset.

Jdg 6:2  And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds

Jdg 6:3  And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 

Jdg 6:4  And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

Midianites and their coalition partners (Amalekites, children of the east) take away all of Israel’s sustenance including their animals that work and provide food.  Such is the curse of our disobedience to the commands.

Deu 28:31  Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.

When strife and contention is in control there is little good we can do for the Lord and our service is greatly diminished. Being bitter about our fiery trials and chastening is an attitude and thought pattern we are taking captive to bear fruit for God.

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

There is little produced for the Lord when the Midianites are in control of the Promised Land.  All of Israel’s (our) sustenance is taken away and we are unable to feed ourselves or others the Truth of the Lord.  Without any sustenance, we come into a place called Spiritual Gaza.  The name Gaza comes from a root word H5794 and H5810 that appropriately tells us of our demeanor and thought life when the Midianites within oppressing Israel are.  Being vehement, harsh, fierce and greedy are traits of our flesh and selfish carnal mindset that will suppress the fruit and good works the Lord demands of His people.

H5794, az

From H5810; strong, vehement, harsh: – fierce, + greedy, mighty, power, roughly, strong.

The Midianites presence in Israel removes the sheep, the oxen and the asses from Israel.  Midianite thoughts (spirits) are destroying and taking God’s people captive who are the sheep of His pasture (Psa 100:3).  Instead of feeding the sheep of the Lord (Joh 21), we all first go astray for a time becoming spiritual wolves instead that are devouring the sheep through covetousness and strife.

Eze 22:27  Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Deu 5:21  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour’s. 

Midianites defile our heavens and earth and bring and keep SELF as our top priority.

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Joh 10:12  But he that is an hireling (wolf), and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

An ox is a symbol of the power and strength within us to increase our spiritual wealth and health.  The land within must be worked and tilled and the ox is the best spiritual animal the Lord has given to Israel to use (no horses allowed).

Pro 14:4  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

The Midianites spirits are causing us to err from the Lord and work the land (examining ourselves) and making the necessary corrections in our walk (Mat 7:5, 2Co 13:5).  Our ox falls into a ditch and is not returned (Exo 23:4) and Israel suffers a season of spiritual depravity. In a like manner, the asses or donkeys of the land are also found no more.  All of God’s people come into the Christ (the City of God) riding a young donkey which is representing of our beastly nature and already being humbled by trials that are dragging us to Christ (Joh 6:44).  We come meekly as little children to the living God.   That is the attitude we lose with Midianites in control.

Mat 21:5  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

The Midianites separate us from the brethren and bring division between us and Christ that oppress and vex us until the Lord brings deliverance.  Without any sheep, oxen or donkeys we are doomed to remain in bondage to our enemies.  We need the ability to walk in the Spirit or else we have no hope but to fulfill the lusts of our flesh.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

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.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies …

Whereas the lies of Babylon and the harlot are said to be 200 Million (Rev 9:16), the numbering of the Midianites is said to be without number.

Jdg 6:5  For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 

Ultimately, the Midianites represent all mankind or the whole world in the same way we know Babylon is much more than just the orthodox churches of men.  Looking ahead we see a second witness to the “without number” count of this enemy and their camels.

Jdg 7:12  And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

All of mankind represents both the sands of the sea (Rev 7:9) and the stars of heaven (Gen 15:5) that cannot be numbered and who are opposed to Christ, but will all be converted in the end (Gen 16:10). This whole world hates Christ and will come against us as Israel.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Cattle signify possessions or riches which are the lusts of the flesh (1Joh 2:15-16) that the Midianites within covet and trust in, versus the sure Words of the Lord.  The word for cattle H4735 is also translated as possessions and even the word substance as we see in Job 1:3 and 1:10.

Job 1:3  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

It takes judgment by a judge to bring the wrath and fire of the Word to awaken us to our sickened and naked “self-righteous” spiritual condition (Rev 3:17).  True riches, the kind the Lord loves is His righteousness that is the gold we are told to be buying in the fire of judgment.  Buying gold in this fire is our selling all that we own.  This is how we as the “rich young ruler” are learning to follow the Lord.

Luk 18:22  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

The land east of Israel in the natural is a dry and desert place which is a good fit for camels (Rom 1:20).  These large beasts carry our fleshly burdens and represent our carnal Babylonish thoughts.  Camels are also a symbol of worldly riches (store of fat and water) that are the outward righteousness of the law that impresses men but does not fool God (1Sa 16:7, 1Ki 10:2).  Gulping down this outward righteousness is how we swallow a camel.

Mat 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Our camels are ultimately bowing down at the well of Christ when we are being given our new wife that is the Body of Christ (Gen 24:11).  The judgment upon the Midianites and the deliverance of Israel is a type and shadow of our self-righteous camel coming through the needle’s eye.

Luk 18:25  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

We have learned in other studies that lies and false doctrines are the locusts (grasshoppers as used here) that blot out the truth and keep us focused on carnal things.  Such is the mindset of a Midianite that are in the promised land without number.  Gideon and all of the Lord’s judges have a gigantic task in front of us to subdue a gigantic Midianite army within and convert all men without when we judge the world in the lake of fire.  We know from the rest of Gideon’s story, that this enemy without number is conquered using a very small army (a little flock) of 300 men (1%) that was winnowed down from an initial 30,000.

Jdg 7:7  And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

As we are being dragged to Christ, our spiritual impoverishment will torment us, and we will cry to the Lord for deliverance from our flesh and salvation from the Midianite oppression.

Jdg 6:6  And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 

Jdg 6:7  And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 

Jdg 6:8  That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 

Jdg 6:9  And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 

Jdg 6:10  And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

The Lord answers our cries and sends a messenger to speak the Word of truth and remind us of the many miracles and progress we have already made in coming out of Egypt (the world) and making it into the Promised Land.  Coming out the world’s (Egypt’s) bondage is a great beginning but there is more to being free in Christ.  We must also come out of Babylon and be freed from the oppressions of the lies and false doctrines of the world that masquerade as religion and self-righteousness.  The prophet is only the preparation stage of our baptism by fiery trials.  Christ and a Judge must follow and that is when the real war begins, and the land is reclaimed.

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

All men dwell in the land of the Amorites (Canaan – Gen 10:16) which are these clay vessels which are marred and made carnal by God’s sovereign design (Psa 51:5, Jer 18:4).

Eze 16:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

It is by coming to know our marred origins and through the hope of our promised salvation that we are in the process of being saved in this age.

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

We are told to “fear not” the Amorites which is our fearing men and not the Lord.  The Lord telling us here of our disobedience is to link the invasion of the Midianites to our disobedience.  This is an OT way of representing the grace of God that is saving us from our sins and working righteousness in our day of judgment.  The sooner we are given to fear the Lord and obey Him, the quicker the land is being cleansed and peace restored to Israel.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace (wars, fire, tribulations, etc) did much more abound:

A judge and savior are needed and is coming to cleanse the land of the Midianites. The Lord calls upon Gideon to do His mighty works in ridding Israel of the Midianite invaders that have impoverished Israel.  We will look further into the escapades of Gideon in future studies.

Jdg 6:11  And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

Jdg 6:12  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

Sincere questions welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

Studies

Women in the Life of Moses

Spiritual Significance of Women in the Life of Moses

(This was a 2-part study, combined into one written study)

We will look at four women in the life of Moses. Women represent the church in type and shadow and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses, the well-favoured of God. Moses was and is faithful in his house, but he is not the Son. In this study we will see that the mindset of Moses as ordained by the Lord, is a mindset we have to move beyond to be found in Christ. With that being said, let us look at the women in the life of Moses.

Exo 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace [H2580, well favoured] in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Moses

For those with eyes to see, we see a pattern being played out in Scriptures which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ. From before Moses was born, God, the Father, through Christ, has set into motion the things which would call Moses into a life of which he had not chosen and to which he would ultimately be used to save many people alive. This servant is chosen from a very particular tribe for a very specific purpose for His people. We are being set apart from our mother’s womb.

Exo 2:1  And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
Exo 2:2  And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exo 2:3  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Psa 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

We, like Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord. From the foundation of the world, we are being chosen to be a people unto the Lord for His purposes.

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:
Deu 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

The mother of Moses

In and of ourselves, we are not important but what we are being formed into is of great value to the Lord. Moses’s life is starting off in a type of baptism seeing as Moses mother creates an ark of bulrushes [papyrus]. Moses mother does this after a period of three months to show us that there is a process involved of growing us up in Christ so that we are being used in the capacity of being a saviour to the Lord’s people in order to bring them to the place of the Name of the Lord, mount Zion within first [having dominion over sin] and also without at the appointed times. Let us read from another Scripture about those ambassadors in vessels of bulrushes.

Isa 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Isa 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers [Egypt] have spoiled!

In this story of Exodus, God’s people and His land have been spoiled by the Egyptians but there is about to come a time when it is God’s people who spoil the Egyptians and, so it is for us today. The word ark where Moses was put is the same word used in Noah’s ark. This is not a coincidence because these two arks are both symbols of the Lord protecting His chosen people through His Word. Moses’s parents hid him for three months because they had faith. They were not afraid to disobey Pharaoh [man of sin]. Moses was a Hebrew born from Levite parents, and being nursed by his own mother until he was weaned [Ex 2:8-10]. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols here in this story of his true family, Christ’s spiritual family for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

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.

1Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

1Th 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Symbolically Moses’s natural family then represents the Body of Christ for us where we hear Truth for the first time and being nursed during this stage of our walk. This is what Moses’s mother and family shadows here, in other words, the mindset of Moses here is one that knows the Truth, but Christ is not come a second time yet.

Pharaoh’s daughter

In all of the Lord’s workings, He prepares a way before us so that His plan can continue to be established for those in this age He calls His people, so that everyone else can be called to be His people later. This preparation is no different for Moses in Exodus and for us in our own lives. Consider that this story is about Moses, and about Christ, and about Christ’s Body. Moses had to go into Egypt in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow.  Let us read what happens next:

Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
Exo 2:5  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
Exo 2:6  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Exo 2:7  Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exo 2:8  And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
Exo 2:9  And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
Exo 2:10  And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Christ used the Pharaoh’s daughter and is using her to save Moses from Pharaoh. The meaning of Moses’s name, pulled out of the water refers to Christ saving His people from the hands of their enemies. Christ saved and is saving us from lies within and without. Paul talks about being in perils of waters:

Psa 18:16 (KJV) He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
Psa 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

2Co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Under Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses, grew up as a prince of Egypt, yet he always knew that he was a Hebrew as we know our true calling in Christ. Moses grew up as a great man in words and deeds under the Pharaoh’s daughter. He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians. When we lose our first love and move away from the faith once delivered to us, the flesh grows stronger and stronger.

Act 7:21 (GNB) and when he was put out of his home, the king’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

Act 7:22 He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in words and deeds.

Moses lived a very comfortable life, as the adopted son, he was eating in pleasure and this is us in type. His life was hedged, being dead whilst alive.

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

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Lam 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. Lam 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Moses was forty years old before he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated. Forty is the symbol for trials. So, after forty years, Moses is being tried. Christ was tempted forty days.

Act 7:23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated.

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

When Moses saw how his people [Israel] were being treated, he decided to give up his life as a prince of Egypt and decided to suffer with God’s people instead.

Heb 11:24 (GNB) It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king’s daughter.

Heb 11:25 He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while.

But unlike Christ who was tempted and never gave in, Moses failed in his own efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him [Rom 2:15], thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], he could save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others.

Exo 2:11 (CEV) After Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were hard at work, and he saw an Egyptian beating one of them.

Exo 2:12 Moses looked around to see if anyone was watching, then he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

Exo 2:13 When Moses went out the next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting. So, he went to the man who had started the fight and asked, “Why are you beating up one of your own people?” Exo 2:14 The man answered, “Who put you in charge of us and made you our judge? Are you planning to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian?”

This frightened Moses because he was sure that people must have found out what had happened.  Moses killed an Egyptian to protect a fellow Israelite. Shedding blood is not how you are being saved, nor you or your family within or without. That is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing your brother is not leading your family within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it.

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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.

So, this is the mindset of Moses whilst in Egypt under Pharaoh’s daughter. This is a process and the this is the pattern of how Christ operates when all is said and done, as He used Jacob’s trickery of Isaac to bring out Jacob’s good in the end. Christ also works out the wellbeing of Joseph’s brothers through the evil deeds they commit against Joseph as it is for us even today. Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing his brother.

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.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy.

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

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The wife of Moses

After killing the Egyptian, Moses escaped to Midian, where he gets married.

Exo 2:15 When the king heard what Moses had done, the king wanted to kill him. But Moses escaped and went to the land of Midian. One day, Moses was sitting there by a well,

Exo 2:16 when the seven daughters of Jethro, the priest of Midian, came up to water their father’s sheep and goats.

Exo 2:17 Some shepherds tried to chase them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their animals.

Exo 2:18 When Jethro’s daughters returned home, their father asked, “Why have you come back so early today?”

Exo 2:19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds, and he even watered our sheep and goats.”

Exo 2:20 “Where is he?” Jethro asked. “Why did you leave him out there? Invite him to eat with us.”

Exo 2:21 Moses agreed to stay on with Jethro, who later let his daughter Zipporah marry Moses.

Exo 2:22 And when she had a son, Moses said, “I will name him Gershom, since I am a foreigner in this country.”

The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners.

Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isa 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. So, what does it mean to have Zipporah as wife, being one with her [Gen 2:24] or rather having the mindset of Zipporah as Moses has at this stage of his walk and this is us. In type it means that we all attempt at first to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and Zipporah, as the woman in this story, symbolizes the church within and without, as the force which opposes our complete circumcision. The fact that this happened when Moses was on his way back to Egypt to deliver his people Israel, demonstrates that this is an experience which is common to us all at the beginning of our own calling into the service of our Lord. We are all yet carnal babes in Christ even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts. We are in Egypt still.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk.

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.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me.

Exo 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

Zipporah typifies Babylon within us all, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is the mindset of Moses and us at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight.

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

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

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

We have to have our houses in order and have our sons mindset] circumcised [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed bled [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it.

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.

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.

This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest.

Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Recap

To summarize before we look at Moses’s sister, Miriam, the prophetess, let us freshen our memories about what we have learned in the first part of the study. We saw in the first part of the study that women represent the church in type and shadow [Rev 1:4], within and without, and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses through the women in his life. Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord, and his and our lives, a pattern being played out which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ or the revelation of Jesus Christ within us as Paul tells us. Moses was called into a life of service which he had not chosen as we also, are being called today, into a life of service through a fiery process.

Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

In this study, we first looked at Moses’s parents. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols and shadows the mindset of Moses’s true family, or the Body of Christ for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

Psa 22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

Next, we looked at the daughter of Pharaoh and the mindset it shadows. Moses had to go into Egypt [being the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter (Exo 2), a prince in Egypt] in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow [MO of the Lord]. In Egypt, Moses and we lack nothing, our lives are being hedged, we are being dead whilst alive [Rev 3:17]. Moses and we are being tried after forty days [Act 7:23]. The Lord causing us to give up our lives as princes of Egypt [Heb 11:24] and causing us to suffer with God’s people instead.
Christ who was tempted never gave in, but we as Moses, fail in our efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses, through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], could and can save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others. We think we can come to Christ through the law of the gentiles.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

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

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;)

Shedding blood physically or spiritually is not how we are being saved, this is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing our brethren is not leading our families within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it [Mat 5, Rom 12]. We as Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing our brethren when we do this is, was and will be.

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.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy [1Co 5:6].

Next, we looked at the wife of Moses to see what the mindset of Moses and we represents here. The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners [Isa 43, Rom 5]. It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. We at first, attempt to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and as Zipporah in type, opposes our complete circumcision. We are yet carnal babes in Christ [1 Co 3] even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk. Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh [Ex 4]. Zipporah typifies Babylon within us, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is our mindset and the mindset of Moses at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight [Heb 12].

We have to be of the circumcision [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed blood [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it. This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest [Heb 4]. There is still one more church in Moses, an OT witness of us.

The sister of Moses

Here is Strong’s definition of the meaning of the name, Miriam:
H4813
mirya m
meer- yawm’
>From H4805; rebelliously; Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses: – Miriam

A wife rebelling against her husband is as natural as the carnal mind being enmity and not being subject to the law of God [Rom 8:7]. It is all part of being a marred vessel first.

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

Mar 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Miriam was a prophetess. Being a prophetess and we are prophets Lord willing means this:

Exo 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exo 15:21 And Miriam answered them [the women], Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Miriam, as prophetess, leads the women [our souls within] with timbrels and dances in singing unto the Lord. Christ does not use prophesy to lead men into battle against the enemy [carnal mind] but Christ’s Words [John 6:63] are being used to battle against the wars in our heavens [Eph 6:12]. We know all is true in the natural or physical as well.

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [ they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1Co 14:35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1Co 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Here is an example how the process of being saved goes. Look at what we, as Miriam, does as God, the Father, through Christ, brings us out of Egypt sending before us Moses, Aaron and Miriam:

Num 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 And they [Miriam & Aaron] said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

Miriam is mentioned first shadowing the instigator of the rebellion. Aaron, her brother, here in this witness, typifies God’s priests in every generation who are not being able to stand up against a woman [a rebelling church within and without] and who are disobedient to our high calling in Christ. Aaron here, typifies us, as the priests who are not acknowledging that the words written by Paul are the commandments of the Lord. We have to be doers of the Word, not hearers only.

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

The women/church in us ignores Christ’s Words of Spirit and Life.

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.

Christ punishes the mindset of Miriam and Aaron’s rebellion against Moses [here typifying Christ]. Miriam and Aaron are being motivated by jealousy and not by racism against Moses’s wife, Zipporah, which they were just using to hide their jealousy of the seventy elders chosen by Moses.

Num 12:1 (ERV) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses. They criticized him because he married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 (GNB) They said, “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” The LORD heard what they said.

The way the Lord punished Miriam with leprosy confirms this fact. Miriam is a symbol of the church which leads us in rebellion against Christ and against His elect, symbolized by Moses here in this story.

Num 12:10 (KJV) And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Let us look at what happened after Miriam was healed of the leprosy and was accepted back in the camp of Israel.

Num 12:15 (ISV) So Miriam was isolated outside the camp for seven days and the people didn’t travel until Miriam was brought in.

Even though Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses in private, all of Israel learned about this rebellion and the consequence to Miriam because they had to wait for her to get healed before they continued their travel. We have to be healed of leprosy. A Little leaven leavens the whole lump.

This rebellious mindset of Miriam we see also as the mindset of Moses in another OT witness. Here are the Scriptures where Christ instructing Moses and Aaron to bring water to the people from the Rock.

Num 20:6 (ISV) Then Moses and Aaron went into the presence of the community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them.

Num 20:7 The LORD told Moses,

Num 20:8 “Take the rod, gather the community together, and then you and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock right before their eyes. It will release water. As you bring water to them from the rock, the community and the cattle will be able to drink.

Did Moses obey Christ? Pay close attention to what happened next.

Num 20:9 (KJV) And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Moses and Aaron did not exactly obey the Lord. The Lord told them to speak to the Rock [type and shadow of Christ] and after it releases water, they have to fetch the water [working, having faith John 5:17] and give it to the people. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses struck it twice. Instead of fetching the water and giving it to the people, Moses and Aaron just let the people drink directly from it symbolizing warming ourselves by the fire and not dying daily if you look at this with spiritual eyes. The power of God is Christ and the Words Christ speaks, giving life giving waters to the nations within and without. We are the pillars in the Temple of God, nobody comes to the Father except through Christ and His sons.

Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Num 20:12 (ERV) But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “You did not trust me enough to honor me and show the people that I am holy. You did not show the Israelites that the power to make the water came from me. So, you will not lead the people into the land that I have given them.”

Num 20:13 This place was called the waters of Meribah. This is where the Israelites argued with the LORD and where he showed them that he was holy.

God is not a respecter of persons. We suffer Christ’s wrath for our sins. It is in the same chapter that we are told of Aaron’s death. Moses dies later.

Num 20:23 (ERV) Mount Hor was near the border of Edom. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Num 20:24 “It is time for Aaron to die and go to be with his ancestors [in the grave, not in heaven or in hell]. Aaron will not enter the land that I promised to the Israelites. Moses, I say this to you because both you and Aaron did not fully obey the command I gave you at the waters of Meribah.

Num 20:25 “Now, bring Aaron and his son Eleazar up to Mount Hor.

Num 20:26 Take Aaron’s special clothes from him and put these clothes on his son Eleazar. Aaron will die there on the mountain. And he will go to be with his ancestors.”

Num 20:27 Moses obeyed the LORD’S command. Moses, Aaron, and Eleazar went up on Mount Hor. All the Israelites watched them go.

Num 20:28 Moses removed Aaron’s special clothes and put them on Aaron’s son Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Moses and Eleazar came back down the mountain.

Num 20:29 All the Israelites learned that Aaron was dead. So, everyone in Israel mourned for 30 days.

Aaron as a type of us, getting punished should clearly show us that we should never think that we are immune to God’s wrath while we are in this sinful flesh. Christ suffered God’s wrath despite not committing any sin [Heb 4:15]. This event at the waters of Meribah is mentioned in Psalms and we are given a very important detail:

Psa 106:32 (ASV) They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;

Psa 106:33 Because they were rebellious against his spirit, And he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

Unlike Moses, the Lord never spoke unadvisedly with his lips. But very much like Moses, Christ suffered in His sinful flesh for our sakes.

1Co 2:10 (ISV) But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

Moses’s rebellion caused him not to lead his people into the Promised land [Num 20].
What is the take of the mindset of Miriam i.e. rebellion in Moses? We have not to have prophesy only but also keep the sayings of this Book, all of it!

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.

Short Summary

We looked at the mindset of Moses, the friend of God, through the eyes of the women in his life, which all represent the church within us at different stages of the process. We, as Moses, as the servant do not enter into the Kingdom of God, only sons of Christ enter in. We have to come to Christ and we know the Lord drags us to Him.

Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Joh 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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

Prophesy has its place and we need to take heed.

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

We have to become doers of His Word [John 6:63]. This is a process which entails the Revelation of Christ and which is clearly being shown us through the different mindsets of Moses as portrayed by the churches within Moses and us! A Renewing mindset is what the Lord is doing with us.

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.

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.

Studies

Habakkuk Part 7 – Being Saved by The Light

Download mp3 Study, Right Click “Save As”

Discussion – Protected

“Being Saved by The Light”

Key Verses: Hab 3:4 – 3:11

The formerly wayward prophet (“Shigionoth”) who is now seeing the light of truth, continues with his Psalm of accountability and repentance wherein Habakkuk acknowledges the Lord’s hand in every phase of the life of Israel.  This is our story and our words, as we come to see truth and acknowledge we live by every word.  We are being taught of the Lord through judgment while we ourselves walk in the light (by fellowship) which is saving us from sin.

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.

Here are the new verses we will explore in this seventh installment of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 

Hab 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Hab 3:6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 

Hab 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? 

Hab 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 

Hab 3:10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

Our salvation comes only through revealing of the man of sin that we are as natural brute beasts.  That revealing only comes through the brightness of the Lord’s coming as Paul tells us.

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:

Yet that coming is now and has been occurring every generation since Pentecost.  The Lord lives in His people and it is within them and through them that this brightness is revealed. Those chosen of God are brought into the light that is Jesus Christ.  The light and the power (H7161 – Horns), all emanating from the WORD, are all in His hand.  Those “awesome hands” are the Body of Christ who are doing the greater works.  Horns in Scripture signify POWER either positive or negative.  When the brightness that is Christ appears, we begin to see the power of the WORD COMING out of His chosen instruments of salvation.

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.

Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of (“ek” – out of) the Jews. 

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

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

Just as our Lord is the Light of the World (Joh 8:12) so is His Christ who is sent as He was sent by His Father.

Mat 5:14 Ye (Christ’s disciples) are the light of the world….

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

The power of Jesus Christ through His Christ is hidden from carnal eyes and ears.  The veil of flesh prevents anyone from seeing it or understanding it until the Lord removes the veil and drags them to the Body of Christ (2Co 3:14, Mat 13:10).  The Body of Christ is the Lord’s Body and through whom He does His work and is a mystery and secret hidden from the world.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

The Lord is coming to and appearing only to those brought to see their need for a physician.

Hab 3:5  Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Our disobedience and rebellion are all part of God’s plan to bring us to a place of crying out for deliverance.  The Lord wounds us and also heals us (Deut 32:39, Job 5:18).  Being of the flesh first, we get sick with the diseases of Egypt which are the lies of the harlot (Rev 9:16).

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

This is what leads us to repent and go work for the Lord as the parable of the two sons tells us (Mat 21:29).  We must come to see our sickness first so that we may know that we need a physician.

Luk 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To get spiritually sick, we first go into Babylon and be deceived waiting for the appointed time for Christ to come call us out, so we no longer will be sick.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

It is the enemies of Jesus Christ and His Narrow Way who we, as the Lord’s Body, bring the burning coals to, as we are being led of the Lord.  This is bringing salvation inwardly to God’s sons now and all mankind in the lake of fire to come.

Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Christ’s Christ are the cherubims and the seraphims in the Bible, such symbolism telling us differing details of who we are as God’s instruments of salvation.  The spreading of the hot coals is how salvation comes and the promised land is purged of all sin.

Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 

 Eze 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

We need to be dying daily with Christ (Gal 2:20) till He comes in fullness, the race is not over until the end.  We are spiritually sick and abiding in death (sleep) if we do not judge ourselves properly (righteously by the plumbline) NOW.

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.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (later in the lake of fire)

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (later  in the lake of fire to come)

It is interesting to see that almost every other translation except the KJV took this word for Horn and used words insinuating rays of light instead.  Even the literal versions did this despite the fact H7161 is horn 75 of 76 occurrences in the KJV OT.

 Hab 3:4  YLT And the brightness is as the light, He hath rays out of His hand, And there—the hiding of His strength.

Hab 3:4 NKJV  His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.

Hab 3:4  NLT His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from His hands, where His awesome power is hidden.

Spiritually this is spot on as the power is the Word and the Word is the light that shines through us, God’s true people, who speak these fiery words that are also known as living waters flowing from our bellies (Joh 7:38).

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

When the light is judging us, our earth is being measured which put Gods enemies, the heathen nations, and our idols of flesh (the old man’s hills), to flight.

Hab 3:6  He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

The Lord measuring the earth is judgment day on the scales of righteousness according to the plumbline (Amo 7:8) being planted within us.  Getting a new mind, the mind of Christ, comes by the renewing of our mindsets in our day of the Lord.

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 opening of the sixth seal symbolically ushers in the day of wrath against the man of sin and our carnal minds, that remove our idols and destroy all of our fleshly escapes.  As they say, you can run but you cannot hide applies to the Lord’s good work in all men.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places…

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

Our spiritual beheading (Rev 20:4) is the only way we receive the mind of Christ which comes in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) experiencing all seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8).  This is accomplished when we appear before Christ for judgment.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The elect lives out these white throne verses now as judgment is now on the house of God as the end of our flesh is at hand in this age (1Pe 4:17).  The words of Jesus Christ will bring forth a new heaven and a new earth within every man once we begin to hear and live these words.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

When Christ comes for judgment into our earth, then we see ourselves as the man of sin and the abomination of desolation.  All of our self-righteousnesses is seen for what it is truly is; the filthy menstrual rags of Isaiah 64:6.

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble

Hab 3:8  Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?

 Tents is symbolism for the first temple we are under the old covenant, the law of Moses and/or the law of the Gentiles. We are all first Ethiopians, aka heathen Gentiles, from the land of Cush who are dragged to Christ through the affliction in our tents (dwellings).  This first temple is one built through our own righteous works and not by the grace of Christ.  That dwelling place is being torn down and being replaced by a new one built on the righteousness that is only by faith.

We can see this in these words more clearly if we correct the poor translation of the word affliction in this verse.  This is not the normal word for affliction H6040 but is instead H205 which is more aptly translated inequity or wickedness.  The Word is the light that is shining into all areas of darkness in due time (Luk 8:17).

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The curtains of Midian symbolize our self-righteous covering.  Perfection of the flesh according to the law of Moses is symbolized by the number 10 and were the instructions on how to construct the first dwelling place for the Lord (Exo 26:1-5).  But what was the goal for the law of Moses and we have to exceed that righteousness to enter into the kingdom of God (Mat 5:20) because it is all based on self-righteousness and not of faith (Gal 2:16).

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Midian and the Midianites comes from a root of the same name that means contentions that is derived from a word translated as strife.  So, it is clearly the representation of the land of Midian, as it is a place of our rebellion and contending with the Lord before the slaughter of our flesh is given so we can submit to His righteousness.  We take our first wife in Midian (Num 12:1, Exo 2:21) and are delivered in their hands awaiting our time of deliverance.

Jdg 6:1  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Here are some examples of a Midianite spirit from the New Testament that are to be burned out of us.  It is a very common problem for all men that have the pride of life in their DNA.

Luk 22:24  And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

1Co 1:11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Midian is a type of Babylon from whence the Lord first appears to us as He did to Moses (Exo 3:10).  This is where we hear the call to come out of her and separate from the heathen nations (2Co 6:6, Rev 18:4).  Thankfully the Lord is jealous for His Temple and His people and bring war for His namesake.  It is because of the anointing, the Spirit of God, coming within us and our dwelling with that Spirit IN Christ, through which God’s elect defeat the massive Midianite armies and our yoke of oppression is removed.

Isa 9:4  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian…

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

As we mature in understanding and know the Lord’s is faithful to His Word (means business), it will hasten the coming of a new earth and a new heaven within us.

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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

The law of sowing and reaping is instrumental in the Lord’s plan and how His “grace-nometer” of Rom 5:20 works in bringing us toward maturity.

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.

The Lord is not angry at the spiritual rivers which represent our thoughts and beliefs, every one of which He is giving to His people (Amo 4:13, Prov 16:9, Eph 1:11, etc.).  As Job told us both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16).  We are the works of HIS HANDS (Phil 2:13, Isa 64:8).  We are being re-molded into new vessels (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) to make manifest good works and be the light of Christ to the world.

The Lord wastes nothing in His plan and as Habakkuk comes to understand this is all part of bringing us to repentance and teaching us to walk by faith; trusting not in ourselves but only in the Lord.  All our deception (Exo 4:11) and erring from His ways (Isa 63:17) sets up the occasion for our day of the Lord and vengeance for the temple in which God is now dwelling (1Co 3:16).  The story of Samson seeking a Philistine wife, strictly forbidden in Israel, tells this story and the Lord’s plan in using our evil deeds for good by seeking an occasion against our flesh (Jdg 14:1-4).  Some other witnesses include:

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

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find no

Habakkuk and all the Lord’s people look behind themselves and see the purpose in what the Lord has and is working in our lives (2Co 4:15).  Our sin being exposed, despite our outward testimonies, all serves the Lord’s plan to soften us and make us pliable and useful in His kingdom.

Hab 3:9  Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

God’s elect is the Lord’s bow (archers) that is set in the cloud (Gen 9:13-14) of many witnesses that is The Christ of Christ (Heb 12:1).  That is where Christ ascended into the minds (heaven) of His chosen people and has been ascending in every generation since.

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he (Christ) was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Before we can be clothed with Christ’s righteousness, we and all men, will first come to see our spiritual nakedness which refers to our marred (Jer 18:4, Psa 51:5) “no good” (Rom 3:12) position.

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

The Lord makes manifest our nakedness and strips us of our covering to humble us and bring us to repentance knowing there is nothing good but His Spirit dwelling within us.  We are learning dependence upon Christ and His Christ for all things and losing all confidence in our flesh (Phil 3:3).  That is how we are being converted from dogs, outside the covenant of faith, to becoming the true circumcision that is the Israel of God.

We see the word SELAH again in Hab 3:9. As we saw last time, Selah, symbolizes a break or a pause giving added weight of the importance of the matter just proclaimed.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15) and a brute beast (Ecc 3:18), the man of sin (2Th 2:3) is a profound truth, required for the day of the Lord’s appearing to come.  We need to examine ourselves and our faith often, and reflect upon the Lord working ALL THINGS, including evil (Isa 45:7, Pro 16:4), our deceptions and idols (Job 12:16, Eze 14:4) to be re-shapened into Christ’s  righteousness.

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

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

The Lord breaks (cleaves) our earth using the rivers of lies and false doctrines that overwhelm us and bring us to our wits end in unbelief.  A kingdom divided against itself shall not stand and such is the end of Satan’s kingdom and the kingdom of our beasts as the Lord brings division (Luk 12:51-53) and the house collapses.

Mar 3:24  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Hab 3:10  The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11  The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

The light of Christ is saving us and bringing to an end the motion of following the flesh.  With greater faith, comes an increased ability to overcome the giants in the land.  Our mountains and idols will bow down in this day.  Vengeance is the Lord’s and when He comes for His Temple, which temple we are, the sun and the moon, referring here to our lies/false doctrines of unbelief and our outward self-righteousness’s, are not able to deceive us any longer.  The light of Christ, the Word of Truth, like arrows pierce our habitations and our carnal weapons of warfare are being laid down.

Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

The truth exposes and rebukes our sins and wickedness’s.  All darkness will be brought to the light of Jesus Christ as the Body of Christ, the glittering (also translated as lightening) spear of God, which defeat the enemies of God within and without ourselves through judgment by the Word (Joh 12:48).  We saw this concept play out in type and shadow when Israel conquered the Amorites and slayed its five kings (grace thru faith) in the Book of Joshua.

 Jos 10:12  Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Jos 10:13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Jos 10:14  And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Next time Lord willing, we will pick up with Christ marching through the land with His Armies and finishing the good work He has started in each of us by remaking us in the fire on His Potter’s Wheel.

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