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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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“The Wise Shall Keep Silent”

Key Verses:  Amo 5:7 – 5:13

In the last installment (Amos Part 13), we were admonished to seek the Lord and live. Of course this tells those with ears to hear to give up their life and die in order to find the Lord.  This is how we walk in the Spirit of newness of life in Christ. It is through death that judgment then comes (Heb 9:28) and the overcoming of sin takes place.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Those that can read, hear and keep the sayings of the Scriptures are the House of God in every generation and upon whom judgment is now coming. We live out the Word of God and keep His judgments, learning the manifold wisdom of God while abiding in the body of Christ’s flesh which is the Church (Eph 3:10, Eph 5:30). This process of judgment is what reconciles us (returns) us to the Lord.

Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

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

Establishing justice in our gates is putting on the mind of Christ. This is being worked in God’s elect in our day of judgment, in the day of the Lord as we continue in the Book of Amos.

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

We don’t willingly walk to our death and give up our lives, we indeed are dragged there as the Word of God is bitter to our fleshly way of life (Rev 10:10) and seeks to avoid the mourning, lamentations and woe, the reproach the Word brings to us in this world (Eze 2:10).

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 

We, like Job, become self-righteous and complain and contend with the Lord as the Lord brings occasion to reveal our hidden pride and humble us. We drink the bitter vinegar and gall that our sinless Lord did not drink and thus turn our judgment into wormwood. Like Ezekiel and Jeremiah, we go forth in bitterness initially.

Eze 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

Lam 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood

To become a mature man and eat strong meat speaks to our ability to bear the trials and suffering, the reproach that falls on Jesus Christ. This is our dying daily. The Christ of Christ  take the cup we have been given to drink and give the Lord thanks for it, following our Lord’s footsteps.

Luk 22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, take this, and divide it among yourselves:

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Failing of the grace of God is when we are overtaken by a root of bitterness and become unthankful in what the Lord is doing (Heb 12:15). We learn not be bitter by first being bitter in our judgment and being chastened (Tit 2:11). We all like Job will at first hold fast our own righteousness and seek to disannul or invalidate the righteous judgments of God.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Christ in us is lifted up as we (the old man) is being humbled by the evil (afflictions) that the Lord is bringing upon us (Psa 34:19, Ecc 1:13 CLV).

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the Pleiades [seven stars] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 

While this verse speaks to the Lord’s omnipotence, that is not the primary point the Lord is conveying. This verse tells us of the mystery of how the Lord brings us back to Himself which we won’t understand until we live it and look behind ourselves (Rev 1:10, Luk 24:8). Stars give off light in the darkness and can be both positive or negative as they represent people (us) and/or the false gods we set up in our heavens to worship (the beast). The physical and the spiritual stars are all part of “all things” the Lord is making and working in our lives.

Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

The Lord puts light and darkness into our minds by declaring unto us our very thoughts (Amo 4:13). We truly are clay and whether we walk in the light or sit in darkness is all the Lord’ doing as are all things.

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

To the carnal world, the true Light of the Lord is thick darkness (Deut 4:11) but to those that see it is a bright Light (Exo 14:20). It is all the same to Him who is working ALL things.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 

Mentioning the names of two well-known constellations reveals this truth. Orion comes from a word meaning stupid or foolish.

H3685, kes-eel’

The same as H3684; any notable constellation; specifically Orion (as if a burly one): – constellation, Orion.

H3684, kes-eel’

From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly: – fool (-ish).

The true things of the Lord are foolishness (darkness) to the natural man (1Co 2:13). The Lord turns darkness to light and light to darkness according to His purposes. The turning of the shadow of death (being carnally minded) into morning (light) is done by Him making the darkness (the lies we believe and trust in) as our light.

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

Both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16). He sends strong delusion to keep us bound in darkness awaiting our day of judgment. We leave our first love and fall away.

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

Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations (H3685 – Orion) thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Pleiades (H3598) is only mentioned elsewhere in Job 9 and 38. It is a well-known cluster of seven stars that point to the coming Spring season. The symbology of seven stars is the opposite of Orion which means foolishness. The Lord making Pleiades and Orion is another witness to the Lord making light and darkness. As we carry our cross, Christ in us dies to this world and the veil of flesh is torn in the temple within us (Mat 27:51) and we discern the true lights unto this dark world that is the church.

Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (2Th 2:8)

The Lord stirs up our flesh, He manifest sins to give occasion for judgment and to have our own wickedness correct us and humble us in our self-righteousness. This is the spiritual significance of the waters of the seas (flesh of man) being poured out upon our earth (Jer 22:29).

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

The parables of the Scriptures convey this mystery of the process of salvation and shows those with ears to hear how faith is grown through the storms of life which the Lord is causing.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

As our faith grows, the Lord is raising up Christ more and more and the immature man of God that had been spoiled will begin to tread on the strong man (the man of sin) that has us bound.

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 

Reaping what our old man previously sowed (Gal 5:7), the spoilers will themselves be spoiled in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy. The casting out of devils (lies) out of our heavens turns the tables and the devourers are now devoured and salvation comes as Christ rises up.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is very strong and gets his power from the god of this world. Only Christ rising up within us can overcome the wicked one.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Our flesh will abhor the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ is, was and will be despised and rejected of men who is not esteemed by the carnal mind (Isa 53:3). And the immutable truth is we are “Jesus Christ” and will follow His steps.

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

It is the Body of Christ that stands in the gate, the entry way into Jesus Christ and the entry way into our personal heavens (mind). Those gates are guarded by the true elect who have eyes round about, within and without (Rev 4:6-8) to ensure that nothing that defiles is allowed into the Holy City within and without. Christ is the door by which all must pass to find life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Rather than stand for Christ and bear His reproach and shame and endure judgment for our sins; we seek the gain of oppression and wrest away the righteous judgment of God. Hatred is murder in the eyes of the Lord (Mat 5:22). Our beast and man of sin seeks to kill the man child within us that is oppressing our sinful way of life by bringing judgment and fire from the Lord. It is you and me who are these Pharisees who eagerly seek knowledge and search the Scriptures, but are unwilling to submit to Christ (Joh 5:39-40) and instead hate (murder) the Lord’s prophets.

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

The Lord put us together in a Body to strengthen, comfort and to keep each other attentive. If we do not abide in the living Word that is Christ, the same which brings judgment and wrath to our man of sin; we will be led astray by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:13) that lives in our hearts. Faithful and strong brethren snatch one another from the fire and keep our hearts striving to attain to the higher calling. The time will come when we need this help.

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Pro 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

As our trials increase with our increased faith (1Pe 1:7), the costs of following Jesus Christ also increase as we can now bear greater trials (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). These trials are separating the “called and chosen” from the “called, chosen AND FAITHFUL” (Rev 17:14). To destroy the pride of life and humble us, our self-righteousness and gainsaying using the things of the Lord, needs to be exposed. The Lord is making His case for needed judgment to teach us the right ways.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

The elect are being sent to preach the Gospel to the spiritually poor (Luk 4:18, Rev 14:6) and broken hearted. Giving to the poor is lifting up our brother and sisters, spiritually and physically when needed as we are given the ability and opportunity. We come to see every man alive as Jesus Christ, who is the first man Adam and last man Christ in every man.

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

Speaking and living the Word, judging righteous judgment is how we feed, clothe and shelter “Jesus Christ” who is every man. Full of doctrine and immature, we will first oppress the man child within ourselves and those outside ourselves. Getting the I, Me and My out of our walk and our life takes significant trials and scourging by the Lord. We all lack the one thing that Christ spoke to the rich man about. The one thing we all lack is to give up EVERYTHING, give it all to the Lord and trust in Him alone and not our own flesh and abilities.

Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

None of us voluntarily give up our lives. Flesh instinctively do the opposite and seek to save its life and seek gain and not be content in waiting for the Lord. We tread upon the poor within ourselves and without when we remove the burden of judgment off ourselves and pervert the Word of God. Taking away the grain (the corn or the wheat) is removing the Truth and wresting away the need for judgment and living a sacrificed life. This is robbery.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Isa 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The Lord is jealous for His people and when we oppress the poor we reproach the Lord. We cannot wrest judgment (Exo 23:6) as there is no other way into the kingdom of God.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Self-righteous flesh seeks to build a house for the Lord (Psa 127:1) and justify ourselves by the works of our own hands. But this all vanity and destined to be burned up when the fire reveals our works in our day of the Lord (1Co 3:15). Israel (you and me) are commanded to not built an altar made of hewn stone which refers to the works of our hands. Jesus Christ is building His church and He needs no help from any man to bring it about.

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Turning aside the poor is leading one away from Christ and the narrow road and the words of fire that the walk of a disciple entails. We always have to try the spirits.

2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

Php 3:18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

We honor the Lord by speaking righteously and showing mercy, which is judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) and partaking of the suffering of Christ.

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Pro 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

The Lord calls our oppression of the poor that afflicts His people a mighty sin. Until we are given to lay down our life for Christ, we will continue to be a beast buying and selling and seeking gain and oppressing the poor within and without. A zealous Lord will have vengeance for His oppressed.

Psa 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

As we grow in faith, our ability to bear the burden of the Lord also increases. With maturity come greater trials but know the Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence [H1826] in that time; for it is an evil time

The rest (silence) that remains for the people of God is to cease from our own carnal works and put our faith in the Lord alone. This is the goal and where we are heading but we only get there by enduring and learning through an experience of evil.

Ecc 1:13 (CLV) I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

We come into judgment like Job, whining and complaining and justifying ourselves by our filthy rags self-righteous works (Isa 64:6). But as we mature in our judgment, we begin overcoming sin and begin to speak what the angels of the Lord speak.

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

We are becoming wise in our foolishness for Christ and are given understanding of the Lord’s plan and purposes and as importantly the faith to believe. The time of the end has come.

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

When a life is laid down for the Lord, we have the faith to trust in what He is doing and open not our mouth to defend or justify ourselves.

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

We are saved by the chastening grace of the Lord through the faith we are given as a gift (Eph 2:8). True grace through faith grows us to a place of contentment and of rest. A meek and humble spirit is quietness and confidence in the Lord and not dependent upon horses we have depended upon our whole prior life.

Isa 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Isa 30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

It takes faith to believe, without which we will not enter into the rest and quietness that is promised to all who believe.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

God is resting from His works within us on the seventh day, the day we are being completed in Jesus Christ. Coming to Christ is where we find rest from our own works (Mat 11:28) and grow such that the Prince of Peace is ruling in our hearts. Charity, our love, which is our obedience is how that peace and quietness is found.

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

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

We are not wise or silent at first in our day of judgments.  We are unwise and making all kinds of lamentations in contending with the Lord.  The commandment has been given to be silent.  Yet we learn obedience by making mistakes, experiencing evil and suffering the chastening of the Lord. This is where we pick up next week Lord willing, as the lamenting and wailing in the vineyards will increase as the Lord passes through the land within us.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

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

A brother in Christ,  Pete

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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Key Verses: Micah 2:7 – 2:13

by Pete Wilson

Flesh and blood cannot and was never intended to inherit the kingdom of God.  The first born of God’s witnesses, our life walking after the flesh must be sacrificed to the Lord for the new man, the second witness to be resurrected with Christ (Rev 11:12).  The Elect are the first to endure this process (1 Pe 4:17) so they in turn can become the instruments by which all men will be judged and brought to eternal life (Rev 20:4).  To gain our life we must lose it now and that is likened to us going to a daily slaughter.

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Judgment is the primary message of all the prophets.  It is both a wonderful and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  It depends on which side of the two-edged sword we are talking about.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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

The Lord works all things for the greater good of those who love (obey) Him.  This includes putting us into darkness, making us blind, so He can then bring us to the light.

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

Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

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:

It is truly a blessing to be judged now in this age.  It comes to precious few who are able to read, hear and to keep (i.e. live out) the words and judgments spoken about in the Scriptures.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Here are the verses for Part 10 of the study of the Book of Micah.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

Mic 2:8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

Mic 2:9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory forever.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

Mic 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

Let’s look at these verses in more detail and link them to the sum of God’s word and the gospel message of salvation.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened [H7114]? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

The word straitened [H7114] is only used as “straitened” one time of its 48 occurrences.  This is a poor translation and it would be better translated as “shortened” or “reaped” implying the Lord’s will is cut off or denied when we manifest sin and rebellion in our walk.  The paradox of Scriptures is that the Lord works all things in the life of His clay vessels.  His hand is not too short to save yet our inequities the Lord Himself is causing that separates us from the Lord is not a contradiction.

Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened [H7114], that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The Lord forsaking us for a “little while” (Isa 54:7) is needed to humble us and bring judgment upon our sinful ways and carnal lusts.  This verse in Micah is a rhetorical question that reminds us that our falling into sin and rebellion is 100% the Lord’s doing.  He is working all things for the counsel of His will. Even our very sins are in the box of all things.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

2Ch 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

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

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

The words of the Lord do good for the new man because over time this grace causes us to walk uprightly.  Isaiah answers the question of who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire and who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings (Isa 33:14).  It’s not people going to a place called eternal hell, it is those who are learning through scourging grace to gain dominion over sin.

Isa 33:15  He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

The Lording causes us to err from His ways only so He can turn us back to Him and by that process teach us true righteousness.

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

 

Mic 2:8  NKJV Lately My people have risen up as an enemy— You pull off the robe with the garment From those who trust you, as they pass by, Like men returned from war.

Mic 2:9  The women of My people you cast out From their pleasant houses; From their children You have taken away My glory forever.

Oppressing our neighbor, doing violence by perverting God’s ways and truths with our worldliness (harlotry) makes us enemies of God (Jam 4:4) and targets for His wrath.  The churches of men, built on the lies of the great harlot, that are also within us are the women who spoil or strip off all of our Godly raiment, both the outer robe and the under garments of Christ’s righteousness.  Trusting in our own strength and our own righteousness, which are filthy rags (Isa 64:6) spoils the pure things of God.

Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh

In the time of our becoming a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) our loving Father will scourge us with grace (Heb 12:6) and bring us back to Him.

Zep 1:8  And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Engaged in full time warfare (Eph 6:12) we become averse to the ongoing struggles and do not always remain vigilant in the good fight of faith.  Leaven can creep in unawares (Jud 1:4) and our deceitful hearts lead us astray (Jer 17:9, Pro 4:23) when we let our guard down.  We need to be constantly reminded of our ongoing warring against the flesh and never grow weary.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

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

Casting out our woman from their pleasant houses and taking away God’s glory from our children (maturing mindsets) is what disobedience brings about on our road to maturity.  “Pleasant houses” here in Micah refers to delicate houses and its root word H6026 (Anag) which links delicate houses with pliable or soft houses.  Our falling down and being judged bring this softness about.

Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Sin hardens our heart and makes us less pliable in the Potter’s hands.  We are warned to take heed and learn the lessons given to us by the Scriptures (1 Cor 10:11).

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Sin shall no longer be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  Last week we saw that adding to our knowledge is a necessary ingredient to move on to maturity and bear the fruit of brotherly love which starts and ends with obedience (1 Jo 5:3).  This is a serious calling that requires diligent ongoing effort and endurance that only the Lord can and will give us in order to grow.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

The word translated “forever” in Micah 2:9 is the Hebrew word olam H5769 and does not mean forever in the same way AION or AIONIOUS is mistranslated in the Greek New Testament.  Our period of judgment is not forever but is an age abiding period of time which the Lord uses to teach us the error of our sinful ways and is the very means of our salvation.  Thankfully, the Lord dies for us when we are yet still the chief of sinners and reconciles us through the death of that first (old) fleshly man Adam.

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

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

We are saved from wrath by living through the wrath against our sins and lustful ways now in this age.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction [H2556].

The Lord will not let us enter into rest while sin is still ruling in our hearts.  The Lord must mix in faith, the ability to believe His word, for us to overcome and learn through our judgments.  We are increasingly given the ability to get up from our falling down and that is how we gain dominion, cease from our own works and find the rest that remains for the people of God.  Yet we need not be lax, slothful or at ease on the journey. Instead we must strive, labour, be diligent and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We looked at this word translated as “destruction”, H2556 “chebel” in Part 9.  It is only translated destruction one time in the 62 occurrences and as we saw it actually means cords or sorrows most of the time.  Either way, this destruction is speaking of the bondage (cords) to sin and the sorrows and pangs we deal with (because of that sin) in giving birth to the new man.  This is how the old man is destroyed and the beast put under subjection to the Christ in us.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

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

Until we learn to arise and move on, we remain to relearn the lessons with more grace poured out upon our sins (Rom 5:20).  Being forgiven and given the healing to pick up our mat and walk comes with an admonition to continue to do well.

Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Our suffering and the judgments of the Lord by the Word (Joh 12:48) in the last days will not return void.  That Word will accomplish all the Lord’s purposes right on time.  We are saved from His wrath by the Lord remaking the marred (destroyed) vessel of clay.

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

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Mic 2:11  If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

 Our carnal rebellious flesh loves to justify itself and rationalize its continued disobedience, turning grace into lasciviousness.  In the last days, we will at first heap upon ourselves teachers and false prophets that will tell us what our flesh loves to hear (2 Tim 4:3).

Jer 5:31 NKJV The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

This not someone else, it is you and me as the false prophet and the deceiver.  Living by every word includes all these words.

Job 12:16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

It needs be that we get drunk with wine and strong drink as that is key to learning good and evil and coming to know He truly is the Lord.  This is the falling away that must be.

 Deu 29:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.

As God’s kings and priests, we must first err and mishandle the things of God and stumble in our day of judgment.

Isa 28:7  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

This erring from His ways is every bit part of the life of Jesus Christ, who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  We must first bear the earthy image then the heavenly one (1 Co 15:49).

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

The Lord is not doing this as some monster, He is doing it as a loving Father to teach us the right ways of life and to make us into His people.

Eze 14:11  That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

It is our abiding in the fire of the Word, our lake of fire NOW by which our beast and false prophet days are burned up and we are given new garments of salvation (Rev 19:20).

Mic 2:12  I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah [H1223], as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

The same Lord that scatters His people and purposefully deceives them, gathers them back into the little flock that is the Body of Christ (Luk 12:32, Eze 34:12).  There His chosen sheep are fed spiritually and that includes being fed judgment.

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

Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

A New Testament witness to this prophecy would be this.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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

It is these words of fire (Jer 5:14) that brings judgment and perfects us.  This is how over time we are edified and come to unity, the perfect man unto the fullness of Christ.  The Lord’s people make lots of noise in the day of salvation and abiding in judgment by fire of the Word.

1Sa 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

Psa 95:1  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Jos 6:20  So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

This noise we make is linked to the sounds of the trumpets which represent the judgments of God that saves us from our sins!  The Word works in us via judgment.  This is how we enter into and possess the land for Christ receiving our salvation from sin.

Now let’s look at the word Bozrah and what it represents and that is the context from which the title “The Sheep Led to the Slaughter” was chosen.  E-Sword shows the Micah 2:12 word “Bozrah” as H1223 that is the same as H1224 in the Strong’s Dictionary as all other references to Bozrah are labelled.

H1224, botsrâh, bots-raw’

The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

bozrah, 9

Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12 (2)

We will look at a few of these references but first note that Bozrah is part of the land of Moab (Jer 48:24).  Moab was an incestuous son of Lot whose name stands for the fleshly veil that keeps us separated from the Lord.  That veil of flesh must be removed for us to take heed the commandments of the Lord and walk as sons of the light.

Secondly note that Bozrah was also the capital city of Edom (Isa 34:6).  If we remind ourselves of what Esau and Edom symbolize we will be able to see this story applying to our personal day of the Lord more clearly.

H123, ‘ĕdôm,  ed-ome’

From H122; red (see Gen_25:25); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him: – Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

Gen 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

Esau and Edom represent the first man Adam (red) which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50) and must bow down and serve the younger new man within all of us (Gen 25:23).

The flesh must be done away with and this is done by gather of the sheep and bringing them together for judgment.  This takes place spiritually outside the camp in Bozrah, in the capital of our fleshly kingdoms.  The sword of the Lord brings the slaughter of our old ways (cutting off) as we abide in our judgment now in this age.

Also remember the meaning of a Morasthite from Part 1 was to be a possessor of a winepress.  Our suffering and dying daily with Christ in the day of our judgment (now) is how we are rightly called Morasthite’ s and obtain our garments of salvation.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

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

Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

The great tribulation that we must live through (not be raptured away) is how our clothes, our covering for sins is washed clean and made pure.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

One of God’s messengers (Philip, Pete, You….), members of the Body will be sent to show understanding to spiritual Eunuch’s of this great mystery and the Lord’s strange work.

Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

The reign of the beast and the life we know in the flesh must be lost in order for us to gain life eternal now in down payment form.  This is the only way we come to know the Lord in truth and in Spirit.  The princes and rulers of the carnal mind, the 200 Million lies of Babylon (Rev (9:16) will be slaughtered in the “harvest” of Bozrah.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [EDOM] and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea [EDOM].

As the angels of God, His messengers and the means by which He does the greater works, we by speaking the word and watching over the flock operate the winepress and feed the people with judgment.

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.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Mic 2:13 NKJV The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their head.

The destruction of the flesh and our way of life in the world is, was and will be occurring as we endure in these marred vessels.  But the purpose of our judgment is to bring us into unity of the faith and mature us into holy men of the Lord.  The Elect are the Body of Christ which is also the bride that is to be without spot (Eph 5:27).  Our wedding garments come with a very high price and only through much tribulation.  The Lord’s arm is not too short to save.  He will save us and it is by this process of judgment.  This is how we break out of our old ways.

Mat 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Neh 1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

There is a time and season for everything and breaking us down and destroying our carnal strongholds (Dukes of Edom) is a very necessary season of maturing.  Following the Spirit we will walk the straight and narrow way and exit the wide gate.  Entry into the Temple, which Temple God’s Elect are (1 Cor 3:16) is done by living out those vials of wrath (Rev 15:8, Rev 1:3) and being ministered to by fellow overcomers and messengers of the Lord.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

It is those who have the true Jesus Christ as their Head abiding in the Body subject to its governance and the multitude of counselors that are the true sons of God.

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It is only those given the mind of Christ that are ONE with the Body and the Father.

Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

We will see more detail of our period of being forsaken for a “little while” in next week’s study as we begin Chapter 3.

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