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Purifying Death in the Pot

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“Purifying Death in the Pot”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:38 – 4:44

We return to the Book of Second Kings in the new series and cover another story where the prophet Elisha is called on to help the needy sons of the prophets.  Lord willing, we will learn some new things and be reminded of what we know as these events are all ours to live out.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

In covering these events it is also important to remember they portray shadows of the truth, yet the fullness of truth is found only in the sum of thy word (Psa 119:160 – ASV).  None of these Old Testament prophets received the promise (Heb 11:39) or the Holy Spirit (Joh 7:39) yet these stories are shadows and reminders of deeper spiritual truth revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.  Here are the first of two short parables in this study that declare spiritual realities to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

2Ki 4:38  NKJV And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 

2Ki 4:39  So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. 

2Ki 4:40  Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 

2Ki 4:41  So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot. 

On the surface this reads like just another physical miracle of the Lord worked through one of His servants.  The Lord is certainly capable of feeding His people during the midst of a famine and can just say the word and any poison would disappear and the food would become edible.  Yet the physical miracle is not the point being made despite all the Babylonian speculation about which gourds and herbs were in this pot.  It is so easy to want to compare physical with spiritual to decipher what is being said yet those with ears to hear are taught differently.

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. 

There are many physical items cited that speak to spiritual truths and experiences.  A spiritual famine is when we do not hear the words of the Lord (Amo 8:11).  Such periods are caused of the Lord to make us needy and bring adjustments through the chastening grace (Heb 12:6, Tit 2:11) that is turning our hearts back to the Lord and His Christ.  Such is the setting in Gilgal and in the Body of Christ where are learning by judgment.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

The fire is of course the Word working righteousness via judgement.  To put on the mind of Christ, our fleshly carnal mind must be transformed and this new mindset (a new heaven) is changed only by the fiery trials of judgment.

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

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.

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

Spiritual food is our thoughts and what we take to heart and act upon.  The pot itself is our mind where the battle for truth is being waged (Rev 12:7) and our food is made ready to eat.  The living bread and His “meat indeed” will only be found in a seething pot on a fire.  The transformation from a beast and man of sin into a mature of son of God is only done by being seethed in a pot full of trials and afflictions (Isa 48:10, Rev 15:8) brought on by the Word.

Heb 10:32  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

The Lord is the devouring fire in the midst of the Body of Christ (Isa 33:14, Heb 12:29) that is judging us now and teaching us righteousness as we die more each day.  Converting our mind requires being converted from a carnal mind to the mind of Christ trusting not in ourselves.

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

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

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

It is the collective mind of Christ that is the fire and is the fullness that dwells in the Body that is feeding us with judgment (Eze 34:16) which renews our minds in a fiery pot.  The Lord’s throne is in heaven, in our mind and from where we are fed the truth that matures us.

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

Gilgal as we have seen in prior studies means Wheels and is the first camp of the saints on the west side of the Jordan.  Gilgal symbolizes the Body of Christ, where the prophets of the Lord are gathered and from whence they set forth to battle the giants in the land within us (Luk 17:21). Let’s look deeper into the parable.

2Ki 4:39  KJV And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 

“We are what we eat” applies spiritually as well as physically (Rom 1:20).  Learning to eat spiritually is learning to be diligent and to guard our hearts and what we allow into it.  We must learn to truly be separate from the world to be transformed.  Otherwise we will languish and be yet carnal and not progress.

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

We learn not to go to the world but rather to the house of God for our nourishment not even thinking above what is written (1Co 4:6).  The field is the world (Mat 13:38) which is full of lies and false prophets masquerading as light. Thus, we are commanded and learn to try the spirits and prove all things.

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

But as the Scriptures teach, we learn obedience by suffering first for our disobedience and then we are corrected by our mistakes and sins (Jer 2:19, Tit 2:11).  The other jesus so easily deceives us through smooth and flattering words.

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

In our youth (immaturity), we forget to be diligent and readily gather wild herbs from the field that is the world.  Interesting the word for herbs is the same word as light as used in some well-known verses.

H219, ‘ôrâh

Feminine of H216; luminousness, that is, (figuratively) prosperity; also a plant (as being bright): – herb light.

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

herbs, 3       ——       2Ki_4:39, Isa_18:4, Isa_26:19

light, 2         ——           Est_8:16, Psa_139:12

Gathering herbs from the carnally minded world is our seeking light (truth) from the wrong sources.  We need to learn the schemes and devices of Satan who is a master disguiser.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It is our old man who lusts after the things of the world and wants the red pottage and instant gratification of right now.  This was one of the lessons of Esau, the rejected first Adam who demanded of Jacob the red pottage of the world (Gen 25:30-34). Bringing back wild cucumbers (gourds) in our garments (lap) is covering ourselves with worldly seeds and thoughts which is the mindset of self-righteousness and the law for a carnal nation.  Going above what is written is adding to the word, and brings poisonous thoughts, contrary to faith which results in only further deception and plagues of unbelief.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

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.

We continue in the story and the sons of the prophets (men of God in training) begin to partake of the stew of thoughts they are making on the fire.

2Ki 4:40 KJV  So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Eating and drinking carnal thoughts is fornicating with other gods and brings damnation and leads to spiritual sickness and ultimately death if not corrected.

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.

Unless we eat the true living word, we are eating death. When worldly thoughts and wisdom is mixed in our mind there is death in the pot.

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

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Until faith comes, and we are freed from the bondage of self-righteousness, that gets its power from the law of Moses/Gentiles (Rom 2:15), there will be death in our pot.

Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Getting the law of faith into our action and deeds requires many spiritual meals and lessons where we learn the narrow ways of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth (brings death), but the spirit giveth life.

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

Adding in worldly wisdom poisons the pot and is the natural condition of our yet carnal mind.  This is offering strange fire to the Lord as did Aaron’s sons (Lev 10:1) which resulted in death.  It is by examining our walk to see if we are in the faith (2Cor 13:5) that we can see the fruit of unrighteousness and know that we are eating and drinking unworthily.  We will see death in the pot and know an ingredient needs to be added.  We call out to the saints of God who are shepherds of the sheep that watch over one another and provide healthy nourishment.

1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Eze 34:23  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

This is especially true of the elders the Lord has appointed over His Body.

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

The Lord has raised up His Body to help us in our time of need.   The people of God respond.

2Ki 4:41  KJV But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. 

The truth evaporates carnal lies.  That is what cleared the pot (mind) and made it safe to eat with no harm to be had.  The word translated “harm” in the KJV comes from two Hebrew words which make it clear what the harm in the pot was.

Harm H1697 H7451

H7451 is “RA”, the word for evil that we look at all the time and H1697 means WORD.

H1697, dâbâr – Total KJV Occurrences: 1446

word, 435

words, 373

thing, 184

Putting in the pure Word, is the meal or grain that cleanses our minds (the pot) and brings no harm to the new man but works only good (Rom 8:28).  The great commission has the Lord’s disciples preaching the word to those prepared to hear it.  With Christ risen and seated in our heavens (pots), any leaven taken in or poison drunk shall not harm us as the truth will purge it out and we will be healed of all our spiritual diseases.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The meal [H7058] cast into the pot, is the word of God given to the hearers.  This process is what gives and increases our faith and allows us to stand in the face of trials.

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Putting meal into the pot was putting the Word of God into the hearts and minds of the yet carnal “doubting Thomas’s” who are at first sinking in the time of great trial (famine).

Yet the message here about the meal flour is much deeper than just speaking or hearing words.  The greater action is us being doers of the Word (Jam 1:22).   Our obedience is doing the Word and that is what ultimately will purge the pot of its evil words (false doctrines, diseases) contrary to faith.

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.

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. 

Jesus Christ is the Word and is the Meal that is saving His people from death via the transformative process of judgment now on the house of God.  As Christ was sent into the world, so is His Christ sent to do the same, even the greater works (Joh 20:21, Joh 16:12). The food of Jesus Christ is to do the will of His Father and feed His people.

Joh 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Mat 14:16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.

Jesus Christ laid down His life for the brethren.  That is giving the brethren the living bread to eat and be nourished upon. As His Christ that is what our calling and election demands of us.  There is no greater love (obedience) than to lay down our life for our friends (Joh 15;13).

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (Christ).

When we lay down our lives in service to the brethren, we are throwing Jesus Christ in us, the obedient word into the pot of trials and tribulations.  Nothing can harm a dead person and being dead to self and alive to Christ is the instant cure for death in the pot.  It is this gift and sacrifice through which we nourish the priests and prophets of the Lord.  Such is the symbolism of the Meal (aka Meat) offering in Scriptures that were a shadow of what our “DIVINE” or reasonable service requires.

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Like our Lord, His Christ (The Body) is a living sacrifice for one another that is nourishing all the Elect (The priests and Sons of Aaron symbolically).

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

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

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

Our meal offering must be built upon a burnt offering, symbolizing a life sacrificed to the Lord which makes it a sweet-smelling savor (Num 29:2-3).   A burned offering destroys SELF and is what makes the meal flour very fine (Mat 21:44).  Jesus Christ is the bread of life and as His Christ (1Jo 4:17). We feed each other.

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Giving of our selves is the putting meal (aka meat) into the pot.  This is our reasonable service and is what nourishes the Body of Christ.  The righteous are the Meat Offering who feed, comfort, clothe and visit Jesus Christ.

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

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

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

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

Renewing our minds and separating from the world is what enables us to become that living sacrifice and to give the service and spiritual nourishment to the Body of Christ.

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.

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

Feeding the lambs of the Lord is laying down our lives for one another. We are the bread of life that is broken for each other in the Body of Christ.

1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

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

The Lord will never leave us or forsake us.  We need to cling to these promises when times are tough, and our faith is being tried.  In times of scarcity we are to go to the priests and the table of the Lord where we always have, plenty to eat and there are always willing and able servants to cast our cares upon.

Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

Luk 14:13  But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

It matters not from whence we have come.  Everyone in the Body has a gift and something to offer to feed, comfort, clothe and visit the brethren.

2Ki 4:42  KJV And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. 

2Ki 4:43  And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 

2Ki 4:44  So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. 

A man coming from Baal Shalisha, is one having been taught true doctrine by the enduring through the many tribulations of judgment.  The Hebrew word Shalisha H8031 is from a root meaning trebled or three, signifying the three-day process (Joh 2:19) that rebuilds the Lord’s temple that we are (1Co 3:16).  The mind of Baal is the mind of men, a carnal mind and one full of idols and false gods.  One coming from BaalShalisha has been healed of his spiritual diseases and is prepared for service and every good work, even bringing food!

Joh 4:34  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Joh 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 

 Elisha threw meal into the pot and here the young minister does the same in bringing all he had, the firstfruits of the harvest to feed the flock.  It is better to give than to receive as giving brings multiplied blessings on the whole house.

Eze 44:30  The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house. 

The Living Word (the flour, the meal), living through us will always accomplish the purposes for which it has been sent.  We have parables from the old and new that show the Lord feeding His people way beyond what the wisdom of the world would say is possible.

1Ki 17:16  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 

The fruits and grain brought were young as the corn was still in the husk and barley is the earliest harvest in the year.  This newly minted minister (servitor) formerly of the mind of Baal questions whether his gift it is enough to satisfy the prophets.   The Word of the Lord which is His thoughts and His ways is boundless and will never run.   Those thoughts and ways are actioned through His Elect who are given and grow in the mind of Christ.

Isa 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

Isa 55:9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isa 55:10  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 

Isa 55:11  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

This young servitor is every one of us in the Body of Christ.  We need to know that every gift is precious in the sight of the Lord.  Giving our all, no matter what it is, pleases the Lord.

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

The parable of the widow’s two mites confirms how the Lord looks at our giving and especially giving of our very life.

Mar 12:42  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

Mar 12:43  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

Mar 12:44  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” 

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

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Amos Part 11 – Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions

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“Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions”

Key Verses:  Amos 4:1 – 4:5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

A New Testament version of this would be:

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H6793, tsinnâh, tsin-naw’

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

Total KJV occurrences: 22

shield, 9

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

buckler, 3

Psa_35:2, Eze_23:24, Eze_26:8

targets, 3

bucklers, 2

target, 2

cold, 1

hooks, 1   – Amo_4:2

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

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

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

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

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

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

H5518, sı̂yr  /  sı̂yrâh  /  sirâh

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

Total KJV occurrences: 34

pot, 12

pots, 9

thorns, 4

caldron, 3

caldrons, 2

washpot, 2

pans, 1

fishhooks, 1 – Amo_4:2

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1729, dûgâh, doo-gaw’

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

H1728, davvâg

Total KJV Occurrences: 2

fishers, 2  Jer_16:16 (2), Eze_47:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H2038, harmôn, har-mone’

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

Total KJV occurrences: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1536, gilgâl, ghil-gawl’

A variation of H1534: – wheel.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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