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Rehoboam’s Folly

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Kings of Israel #2

“Rehoboam’s Folly”

Key Verses: 1Ki 12:1-15, 2Ch 10:1-15

 In this study, we want to review the Scriptures that speak to the events that precipitated the revolt of ten tribes of Israel and the resulting division that lasted until the divided nations were taken captive by the Assyrians and Babylonians, respectfully. It’s is needed to remind ourselves these events define our spiritual experiences as Israel within is being divided.

1Ki 12:1  And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 

1Ki 12:2  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 

1Ki 12:3  That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 

1Ki 12:4  Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. 

1Ki 12:5  And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. 

1Ki 12:6  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people

1Ki 12:7  And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever

1Ki 12:8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 

1Ki 12:9  And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? 

1Ki 12:10  And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. 

1Ki 12:11  And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 

This coming divide of Israel is spiritually the divide between our doctrine (hearing) and our doing (walking it out).  To be made perfect by the Lord and establish a firm foundation (twelve); both our doctrine and our deeds (heaven and earth) need work in the fiery furnace. The two tribes of Judah represent our witness for Christ who is inseparable from His Word which is His Doctrine. The ten northern tribes of Israel represent our walk (obedience or disobedience) as we are first trying to perfect ourselves in our own strength (the number ten) before we come to know and rest by being One in Christ (Truth).  This division and inward conflict are for our good in bringing confidence in the flesh to an end (Phi 3:3)and dragging us into the true rest (Heb 4:10). Both those near (Judah) and those far off (Israel in the North) are brought together as one.

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off (separated) are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Israel), and to them that were nigh (Judah).

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind (Judah) I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (Israel) the law of sin.

Rehoboam’s Folly

The name Rehoboam [H7346] means “a people has enlarged” and appropriately speaks to how corrupted doctrine, leavened bread, leads us astray from the narrow way.

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

It is indeed a narrow way of faith and Rehoboam picked up where his apostate father (Solomon) left off in making the apostasy even wider. Kings of the Lord possess great knowledge and spiritual power that is first abused and misused in exalting ourselves.

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Rehoboam was born out of the misconduct of Solomon’s with his many wives and concubines. Woman represent churches and whom we engage with in seeking to bear fruit unto the Lord.  We learn later (1Ki 14:21) that Rehoboam’s mother’s name was Naamah which means pleasure, and who was also an Ammonite. The fact Solomon intermarried with Egyptians, Ammonites and many other heathens in disobedience to the law did not bode well for the blessings or curses that would soon fall upon his house. Ammonites, like Moabites, symbolize our own carnal thoughts that we exalt above the Lord and in so doing commit spiritual incest and fornication with our own flesh. That is the spiritual significance of Ammonites and Moabites birthed from physical incest (Gen 19:37-38) and why that mindset is forbidden in the congregation of the Lord.

Deu 23:3  An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

An Ammonite spirit has us leaning on our own understanding and exalting ourselves versus seeking wisdom from the Church (Eph 3:10) and its multitude of counselors.  Solomon, the author of Proverbs, truly fell away and took no heed the Scripture he was inspired to write many years prior.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The Gathering at Shechem

The gathering of Israel to make Rehoboam king takes place at Shechem (Sichem) which is a place rich in many illustrious events in the history of Israel. Shechem is the first place Abram met the Lord and was given the promise (Gen 12:6-7). Shechem is where Jacob, a type of our old man is buried (Act 7:26) and where the bones of Joseph (a type of Christ) were laid many years after his death (Jos 24:32). Shechem is where all of Israel came together to renew the covenant with the Lord.

Jos 24:1  Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

Jos 24:25  So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Shechem means “shoulder” and symbolizes where our spiritual head sits on our body attached via a neck which is our burden. That burden is supposed to be light and the yoke easy if we truly believe and walk by faith.

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

The significance of this event being at Shechem relates to the yoke or burden that the heads (kings) of Israel place upon the people. The law of Moses/Gentiles is an oppressive yoke and heavy burden because anyone in the flesh outside the Law of faith cannot please God (Rom 8:8) no matter how hard they try. It is only under the law of Faith where we trust in Christ and nothing of ourselves that we are being saved. It takes us years of trials to get this straight in our heaven and our earth (Act 14:22). The earlier disciples, having the Spirit of God, struggled to get this right as we do (Mat 4:4).

Act 15:9  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:10  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

When we come to our wit’s end of laboring in our own strength to save ourselves, then the Lord begins to raise us up in righteousness.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

A head full of carnal ordinances is a heavy burden that is taken away only in and by our day of the Lord by the working of the Word.

Isa 10:27  And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Shechem spiritually represents the place where we, as Israel, come together to seek peace and a new mindset to guide our lives as God’s people. The burden and bondage Israel had been under during Solomon’s reign quickly become a key to the story of Rehoboam.   With Solomon dead, Jeroboam, the former servant and now adversary of Solomon’s house, returns from Egypt to counsel Rehoboam on how to unite Israel in peace.

1Ki 12:2  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 

1Ki 12:3  That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 

1Ki 12:4  Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. 

Israel had been heavily taxed and oppressed during Solomon’s reign all the while he got the glory and admiration of the world. Solomon building a temple of the Lord using forced labor and the labor of Tyre (Babylon) is a shadow of us building a temple in vain (Psa 127:1) using our own hands (self-righteous works) in a covenant with the world.

1Ki 5:12  And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram (Tyre’s king) and Solomon; and they two made a league together. 

1Ki 5:13  And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Solomon was a building machine and has Israel working hard constantly on many construction projects (1Ki Chapter 9) in the name of the Lord.  But as we see in Ecc 2, it was all really for Solomon’s benefit and his namesake of I, Me and My!

Ecc 2:4  I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards …

Ecc 2:9  So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Rather than serving the people, Solomon has the people of Israel serving him.

1Ki 9:22  But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.

Israel wanted relief from this hard levy and taxing burden.  So Jeroboam requested that Rehoboam make lighter the burden Solomon initiated.  As God’s people walking by faith, we stubbornly learn the lesson that is not up to us but the Lord to give the increase and overcoming and it resting in those promises that victory will come if we wait for it.

Flesh naturally seeks dominion over others and corrupts the divine service that is the duty of Christ’s kings and priests (Rom 12:1). Samuel had warned of this apostasy and issues before the first king was raised up and which the history of these kings and our spiritual maturing is bearing out.

1Sa 8:10  And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.

1Sa 8:11  And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

1Sa 8:12  And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots…….

1Sa 8:17  He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 

The greater we move away from faith and back into the wide way of the world, the more we are adding an increasingly oppressive yoke and heavier burden to our walk with Christ. Solomon was disobedient to all the laws of the kings (Deu 17:16-20) and exalted himself.

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

Mat 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

A king who is not a servant to his people is an oppressor of the people. That is what the carnal mind and law of self-righteousness have us doing to the inhabitants of the Kingdom both and without ourselves. Christ is our example of what a king is to do for His people.

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.

Mat 20:26  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

Rehoboam sends the people away for three days, his process of spiritual maturity, so he can seek counsel and respond to Israel’s request.

1Ki 12:5  And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. 

1Ki 12:6  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people

1Ki 12:7  And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

Going to the old men is going to the elders and the mature in the ways of the Lord. Wise  counsel is given to Rehoboam that reinforces the example of faith and its law of reaping.

Luk 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Joh 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Lest we forget what serving the living God looks like, we have the parable of Mat 25 teaching us what those being made righteous by faith are doing and to whom.

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

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

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

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

It was not ordained for Rehoboam (us) at this time to learn the lesson that kings are to serve. Flesh does not naturally want to serve but to rather be served and enlarge its own borders.  Rehoboam rejects the elders’ counsel and instead seeks out the immature (young men) that will tell his fleshly ears what it wants to hear.

1Ki 12:8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 

1Ki 12:9  And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? 

1Ki 12:10  And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. 

True Jews in the Spirit desire to walk by faith and carry the lighter burden versus the alternative way of salvation, the heavy yoke of self-righteousness, which is not a way at all (Joh 6:44, Joh 14:6). Seeking counsel from the youth that we grew up, the children of an apostate Solomon’s 700 spiritual concubines and 300 heathen wives, is seeking council from the world and the unbelieving.

Pro 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Fearing the Lord begins true wisdom and that only begins once we are put into the fire of judgment where we are learning (Isa 26:9) and buying the true gold.

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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

Rehoboam typifies the Nicolaitan and Pharisaical spirit that seeks dominion over others and exalts itself for its own gain and glory. When we realize we of ourselves can do nothing (Joh 15:5) then the idea of an appointed king doing service begins to resonate. Knowledge and power puff us up and we get spiritually fat (Deu 32:15) and we grow thick (thinking more highly of ourselves).  Fiery grace will chasten us and get us past this stronghold.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Rehoboam’s counsel from the young and immature (mixed multitude mindset) is to add sin to sin or as the modern adage says adding insult to injury.

1Ki 12:11  And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 

Whips are used to teach and correct horses which are themselves a symbol of the world and the strength of the flesh. Such worldliness was Solomon’s downfall in acquiring thousands of horses from Egypt (1Ki 4:26) that was a consequence of failing to separate from the heathen nations. Adding to Solomon’s yoke is going even further away from faith. Scorpions are the lies and false doctrines of the world and of Babylon in which we are coming out of and which we have power over, if we act upon it.

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

Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Adding in more lies and carnal doctrines (scorpions) only further oppresses and enslaves the people of Israel, separating them from faith and the easier yoke of the Lord.  The locusts of Revelation 9 are the false doctrines that block out the sun (Truth) which are likened unto to scorpions that sting and torment us. There is no overcoming (dying) when these scorpions are oppressing Israel because we are not in faith.

Rev 9:3  Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:6  In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

We have every reason and incentive as God’s people to actively seek to loosen these bands of wickedness and the yoke of our unbelief. Getting rid of this yoke opens us up to serve the living God and then the overcoming comes and the land within us is truly being healed.

Isa 58:6  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Yet before there can be healing there must be further wounding at the hand of the Lord in the Kingdom of God within us (Deu 32:39).  Rehoboam takes the advice of fools rather than the elders and goes deeper into his father’s apostasy.  We see another witness of the Lord causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) and working all things (Eph 1:11); even Rehoboam’s self-exaltation and cruelty in seeking dominion over Israel.

1Ki 12:12  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.

1Ki 12:13  And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;

1Ki 12:14  And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

1Ki 12:15  Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

All of these evil experiences are the Lord’s work in us (Isa 45:7, Ecc 1:13) to mature us and teach us when the chastening time has come.

Psa 34:19  YLT Many are the evils (“ra”) of the righteous, Out of them all doth Jehovah deliver him.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Next week Lord willing, we will look back to where the Lord gave the prophecy (1Ki 11:29-32) to Jeroboam and see how the harsh answer of Rehoboam quickly led to the division of Israel and the appointment of Jeroboam as king of the northern kingdom. The process of moving onward to maturity is indeed one of the great tribulations and inner torment.

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Habakkuk Part 6 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The Goodness of God Brings Repentance”

Key Verses:  Hab 2:18 – Hab 3:3

The righteous judgment of God falling upon God’s chosen people is truly a blessing for the new man (Rev 1:3).  This is the singular sign the Lord has given us that we have been chosen by Him and are being prepared for our roles in His Kingdom.

Luk 11:29  And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

Luk 11:30  For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

And what was the ministry of Jonah, the one he and us try to run away from at first?

Jon 1:2  Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

After being delivered from the belly of the beast, Jonah was sent again to preach the gospel (Jon 3:2) and bring the wicked people of Nineveh (part of the great Babylonian empire) to repentance.  Such is our journey too as we are being clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

The Lord speaks these five woes through His Body, through His Christ, doing the greater work now and in the ages to come.  We are being taught the narrow way of righteousness through these ongoing judgments as we sojourn in the fire.  Here is the final woe spoken to Habakkuk that will then lead us into Chapter 3 and the humbled response of Habakkuk, who as a type of God’s Elect is being granted repentance through these blessings of the Lord to the new man.

Hab 2:18  What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 

Hab 2:19  Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 

Hab 2:20  But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Flesh was made to be destroyed (1Co 15:50, Jer 18:4) and not to be profitable in the kingdom of God.

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.

The man of sin that make a graven image and worships other gods is thankfully cursed and will be destroyed along with all our self-righteous works .

Deu 27:15  Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Every man is the beast (Ecc 3:18) and the antichrist.  We, as His elect, are just the first given to see it with clarity (Mat 24:15, 2Th 2:11).

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

There is no life, no breath of God, found in these molten images and false gods.  Yet all men will worship our false gods and idols before we are being judged in the fire by a jealous Lord.  Spiritually speaking this is us taking credit for things, being prideful, thinking we did anything to advance our salvation.  All of which robs God of His glory and brings condemnation upon us in our day of wrath.

Jer 51:17  Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Isa 44:9  They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Isa 44:10  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Only the Lord can calm the seas (our flesh) and put us into His Rest (silence).  That is the purpose of the trials (the great storm of wind) that makes us afraid and turn us back to the Lord.  When we know He is the Lord, then Christ is exalted in our earth.

Mar 4:37  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Mar 4:38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Mar 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Psa 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The old man howls but the new man will cast forth our dead bodies with silence, knowing it is the Lord working righteousness within us.  We learn to drink the cup of wrath and give thanks to the Lord in all things, knowing it is all for the greater good of our sanctification as Christ is raised from the dead within us.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

As the Bride of Christ, we are His wife and learn to be in subjection to our husbands.

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

1Pe 3:5  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

We can put on all the gold and silver (outward righteousness) we want, but it’s all in vain.  Only the Lord can build His Temple (Church) and that through chastening grace and fiery trials.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Jas 5:1  Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Jas 5:2  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

These woes are judgment and are fire of the Word which is exposing our erring from the Lord’s ways.  Both the causing of our erring (Isa 63:17) the subsequent correction via judgment is all part of the goodness of God that is leading us to repent.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Our judgment and trials are the wonderful works of the Lord.  These are the storms and the trials of life to which God’s people have been appointed to suffer and endure (Act 14:22, Phi 1:29).

Psa 107:21  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

The destructive and murderous and merchandising (gain seeking) ways of our flesh are used to turn our hearts back to Him (Psa 90:3).  Having experienced the chastening represented in these five woes, Habakkuk, pivots and gives an account (2Co 5:10) having been humbled by the experience of evil (Ecc 1:3 CLV) the Lord has sent upon him (Job 42:11).

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. 

Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk is, was and will be led to further repentance by the same process that we will experience and as the Book of Job illustrates in greater detail.  Thus, is the purpose of judgment and those the Lord working with being caused to sin so we can be corrected in the whirlwind as we first contend with and then submit to the Lord.  The fire burns up the old man leaving just dust and ashes of our self-focus.

 Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Job 42:6  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 

 The first verse that sets up the prayer contains a word used only one other place in the Bible.

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth [H7692] 

Here is the other verse.

Psa 7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Here is an excerpt from a study that dwelt on this word Shiggaion.

The first word of this psalm “ShiggaionH7692 ” speaks to this condition of being spiritually wayward and in need of help to seek the Lord’s direction in our life which comes about through trials and tribulation. The root of this word (“From H7686“) refers to a place of deception and error and ignorance and wandering. It is, as stated in the introduction, “praise to the LORD [that is] not accompanied with worshipping God in spirit and in truth”. But once we are judged then we go from the way that seems right to us in our carnal heavens to a blessed and settled relationship that is guided by the spirit of God and that worships God in spirit and truth .

 Coming to see our deception and our wayward paths off the narrow way, leads us to repent of our transgressions to the Lord.  It is only the humbled and repentant, those that know they need a Saviour that the Lord has come to save in this age.

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

We have seen than knowledge puffs us up and requires the second visit to show us this and turn us into DOERS buying our gold in the fiery trials the Lord is bringing via the woes.

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

Repentance unto life is a gift of God that flows to His chosen people through the chastening grace.  Death of the old man is bringing life to the new man.

Act 11:18  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

With our pride and wickedness exposed, we can now confess our sins and erring from His ways and begin to appreciate the righteousness being worked by judgment.  We can then pray the Lord’s prayer (thy kingdom come) and for His work to be finished yet in mercy.

Hab 3:2  O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive [H2421] thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 

The work of God is to believe on the one He has sent (Joh 6:29).  It is our growing in faith (the just shall walk by faith) that is what working our own salvation means.  This is what makes us the true lights unto this world (Mat 5:14).

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.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh (trying your faith) in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 

Habakkuk is praying for more faith which comes with the Lord making known His secret ways and strange act of judgment.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

As we endure, our carnal fears are being replaced by a godly fear built upon faith in the Word and the Lord’s promises both the good to the new man and the bad things for the old man.

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:

Whether we live or die, endure more torment in hell, or find the peace and rest in Christ, it is all HIS WORK in us.  Herein lies our patience and learning longsuffering by experiencing it.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

This prayer of humility is one we all make as the old man is beat down and crushed to powder by the many tribulations by which we enter the kingdom of God.  Our spirit is indeed willing, but our flesh remain weak.  We are being revived on our third day which is judgment process and the very thing that is saving us.

Hos 6:2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

The word for revive here in Hos 6:2 and Hab 3:2 is H2421  or “châyâh”This word is also a Hebrew word for quicken. The quickening spirit is the same as the reviving spirit.  This reviving is nothing less than the resurrection of Jesus Christ within us that henceforth guides us on the narrow walk of faith.

Psa 119:156  Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me[H2421] according to thy judgments

Psa 119:159  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me[H2421], O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

As we grow in faith and understanding in judgment, we see more clearly the work of God in all phases of our lives and the meaning of Christ being the first and the last takes on a broader meaning.  Habakkuk and we, through these experiences, we must live by (Mat 4:4), are maturing us in the faith. We are realizing that all things are being done in Jesus Christ.  Some witnesses….

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

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

These two places named by Habakkuk spiritually signify this growing understanding of faith. Teman is the word for south and was the capital of Edom to the south of Israel.

H8486, têymân    têmân

tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

Denominative from H3225; the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east): – south (side, -ward, wind).

The land of Edom in the south symbolizes the dwelling place of the man of the flesh, the first-born Esau, the first man Adam.  This man is still part of Jesus Christ as the Lord’s Words earlier reflected (1Co 15:45, Rev 1:8).  It is the Lord’s plan and purpose to remake (destroy) the first marred vessel of clay (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) beginning with the chosen few (1Pe 4:17) through His judgments.  This is the blessing of our election and calling.

Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

We are all inhabitants of Teman (and Egypt, Babylon, etc.) before we are being made inhabitants of the Holy City of Jerusalem which is the Body of Christ.  Christ through His Body is dragging those so chosen to Christ and out of Teman.  This, by our speaking the Word (Jer 5:14).

 Jer 49:20  Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.

Jer 49:22  Behold, he (thru The Body) shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. 

The Lord works through His Christ (Joh 16:12).  A person searching for the rising son will be looking east at first and thereby in the spiritual south of Teman.  The Body is the Lord’s right hand and where His power of the Word is placed.  This verse tells us symbolically from whence the Lord comes.  He comes from and through His right hand which is the Body.

Paran means glorify/beautify and was the wilderness area in the south just to north of Sinai (Egypt).  Moses declared that the Lord came from Paran along with His Christ in these OT shadows of the law of faith that was to come.

Deu 33:2  And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. 

Deu 33:3  Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Paran is first mentioned as the place where Ishmael (the first man Adam in type, the rejected anointed) dwelled after they were expelled from Abraham’s camp (Gen 21:21), and like Israel, Ishmael, became the patriarch of twelve tribes (Gen 25:16).  It is from Paran that we are being led of the Lord into the promised land (Num 10:12-13) which begins His glorification within us.

The word SELAH is inserted here in the same way that word is used in several of the Psalms, the only other place H5542 is found in the Bible.  It is found three times in Habakkuk’s prayer and 71 times in the Psalms.  This prayer of Habakkuk is of the same flavor as the Psalms in singing spiritual praises to the Lord, giving Him the glory for ALL things.  The word is said to mean “pause” or “break” and the word was inserted after verses of profound spiritual truth.  These profound statements spiritually speaking give us things to ponder upon as we give praise to the Lord and grow and accept His Sovereignty in ALL THINGS.

God coming from Teman and Christ from Mt. Paran is showing our understanding that everything we do or anyone else does is IN CHRIST.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

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.

These are basic foundational truths we acknowledge daily.  Yet these truths require us to pause and consider their vast importance on how we respond to stimuli in our life.  Such introspection will do us well to connect the dots and see the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our life (Isa 64:8, Phi 2:13) from day one to the last day.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

The glory of the Lord will cover our heavens (minds) as we begin to trust in the Word and His promises and gain dominion over sin.  Our earth and those of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church, will similarly be full of praise to the Lord, knowing we bring nothing to the table.  The saints collectively are the heavens

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

As we grow in faith by the trials and afflictions, Lord willing, we are being humbled and made meek.  The old man is dying daily and the new man Christ within is rising up in the first resurrection in down payment form.  God’s people are inheriting their earth and gaining dominion over sin.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

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 years.

We, like Habakkuk, grow in the faith and are turned back to the Lord as we progress through the seven vials of wrath, the three woes or even these five woes spoken of here.  It is all the same vision and plan of God.  We are being remade in the fire and these are the wonderful works of God to His people that He loves.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Next time Lord willing, we will continue with the prayer where Habakkuk ascribes the power of all Israel’s experiences to the Lord.  His faith and our faith are growing as we learn from our judgment.

Questions and comments here are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Amos Part 14 – The Wise Shall Keep Silent

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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

Biblical Truth, Studies

Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Micah Part 10

Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Key Verses: Micah 2:7 – 2:13

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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