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Defending the Gospel on Marriage

A Defense of the Gospel on Marriage

This is a continuation of the topic of Marriage and Divorce.  The original study can be found Clicking Here:

The gospel has always been contended with and needed to be defended by the Lord’s servants.  So it is in this generation as the ones preceding.

Jud 1:3  Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 

On one side, we are not to keep endless reasoning and contending for the truth with those who do not receive our words.  One either hears the words of truth or they cannot as it is all given of the Lord

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

Luk 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.

Yet on the other hand, this dispute and the study on the High Calling of Marriage did not come to light hastily.  There is a narrow way in all our conduct with regards to sharing the truth and correcting brothers who err and answering Pharisees [who are all of us in our time] who twist the Scriptures.  This topic has been disputed for some time with several lengthy written admonitions, exchanges of letters with some live conferences.    At what point and after how many rejections of truth does one not proceed forward and speak truth to those who have asked sincere questions?  After several admonitions none of which were received, my spirit was stirred up by the Lord as the unbelief and idolatry in the city came to light.

Act 17:16  Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 

Act 17:17  Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

The word of God is not bound by the unbelief of any man no matter who they are or where they have come from.  The Word will go forth and that is exactly what the Lord has caused to happen here.  I am led to respond to what has been shared by those who do not share my joy in the gospel which cast doubt upon the truth and twists the Scriptures to their own destruction.  Those entrusted with the truth cannot sit by idly and bow to the reasonings of men when the very spiritual life of the Lord’s sheep, including our own, are at stake.

Eze 33:6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 

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

I hope to stir up as many as the Lord ordains to a higher level of understanding and faith in His promises.  My flesh wants nothing of this trial that has contention and opposition with my fellow brethren.  Yet it is all part of fulfilling the Word of God and our spiritual lives are at stake.

1Th 2:2  But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 

1Th 2:3  For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. 

1Th 2:4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 

Our understanding of the true knowledge and grace of God has us giving thanks to the Lord for all the things He is working with no exceptions.

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

Even unbelieving spouses are the creatures of God we are not to refuse but trust the Lord that our living a godly life [prayer and fasting] WILL [not maybe] sanctify them.

1Ti 4:4  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 

1Ti 4:5  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

The words recently shared about cutting off the Edomites and Jezebel read by themselves seem compelling enough at face value yet they fail to stand the test of faith by which we are to try all spirits.

These OT verses was cited as a proof text to divorce under the gospel.

2Ch 21:11  Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

2Ch 21:12  And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

2Ch 21:13  But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:

This verse below was also referenced taken from Revelation, a signified book speaking to the day of the Lord experience for those in the faith.   We are to flee from fornication always and especially in our day of the Lord.  But to take this verse to support divorce contrary to the simple commands and the sum of the word is simply false.

Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 

Revelation 2:20 is speaking to us as the Lord’s straying spouse as we commit sin and entertain the lies and false doctrines of Jezebel another type and symbol for Babylon.  Similarly, to the Edomites we are to separate from, meaning we are to take captive our fleshly and carnal thoughts [Jezebel spirit] and abide only in faith  … be faithful.  Neither of the cited verses comes anywhere close to speaking of divorcing our spouses as these next verses should make perfectly clear.

Israel is Always Surrounded and Abides in a Fornicating World

Fornication is sex outside of marriage plan and simple.  The entire world is ruled and defined by physical and spiritual fornication.  Spiritually speaking this is also known as idolatry as are all these named sins.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Does the Lord take us out of the world so we can avoid fornication?  No, He does not.  We are purposefully left in a world full of fornication to navigate the narrow way and sanctify those the Lord puts into our path especially the spouses He gives us in marriage.

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 

The example of fornication being committed in the church is a second witness to this truth we are to abide in this fornicating world but not to be of it.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 

Consistent with the sum and the truth, we are to put them away, to separate and not share spiritual meals with them and wait for the Lord to grant them repentance when we take them back and the sanctifying work of the Lord can continue.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

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

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

It should be much clearer how we are to look at verses like those cited from Chronicles in dealing with fornication.  Twisting them into supporting divorce is truly a departure from faith and another gospel.

We are absolutely to flee fornication, and not engage with it and allow its seduction to spoil the simplicity of our relationship with our true spouse.

1Co 6:15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 

1Co 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 

Living with an unbeliever who is by nature a spiritual fornicator never by itself causes the believer to commit fornication.  As believers we are to obey God rather than men.  Being submissive to one’s husbands does not expand to disobeying the Lord.  We have so many admonishments about fearing God, the one in charge and not men, we can never say one is caused to commit sin because they are married to an unbeliever.  It takes faith to obey the Lord under such pressure but that is the high calling of God.

Luk 12:4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 

Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 

It was even suggested that the Lord imputes sins on those who are not committing those sins.  This is false.  The Lord does not impute the unrighteousness of others upon spouses or anyone else. The soul that sins shall die and bear the punishment of the Lord.  Outwardly no one is caused to commit any sin if they stand up for the Lord and do not fear men.

Eze 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 

I hope the spiritual lessons of the OT and Revelation about putting away fornication, not sharing spiritual food with fornicators until they repent can be put back into their proper place and not be used as a launching pad for watering down the Lord’s commandments on marriage.

The Divorce of Israel

In Jeremiah 3, God tells of the promise of salvation for the new man being preceded by the cutting off [divorce] of the old man.  The new man which comes to all men in the appointed time is never divorced if we read the whole of Jeremiah 3.  The Lord sends us into captivity in Babylon. But this is all before our NEW MAN is married to the Lord under the law of Faith. We cannot forget we are in a new age when the gospel has come upon us.  This brings with it the new and much higher standard for marriage meaning no more divorce.  The law is not longer ruling us and we are reverting back to how it was from the very beginning just as the Lord said in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke.

Mar 10:4  And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

Mar 10:5  And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 

Mar 10:6  But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 

Divorce is of the flesh, it is on the other side of the veil where men are carnal and bound by the righteousness of their own carnal reasonings and not faith in God.  That mindset must be put away and divorced in order for us to receive the gospel and be saved.  Hence we see it being done in Spirit by the Lord to Israel after the flesh.

Jer 3:7  And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 

Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

But stopping here and claiming the Lord gives us the example to divorce is not the sum of the word or even the point the Lord is primarily making in Jeremiah 3.  Just a few verses later the sum of the word begins to harmonize perfectly with the gospel of faith.  The Lord does not divorce the one who is being saved [being sanctified] by the gospel but He does speak of things that are not yet as if they are [Rom 4:17].

Jer 3:14  Turn [repent], O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 

We are certainly to separate from those [within and without] that bring lies to serve Christ but not by disobeying the marriage commands. This was the error of the Pharisees, the traditions of men that the Lord rebuked sharply. Justifying disobedience of one command by pointing to another command is proof one is still under the law and not walking by faith.  It is in the gospels and here is the Matthew version the Jews wise in their own eyes justified not taking care of one’s parents since they were giving their gifts instead to the church.  This is the leaven of the Pharisees otherwise known as hypocrisy.

Mat 15:1  Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 

Mat 15:2  Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 

Mat 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 

Mat 15:4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 

Mat 15:5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 

Mat 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 

Mat 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 

Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 

Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 

Lord willing, we will not continue to make the commandment of God of none effect by mixing the law for the lawless with the gospel.  We are coming out of Babylon; we are coming out of Tyre where our carnal thoughts and reasonings [dust] are being mixed with the waters of life and thereby mudding them and keeping the sheep in confusion.

Eze 26:12  And they [Tyre/Babylon] shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water

The Lord rebukes His shepherds who have muddied up His clear commandments with the residue of their feet.

Eze 34:18  Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 

The Lord has pleasure in the death of His saints.  This means when they rest from their own works, know and trust that He is working all things for the counsel of His will.  That is the true work of God that those saved in this age will attain to.  Giving up your life and believing the gospel and the Lord working all things for the greater good is how we will be saved.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. 

This contention is a fight of faith either to death or to life.  The Lord knows who are His and none of His littles will be lost to a corrupted gospel.  Christ suffered for us, dying for us to leave us an example and that was done while we yet sinned and abode in unbelief.  That is our example and no reasoning of the Scriptures can change that truth.

1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 

The commandments for marriage are really simple.  Even a child given faith can understand them.  Yet men have always made them complicated and that is exactly what has happened here with the incorrect mixing of the old versus the new.  Only the Lord can solve this issue, one is either given to believe or they are not.  With that gift comes the requirement of suffering.

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

The old has passed away and is no longer of any effect when we are being saved by the Lord in our Day of the Lord.  Those still reasoning under the law and what was lawful back then and applying it to the last day are operating outside of the faith.

In Day 3, we are far from perfect at the beginning.  Yet the Lord, despite our unbelief, our adultery and fornication, does not divorce His unfaithful and disobedient bride.  Instead, He operates and provides for us the example we are to follow with our fellow man and our physical spouses.  He seeks reconciliation and long suffers with us and ultimately wins the day.

Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 

But we don’t go away from our spouse we remain married, seek to win them over by our godly behavior, and seek reconciliation waiting on the Lord.

The law for the lawless and carnal nations of men, all of it 100%, including all the references to divorce are just a shadow of the good things to come [Heb 10:1] when the “good news” gospel comes to us.  The OT does however prophesy that Christ would marry us when faith is born in us and we become converted.  This happens in our day of the Lord when Christ comes the second time for salvation.  From that point forward divorce is never ever an option again.

Isa 62:1  For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 

Isa 62:2  And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 

Isa 62:3  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 

Isa 62:4  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 

Isa 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin [one receiving the gospel is a virgin], so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. 

Returning to our first love in the day of the gospel, we return to how it was before the law was given.  It is only those that trust the Lord and His promises who will receive the blessing of Abraham which is salvation.

Gal 3:14  that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

The law of Moses which is also the law of the Gentiles, was added because of transgressions as a temporary place of confinement until the seed of Christ is born in every man.

Gal 3:17  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 

Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 

Gal 3:19  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 

But now that faith has come, if indeed it has come to us, then we are no longer bound by that law and are now free to marry Christ.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 

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

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 

Gal 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

It is our failure to understand the stark differences in the two covenants and the fact the marriage with Christ only comes after we have come out of the second covenant having died to that law for the lawless.  This is huge if you can receive it.  Only when we die to that law, only then are we free to marry Christ, NOT BEFOREHAND.  The Lord is not an adulterer or a polygamist who marries someone who is already married.

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? [your father the devil, the carnal mind]

Rom 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 

Rom 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 

The above is the correct way to see what Paul was saying and in no way does he contradict the Lord and suggest one can leave their spouse by deciding they are “spiritually dead”.

It is incorrect and sin [not of faith] to bring forward what was lawful and just under the law of Moses/Gentiles into our Day 3 covenant of faith.  That is the very error the book of Galatians among others admonishes us not to do.  Under that law there is a lot of reasoning to do in one’s mind.

  • What is enough fornication which is also idolatry to endure?
  • How many times do I allow it before I call a lawyer to seek divorce?
  • How many teeth must be knocked out before I can seek divorce?
  • How many birthday parties can I allow in my house or holidays to be celebrated, all of which are spiritual fornication do I tolerate before I divorce my spouse?
  • ETC ETC, the possible questions and situations are endless as there is no standard and singleness of Christ’s command with this reasoning.

This is being under the law of Moses and is not of faith.  All questions and reasonings with no exacting standard.  All certainly lawful under that law and just in the eyes of all the Gentiles [Rom 2:15 – the world] but that is no longer our standard, we must believe and trust 100% in the Lord.

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

We are not married until we repent and believe [not just hear] the gospel.  Then we as the Bride are being made ready in our Lake of Fire experience.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen [bought in the fire Rev 3:19], clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 

Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

The watchmen in the flock will first fall asleep as all the disciples fell asleep before they are reawakened to Truth.  I too have been sleeping until just awakened by the Lord so it is not about any man but about the Lord.  It is while we sleep that the enemy comes in and plants the tares [lies and false doctrines], some of which are now being manifested as tares [Matthew 13].  May we be awakened to the truth and run to the mountains of Christ.

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

Lam 4:12  The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem

The Lord divorcing Israel in the flesh is not a physical reality, it is a shadow and an example we are to learn from in our day of the Lord.  That is the reasoning it was written down for us [1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12].  Under our new covenant, the Lord will never ever divorce us but only put us away for a time until we are reconciled back.  That is our example to do unto others and we wait for the Lord to bring all men to us so they will be saved.  We are in the last days and need to be very circumspect as we are told many false prophets have gone into the world bringing the narrow way of truth into condemnation.

2Pe 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 

2Pe 2:2  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 

This is a matter of spiritual life or death.  Unless and until we are dead to the law of the carnal reasonings, we will in no way enter into life.  The truth which is so simple a child can understand is being rejected by many in favor of deep sayings contrary to the most basic promises of the Lord.  For those few given the gift to believe the gospel, it is all now simple and spoken plainly to know the truth.

Joh 16:25  These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 

Joh 16:26  At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 

Do Not Fear Men

Much of the New Testament deals with Christ and the Apostles’ contending with those wise in the flesh who knew the Scriptures but did not know Christ.  Who are those Jews today?  How do we live out these words and experiences in the New Testament today?  We live them out by experiencing the rejection and influence of men, the Scribes, Pharisees and Chief Priests of today when living in the Israel of God.  Here are three witnesses to this “fear of men” and it is holding back immature believers in standing up for the Truth.

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

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

Here is a second example of fear of men.

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

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

Our fellow brethren are the parents of the blind man who now sees.  They will at first defer being a witness out of fear and send the Pharisees back to their son that now has had his spiritual eyesight healed.

Joh 9:21  But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 

Joh 9:22  These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. 

I hope these words and Scriptures clarify some things and strengthen you all to fight the fight of faith.  We encourage and embolden each other to make the defense of the gospel and content for the faith no longer fearing men.

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

The fields of the land are ripe for the harvests but there are so few laborers willing to truly work and believe on the Lord.  Again here is the work that needs to be done.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 

We have to endure these same trials and rejections by our own people to fulfill the Word of God.  Some angels [messengers of God and the gospel] have left their first habitation and departed the gospel.

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 

Jud 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 

This is all of us in our time, we all do it as we must live by every word.  We all begin well but come to a point where we are seduced into another gospel and bewitched.

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 

Gal 3:2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 

Gal 3:3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 

Gal 3:4  Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 

Lord willing, the truth will continue to be preached in the temple and its courts despite the objections of the modern day Pharisees. This is the boldness of the Lord’s true preachers who have been freed from being bound in unbelief and now fear God and not men.

Act 5:25  Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 

Act 5:26  Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 

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

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

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

The last days are upon those being saved in this generation.  The promises of God are not “maybe” or dependent upon “X, Y or Z” happening.  Those promises are not dependent upon any reasonings of men. They are only dependent upon faith and whether one believes the Lord under the law of faith or not. Very few do.  Faith in God must become our anchor and that includes all the promises of God even those about how an unbeliever is won over and sanctified or led of the Lord to depart.  These verses in Hebrews speaking of the maturing process in the faith struck me as being very appropriate to bring to your remembrance.

Heb 6:11  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Heb 6:12  That ye be not slothful [in the work of believing], but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Heb 6:13  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 

Heb 6:14  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 

Heb 6:15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 

Heb 6:16  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 

Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 

Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 

Heb 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 

We all will desire and seek a plan B when weak in the faith in case the Lord is not faithful to His promises.  Our carnal mind will want to impute doubt [unbelief] into the promises of God including these:

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 

Remember that where unbelief abounds, not many mighty works of the Spirit get accomplished.  The word of God is never bound and will always go forth and be preached where the Lord sends forth His few.  The truth has now been preached twice to Israel on this subject and will continue to stand right here and wait on the Lord.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

Those in the faith have no dominion over anyone’s faith but are to remain a helper of anyone’s joy and ready to answer questions of the hope that lies within us.

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.