FAQS

The Sons of Aaron

Sons of Aaron, notes compiled from prior teachings

Introduction

Christ speaks to us today spiritually and as always as we have seen in all of our previous studies on the milk doctrines and Offerings, the OT shadows points to the spiritual realities for us today in order to know the Father, Christ and those whom He is sending Luk 17:3). This is age abiding 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.

Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

The tribe of Levi

The Levites who served and are serving that cannot touch the holy things of the temple, are from the same tribe as the priests. Who then are Aaron and his sons, and why were they chosen as priests? Aaron and his sons are Levites but they form the priesthood and are set apart to God to minister and serve. Christ is our High Priest and we are like Him. Aaron which typifies Christ ministers in the Holy of Hollies.

Exo 28:35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when He goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

Exo 28:36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

When we love, i.e. keep the commands and teach others to do so, we, serve each other as His priests.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Priests, sons of Aaron, come out of the Levites, like we, are coming out of spiritual Babylon. In other words, spiritual Levites, represent hearers only before our Day of the Lord versus sons of Aaron, sons of Christ, BEING MADE into His Image through our baptism of fire. Levites have not been tested and tried yet.

  • Priests are hallowed
  • Priests are anointed

The Lord establishes Aaron and his sons as priests for the purpose 0f ministering to God and His people by hallowing them for the job.

Exo 29:1 And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest’s office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

The primitive root for H6942: to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly

Priests are BEING washed with water first (our first BAPTISM).

Exo 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.

Then, priests are being anointed with oil, baptized into His DEATH, a process.

Exo 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

God, the Father uses Christ and His Christ, those with wisdom to ordain His ministers.

Exo 28:41 And thou shalt put them uponH3847 (H853) (H853) AaronH175 thy brother, H251 and his sonsH1121 withH854 him; and shalt anointH4886 them, and consecrateH4390 (H853) H3027 them, and sanctifyH6942 them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s officeH3547

What does it mean to be anointed, consecrated and sanctified in the priest’s office?

Anoint – H4886

mâshach
maw-shakh’
A primitive root; to rub with oil, that is, to anoint; by implication to consecrate; also to paint: – anoint, paint.
Total KJV occurrences: 71

Consecrate – H4390 with H3027
mâlê’  /  mâlâ’
BDB Definition:
1) to fill, be full
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to be full
1a1a) fulness, abundance (participle)
1a1b) to be full, be accomplished, be ended
1a2) to consecrate, fill the hand
1b) (Niphal)
1b1) to be filled, be armed, be satisfied
1b2) to be accomplished, be ended
1c) (Piel)
1c1) to fill
1c2) to satisfy
1c3) to fulfil, accomplish, complete
1c4) to confirm
1d) (Pual) to be filled
1e) (Hithpael) to mass themselves against

Sanctify – H6942

qâdash
kaw-dash’
A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.
Total KJV occurrences: 171

The first appointments to any office with Christ in His tabernacle was done with the laying on of hands of Moses to Aaron and his sons. For us this has a spiritual meaning, found in Timothy.

1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
1Ti 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

The Hebrew concept of consecration is to “fill the hands” with the one you are placing yours hands on. In other words, in order to ordain anyone to an office of the Lord, one must give their full confidence to the one being appointed and also recognize that by doing so they too will have their “hands full” and be able to lay hands on others.

Ministry of the sons of Aaron

Num 18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
Num 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be NO WRATH ANY MORE upon the children of Israel.
Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
Num 18:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance forever.

The priests of God were and are BEING anointed so that they can be set aside and consecrated to SERVE the Lord, and by SERVING the Lord they are being used so that NO MORE WRATH comes upon the children of Israel WITHIN first and then without. For us today, it means we are being made into kings and priests, being saved if we endure.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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:

MINISTERING to the people, within first, we judge ourselves and love our brethren without. Remember love is the bond of perfection.

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.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 9:13 Do ye not know that they which MINISTER ABOUT THE HOLY THINGS live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

And here is what the priests of God, who have been ORDAINED by the Lord, speak and preach about the temple among other things:

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God uses the FOOLISHNESS OF PREACHING to spread His Word and to confound/confuse those who are “wise in their own hearts” within and without.

1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Being saved is a continuous process just like preaching and teaching is. “Spiritual priests” in this role are given to train up other kings and priests who will all be joined together in the fullness that is to come later after the 1st resurrection. Priests have no dominion over anyone’s faith but rather persuade and declare all the counsel of God Acts 20:27 – 30).

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Heb 13:17 Obey (better translation be persuaded) them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Spiritual priests feed the church and declare, with the Words of God, the counsel of God to the flock of God, because they are overseers. As women, first looking within and then without, we do not teach in the church but rather apart from prophesying do this:

1Ti 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The iniquity of the priesthood

 The iniquity of the priesthood falls on us all, to learn and be raised up as kings and priests. However, it is God, via His Spirit, who anoints those in whom He would have serve the TEMPLE, the body of Christ, by being overseers NOW in this present age. Think spiritually, it is the man child within that oversees the old man. Without, the Lord appoints elders and overseers of the flock and we as women prophesy and do not teach our elders.

1Ti 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

We no longer know no man after the flesh, and just as Christ was a son of man and the Son of God, we must recognize that the Lord still has us all living in temporary tabernacles that we must endure with the guidance and counsel of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Head and anyone following Him will always be pointing to Him in all things. God set some in the church in different functions with different gifts and that includes those that today fill the role of being chosen, anointed and given to “bear the iniquity of the sanctuary” being in service to “bear the iniquity of the priesthood” without in the Body. What is the iniquity of the priesthood? Remember those spiritual words we are to speak?

Teaching, being overseers, speaking the Truth about Life and the Way and pronouncing the commandments of God are all roles which are fulfilled by those given to fill the spiritual function of being a priest in the temple and ministering to the people of God, speaking words of truth and soberness.

Act 26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
Act 26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

1Co 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

The honor of being part of the priesthood is found in these Scriptures and that is to be part of the holy first resurrection, when the fullness of times has come, we experience it now in down payment form (2 Cor 1:22).

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand

Suffering for Christ

 As the sons of Christ, sons of Aaron in type and shadow, we suffer with Christ. This is the calling of all kings and priests, there is a price we are paying:

2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

High priest

Christ is our High Priest and we are being made into His sons. As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

Heb 3:1 (ESV) Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Understanding the connection between Christ and His sons, the Christ, always entails knowing how the High Priest is chosen.

Heb 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Heb 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
Heb 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Heb 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.

The body is made up of “many members in particular”, those members are given gifts, not of themselves but given by God.

1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Like Joseph in type and shadow, priests are called out from their brothers and are given special clothing and placed and 1) anointed above their brothers. 2) Priest are to teach their brothers. 3) Priests bear the ark. 4) Priests are to blow the seven trumpets of judgment, and 5) Priests are to blow the two trumpets of witness.

1) Priests are anointed “above their fellows.”

Psa 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed [mashach – #4886] thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed [chrio -5548] thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

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

2) Priests are faithful teachers:

1Sa 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

2Ki 17:27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.

Mar 8:31 And he [Christ] began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

3) Priests bear the ark;

Jos 3:8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Priests stands firm on the doctrine of Christ:

Jos 4:10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.
Jos 4:11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the LORD passed overand the priests, in the presence of the people. [Or to put this in New Testament terms:]

Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

4) Only the priests blow the seven trumpets:

1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Jos 6:13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rearward came after the ark of the LORD, [the priests] going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

Jos 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. …….. Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

5) Only the priests blow the two silver trumpets. These trumpets announce general gatherings, alarms for journeys, special gatherings, and to go to war in our land Num 10:1 – 7,9).

Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance forever throughout your generations.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Conclusion

God’s anointed priests who live in “the day of small things”, are those who are being made faithful to His Words.

1Co 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Jesus Christ IS making holy garments for His prophets so that they too can be used to show the glory and beauty of the work of the Lord.

Exo 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Moses as type and shadow of Christ, will do the making by “speaking to the wise hearted who have the spirit of wisdom (Christ)” so that they can make these garments of consecration. We are prophets the Lord uses to minister to others. Priests wear holy garments to approach the Lord properly. We see six different items being made: A breastplate, and ephod, a robe, a broidered coat, a mitre and a girdle.

Exo 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Priests, sons of Aaron, have been ordained by God and are being clothed with items that the children of Israel are using to create to give God all the glory. We, the spiritual Jews, the Bride of Christ, come together to represent all the many membered functions and gifts of the body of Christ. The image of the items given to the priests to wear and what they represent tells us that Christ takes His judgments seriously. Sons of Aaron, minister inside the vail and are the covering cherubs guarding the Words of Life (John 6:63), doers of His Word, coming out of the Levites who coming behind in no gift are yet carnal. We are all spiritual Levites and sons of Aaron in our seasons and times because we live by every Word of God (Matt 4:4). Look inwardly is, was and will be as the Lord is working with us through Christ and His sons (Heb 13:21).

Spiritual Levites have the appearance of godliness but the sons of Christ have the POWER of Life which are ……. the Words that I am speaking (John 6:63). They continue to abide in Christ and is being made faithful.

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Studies

The Peace Offering

The Peace Offering

(notes compiled from prior church teachings)

We continue in this series showing how the old testament shadows of spiritual reality were written for the admonition of the Elect who would come on the scene beginning at Pentecost.

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

Finding peace with God and entering into His Rest requires that we understand these OT shadows and believe and trust in the Lord who is working all things in our life including both the good and the evil.  As our faith grows as we will see, this offering nourishes everyone in the Body of Christ.

We see the Peace Offering have different grades, it is offered upon a Burnt Offering and with leavened cakes. The Priest, the Priest’s children, the Offerer, all partake of this Offering. The Lord has His part in this Offering and we will look at how God, the Father, views this Offering. This Offering furthermore has two reasons being offered namely for thanksgiving and a “vow” being made.

The Different Grades of the Peace Offering:

The only grades in the Peace Offering are of the herd and of the flock. The Peace Offering can be of the herd, male or female, or it can be a lamb or a goat of the flocks.

It is of the herd and of the flock:

Lev 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers it  of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without  blemish before the LORD.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

Lev 3:7  If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.

We have seen in previous studies that different grades of an Offering show us the difference between a babe in Christ and those that are being made mature. As babes, we have a different view of Christ than a mature man in Christ, dying daily, doing the Word versus hearing the Word only. Mary Magdalene had seven devils (false doctrines) cast out of her as a babe in Christ. The Mary Magdalene that was witnessing to the disciples in Joh 20:18 that she ….. has seen the Lord and that he spoken these things to her was not the same woman as the one she was when she was first healed of her false doctrines.

Luk 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

The Peace Offering is offered upon a Burnt Offering:

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

There is no turtle dove given as a Peace Offering. There are no washings of the different parts of the Offering. There are no restrictions of this Offering being a bullock only. Here are the only instructions given for offering the Peace Offering so far as the Offerer is concerned:

Lev 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons   the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about (of the herd).

Lev 3:8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill  it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall  sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar (of the flock).

All the details given as we saw it in the Burnt Offering are missing and left out in the Peace Offering. Why is that? The reason being that those who understand this Offering already understand that the Burnt Offering belongs to God, the Father, which tells us that we are being judged FIRST, and that we are a kind of first fruits of His creatures. The Burnt Offering shows, prepares and baptizes us into Christ’s death who is FIRST IN ALL THINGS.

We are being judged from the north as it is TODAY in our Day of the Lord. Those eating at His altar know these things. So, the distinctions in the Burnt Offering are not mentioned in the Peace Offering, which nourishes God, Christ, the Offerer, the Priest and His children. In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ and His Father, we are “accepted in the Beloved,” we are communing with, and being interceded for IN and THROUGH Christ and “His Christ”.

When the Peace Offering is being offered with leavened bread:

Lev 7:11  And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.

Lev 7:12  If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

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

We have seen that the Priests are partakers of the Burnt and Meat Offerings and that no Meat Offering can be made with leaven. Here is the Scripture:

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

The Offerer has no part in either of the Burnt of Meat Offerings. Only in THIS Offering does the Offerer receive strength and nourishment. This Offering gives US strength and nourishment to “endure to the end”. We have a Body to carry us on eagle’s wings and although we have HYPOCRISY/LEAVEN in our hearts, we are ACCEPTED IN CHRIST!

1Co 12:12 (CLV) For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, thus also is the Christ.”

1Co 12:13 For in one spirit also we all are baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all are made to imbibe one spirit.” [male or female – Gal.  3:28]

1Co 12:14 For the body also is not one member, but many.”

We are satisfied with our part in “the Christ” because FAITH is a gift and we are all being like the Lord (1 John 4:17) who was bruised for our sakes. Nothing is of us.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised  for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and  with his stripes we are healed.

The Father was satisfied with Christ in His Day of Judgment:

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

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

This means we rejoice in our sufferings for the Church, filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ (Col 1:24-28).

We “know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”. Our sense of acceptance and our sense of communion with God, the Father, depends upon how deeply we accept Christ as being SATISFACTORY and satisfying to His Father.

Joh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

If we see Christ as accepted then we, “IN Him “are accepted and satisfying and satisfactory to God, the Father. Through partaking of Christ as the Peace Offering, we are nourished and strengthened in a way that takes us beyond fear of wrath, fear of our sins and trespasses. This Offering tells us that God, the Father, is satisfied with Christ. When we take our part of this Offering, we too are satisfied with Christ and “His Christ”. ALL parties partake of Christ:

Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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

We are acceptable to the Father through Christ and “His Christ”!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s part in both the grades of the herd and the flock:

Lev 3:3  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:4  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish….

Lev 3:9  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:10  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away….

Lev 3:12  And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD…

Lev 3:14  And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:15  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:16  And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S.

Lev 3:17  It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

The Lord’s part in the Peace Offering is the fat (and the inwards and the rump). FAT symbolizes the health of the animal. We are BEING cleansed and healed through Christ and “His Christ”. We are His workmanship and He works all matters according to His will. Christ is satisfied and nourished by His Bride, His seed, accounted to Him for a generation. He sees the beginning and the end and everything in between!

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

Psa 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for  a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness  unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

The Offerer’s Part:

The Offerer gets the left shoulder, the back and the ribs. Through this Offering three parties are satisfied and nourished and strengthened. Everybody partake of this Offering. The Lord gets the inwards and the fat and the whole rump; the Priest and his sons get the right shoulder and the heave breast. The Offerer shares his Peace Offering with “all that be clean”.

Lev 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean  shall eat thereof.

We share Christ with God, and are nourished by Christ with God; God shares and is nourished by Christ with us; Christ Himself shares Himself with us and with God, the Father. Sharing Christ with His Father is communion. Telling our Father how much we see and appreciate all that He is accomplishing in us through the sacrifice of His Son; even asking to have so much of His Son grow up in us that we are exactly like Him in our Father’s eyes. Communion is sharing. The Father shares His Perfect Son with us. Only then are we “delivered from the law”. Only then will we go beyond our concern of suffering God’s wrath and begin to see that there is a relationship to be had which needs to be nourished and fed and enjoyed in feasting. That feasting is sharing Christ, both with Christ, “His Christ” and with His Father. Then we come to realize that they, too, find nourishment and satisfaction in that same PERFECT meal. As the children of God, we remember that it is better to give than to receive, Paul received the sweet-smelling Offering from Epaphroditus, an Offering acceptable to God.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Php 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

The Priest’s Part in the Peace Offering:

Lev 7:31  And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Lev 7:32  And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

Lev 7:33  He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

Lev 7:34  For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

Lev 7:35  This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;

In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ, our Priest and Mediator, and with His and our Father. In Christ, we can commune with both. To understand this, we must see Christ as He is presented to us in all the Offerings. He is the Offering, He is the Offerer, and He is the Priest and Mediator. He is everything but the Father “of whom are all things.” We are being made into priests and all things too because we are like Him in down payment form.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Joh 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Seeing this communion which, through Him, we have with the Father, satisfies and nourishes the Lord. Everyone, including Christ Himself, finds satisfaction “in Christ” as the Peace Offering. As Priests, we are satisfied because through us as the Peace Offering in down payment form, others have communion with Christ and His and our Father (all those that are clean). We are BEING MADE Priests after the POWER of an endless life, being born again, like the wind (John 3:7).

Heb 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Children of the Priest:

There is one other party who also partakes of this Offering, namely the Priest’s children:

Lev 7:31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast  shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Num 18:9  This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.

Num 18:10  In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.

Num 18:11  And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.

Who are the children of the Priest? If the Priest is Christ, then His children are His Church, His Bride. As Christ is presented to us in many different forms which are needed to portray to us His many functions as Sacrifice, Offering, Offerer, Temple, Altar, Vail and Vessels and Chief Cornerstone, etc., so too, is the Church, which is His body, also presented to us in many different forms. The Church is also called His body, lively stones, the son of the bondwoman, the son of the freewoman, the first Adam, the last Adam, Israel according to the flesh and the Israel of God, the vail of the temple, His bride, ten virgins, the olive trees, the fig tree, Jerusalem and New Jerusalem, etc. Each name reveals another aspect of the Church, or another degree of maturity in Christ. Within it means our “renewing mindset” as He increases and we decrease. “These are all the children of the Priest”. To partake of this Offering at all, “the sons of Aaron and his daughters” have to partake of the offering WITH the Priest. If this Offering is received it is THROUGH, the Priests.

So, it is to this day, we receive of Christ ONLY through the Word and THROUGH “The Christ”. The Church is in communion with Christ and His Father THROUGH the Offering of Christ/Living Word. The Church is, with the Priest, receiving nourishment and intercession through Christ in the presence of God in the Holy of Holies, where only the Priests can go. There is a qualifier when it comes to the Priests and their children:

Num 18:11 (b) I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy  daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy  house shall eat of it.

This is a spiritual statement about spiritual food:

Joh 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship  [him] in spirit and in truth.

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth means to remember the cup which we all partake of:

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 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, 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.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

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.

Only a “clean Priest and his children” are permitted to partake of communion with God.

Anything unclean is under the curse of attempting to contaminate the “most holy thing,” Christ and “His Christ”. That is why when we are informed that we have an altar at which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat, the verse before that is warning us against false doctrines (Heb 13:9-10). Nepios, immature sons, no better than a servant, though they are children of the Priest are unclean. They (US in our seasons) will not go beyond the six milk doctrines of Hebrew 6, or worse still we are so puffed up in our own spirituality that we “go beyond that which is written.” We have to judge ourselves constantly:

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves [try our own spirits], we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are   chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  

“Not discerning the Lord’s Body” is not “trying the spirits,” it is not “judging ourselves,” it is “eating and drinking unworthily.’

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For  it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace [trials,  chastening]; not with meats [false doctrines], which have not profited  them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We [if we are clean   children of the Priest] have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat  which serve the tabernacle.

God, the Father, in the Peace Offering: 

We as the Priest’s children in our Day of the Lord, rule the nations within and at the appointed time without and be God’s channel, through and by CHRIST/THE LIVING WORD and “His Christ”, to bring all mankind of all time into the All in ALL. This is what we are SHARING with God, the Father, and with Christ in this Peace Offering.

Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

It is all done “in Christ Jesus.” And it is all that the Father is doing from before the foundation of the world.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and  the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

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

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

How does “all fullness dwell” in Christ? How is “all in all” attained?

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the   head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

If we eat a meal in communion with our friends in this life, and if we notice and miss them in their absence, how much more are we to enjoy and appreciate our communion with our Priest, Christ, and “His Christ “and our heavenly Father. And how much more does the Lord appreciate our friendship and communion with Himself and with His Father and ours.

Luk 22:14  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 

 Two Different Reasons for offering a Peace Offering:

  1. A) The first reason we offer a Peace Offering is for giving thanks, a freewill Offering, a gift, giving out of our abundance because freely we receive, freely we give (Matt 10:8).

Lev 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

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

“Leavened bread WITH the sacrifice of thanksgiving is accepted with the sacrifice of the Peace Offering being offered as a freewill Offering and show us that while the Church is flesh and “cannot inherit the Kingdom”, our Priest, Christ, IDENTIFIES with us and is nourished with us in our communion with Him. The Church is the “leavened bread” of the Pentecost Offering. We have the Spirit in down payment form (Eph 1:13-14) and are being redeemed as such. We are being shown that we, the Church, are still in a “body of this death … sinful flesh”.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body  (Also Heb 9:15).

The state of our beings as we approach God as His “sweet smelling savor …. Peace Offering” IS LACKING in its parts because salvation is a PROCESS. Christ is IN us, Christ, the treasure in earthen vessels, is “accepted IN the Beloved” as an “unblemished … without spot” Offering, Christ in us in THIS capacity of His office and Offering, is invariably as “either a bullock or a lamb … [have some] thing superfluous or lacking in his parts”.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but  for a vow it shall not be accepted.

All of us, as sinful flesh, are “either a BULLOCK or a LAMB that hath anything superfluous or lacking in his parts”. We are the Temple of God (1 Co 3:16 17) and we offer polluted bread on His altar. The sick and the lame is our halfhearted service to the Lord. Hearers only, warming ourselves by the fire, we say … His Table is contemptible ……

Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Mal 1:8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

  1. B) The second reason offering the Peace Offering is for making a vow, which shows us the trustworthiness, faithfulness CHRIST, who is the Way, the faithful WITNESS:

Lev 7:16  But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

Lev 7:17  But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Lev 7:18  And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

Lev 7:19  And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

“All that be clean” points to trying the spirits to see whether our spiritual food is of Christ (2 John 1:10 and 1 John 4:1).

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The morning (Psa 49:14-15) and the “third day” (Luk 13:32, 1 Co 15:4, Hos 6:2) are symbols for resurrection from the dead, when Christ comes with His holy angels, “is, was and will be” and no flesh remains, all wood, hay and stubble are being burnt up. We are BEING RAISED UP from the state of DEATH/DISOBDIENCE.

Exo 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now, [is] our salvation [Christ, is the resurrection John 11:25] nearer than when we believed.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that  like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,   even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Leaven is not accepted in the Peace Offering given for a vow.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.  

Both the Meat Offering at Pentecost and the Peace Offering given as a freewill Offering typify Christ IN His elect. Neither typify Him as our UNBLEMISHED SACRIFICE, both Offerings typify the Church (US) struggling against flesh in our daily walk being born in sin …… “lacking in his parts”, conceived in sin.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit  the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Vows are different and are words that mean exactly what they say. These sacrifices are

Christ in His various capacities. And the Father through Christ promised (a vow) to both Adam and Cain that in the end they would “rule over sin” (Gen 4:7). Every word out of Christ’s mouth is a vow. It IS BEING performed.

Eze 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall  speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged:  for in your  days O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith  the Lord GOD. 

2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among  you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and  nay, but in him was yea.

2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him   are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Christ’s Offering in this capacity when He makes a vow or a freewill offering in “beeves and sheep” is without spot or wrinkle, in this capacity Christ is PERFECT.

Lev 22:21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto  the LORD to accomplish [his] vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or  sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.

We are admonished not to make a vow; we do not know what tomorrow brings, can we be sure that we are going to be able to perform the vow? Do we say “we see”? We are a work in progress being saved.

Ecc 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he  hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

 

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

The Peace Offering, with the two reasons of being offered, reminds us that, as Christ Himself, WE, still “bear the image of the earthy [but] we are in the PROCESS of bearing the image of the heavenly” (1Co 15:49). We have PEACE and STRENGTH and NOURISHMENT in this Offering knowing that we are accepted in the Beloved.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as theworld giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither  let it be afraid.

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Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

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Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

By Pete Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

possess, 95

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

drive, 30

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

inherit, 21

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

possessed, 19

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

cast, 11

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

heir, 9

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

possession, 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Master puts a winepress in His vineyard within us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imparting Presents/Gifts to Moreshethgath

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

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

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

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

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

H7971, shâlach

Total KJV Occurrences: 880

sent, 461

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

send, 157

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

go, 76

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achzib means lies and deception.

H392, ‘akzı̂yb, ak-zeeb’

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

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

Luk 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

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

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

H3576, kâzab, kaw-zab’

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

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

Total KJV occurrences: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

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Book of Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Book of Micah is a message to all of the Lord’s people.  It was written to both the people of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms (Israel and Judah) another words to “all the Jews”.  The sum of the word also tells us who the true Jews are and that all the prophets of old did not minister to the flesh Jews but to the spiritual ones (The Elect) who would come much later (1 Pe 1:10-11).

Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and they served the Lord at about the same times.  Given the similarities of Isaiah 2 and Micah 4, some speculate Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah.

The message of Micah is a message that comes to all of God’s people.  That is His very elect in this and every age when the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) is divided.  Neither part is living right, both are practicing idolatry and will be cutoff and a third part will emerge and be brought through the fire that will sanctify the new man (Christ) in us.

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

While the overarching theme of the prophets and especially the minor Prophets seems to be judgment, Micah has more of a balance and the second half of the book is focused more on the hope of salvation and our needing to wait upon it.  It is in Micah that it is prophesied a Savior would come from Bethlehem (Mic 5:2).  There are many names and places mentioned in Micah and we will take time to drill into most of them when we get to them.

Micah deals with events that are now on the house of God, which house we are, yet it also gives detail on the role of the elect and supports other prophecies regarding the Millennium rule and the role in the lake of fire.  We will deal with those prophecies when we get to them later in the series.  Here is the outline of Micah from the ESV which is similar to the chapter titles given by most other translations.

  • Chapter 1 – The Coming Destruction
  • Chapter 2 – Woe to the Rich Oppressors
  • Chapter 3 – Rulers and Prophets Denounced
  • Chapter 4 – The Mountain of the Lord
  • Chapter 5 – The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
  • Chapter 6 – The Indictment of the Lord
  • Chapter 7 – Wait for the God of Salvation

It is almost comical to read the synopsis and commentaries on this Book.  They must have thought Micah was a schizophrenic switching back and forth from doom and gloom to hope and peace.  They just don’t know the ways of the Lord and the strange act He brings to His people through the process of judgment.  But we do know these things and we will be able to decipher the message the Lord intended and has hidden in the symbols and parables of the story board.

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

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

Divided Kingdoms

All things are yours and mine if we are the Lord’s people (1 Cor 3:21).  We live by every word (Mat 4:4) and that includes this prophesy of Micah.  The Lord comes to bring peace but that comes about only by a process of division first (Luk 12:51).  We live the Words of Micah in our later stage baptism of fire when the Lord returns the second time for salvation (Heb 9:28).  So the stage is set, the kingdoms of the Lord are divided after we have come into the knowledge of the truth and are communing with the Lord.  Like Solomon did, despite our new found wisdom and rulership, we too, will be led astray by strange women.  We do this despite knowing the commands of the Lord.  We will leave our first love.

1Ki 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

1Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

1Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

This slow drift away from DOING the Truth is what we all need to be watchful of given the deceitfulness of sin that lurks in the hearts of these clay vessels.

1Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

The Lord in His jealousy and His wrath will seek vengeance for His Temple, which Temple we are if we are His Elect.  This inequity is visited upon the succeeding sons as we mature inwardly.

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

1Ki 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

With the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam, is made king but does not follow the council of the elders and many of the people turn against him as he follows false doctrines mistreating the people (1 Ki 12:14).  The people rise up and rebel and appoint Jeroboam from the tribe of Ephraim their first king.  And we are told this rebellion of Israel against the house of David, a type of Jesus Christ will not pass away.

1Ki 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Here again is the one verse we will cover today and lay a foundation for the whole study.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Micah is from the Hebrew word H4318, pronounced “Mee-kaw” and is found 32 times in Scripture.  Interesting that Strong’s defines Micah as the name of seven Israelite’s with seven representing the number of spiritual completion.

H4318

mı̂ykâh

mee-kaw’

An abbreviation of H4320; Micah, the name of seven Israelites: – Micah, Micaiah, Michah.

Total KJV occurrences: 32

This book runs the full course of us being made spiritually complete and being used of the Lord to work righteousness in the rest of mankind as the whole of the study will show Lord willing.

The root of Micah is H4320 which tells us more of what this prophecy is really all about.

H4320

me-kaw-yaw’

From H4310 and (the prefixed derivation from) H3588 and H3050; who (is) like Jah?; Micajah, the name of two Israelites: – Micah, Michaiah. Compare H4318.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Two is the number for witness and it is our experience as both of these witnesses, first the natural man and second the spiritual man by which we are made one with the Lord. Micah is said to be a Morasthite that is also further instructive to the nature of this prophecy.

H4183

mo-rash-tee’

Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath: – Morashthite.

 H4182

mo-reh’-sheth gath

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

Total KJV occurrences: 1

So a Morasthite is said to be a possession of Gath which is famous for other reasons.

 H1661

gath

The same as H1660; Gath, a Philistine city: – Gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 33

Gath is most famous for being the home of the Philistine giant Goliath and where the people were smitten with emerods in their secret parts (1 Sam 5:8-9).  The repentance of the people and the prayers of Samuel were answered and Gath was restored to Israel.

1Sa 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

Yet this peace was only temporary as the flesh does not go easy and requires a second coming of Christ (the Ark) to kill the beast within us all.  The story of David and Goliath tells us this later in 1 Samuel and brings home the point of what being a possession of Gath means.

 1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

1Sa 17:5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

Goliath is the carnally minded beast we must conquer and overcome.  We all should want to be Morasthite’s and have dominion over the beast (the Goliath) within.

Yet let’s take this one more level down and look at the root word for Gath that is spelled and pronounced the exact same way!

H1660

gath

Total KJV Occurrences: 6

winepress, 2

Jdg_6:10-11 (2), Lam_1:15

press, 1

Joe_3:13

presses, 1

Neh_13:15

wine, 1

Neh_13:15 (2)

winefat, 1

Isa_63:2

Wow there it is.  Gath is representative of a winepress which is representative of the place of judgment and the way by which salvation comes to all men.  Here are some examples of H1660 Gath used in some well-known passages.

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

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

Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

And here being a NT witness of the importance the winepress plays in salvation and who it is that brings the good news to us.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

But we are not done yet!  The word gath that stands for winepress also has a root.

H1660

gath

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

Total KJV occurrences: 5

H5059

naw-gan’

A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music: – player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er. -ing).

Total KJV occurrences: 15

Here is the KJC use of this word.

play, 4

1Sa_16:16-17 (2), Psa_33:3, Eze_33:32

played, 4

1Sa_16:23, 1Sa_18:10, 1Sa_19:9, 2Ki_3:15

minstrel, 2

2Ki_3:15 (2)

melody, 1

Isa_23:15-16 (2)

player, 1

1Sa_16:16

players, 1

Psa_68:25

playing, 1

1Sa_16:18

sing, 1

Isa_38:20

So now we know who is playing the songs, singing and making melody to the Lord spiritually speaking.  It is those of us in the winepress, it is the Morasthite’s that have dominion over the beast within (in down payment form).

Isa 38:20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments (i.e. harps) all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

1Sa 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

Psa 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

This loud noise is the trees of the field clapping their hands and is the sound of salvation as we saw in the last installment of the Nahum study.  Micah’s prophecy represents the coming of the Lord to subdue the land.  The events the whole of Scripture apply to this time frame in our walk.  First the final judgment and baptism by fire.

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

And this is when we play and sing for the Lord by and through our redemption that “is, was and will be” coming through this great judgment (Exo 6:6).

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

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

There are no idle Words of Scripture and therefore there is meaning (hidden treasure, Prov 25:2) in us being given the names of the three kings of Judah here in verse one.  Let’s do a quick review of the nature and character of these three kings and recall that three is the number of the process of our spiritual completion by judgment.  It takes this process to be made complete spiritually and these kings represent varying phases of our growth and maturation in the Lord.  Each of these kings represent part of that process as there is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.

1Ch 3:9 These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.

1Ch 3:10 And Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

1Ch 3:11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

1Ch 3:12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

1Ch 3:13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

Jotham

H3147

yo-thawm’

From H3068 and H8535; Jehovah (is) perfect; Jotham, the name of three Israelites: – Jotham.

Jotham’s father, Azariah (aka Uzziah), as king was generally a good king but like so many of us had many idols of hearts that were worshiped within.  Jotham’s father was smitten with leprosy until the day he died for his idolatry and leading Judah astray.

2Ki 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

2Ki 15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

And here is the synopsis of what Jotham did.  This typifies our still Babylonian mindset focused on many good works but our unwillingness to obey God but rather focus on sacrifices.  But as we know and learn, far better to obey than to sacrifice.

2Ch 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

2Ch 27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

2Ch 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

2Ch 27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

2Ch 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

Jotham was blessed and increased of the Lord as we also experience having found the truth and being given to reign and rule with Christ in down payment form.  But we have a whole lot of growing and maturing yet to come.  Jotham is interestingly taken from the same Hebrew word H8535 most often translated as “perfect” or upright and referenced several places in JOB including here.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

We know that what is good and perfect in the sight of the Lord is a much higher standard than that of men.  None of us will be perfected until we die and are resurrected.  Nobody has arrived yet.  Yet Jotham was relatively speaking a good king as well.  He was born of woman whose Hebrews names can be traced back to the possession of righteousness.

2Ki 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

 After the death of Jotham, Ahaz the son, took over and reigned in Judah.

 Ahaz

H271

aw-khawz’

From H270; possessor; Achaz, the name of a Jewish king and of an Israelite: – Ahaz.

Total KJV occurrences: 41

 Unlike his father before him, Ahaz did not do right, he was not “perfect” in the sight of the Lord.  This is what we all do after being given Truth and given judgment and dominion over the nations within us.  To learn righteousness and be able to discern good and evil as mature men, we will leave our first love and we will apostatize.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Here is the synopsis of what Ahaz did as king of Judah.

2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

2Ch 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

2Ch 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

2Ch 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Here is more detail from 2 Kings and like all of us “apostasizers”, we will cause our sons to pass through the fire that we are expressly warned against.

Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

This is what happens when we don’t take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commands to come out and be separate and touch not what is unclean.  It takes making these mistakes to learn the lesson.

 2Ki 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

2Ki 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ki 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

Our love for the world and all that is in the world will make us an enemy of God.  We will even think to take the jewels we have been given and make peace with the old man and the heathen.

2Ki 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

These are not history lessons for us, they are Words that we all shall live by (Luke 4:4).  If we ever needed a reminder of the role of watchmen and their importance to protect the flock, we have the stories of Ahaz and these Scriptures from the New Testament written to the Body of Christ.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Our brother, Victor, shared a powerful addition to the study of Judging Righteous Judgment that I hope WE all took heed of.

Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psa 141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Psa 141:5 Let the righteous smite meit shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Ahaz was also the King of Judah when the promise of the Messiah was given as recorded in Isaiah 7.

Isa 7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Isa 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Isa 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

And here is another witness to the requirements for this apostasy and how we will be corrected by our own wickedness when Immanuel is given and born into our hearts.

Isa 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 

The old must be done away with and the carnal Job, the carnal Ahaz, the carnal you and me must be destroyed by the war that must take place in heaven.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Isa 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

The Lord will not put up with the blaspheming of His Name and defilement of His Temple forever.  It is for His Name’s sake He saves us.  We all will live through this period of turning God’s grace into lasciviousness (Jud 1:4) and this all part of our maturation process and how we learn to discern good and evil (Heb 5:13).

2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

 2Ch 28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

2Ch 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

Next comes King Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz to be King of Judah.

Hezekiah

H3169

yekh-iz-kee-yaw

From H3388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Jechizkijah, the name of five Israelites: – Hezekiah, Jehizkiah. Compare H2396.

The number of grace is implicit in the definition of Hezekiah and what his time in our walk represents.  The fiery chastening of the Lord will strengthen the new man in us as we continue to be shown our innate wickedness and endure the righteous judgment of the Lord.

Hezekiah is a more mature king who has learned much from his fathers’ yet still has some chastening and falling down into sin to learn as we all do in falling down 7 times (Prov 24:16).

Here is a synopsis of Hezekiah’s reign from 2 Chronicles.

2Ch 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2Ch 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

2Ch 29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

2Ch 29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

2Ch 29:5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

2Ch 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

2Ch 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

2Ch 29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

2Ch 29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

2Ch 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

Hezekiah sought to obey the Lord and worship Him.

2Ch 29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

2Ch 29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.

2Ch 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

2Ch 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

As we should know, Hezekiah did not take heed the stringent commands and showed the Babylonian king the jewels of the Temple and also used the Levite’s in service when only the priests are to handle the vessels of the sanctuary (2 Ch 29:34, 2 Ch 30:18).

2Ki 20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
2Ki 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Yet the Lord was working with Hezekiah as He works with all of His elect to bring deliverance and salvation to them little by little as they grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.

2Ch 31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

2Ch 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

Despite many victories our flesh does not go away easily and we must live through a continued process of judgment to destroy and keep subdued the beast that was, is not but yet is (Rev 17:11).

Ch 32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

2Ch 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

2Ch 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

We grow and advance in the Kingdom by this ongoing process of spiritual completion and the Lord will prosper us exactly according to His plan and schedule.

2Ch 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

This final point to be made in this first study is to see and understand the relevance of this prophecy applying to both Samaria and to Judah. It is addressed to all men as when we understand what Samaria and Jerusalem represent.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

As we saw with Ahaz and Hezekiah more notably, the Lord is serious about the commands for us to separate from the world and its ways of life.  That is transgression of Jacob that will be in our next study.

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

The field is the world and is represented by Samaria.  The parable of the wheat and the tares depicts this mystery.

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Seeking to be rich with knowledge and use our godliness for gain in the Body of Christ is how we create idols and high places in Judah which represents the House of God where the Lion sits.  Micah and all of God’s prophets, which are His Elect our collectively Jesus of Nazareth whom the whole world hates.  Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Christ, must go through both Samaria and Judah.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Samaria represents the world in our later stages of development and maturation.  Worldly influences are still strong being near the gate to the holy city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel.  Going through this process and confessing our many husbands and being shown our leprosy is a requirement for “The Christ” just as it was for our Lord.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Luk 17:1 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee

So as move on in Micah we will see judgment first as that is what delivers us and make us usable to the Lord to be the judge of others.  We are judged for our transgressions in both the world and in the Body.

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Jer 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Conclusion

I wanted to lay a foundation of the breadth and depth of Micah’s prophesy.  In total it will show our progression from babes in Christ to the mature man filled with Jesus Christ.  Once prepared of the Lord, we will see in later studies that we will then be used to rule not only the inward nations but the outward nations with a rod of iron.

The prophets of the Lord are the vehicles through which Jesus Christ is revealed in us and through us.  The elect that make up the Body of Christ are those angels, and is by speaking to one another that we are judged and our scarlet sins turned into the fine white linen of the saints.  The Words of Micah and everyone one of the Body are the fire that bring to light our wickedness and reproves us.

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; [how do we learn to do well?] seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together [H3198 – reprove], saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Like Nahum, Micah is all about our ongoing judgment and sanctification that comes by abiding in the fiery Word and be watched over by the Lord and His Christ.  We are the kings and priests of Judah the very people Micah was sent to prophesy too.

Jer 22:1 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

Jer 22:2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:

Jer 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

Lord willing, we will be given to understand more the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and be better prepared for the trials that lie ahead as we are transitioned from hearers into doers and from babes into the mature man in Christ able to discern good and evil and in the process of becoming like gods.

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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