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Purifying Death in the Pot

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“Purifying Death in the Pot”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:38 – 4:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 

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

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

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

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

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H219, ‘ôrâh

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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

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

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

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

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harm H1697 H7451

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

H1697, dâbâr – Total KJV Occurrences: 1446

word, 435

words, 373

thing, 184

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link to Study on Meal/Meat Offering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christ and “His Christ” in the OT Shadows

Christ and “His Christ” in the OT Shadows

(Compiled from prior church teachings and studies)

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

 Introduction

There are three offerings in the Law of the Offerings which reveal “the Lord and His Christ”. The scapegoat sin offering, the second bird sin offering in the sacrifice for leprosy and the male sacrifice for the rulers of the people; these offerings in the OT are all types/SHADOWS of Christ and “His Christ” and the two-fold work being done through them.

Christ tells us that He IS SENDING us “As My Father hath sent me”, but what does that mean? Here are a few of the things which Christ’s Father sent Him to accomplish, and these are a few of the things which Christ is sending us to accomplish:

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

1) Christ tells us that He is “the Light of the world”. Likewise, He is sending us to be “the Light of the world”.

Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2) Christ tells us that He was sent to be “the Bread of life”.

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

Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

1Co 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body, for we are all partakers of that one bread.

3) Christ tells us that He has the water of Life:

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

We, too, as the Lord’s anointed and Christ have the same “Living water”.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

In Christ those who are IN Him are “1) the light of the world, 2) the bread of life, and 3) they have the water of life. This all being so, we see that Christ identifies Himself with us. We are being destined to inherit the Kingdom of God before the foundation of the world.

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

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

The Father has sent Christ to accomplishes and save the world THROUGH Him.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

If the Father sent Christ to be the Savior of the world, and if our Savior has sent us “even as [His] Father has sent [Him]”, is Christ not sending us to be Saviors?

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Christ’s died and for Him it is finished whilst in the clay, we are to “present our bodies as living sacrifices”, we are “dying daily” and count ourselves as being “crucified with Him”. He was given faith in full measure and we are being given faith in down payment form. He gave His life and we die daily.

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

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

So, we see many similarities between Christ and His wife, the Church of the Living God.

In this study, we are looking at the two-fold work of Christ and His Bride, the Church. God, the Father, has given ancient Israel, which signifies spiritual Israel, three sacrifices which are types and shadows of this two- phase work of Christ and “His Christ” being accomplished in our lives today.

A) The first Offering which reveals this two- phase work of the “Lord and His Christ” is the offering of the goat and the scapegoat:

Lev 16:5  And he [Aaron the high priest, a type for God’s Elect] shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

Lev 16:6  And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.

Lev 16:7  And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Lev 16:8  And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 

Lev 16:9  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 

Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. 

By God’s design, “Israel” is NOT cleansed by the blood of the first goat alone. It requires the work of BOTH goats “to make an atonement” for the sins of the people. Are we told that we are to consider ourselves to be part of the sin offering which is made for the sins of the people?

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

Heb 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 

 “Bearing His reproach” is what the scapegoat, the OT type of “our Lord’s Christ”, do TODAY:

Lev 16:18  And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.

Lev 16:19  And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.

Lev 16:20  And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:

Lev 16:21  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 

Lev 16:22  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

“The hand of a fit man” refers to Christ Himself, living WITHIN “His Christ” “who are symbolized by the goat whose body is offered as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.” As His elect, we are, at this moment, BEING “led by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness” that is this world.

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 

“As … the goat [on which] the Lord’s lot” fell, died for the sins of the people, “even so” is the “living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1), “crucified with Christ, nevertheless … liv[ing] … [as] Christ in [us] … filling up the sufferings that are behind of the afflictions of the Christ [of Christ]”.

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

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live [as the scapegoat]; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Why are we called the light of the world, the bread of life, and why are we being given the water of life? Why are we “being crucified with Christ”, why are we “filling up in our bodies the afflictions of the Christ”? And the answer is, “As [Christ’s] Father … sent Him, even so [Christ] IS SENDING us [to] fill up His afflictions in our bodies” for the same reason Christ suffered His afflictions, and for the same reason Christ Father sent Him. That reason is “for His Body’s sake, which is the Church”. Our stripes and afflictions are for the same purpose as His, “because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).

God, the Father, from “before the world began”, intended that the LIVING scapegoat ALSO be an integral part of “the atonement for the people”.

Lev 16:9  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.

Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

 B) The Offering of the two birds for the healing of the Leper:

Lev 14:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Lev 14:2  This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:

Lev 14:3  And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;

Lev 14:4  Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: 

Lev 14:5  And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 

Lev 14:6  As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:

Lev 14:7  And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. 

Again, just as the scapegoat is being released by a fit man into the wilderness, this live bird is being released by the priest “into the open field”, which is another symbol for the world into which we all are born and in which we all live. We have this interpretation of the meaning of “the field” in Scripture:

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

The sacrifice for the healing of leprosy is not one, but two doves, and just as with the two goats, one bird is sacrificed to the Lord, and the other is kept ALIVE and is being released into the open field.

Let us notice again how this is all commanded to be accomplished:

Lev 14:5  And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 

Lev 14:6  As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:

Lev 14:7  And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. 

“Cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop are all symbols of the pains and afflictions, “which are behind of the afflictions of the Christ”.

Joh 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

Heb 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

The requirements for the cleansing of “all the people” and the cleansing of the leper are the same. But in the offering of the cleansing of the leper, we find that there are two birds which are both required to be a part of this offering, before the leper can be pronounced clean. The first bird is to be killed “in an earthen vessel over running water”. We are clearly told that this “earthen vessel” is the physical body of sinful flesh and blood into which all in Adam are being born, including the Lord Himself:

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;

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

The “running water” is the type of the Word and the Words of Christ, which “are Spirit” and which are being found in the mouths and hearts of all who are ABIDING in Christ.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Flowing waters are “running waters”, and those running waters are a type and shadow of the Life that is in the Word of God. This bird which is set free in the field has the Spirit of Christ WITHIN and that bird as well as the cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop, have all been dipped in the blood of the first bird “in an earthen vessel over running water”. But these two birds constitute ONE sacrifice. “Take for him that is to be cleansed two birds” … (Lev 14:4).

This second live bird is as expedient to the cleansing of this leper as the first bird, for they are ONE sacrifice for the cleansing of the leper.

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

This bird is another type of the second phase of the work of Christ, and it too, represents US, as we are filling up in ourselves the afflictions of “The Christ” as it is symbolized by the cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop, which are all dipped in the blood of the first bird. Christ and His Bride cannot be separated.

c) The third and final sacrifice which is the symbol of this two- phase work of the Lord and His Christ, is shown in the Offering for the sins of the ruler and the sins of the common people:

Lev 4:22  When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty;

Lev 4:23  Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish: 

Lev 4:24  And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD: it is a sin offering.

This sacrifice for “a ruler” must be “a kid of the goats, a MALE without blemish … it is a sin offering”. But notice that God wants to distinguish “a ruler” in this sin offering from the sin offering which is to be offered for “one of the common people”.

Lev 4:27  And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

Lev 4:28  Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. 

Lev 4:29  And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.

This offering is for sins of “one of the common people”. It is to be a FEMALE goat, while the offering for the ruler is to be a MALE goat. Who in scripture is called “a ruler”? We will see that those who are called rulers are those who are called “The Christ of Christ”, and “a ruler” is always to be distinguished from “one of the common people” who are to be ruled over by the overcomers. The spiritual man always rules over the natural man.

Gen 41:40  Thou [Joseph, a type of “the Christ”] shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Gen 41:43  And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

 

Mat 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Mat 24:47  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

The Lord is preparing for Himself a nation of kings and priests, a peculiar nation.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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:

We are granted not only to believe on Christ but to also suffer with Him and “fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of “The Christ”, in our flesh (Php 1:29).

“The Christ of Christ” are the overcomers who “endure to the end” …. thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Another example/symbol of the ruler whose offering must be of a male goat, is found in Rev 12. We see a woman who brings forth a man child who is to rule the nations with a rod of iron:

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

The emphasis is on OVERCOMING because grace and Truth is coming with Christ and “His Christ”.

Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Summary:

This “man child, who is ruling the nations with a rod of iron” is the same as “he that overcometh [who is also promised to] rule the nations with a rod of iron”. This “man child” is another symbol for “the Christ of Christ”. It is this man child who Christ is sending forth as His Father has sent Him, to save the world by being the scapegoat, which “scapegoat” is an integral part of a sin offering, but is “a LIVING sacrifice”.

This “man child” is also the second bird which as an integral part of the sacrifice of the lepers in Israel, and he IS again the “living sacrifice” part of that sin offering, and is released into “the open field” to accomplish his part in filling up the afflictions of the Christ in his body for Christ’s Body’s sake, which is the Church.

And finally, the male kid of the goats is the sacrifice for those who are to rule, and this sacrifice is distinguished from that of “the common people” of Israel, as the type of “Him that overcometh”, our Lord’s Christ, who is promised to be a RULER over the nations of this world WITHIN and without at the appointed time.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  [“Our Lord and His Christ”].

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The Lord is not complete without His wife; His wife is not complete without Him and those in whom He dwells and together, Christ and “His Christ”, accomplish the work which was ordained before the foundation of the world. What an incredible calling to be part of this journey!

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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Micah Part 18 – Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

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Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

Key Verses:  Micah 6:5 – 6:9

This is part 2 of the study focused on the Lord teaching us to worship Him in the correct and prescribed manner. Meeting Christ at the well of living water initiates a new way of worship.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

The letter of the Old Testament and its offerings and rituals of animal sacrifices are replaced in the new covenant with us knowing and worshiping Christ in the Spirit (Joh 6:63). This is possible only because we have been given the Holy Spirit. Truth has come to dwell in us.

Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thus begins the process of true spiritual circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11) from which flows the inward doing of the will of God. This emanates from our heart which is where the Lord looks to judge a man.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

In our Day of the Lord we are being taught to rend our hearts and not our outward garments. The Lord seeks after “men” that are after His own heart. Those men are the few who are being judged now so they will be become the leaders (captains) of His people by which the Lord will save all men via judgment.  This is the role of Jesus Christ and “His Christ” and is being played out now to the few chosen in this age and to all mankind in the judgment to come.

1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

We spent the better part of last week on Micah 6:5 where we start again this week.  The Lord’s uses the Balaam experiences to spell out His controversy against us calling Him Lord but not obeying Him.

Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balaam is the most often referenced “false” prophet in the Bible signaling just how important the interplay between Balaam, Balak (the Moabite “flesh” King) and the people of Israel is to understand. Balaam represents all of us as we are still walking in the flesh and feigning worship to the Lord. Balaam had all the right (complete) doctrines and used this knowledge of hearing to portray himself as a man of God being puffed up in his own conceits. We see this feigned worship illustrated by the three times Balaam had Balak build seven altars to the Lord on which seven oxen and seven rams were offered.  The heathen nations are to have nothing to do with helping us worship the Lord and here we have Balak building the altars and making the sacrifices with Balaam.

Num 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Num 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

As we learn through the story of Cain, the Lord is not interested in sacrifices and offerings unless they are built upon a burnt offering that speaks to our lives becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord and “His Christ”. The Lord has many commandments regarding how to approach Him and worship Him and yet Balaam (me and you) have little respect for the details including keeping the heathen away from the altar of God.

Num 23:15 And he said unto Balak, stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

Using the SUM of the Word we see that the Lord uses these Balaam experiences to teach Spiritual Israel an important lesson giving us a commandment not to seek the peace and prosperity of the heathen nations.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite (King Balak) 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:

Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Deu 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days forever.

We are called to come out and be separate and not get entangled in the world’s (Balak’ s) affairs. The Lord uses the sins of Balaam to bring judgment upon us that will ultimately destroy those lustful and covetous spirits. Having true doctrine but not yet having been tried in the fire means we are being unable to obey the Lord. Until judgment destroys the idols of our hearts, our beast is ridden (led) by the harlot woman that loves to make merchandise with the flesh. The coming of Christ into His Temple puts an end to the merchandisers and gain seeking Balaam’s within.

The Balaam in all of us wants to hear and not obey. Using the Name of the Lord, Balaam openly sought worldly riches in peddling the Word (Num 22:18, Num 24:1). The Lord is wroth with those who seek after such rewards and gain.  That spirit is alive and well in all flesh.

 Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

The Lord wants ALL of us, our whole hearts, souls and minds. That is what giving up our lives means which is our reasonable service as God’s elect. We are to become living sacrifices. This is the tithe of tithe given to the King of Kings that we were reminded of on the email list this past week. The weightier matters of the Law are the things that yield our obedience in all things.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, [many good works, the works of our hands] and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [obedience], it profiteth me nothing.

The next three verses confirm the Lord’s disinterest in outward sacrifice (our good works) when not offered in combination with the laying down of our lives that yields our obedience in all things. Micah, the prophet, reproves Israel and tell us what we have to do instead.

Mic 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Mic 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly [H4941], and to love mercy [H2617], and to walk humbly [H6800] with thy God?

The Lord wants our love which is our obedience (1Jo 5:3, 2Jo 1:6). He delights in our obedience versus our feigned love that we offer up with many sacrifices to justify ourselves in the flesh. Such deeds are nothing more than our self-righteous works that are filthy rags to God (Isa 64:6).  Large numbers of worshipers and many good works; the hallmarks and sacrifices of Orthodoxy Christian churches do not impress the Lord.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The blessed men of God walk not in the counsel of the ungodly but delight in obedience to the Law of Christ (Psa 1:2). The true sacrifices the Lord wants are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A contrite heart is one that has been crushed to powder (Mat 21:44) by the fiery judgments of the Word.

Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

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

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The stories of old including Moses and Balaam are there to show us the shadow of the Truth.  We, through our own efforts, will always fail to meet God’s requirements. The sacrifice the Lord delights in, is the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ which Body His elect are in every age.

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

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Let’s look at the three specific things that verse 6:8 declares that the Lord REQUIRES of us as it is the DOERS of His Word that shall be justified (Rom 2:13). Doing what the Lord requires is necessary to enter into His kingdom.

Mat 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This is the pivotal verse of the study.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Doing “justly” is better translated as doing “judgment”. Of 417 occurrences it is only translated as JUSTLY one time.

 H4941, mishpât

judgment, 189

judgments, 108

manner, 36

right, 18

cause, 12

justly, 1 – Mic_6:8

We have to live through and endure the Lord’s judgments.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 Eating the Body of Christ is partaking of the sacrifices and suffering in our day of judgment.   This is abiding in the Word being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16, Rev 10:10). As we mature in our Day of the Lord and grow in the faith, we truly come to appreciate these judgments and the suffering that goes with them as a blessing. Hence we give thanks in ALL things knowing our judgment is a blessing to make us into sons of God.

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.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (trials): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

We live the judgments of God by going through them and this teaches us righteousness (Isa 26:9). This is how we learn to think like the Lord as the mind of Christ grows within us by this process.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (The crown of life).

Judging righteous judgment is required of us to know as we are being prepared to judge the world in the Lake of Fire (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). Doing “justly” means we are being able to discern between the holy and the profane as we learn not to think above what is written (1Co 4:6).

The second requirement of the Lord is that we love mercy. But what is the Lord’s true mercy that we are told endures “forever” (Psa 136)? This forever (OLAM H5769) characteristic of mercy is the same as the “eternal” (AIONIOS – G166) or better said age abiding characteristic of our time of judgment (Mat 25:46). That judgment comes via the grace of God and is the very thing that saves us (Eph 2:8). Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word for Mercy. It comes from a root word that means kindness or favor. Notice it reads very similar to the concept of grace and the favor of the Lord.

 H2617, chêsêd, kheh’-sed

From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: – favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.

Mercy is linked to kindness and is how the blotting out of sins comes about.

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

As we grow in faith we learn to love mercy as we love God and seek to obey Him with every fiber of our being. When we stumble, we have a need for more grace that we find when we seek Christ and come boldly believing His Word and Promises. Such faith brings the mercy and grace that moves mountains and brings salvation.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Grace and mercy are intricately linked, mercy leads to grace!   We all are bound in an Egyptian prison in these bodies of clay but the Lord is giving us favor and show us mercy as He sets us free from that bondage.

Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour (grace H2580) in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

We find grace through the mercy (kindness) of the Lord. Through mercy and the resulting trials and tribulations, i.e. OUR JUDGMENT, OUR SUFFERING; we learn to love what the Lord is doing and seek to hasten the coming of the Lord. As we progress in faith, the love we have for God (our obedience) grows in the heart of the new man.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us

Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Judgment is good, it is sweeter than honey (Psa 19:10) and His mercy by which the new man is being saved.  It is the mercy of the Lord that enables us in due time to obey God which is what loving God means. In the same way the Lord shows mercy to us as His enemies, we are to show the same to our enemies.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

The enemies of Christ, which include us in the Body before our conversion, will all be converted the same way by hearing the Words of the Lord. We love mercy when we give mercy to our enemies.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

 Mercy is found in the presence of the Body of Christ who are the cherubims and the Temple in which God dwells. The cherubims are made out this mercy seat and themselves becomes the mercy seat in showing mercy to others.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

 Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

And how is that mercy administered? It of course comes by judgment that follows the Word whenever it is heard.

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

We deal out mercy when we are given to help others to prepare them and grow in their understanding as we open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the vials as the Lord’s instruments (Rev 6:1). It is only to the Church, His vessels of mercy (Rom 9:23) to which the manifold wisdom of God is made known in this age. We come to know the Lord and partake of His wisdom by living through judgment now.

Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The third requirement is that we walk humbly before the Lord. All three requirements truly are ONE.  The dream is ONE and the BAPTISM is ONE. These three items of Judgment, Mercy and Humility cannot be separated or divided. The doctrines of Christ which are His bones cannot be broken. The proud are being humbled by the workings of Jesus Christ. Mary’s prophecy “is, was and will” be coming true in the lives of every man.

Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Notice again the tie of mercy to those that fear Him.  Showing again the real mercy of the Lord is the suffering that those given to believe have also been appointed to (Phi 1:29).  The Hebrew word for HUMBLY is H6800 which is only found twice and has no root word.

 H6800, tsâna‛, tsaw-nah’

A primitive root; to humiliate: – humbly, lowly.

Here is the only other use of H6800.

Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [humbled] is wisdom.

Our pride yields shame when we are being judged but that is how we are brought low. A humble heart is a soft heart that is dead too self and the pulls of this world. A humble heart is found in someone that is living a crucified life with Christ Jesus, dying daily and accepting of the righteous judgments of the Lord. The pride of life and our confidence in the flesh is burned out of us when we love mercy and seek judgment. We begin to walk humbly when we truly offer ourselves up to our fellow man as a living sacrifice freely giving and expecting NOTHING in return.

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

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Freely we have received and freely we are to give. We are being created unto good works but those works are only acceptable to the Lord when there is no “I, ME and MY” in them. This way of service is what was hidden and is revealed to The Elect in the Law of the Offering and the Meat Offering in particular.  The greatest of all shall be the servant!

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The world’s wisdom elevates pride and pits every man against the other. But the true servants of God are of low degree, they have been humbled and freed of their false gods and worshiping the works of their own hands as we saw in Part 16. The mercy of the Lord is destroying our pride and turning us into meek vessels by which we inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).

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

The last verse of this study is verse 9.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

We can only learn to perform these requirements by hearing the Word of the Lord in the Holy City. That is when we come to “Know Christ” and see Him in the flesh and hear His rod which is His Word. The Lord’s Voice, the noise of judgment is heard from His elect angels.

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

Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence (fire, judgment, the Word) to his enemies.

It is these elect messengers (angels) who perform all the greater works of the Lord (Joh 14:12) by opening the seals, blowing the trumpets pouring out the vials of wrath and being those who bring in the harvest. It is by both receiving and giving of this grace and mercy that we become men of wisdom in our appointed time of judgment.

Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The angels declare as this study does, the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His Temple which Temple we His people are (1Co 3:16). All men will learn the Truth and become wise by enduring through judgment beginning with the house of God (Zion).

Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

We learn obedience and gain the wisdom of the Lord by the things we suffer and this is what leads us to depart from evil.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish Chapter 6. The Lord is sifting out the remnant of wickedness that lies at the heart of the beast. He does this by making us sick and showing us our need for a spiritual physician. Christ comes to those who need a physician and can acknowledge their wretched state and need for repentance. He comes to us by showing us our need for a spiritual doctor.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The Lord is revealing our vanities in worship and show us we are guilty of trusting in dead works and are fornicating still with the gods of Baal.

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stormysea1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

Whether men believe it or not,  and very few indeed believe it,  God is working all things for the counsel of His will.

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:

Our whole life in these marred vessels of clay is just a vapor said James.  God’s purposes in bringing us first into a body of sinful flesh complete with a totally carnal mind is not to make flesh good.  It is all about remaking us into the new man, the spiritual man which must first take place before anyone can enter into the kingdom of God.  Flesh and blood, not even the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ was ever intended to inherit the kingdom of God.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

God is the potter and we truly are the clay and have no free will outside of that which God has allowed us.  The choices we make are all the choices the Lord has chosen for us as our lives have been written before there were any days.

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.

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Eph 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will

It is the carnal mind that denies the Lord at every turn not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.  All of our experiences in life, be they good, evil or indifferent are all from God.  All things are from God and there are no exceptions.

Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 

2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

and lest not forget or deny the Lord who works “all things” , even evil things.  Such a truth will bring the charge of blasphemy from the carnal minded in Babylon, yet the Scriptures tell the truth.

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

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

The Lord willing, as we begin to grasp His total sovereignty over all things, even evil things,  we will begin to understand that this applies not just to the people down the street or over there,  but it applies to you and me.  It applies to our very sins and all things that go on in our lives.  All things is indeed all things.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

God is the potter we are the clay.  Many can recite those verses but don’t really believe.  They don’t have the God given gift of faith it takes to believes in Him.  They don’t understand what God hardening Pharaoh’s heart means and how that personally applies to them.  Yet every jot and tittle of the Potter and Clay verses are absolutely true and all that we do is indeed God’s works in us.

Isa 64:8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Php 2:13 For it is God (not you, not your delusion of free will)  which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This can only be revealed to us by the Spirit of God.  And it is revealed to God’s Elect as the chastening grace of the Lord falls upon them and the judgment of their old man and the destruction of their carnal mind begins in earnest on the appointed day of the Lord for each.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

And what is the purpose of God’s judgments?  It is to purify us and make all things new.  New life only comes thru death of the old man and carnal mind.

Isa 26:9 …for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

The words of Christ are all spirit and we need to be shown what the earth is and where heaven is to have any chance of understanding the word of God.  My whole point of this post was to bring us to this understanding.

The storms of our lives, the failures,  the emotional ups and downs, disappointments, dilemma’s,  physical and mental calamities, hard decisions and ALL THINGS are given to us by God on purpose.  If those things happen to us we can be sure that is the will of God.  He is working all things.  Christ raises up these storms in our lives to reveal something about ourselves that He is dealing with in bringing the new man out of the darkness that is the old man.

For instance, God has given me many tests with finances to try my faith and to see if I would walk in His statutes or go the way of the world.  Other sheep may not be given that trial now as their issues and what God is dealing with them are different things.  I have had an issue with patience all my life.  Last month,  I cannot count how times God put me in a middle of storm where I wanted to scream out of impatience.  I lost it a few times but thankfully am learning thru this chastening to just stand in the fire and just endure it.  God was still showing me that part of the beast was still alive and well and needed to be killed.

When the giants in our land are exposed by these trials, we are to destroy everything and leave nothing alive, otherwise the trial will keep on coming with greater intensity until the chastening grace of God accomplishes its work.  The land that is our spiritual heart will eventually be cleared of all things that defile.  That is salvation.   The stories of Israel were spiritual examples for us, of lessons and trials we would endure and storms through which we will all experience.

Deu 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: (impatience,  greed, lying, lust, strife, all the works of the flesh must go)
Deu 20:17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

These are just elementary examples I have provided.  But you can be sure that God is behind all the trials of your life including the most inner thoughts we have both positive and negative.  If we are so blessed to be judged in this life, we will have the shame of our own nakedness exposed in God’s appointed times.  Man must live by every word and sooner or later we will fulfill these verses.

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

We must remember that what is more precious than gold to the Lord is not our faith, but the trial of our faith.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

This is the same gold, Christ counsels all of us to buy from Him.  It is thru these trials that we are purified and have our nakedness (sinfulness) covered by our faith.

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.

It is going thru these fiery trials and storms of life that we see into the thing of God.  This is how we grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus.  It is by being scourged as a chosen son of God that we shall see and shall be raised as a child of the kingdom.

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

But all of this is nonsense and foolishness to the carnal mind.  What the carnal man grumbles and complains about, the spiritual man counts as joy, knowing the outcome of these storms and trials.  Knowing these things will change your perspective 360 degrees.  Coming to know that God is bringing the storms, the afflictions of life to us and that it is all being worked for good and our sanctification as His Elect is how we learn to live peaceably with all men and thank God for all things.

As we are weaned from the milk of the word and begin to eat strong meat we grow quickly in the grace and knowledge of The Lord. Those God has chosen and opened a door into heaven will have revelation poured out to them.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

But we must to able to move on to maturity and get past the milk of the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified that Babylon takes for the meat.

God thru Christ creates these storms in our lives. Yet it is also Christ that calms these storms.  The storms don’t go away, we just learn how to stand in the furnace of fire and be at peace, knowing the will of God and that He is working all things for the counsel of His will.  As we grown in this fiery chastening grace we will stand in the furnace of affliction with our Lord knowing the purposes of our calling. I pray that all that know Christ will endure these fiery trials to the very end,

James 1:2 My brethren count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations (the fiery trials)

It is a very good thing to be judged now. It is indeed a blessing that comes upon the people of God in this age.  May the rock that is Christ crush our flesh and destroy the giants that are defiling the land within.  To be useful for God in His kingdom, all flesh and self righteousness must be removed by force from the temple.  That comes only thru judgment and with much affliction.

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. 

God is using these storms and bringing much tribulation upon His chosen few now.  As God sent Christ to save the world, so Christ sends His Christ, His very body to do the same.  We must become a living sacrifice and follow the Lord and be crucified with Him thru these fiery trials and afflictions.  That is the purpose of the storms and it is very good news when you are given the ability to see it.

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

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

The carnal mind must be destroyed.  The self righteous beast that all men are must perish and this comes by the righteous judgment of God.  This old man of flesh must die for the new man to come forth.  That is the entire purpose of this life and why God first makes us a marred vessel of clay before He remakes us all in our appointed times.

Ecc 1:13 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.

The storms of the sea, which is a symbol for the the trials of our flesh, are given to us by God to show us what a wretched beast all flesh is and that we are in need of a Savior.  It is by being shown our wickedness and that we are the abomination that causes desolation in the temple of God, that salvation will come.  The old man and carnal mind will be destroyed by fire, which is the word of God which is Christ.

Psalm  107 is one of my favorites that reveals the truth of God creating the storms, the waves of the sea, the trials of this life for purposes of bringing forth and building up our faith.  We are healed and made new by the process of enduring thru these storms and learning to trust solely in the Lord and not the strength of our flesh.  All men are fools until they are made wise by the experience of God’s process of sanctifying us by chastening grace.

Psa 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. 

Psa 107:18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Psa 107:19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

We will be taught to be joyful through these storms once we know their purposes and God’s plans.  We must be brought to our wits end, where we surrender and have no strength left and then the Lord will deliver us and make the storm calm.  Notice that the “meat” of the word that is Christ is in fact the trials, the storms, the very afflictions that we must endure to be saved.  Our natural man abhors these things and does not want to drink of the cup that Christ drank.  Yet were are told we shall surely drink, it is only a matter of when that day has been appointed for us by God.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

So all these storms are created by God to bring us into despair where we will cry out to God for deliverance.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

So next time you find yourself in a fiery trial and a major storm of life.  Count it all joy.  Give thanks to the Lord.

Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;