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Killing the Moabites Within Us

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For Our Admonition Part 12

“Killing the Moabites Within Us”

Key Verses:  Jdg 3:12 – 3:16

As covered in the last study (Enemies Left in the Promised Land), the book of Judges illustrates the beginnings of our true spiritual life and the sanctification and victory over sin.  This victory only comes by a long process of many tribulations (Act 14:22) and many wars within us.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We see in Judges; the repeated cycle of Israel being enslaved to its enemies and then the Lord raising up a deliverer to destroy the enemy and bring freedom. The Lord is working good and evil within us to bring about His perfect will (Phi 2:13, Eph 1:11).  Victories over our enemies do come, yet we are being caused to fall back into sin as we await the coming of the Lord within us (2Th 2:3-4). In type, these experiences in Judges are the time we await the second coming of Christ who will henceforth lead us into all righteousness and conquer

Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

Jdg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Doing the best we can with the limited resources the Lord has given us at this yet carnal stage, we do what is right in our own mind.

Last study we saw that the enemies of God are left in the land to further teach us and prepare us for the Lord’s fiery trials and chastening grace (Isa 26:9, Heb 12:6).  We are learning that the Word of God does indeed give us power over all our inward enemies, but as we will see in this study, we have to engage with both hands to act out our faith.  Let’s now look at the appointment of the second Judge, named Ehud and the activities going on in the Promised Land.  Othniel the first Judge has died and after a forty-year period of peace we read the following:

Jdg 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 

Jdg 3:13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. 

Jdg 3:14  So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 

It is our man of sin, the lover of fleshly things who exalts himself against Christ.  This is the Moabite, the Ammonite, and the Amalekite within us that are just outside the Promised Land.  Moab is where the Lord renewed the covenant with Israel (Deu 29:1) and where Moses was shown the land and then died (Deu 34:5).  Moabites represent that which is born of flesh (Joh 3:6) which cannot inherit the Kingdom. Moab and Ammon came about from the incestuous relationship of Lot with his daughters (Gen 19:31-38).  In the history of Israel, Moab, Ammon, and Amalek (Esau) represent our own flesh and specifically the carnal mind and thoughts within.  That is where the war is being waged and where the man-child in us strives to grow up in the faith.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

These inward enemies are often subdued but they keep on coming back to tangle and confound the Israel of God.  These carnal thoughts are worldly thoughts and the way to overcome them is to obey the Lord who will then bless us (Exo 15:26) when we kill those lies in our heavens.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

These incestuous fleshly mindsets are forbidden to enter our land and be in the congregation of the Lord.  We must take captive the Moabites and Ammonites that sneak into the land within.

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:

Judging righteous judgment is how the land is being possessed and dominion over flesh and our redemption given (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  We learn to take captive these carnal thoughts that otherwise take Israel (us) captive.  These three nations and enemies are all to the east of Israel, signifying they are where we have come from (the world, being carnally minded), as we follow the Sun of Righteousness to the west and move onto maturity in the land of promise.  We see from the Sum of Scriptures that Israel is always at war with our flesh and the heathen nations the Lord is created for the purpose of trying our faith.  There is a Moabite around every corner to try us and to see if we walk in faith or allow our flesh to lead us.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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

While the Moabites serve us in overcoming giants in the wilderness (Deu 2:9-10 – Anakims and Emims), they remain adversaries to Israel to give us many trials to bring us to perfection in our day of the Lord.  Pearls of great price and precious stones like the natural ones are only made through much friction (war, battles, irritation) and lots of heat and water (Rom 1:20)!

The name Moab comes from H1 “Father” and means “of his father” and as the product of incest means our carnally minded father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  Our natural and carnally minded flesh is at enmity with the ways of the Lord and have the devil as their father. Moab is a representation of the ten headed beast of our father, the devil, as they share many goals and ambitions.

Jer 48:29  We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

This is, was and will be the mindset of the Jews who believed on Christ (Joh 8:31), who come behind in no gift (1Co 1:7), having been given the truth, but we are yet carnal (1Co 3:3) and are fornicating with this world and mixing truth and lies.  This mindset will seek to kill Christ and will keep us bound in unbelief being yet carnal for eighteen symbolic years.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham….

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The second named nation working with Moab is Ammon which also links to our ungodly fornication (incest) with our own flesh (our father the devil) and not the Lord’s truth.

H5983, ‛ammôn, am-mone’

From H5971; tribal, that is, inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country: – Ammon, Ammonites.

Amalek, the third heathen nation gathered by the Lord against Israel, is a descendant of Esau (Gen 36:12) and is yet another representation of our flesh that is rejected and cannot inherit the kingdom.  Our flesh will lead us away from the Lord and the narrow way as we saw the falling down of King Saul, the rejected anointed of the Lord. King Saul’s failure is our failure to utterly destroy our carnal thoughts and fleshly lusts that wage war against us.  Saul was given this command.

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Yet his carnal mind rationalized it was fine to not to kill everything, so he picked and chose what to obey in the Lord’s commands and kept flesh alive.

1Sa 15:8  And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

Because of this pattern of disobedience, Saul was rejected as king.  We learn thru King Saul’s failure to precisely obey the Lord in dealing with our fleshly enemies.

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

It is important to note and remember who it was that raised up this evil against Israel. It is, was and will be the Lord who did it.

Jdg 3:12 …. and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel.

He is the one who raises up the wicked one within and without for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) and is causing Israel to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  The Lord brings the enemies of Israel (flesh) together and gathers them against us and sends us our every thought (Amo 4:13).  When the hand of the Lord is against us, there is no man who can stand. If the Lord wants to ensnare us in bondage to our enemies, there is nothing any man can do otherwise.

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

This three-nation alliance of nations comes and smites us (Israel) and ends up possessing the city of palm trees.  Known for their height and straightness in rising above the earth (overcoming) it is those being made righteous that are palm trees.

Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

To mature and grow in faith, God’s people first make many mistakes and are overcome by their inward enemies.  Thus, the mystery of why the Lord causes us to err and then brings the judgment and chastening that is raising us back up in Jesus Christ.

Palm trees are very much associated with God’s elect symbolically.  Given time there are many interesting symbolisms to pursue about palm trees including they are evergreen, large fruit yields (dates, coconuts, etc), ability to grow in dry places, can withstand high winds (trials), have very deep roots etc.  For brevity sake, there is one interesting connection about the Cherubim (messengers of God) who are these same palm trees that we see in the Scriptures speaking about the tabernacle of God and the Lord’s Temple which is the Body of Christ.  Ever notice how palm trees all look alike?  Well, that is because, in spirit, God’s palm trees are of one mind and are bearing the same stature (straight and erect) and fruit.  Here is Ezekiel’s description of the doors of the temple of God.  Of course, those doors are Christ and specifically the Christ (elect, the Body) thru whom all must pass to enter in (Rev 3:12, Joh 10:2).

Eze 41:20  From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Eze 41:21  The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. 

The city of palm trees is also known as Jericho (Deu 34:3, 2Ch 28:15) and is in the land allocated to the tribe of Benjamin.  The city and plains of Jericho lies just west of Moab, on the western side (mature side) of the Jordan river and was the first conquest of Israel in the Promised Land (Joshua 6).  Before we get into the appointment and actions of Ehud, the Judge, let’s look deeper at the Moabite king who enslaves us (Israel).

King Eglon

Our enemies in the promised land last time was the king of Mesopotamia (Ethiopia, think the world) who also enslaves Israel.  This time the enemy is King Eglon of Moab who is a different rendering of the same first man Adam (the old man) and our beastly nature (Ecc 3:18) that has us leaning on our own understanding and carnal wisdom.  The name Eglon is from the same word that means a bullock or a male cow.

H5695, ‛êgel

From the same as H5696; a (male) calf (as frisking round), especially one nearly grown (that is, a steer): – bullock, calf.

Eglon traces back to a root H5696 that means to revolve or go in circles.  It is satanic mindset, the accuser of the brethren, whose origins create the Moabites that has us enslaved awaiting a judge and deliverer.

Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Carnal wisdom attempts to encircle the camp of the saints (the mind of Christ) but our Moabite folly will proceed no further when the day of the Lord is at hand.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the [carnal] law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another

We are always to be on the lookout for Satan and his messengers and be diligent inwardly to guard our hearts and take such carnal thoughts captive.

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

We are bound to this Moabite King, who is our religious beast full of carnal lies and false doctrines for eighteen symbolic years (3 process x 6 number of man – flesh) until Christ comes.

Luk 13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

The power over clay (us) is always used for good in the end because it is by that process of having the Moabites destroyed within us that we learn the riches of His glory (righteousness).

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?

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,

Israel’s oppression and bondage to these heathen nations of our own flesh (sin) reach a hiatus (i.e. our wits end) and then we cry out to the Lord.  Our merciful Lord raises up a Judge to deliver us from our bondage.  Thus, the process of possessing the land has begun.

Jdg 3:15  But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 

 It is instructive to our walk to look at all these names and symbols that define this Judge and deliverer of Israel.  There is great spiritual significance in Ehud’s lineage and description given us here in Jdg 3:15.

H261, ‘êchûd

ay-khood’

From H258; united; Echud, the name of three Israelites: – Ehud.

Eze 21:16  Go thee one way or other [H258], either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

The Word, the Judge that is in us, is a unifier.  Ehud and all judgment, the commands of Christ, is what is exposing and eliminating our double-mindedness and life of serving two masters.  We won’t get too far cleansing the Promised Land if we waver in faith which is double-mindedness and where we live being immature and torn between the ways of God and the ways of the world

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

There is only ONE way to go and that is to follow the Lord which way is straight without any variableness.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

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

Eze 10:11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

It is the carnal mindset in us that creates divisions in the Body of Christ and those Moabite nations need to be captured and kicked out of the land and congregation of the Saints.

1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Judge Ehud is also said to be the son of Gera who was the son of Benjamin.  We learn that Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, is some type for the elect who are given five times the portion of food that signifies grace (the number 5) that is given to those to whom the Lord loves (Heb 12:6).

Gen 43:34  And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

The name Gera as in “son of Gera” also supports this additional meal/mess principle as Gera [H1617] means “grain” and comes from a root [H1626] meaning “a kernel” like of corn or grain.

Another noteworthy trait is that Ehud like many Benjamites is said to be left-handed (Jdg 20:16) and is extremely fierce in battle. Benjamites, in particular, are known for their fierceness and aggression in battle as the conquests of Saul, Jonathan, the Apostle Paul and others depict in overcoming the enemies of Israel.  We even see the “civil war” story in Judges 20 where the other eleven tribes have great difficulty in subduing a small Benjamite army.  The blessing of Jacob to Benjamin has great spiritual significance for each of the tribes of Israel every part of which we, as God’s Israel, are living out now in this age (Mat 4:4).

Gen 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Interesting to note that some translations like Brenton show the left-hand trait as being ambidextrous our using of both hands instead of saying left handed. Regardless, the ability to use our left hand or both hands is essential to bring deliverance to Israel and destroy the heathen nations within the Promised Land.

1Ch 12:2  They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

As a Benjamite, Ehud exhibits this positive “wolf-like” traits. Unlike King Saul’s mistake with the Amalekite king, Ehud is very aggressive and merciless in disposing of the Moabite king.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh 

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his (Eglon’s) belly

Satan is the left hand of the Lord (Job 1:11-12) and the Elect in the right hand (Mat 25:33).  Through both hands, the Lord is creating and using evil for good purposes (Isa 45:7, Gen 50:20, Act 4:28). Within us, we too, are required to do evil in putting to death the enemies of God.  Outwardly, we surely must love our enemies as the Lord commanded and changed the law. But inwardly, we are never to allow lies and false doctrines and carnal thoughts to linger and exalt themselves against Christ.  Short FAQ on Satan as Left Hand

There is great significance in this language and the use of the left hand in killing the Moabite king. It links back to an age-old truth that it “takes two to tango” with our enemies.

Rom 2:13  For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Ehud, the Benjamite, is both a hearer and a doer of the word in type.  To become a doer of the WORD we must first become hearers.  All Benjamites are born of the right hand of God as the meaning of the name depicts.

H1144, From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

Judging righteous judgment is how we overcome and are becoming doers.  But to do this, the Moabites must not be in our heavens or earth.  Notice Ehud makes a two-edged dagger (same word as a sword) and places it on his right thigh which is a symbol of a man’s strength.  To battle our enemies, we must be ready (girded) and have the sword on our right thigh that is guiding us in our walk.  This story of Ehud is a second witness to battle preparations Paul teaches us about the whole armor of God.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Notice the dagger (sword) is hidden under his raiment which is our covering in Christ.  Christ and His Christ are bold as a lion but are also gentle as doves.

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Lions strike quickly out of nowhere it seems when capturing their prey.  The element of surprise works every time on a blind and unsuspecting enemy.

Pro 28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Our strength and sufficiency are of the Lord as is our ability to act in faith and kill our enemies within.  The carnal mind corrupts our walk and a time comes when a judgment comes upon our house via a judge the Lord is, was and will be raising up within us.  Real faith that moves mountains and destroys our enemies has works (actions) attached to it.  We must use both our hands to pray without ceasing and act out in faith to purify our heavens and earth.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Isa 30:21  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Body of Christ is where wisdom is found.  Being wise as a serpent requires us to hold the Word in our right hand and the true riches, the doing of the Word, in our left hand.  This brings honor and glory to our heavenly Father.

Pro 3:15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 

Wisdom in the ways of God requires two arms.  We need doctrine and we need actions in faith.  The power of God will extend to both our hands and we will clap them in unison as we get victory after victory over our inward enemies.

2Co 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

There are more instructions and details to the story details of Judge Ehud killing the Moabite King. We will look at those details next week in how King Eglon and the Moabites were vanquished from the land.

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Habakkuk Part 5 – Because of Violence in the Land

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“Because of Violence in the Land”

We continue in Habakkuk with the Lord answering the prophet’s complaints about the experience of evil all God’s people are experiencing to be humbled (Ecc 1:13) and have the pride of life burned out of us by fiery trials and judgment.  There should be no surprise to any of us about what the time of the end, the appointed time for each of us to die with Christ is all about.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

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.

We pick up with the third pronouncement of woe against the man of sin that continues to make merchandise in the Lord’s Holy Temple with the lies of the great harlot Spiritual Babylon.

Hab 2:12  Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The time of the end of our carnal way of life is defined by these five woes of judgment.  We are saved by the chastening, scourging, fiery grace of God that is only given to the precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself in this age (1Pe 4:17).  This is all the profit of the new man.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby

The Lord wastes nothing in our life.  All things are for our sakes that the glory of God (our obedience) might be made manifest as a result of His grace being poured out (2Co 4;15).  All of it, the good, the bad, the wickedness are being used to shape and molds us.  The Lord causes us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Joh 15:5) so He can prune and mold and shape us as He alone is the Potter working His lumps of clay.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

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?

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,

Trials and great afflictions are necessary to burn out the SELF and the I, Me and My out of us.  We come to see the vanity of our own works and the strength of flesh only by first trying to save ourselves and build a city for the Lord.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We are the unfaithful city before we become the faithful city.  That process is called “being saved” and it comes by the true grace of God which include these five woes but is the process spoken about in all the prophets.  The Lord is faithful to His people even when we are not and fall away into lusts and fornication with the world and its gods.

Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

The coming of Christ is the coming of woe unto the old man’s way of life.  As Christ appears inwardly in our personal day of the Lord, we begin to rest from our own labors and enter into the promised rest that remains for the people of God.  The earth, which earth we are, is being silenced as Christ takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Jer 22:30  Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

 1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Our labor in the Lord is standing on faith.  This is the work of God that enables us to enter into the Lord’s rest being dead to our self-righteous nature.

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

Our rest seems like an oxymoron but we need to remember the dichotomy of the old man versus the new man.  It requires much labour and suffering for us to stand on faith and not partake of the world’s meat and way of thinking.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

This judgment that comes only to the sons of Christ in this age is exposing our vanity and our fleshly efforts (LABOR) in the fire.  Until we are being humbled, we will not be able to walk by faith, hence all five woes are needed to align us with the Lord’s instructions.

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 

The occasion for the third woe is for building with bloodshed and inequity.  Our flesh cannot let go of its pride and zeal to make a name for ourselves in helping GOD out.

Oba 1:4  Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

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

We see this, building the city with blood and inequity, many places in the prophets.  Micah shows how we wrest judgment away and think above what is written in how we think and act in the House of God both within and without ourselves.  Thank God, the Lord sends us trials to cut down the tall prideful trees as we are puffed up with our knowledge.

Mic 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

Mic 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Mic 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

It is only the emerging and mature mindset that is being used to build the House of the Lord.  We have to be prepared and matured in the fire of judgment before we are being used of the Lord to build His House.

1Ch 22:7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:

1Ch 22:8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 

1Ch 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

1Ch 22:10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.

What is building with blood?  It is killing our brothers and sisters and fellow man all of whom are to be considered Jesus Christ (Mat 25:40, 25:45).  We do that by speaking and trusting in lies and false doctrines that lead us to go above what is written and judge according to the flesh, respecting persons and not standing on faith.  When we serve the old man, and are feeding our beast (Ecc 3:18), we are hating the Lord and His Christ and thus we kill and shed blood.

Eze 13:19  And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

This erring from His ways is all the Lord’s doing to have the occasion to bring trials and teach us to labour in His Word which is the fire.

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

The Lord’s people are the fire as we are the representations of Christ in this world (1Jo 4:2, Eph 5:30).

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

The filling of the earth with knowledge of the glory of God is our being causes to obey the Lord by these fires (Eze 36:27) which is the same as our learning righteousness.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

The living waters that represent the Word of God are spoken out of the bellies of God’s sons now and in the lake of fire to come (Joh 7:38).  These waters completely engulf the sea which represents our flesh and the flesh of all mankind.  This is the salvation process in a nut shell as we are being made into the image of God little by little and overcoming all things in the earth and the sea.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

But before we get there and stand on the sea of glass mingled with fire (Rev 15), we will have to learn the vanity of doing it by our own strength.  The fourth woe is given for us pushing our leavened bread and false doctrines to gather a following and look upon others instead of the mirror with a critical and fault-finding eye.

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The accuser of the brethren is being cast down (Rev 12:10) and is overcome by the new man through the trials and suffering that are destroying the beast and false prophet within us.  Now this judgment is upon the House of God which is the Body of Christ.  This is now the second time the Lord in answering Habakkuk, that our judgment is linked to the blood and violence in the land.  This is a double witness to US, we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).

Hab 2:8  Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

We sow violence in the kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) and in our brothers and sisters.  As we saw above, this is serving the flesh and hating our true Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not those wicked homosexuals in the world Paul was writing about in Romans 1.  He was speaking about God’s elect as are all the Scriptures.  We are those who know the judgment of God yet continue to find pleasure in fleshly pursuits and gainsaying.

Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ……

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

We need to be examining ourselves (2Co 13:5), looking at our own walk (Joh 21:23) and first pulling planks out our own eye before we can help others.

Mat 7:3  NKJV And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Mat 7:5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Our maturity comes by our immaturity and disobeying these commands and then learning by the subsequent woes.  Wallowing in the sins and flaws of our brothers and sisters as we feast and drink at the Lord’s table is how we first uncover the nakedness of brothers including the new man within us.  We learn the Lord does the work via His Word but in the appointed times.  By reaping what we have sown, we are learning righteousness in the day the woes are being poured out against the man of sin.

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom 2:2  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Rom 2:3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

We speak blasphemy against the Lord and His Christ in our first witness for Christ (Rev 13:5-6) until we ourselves are overcome by the beast within us which are being used to humble us and raise us up in due time (Rev 11:15).  The vials are wrath, the cup of the Lord’s indignation are being poured out by the angels of God as we abide in the Body of Christ and experience our inward Armageddon (Rev 16:13-17) at the seventh vial.

The cup in the right hand of the Lord is symbolism for the Body of Christ being the fire that is saving the Lord’s people now and in the lake of fire to come.  Those who abide in this “everlasting” fire are the ones standing upright and learn who despise the gainsaying of Core and reward seeking ways of Balaam and the merchandising of the great harlot.

Isa 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Isa 33:15  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:

Bringing judgment is the commission of all the Lord’s prophets who are the saviours who save God’s people from their enemies (Neh 9:27, Oba 1:21).  It is the elect who are the Lord’s instruments causing all the nations to drink of the cup.

Jer 25:15  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it….

Jer 25:17  Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:

Our circumcision will become uncircumcision in the day our cover is blown and these hidden deeds of darkness are being exposed to us.  As painful as these experiences to be shown just how vile and wicked our flesh can be, it is very necessary to burn out confidence in our own works to save us.  We are being shown the abomination of desolation and the man of sin by the Lord recompensing our wicked deeds upon us.  It is the inward doers of the Word that are being justified not those that have only cleaned the outside of the cup.  There is a deeper meaning to outward than just being a physical Jew.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Lebanon means White Mountain and in these verses, symbolizes our outward righteousness as hypocritical Pharisees.  Christ pronounces woe upon these white washed tombs.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

That is the negative side of the word white, which is likened to spiritual leprosy which is walking by the flesh and not by faith.  The priests of the Lord examine themselves and the brethren for this disease which is identified by white lesions (Lev 13:3-6).  Our adversary, the devil, is clever in transforming himself into this white appearing being.

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

2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Lebanon was the source of wood/ for the Temple of the Lord that Solomon built (1Ki 5:6-14).  But that house built by the hands of men is not the true house built by the Lord’s hands (Col 2:11, Act 7:49) and the chastening of the Word.  The first Temple is the one we build in the conceit of our knowledge and pride by our own works.  And as an old Solomon found out, we too will come to see the vanity of the works of our flesh.

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.

Ecc 1:2  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Ecc 1:3  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

But thankfully the Lord is faithful to bring these woes (judgments) upon those few He loves and Has chosen to be out of this world in this age (Heb 12:6).  The pride of man, the strength of the flesh, symbolized also by the cedar trees of Lebanon are being devoured and chopped down by the sword of the Lord which includes the wicked nations within us (Psa 17:13, Isa 10:5).

Zec 11:1  Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

Zec 11:2  Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

Zec 11:3  There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

Earlier in the Isaiah 10 Study, we saw the Lord send the King of Assyria to humble Israel.  This is the violence upon Lebanon that will cover us and bring us to repentance.

Isa 10:33  Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.

Isa 10:34  And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one. 

Looking good outwardly means little to the Lord.  He is looking to our hearts and that is where our focus should be as fruit that remains comes only from the good and pure seed of Christ.  Our hearts are being changed little by little and our outward self-righteousness is being burned up as we are reaping what we are sowing living through these five woes of judgment.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish the last of the five woes and move into Habakkuk’s humble prayer of response where he shows the learning that comes by living through the chastening grace of God.

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

Suggested Further Reading:

The Color White Part 1

The Color White Part 2