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Habakkuk Part 4 – Five Woes unto the Proud Man

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“Five Woes unto the Proud Man”

Key Verses:  Hab 2:6 – 2:11

The Lord has extolled us to walk by faith in preparing us for what lies ahead on our journey to redemption. We are being justified, we are being made righteous by enduring through the day of evil that is now upon the house of God.

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The Lord continues to answer Habakkuk’s complaint in providing more details of the vision that is the end of the carnal age, an appointed time for each man. This time is defined by us living through the five woes here in Habakkuk. Like the three woes of Revelation, this is the time of the revealing of Jesus Christ in us who has come to save His people from their sins. Each of the woes are teaching us obedience and demonstrating the power, the doing of the Word of God. Thank God for these wonderful works of the Lord to His children.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 

The Lord continues rebuking the prideful man of sin within us who has taken His wine, misuses the vessels of the temple in seeking gain, and making merchandise with the Babylonian harlot. A new wine vessel needs to be made and is being made in the Potter’s fiery furnace (Isa 48:10) as we progress through these five (grace thru faith) woes.

Hab 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! 

Hab 2:7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? 

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 2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 

Hab 2:10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 

Hab 2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 

An important lesson or takeaway in these five woes relates to who it is that brings the wrath and judgment of the Lord? Who is it who speaks the words of fire that judge all men in the “last days”?  It is the elect, The Christ of Christ who speaks the Word that feed the flock of God and bringing healing for the new man and destruction for the old.

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.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

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

We will see the words “holy remnant” and other symbolism for the elect in each of these woes. The Lord’s instruments are who bring the fire that spoils the heathen nations and brings salvation.

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.

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

Who are the ministers of the Lord’s grace? It is God’s chosen few, His Body, who judge ourselves now and the world in the ages to come (1Co 11:31-32).

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 

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

This grace is what chastens us and teaches us righteousness, causing us to obey God as we mature. Thus, judgment must begin at the Body of Christ (1Pe 4:17), so we can in turn become the righteous judges of all men (Mat 19:28).

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the whole world and all mankind. Yet that work, the greater work of salvation from sin is done through His people. As He is so is His Christ (Joh 20:21) that He has chosen and sends forth (1Jo 4:17). The symbolism of words in the Bible that signify the Body of Christ, is a long list. We will look at these symbols of the hidden “saviours” as we detail each of the five woes.

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

Hab 2:7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

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.

The Lord’s words are both a parable and a “taunting” proverb to our man of sin in the day those words are heard and understood. The words of truth are always spoken in parables (Mat 13:9, Hos 12:10) and they bring about the destruction of the old man as we hear them and grow in understanding. The word translated as “taunting” is only used one other time in Scripture.

H4426, melı̂ytsâh  – Total KJV Occurrences: 2

interpretation, 1 Pro_1:6

taunting, 1 Hab_2:6 (2)

A taunting proverb is one which taunts the old man as we grow in our understanding. As we grow in knowledge of the truth, the old man is being reproved and rebuked by the Word.

Pro 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Pro 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation [H4426]; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

The new man within us hear these words and are being convicted and washed clean by the resulting trials and judgment. That is “reasoning” together in the Body of Christ.

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

Isa 1:18” Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served. As His Christ that is our mission as well yet we need to be made into servants and be purged of the SELF and self-righteousness that defines us hearing but not yet doing the Word. Until we truly are dying on a cross we are not serving, we are just borrowers who are building up usury that will be demanded of us.

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.

Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

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

Luk 17:10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

Seeking the gain and riches of this world is seeking to increase what is not ours. It all belongs to the Lord but until we are humbled by many trials, we instinctively as brute beasts seek gain from our service. Such is the way of Core, Balaam et. al.

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.

Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jud 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

The gain/rewards flesh seeks is far more than money, it is the mammon of self-righteousness. Before fire is poured out, our flesh cannot help but laden ourselves with what the translators called thick clay.

H5671, ‛abṭı̂yṭ, ab-teet’

From H5670; something pledged, that is, (collectively) pawned goods. (thick clay is by a false etym.): – thick clay [by a false etymology].

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

clay, 1  Hab_2:6

Looking at the root word and the way most other translations show the verses help give a clearer meaning.

H5670, ‛âbaṭ, aw-bat’

A primitive root; to pawn; causatively to lend (on security); figuratively to entangle: – borrow, break [ranks], fetch [a pledge], lend, X surely.

Here is the NKJV which agrees with nearly all the major translations in linking the proud man to spiritual lending and usury.

Hab 2:6 NKJV “Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘Woe to him who increases What is not his—how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 

Hab 2:7 NKJV Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty.

These verses are speaking about our service and how we are to give of ourselves selflessly. Shakespeare had it kind of right with his famous quip “neither a borrower or a lender be”.  The Lord’s people are not to be lending with interest (expecting gain – USURY) or borrowing in the spiritual.

Deu 15:6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend [H5670] unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow [H5670]; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee. 

We have this witness that makes clear that lending is of the treasures in heaven, the rain, the true doctrines that only those blessed and judged in this life are given.

Deu 28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 

But our giving (lending) is always to be without gain.

Exo 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer (gain/interest) neither shalt thou lay upon him usury (interest/gain). 

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

Our breaking bread and sharing the truth of God’s word is NEVER to be for any gain of any kind. Freely we shall give what has been given to us.

Luk 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

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

Usury is interest/profit and it is what carnal minded lenders are seeking from borrowers.

H5391, nâshak

Total KJV Occurrences: 20

bite, 6

Ecc_10:8, Ecc_10:11, Jer_8:17, Amo_9:3, Mic_3:5, Hab_2:7

usury, 4

lend, 3

bit, 2

biteth, 2

bitten, 2

We will reap what we sow.  When we demand usury (gain/profit) we ourselves will be bitten back.  The old man will be vexed, bitten and spoiled by the coming of Christ with zeal to cleanse His temple within us.

Joh 2:15  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

The Lord’s people are not to seek usury. What is owed to Jesus Christ is our entire life, our reasonable service. When Christ comes inwardly, the debt becomes due and suddenly the Chaldean spoilers will now be plundered and their booty captured. All the land within and without belongs to the Lord. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price (1Co 6:20). Our service, the giving of our life, is never for fleshly gain and reward.

Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

1Co 10:26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

The immovable man standing on the ROCK is one who does not seek gain or take rewards against the needy.

Psa 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Tony Psalm 15 Part 1 study (CLICK HERE) covered usury and service very well where he wrote this summary: “The body of Christ is here to help each other, by bearing each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ, and it is these actions that justify us (Gal 6:2, Tit 3:8, Rom 2:13). We are called to lose our life for one another (Mat 16:25, Mat 7:14) and therefore we would never put out our money to usury, to collect interest against a brother, to “putteth not out his money to usury”. Symbolically this ‘not putting out our money to usury’ is telling us to owe no man anything but love” (Rom 13:8).   

Eze 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

Eze 18:9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

The holy remnant of the people, save God’s people from their enemies and spoil the booty and goods of the harlot and the beast. It takes the coming of one stronger, Jesus Christ and His Christ, to spoil the man of sin’s house (Mat 12:29). The Lord both creates our enemies and then delivers us from them. He does all these things in saving us and teaching us.

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies. 

Ancient Israel learning was for our admonition and they learned this looking behind themselves and coming to see that the people of God are like their Lord – SERVANTS

Neh 9:36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: 

This of course is within us but also without us as we abide here in these temporary clay vessels in the fire that is the living Word that is the Body in which God dwells. Christ is the door and if we are in Christ, we are both the door and shepherds of the sheep who are feeding the flock. We feed each other words of fire that are spiritual nourishment saves us by judgment.

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

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

Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

The next pronouncement of woe is for our coveting evil by exalting ourselves in wanting to be seen and thinking such outward service delivers us from evil and allows us to escape the judgments of God.

Hab 2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

Hab 2:10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.

Hab 2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

Again, we see the Lord’s jealousy of not sharing His glory with another (Isa 42:8). Seeking gain of any kind from our service and knowledge of God is our coveting and evil covetousness (gain). This is what all beasts instinctively do in our self-righteousness state. Thus, the need for judgment for our sins (Ecc 1:13 CLV) that will humble us and lead us to repentance.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 

Running ahead of God and not waiting on Him to exalt us, we will exalt ourselves as we become drunk with knowledge (Isa 28:1) and are thinking too highly of ourselves. Being scourged by grace (Heb 12:6) is serving its purpose in bringing us down.

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

When it’s about us and our gain; we bring shame upon our house as we sin against The Lord and His Christ. The pride of the carnal mind leads us to take a more prominent seat than we ought. Yet the Lord has ways of manifesting things (even evil) in our hearts to humble us and move us back to where we need to be.

Luk 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

Luk 14:9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

Luk 14:10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

Luk 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

We are ashamed before we learn to wait and trust that the Lord knows what He is doing and rest from our own works. Then we shall wait and not be ashamed any more (Psa 25:3). When we seek gain from our brothers we are oppressing them spiritually by not being Christ and giving all as a servant. This innate greediness takes away and robs our spiritual life.

Pro 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Pro 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Godliness with contentment is the real gain we seek. These fleshly lusts of pride and honors of carnal men must be given up becoming servants.

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

The stone out of the wall and the beam out of the timber is symbolism for God’s elect and Jesus Christ within us who is standing for righteousness and against the evil nations within and without. The Body of Christ are the lively stones (1Pe 2:15) that make up the city and its walls that protect the flock of God and insulate from the enemies of God.

The word for beam [H3714] is only found once in the bible and is from an unused root that means a girder or connector. A beam is what connects and supports the timbers and walls of a house and that is very true in the spirit (Rom 1:20). Remembering that all men are trees (Mar 8:24) helps us see that this beam that answers the wickedness within is Christ in us. Christ via His Spirit is this beam, the very thing that connects us spiritually and together is holding us up in righteousness in the war against heathens.

The Lord foretold of the crying out of His elect against the wickedness of Israel when He foretold this parable when rebuking proud Pharisees who wanted to silence the Lord’s praise.

Luk 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

Luk 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

Luk 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

The fulfillment of the crying out of Christ was instant. When Christ comes to us and enters into His temple, the Spirit in us will begin to cry and sigh over all the abominations committed. Those that buy and sell for gain will be cast out in our day of the Lord.

Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it …..

Luk 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

The fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-24) manifest in due time as we mature. Yet we are reminded to fight the way and take captive thoughts and strive against seeking vain glory and being envious of each other.

Gal 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

As we move into the third woe we should see a developing theme. Our own works will not justify us (Gal 2:16) and this is one of the last things to be burned out of us in our day of the Lord. The true elect that is being found faithful are being circumcised and will be found with no confidence in their flesh or anyone else’s (Phi 3:3). Those being made righteous shall walk by faith in God and not in ourselves. We are learning to come towards the fire as we grow.

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.

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Micah Part 19 – Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

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Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

Key Verses:  Micah 6:10 – 6:16

The setting here is still judgment living in the Day of the Lord now in this age if we are God’s Elect and in the age to come when all men and flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord (Luk 3:6).  With spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear we are now seeing the true doctrines and the real Jesus Christ and we are now hearing the Word in our heavens which is the rod that corrects us.  We truly are learning righteousness (Isa 26:9) and beginning to understand the Lord’s purposes and strange ways.

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

The last study focused mainly on verse 8 and the three things the Lord shows us He requires in our worship of Him.

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

Here are the last seven verses to complete Chapter 6.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

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

Mic 6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

Mic 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Our obedience to what the Lord requires, comes about when light (truth, the Word) is shined into the hidden darkness and onto the deceitfulness of sin that still lies in our hearts (Luk 8:17, Luk 12:2). Until His work is finished in us and it won’t be until we shed these clay vessels, the Lord has something against us.  The process of judgment and our moving onto a mature man, a perfect man in Christ are one in the same process.  That is the reason the Lord gives us a Body and fills the functions of the church and ministries.

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

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

The angels (Elect of God) speak the Word and as the lights unto this world, shine the light on what yet needs work in our walk. Progress towards maturity is being made yet we need to become more diligent in our walk of faith.  The washing of one another’s feet is an important parable of the need for the Body to keep us on the narrow road (Joh 13:14).

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jezebel is most famous for corrupting her husband King Ahab and leading Israel further into fornication with the world and worship of the gods of Baal which are no gods at all but merely lies and false doctrines of the world.

Spiritual adultery and fornication are the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19) and is the outcome of Israel’s failure to come out and be separate (2Co 6:6). True doctrine (our food) is corrupted when we mingle strange fire (the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16) with the Lord’s truths. Inevitably compromises are made, leaven creeps in and one is led astray into spiritual adultery and fornication.  It is what Balaam did in causing Israel to sin (Rev 2:14) and it is what Jezebel did in causing King Ahab and Israel to depart from the living God.  Flattery and smooth talk of the rebellious woman will seduce us away from the truth (doctrine) and into spiritual adultery.

Pro 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

In order to burn this adultery and fornication out of us, The Lord will put His people, the adulterers and adulteresses of James 4:4 into great tribulation to bring us to repentance.

Let’s now look at these individual verses at a deeper level.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances [h3976], and with the bag of deceitful weights [H68]?

Balances and weights refer to much more than our just our honesty in buying and selling things or handling money.  These symbols ultimately speak to our faithfulness to the Lord and how we judge all matters of life.

We weigh things on balances and in the spirit this is discerning between the good and the evil. The word for balances [H3976] comes from the root word which means to give ear, to hearken, to perceive.

H238 – ‘âzan, aw-zan’

A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen: – give (perceive by the) ear, hear (-ken). See H239.

Here is a pivotal verse in the OT showing us the application of hearkening to the voice of the Lord which requires us to weigh things on spiritual scales.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken [H238] 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.

Giving ear or hearkening to the voice of the Lord requires making judgments based on what the Word says and not based on the wisdom of the world.  A spiritual man judges all things and as we mature we must learn to do this well according to the Ttruth.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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.

Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The word translated as weights [H68] her in Micah 6 is the same word much more often translated as stones.

H68, ‘eben, eh’-ben

From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone: – + carbuncle, + mason, + plummet, [chalk-, hail-, bead-, sling-] stone (-ny), (divers) weight (-s).

Total KJV occurrences: 272

stones, 143

stone, 105

weights, 6

Lev_19:36, Deu_25:13, Pro_16:11, Pro_20:10, Pro_20:23, Mic_6:11

Stones are what were used to weigh items on the scales.  The people of God uses the Word of God that is a stone to make these measurements on the scales of judgment.

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone [H68], a tried stone [H68], a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

The treasure in the house of the wicked are the lies and false doctrines of the rebellious old man.  The Lord still has something against us when we hide these deceitful weights and hold them as treasure of our wicked fleshly hearts.  This is feigned worship and contrary to worshiping the Lord in Truth.  False weights and measures are an abomination to the Lord.  Learning to judge properly is important for the future judges of all mankind (1Co 6:2, Oba 1:21)

Lev 19:35 NKJV – You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.

Lev 19:36 NKJV – You shall have honest scales, honest weights [stones H68], an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

We can’t pick and choose the counsel of God we like and only apply that to our judgments.  We must apply the Sum of thy word which is the only truth.  Anything else is a the scant, lean or short judgment (measure) referenced here in Mic 6:10.  This work of judging, weighing things is also the Lord’s work in us.

Pro 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

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

The negative side of knowledge is it puffs us up and makes us rich.  Those riches unaccompanied by the fear of the Lord will be used by flesh to bring forth dishonest scales of judgment.  Mixing lies with truth is doing violence to the Word.  A lying tongue, a false witness and those that do violence are three of the six things the Lord expressly hates (Pro 6:16-19).  All of this comes about because of the influence (enticement) of the harlot that leads our beast and causes a lackadaisical Israel to worship other gods including the works of their own hands.

Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

The power in the mouth of the locusts are the lies and false doctrines we are seduced into believing and worshipping and thereby doing violence and fornication with the harlot within us and without us.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Until we are given a true zeal to please God and obey Him, a lascivious “loving the world” spirit will impede us from walking the narrow way.  These hidden lies and false doctrines in our heavens results in spiritual sickness that manifest unrighteous judgments.  This is what our beast and old man do to stay alive in the fire and secretly cling the plagues of Egypt (world) and Babylon (Rev 18:4, Rev 22:18).  A healthy Body within and without is disease/plague free.  A healthy Body judges itself and examines itself often to see if it is still in the faith and not committing fornication and sacrificing to idols.

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.

Being diligent requires us to examine ourselves and our walk against the true scales of justice which is the SUM of the Word. It is a high calling that gets higher as we grow. It is our failing to judge righteous judgment that snares men and carnal minds in nets of deception.  Thinking above what is written brings deceit into our spiritual houses and perverts righteous judgment.

Jer 5:26  For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

As a false witness for the Lord (hearing but not doing) is not blessed. As we saw recently a witch and a sorcerer, one who uses powers outside the Word shall not be suffered to live (Exo 22:18).

Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

The Lord will cause us to err from His way and show us our nakedness in order to correct us via the chastening scourging grace that comes to the sons of God (Heb 12:6). Our spiritually sick condition will ultimately be used for good in our judgment (Jer 2:19).  Christ comes not for the righteous but for the unrighteous and to turn acknowledged sinners to repentance (Luk 5:32).

Mic 6:14 NKJV You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger shall be in your midst. You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

Mic 6:15 NJKV “You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

In destroying the pride of life, the Lord is going to frustrate our own works/efforts to show us He is the Lord and it is only through Him that our salvation comes.  It is necessary we first live our days in Babylon, deceived by the harlot and the Jezebel’s that cause us to commit fornication, eating defiled bread.  This too is all the Lord’s work and is what brings the occasion for us to drink the cup of wrath.

Lev 26:26  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:28  Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

The Lord builds His House, man does not build it.  The works of our hands are vanity.

Psa 127:1 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.

Becoming at ease in Zion and seeking to build bigger barns is what a self-righteous spirit will do. But that life of gainsaying and coveting worldly mammon will be required of us and it is through that process of having things taken from us that we learn to trust only in the Lord.

Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luk 12:22  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

The initiation of our judgment will spoil the fruit of our self-righteousness works and reveal their vanity.  We can no longer be satisfied or be fed by the works of our own hands. All of our fleshly and carnal works turn to nothing in our day of the Lord.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Deu 28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.

It is only the meek, those who are being humbled by judgment and coming to their wits end who shall eat and be satisfied.

Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day (our day of the Lord) when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We will truly learn through our various periods of spiritual famine and thirst.  They are a necessary experience to make us dependent on the Lord and to know that apart from Him, we truly can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Here is our final verse for the study.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Worshiping the Lord deceitfully is what we first do when we follow the counsels of these two bad kings and do what they did spiritually.  Those lessons were indeed written specifically for our admonition (1Co 10:11. 1Pe 1:12). Ahab was Omri’s son and is arguably most famous marrying an outsider by taking Jezebel as his wife and being in charge when Elijah had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel.

1Ki 16:31  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

King Omri who was Ahab’s father and a King of Israel who took the throne from King Zimri by violence.  Omri then survived a divided nation coup when he prevailed over his emerging counterpart Tibni by violence.  The whole history of Omri is contained in 1 Kings 16:16-28.   But these Scriptures are not there to just record history, there is a deeper message we must dig up.

Names are almost always instructive and here we see this definition according to Strong’s.

H6018, ‛omrı̂y, om-ree’

From H6014; heaping; Omri, an Israelite: – Omri.

Total KJV occurrences: 18

The root of Omri will be more instructive for our edification.

H6014, aw-mar’

A primitive root; properly apparently to heap; figuratively to chastise (as if piling blows); specifically (as denominative from H6016) to gather grain: – bind sheaves, make merchandise of.

Total KJV occurrences: 3

merchandise, 2

Deu_21:14, Deu_24:7

bindeth, 1

Psa_129:7 (2)

make, 1

Deu_21:14

Before we look at this let’s remember that salvation comes BY JUDGMENT and there is a prescribed way for us to judge and that is to judge righteously, according to the WORD.

Binding sheaves is what Omri means.  Binding is an important step of gathering stocks of grain in a harvest.  Sheaves represent men to be saved as the dream of Joseph and his brothers bowing down to him shows us (Gen 37:7).  There is a right way and a wrong way to harvest the Lord’s crops and bring forth the fruit of the land.  The right was is judge righteously and have no respect of persons meaning all things are known to be the work of the Lord.  It takes faith, mature faith to live to that standard and we are all getting there.

Omri represents the wrong way to serve the Lord.  He stands for one that uses wicked scales and deceitful weights.  Once again in the definition of Omri, we have a direct link to the merchandising ways of flesh.

Deu 24:7  If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise [H6014] of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Only the mind of Christ can judge righteously not thinking above what is written.  The self-righteous religious beast (Rev 13:11) that thinks he is helping God out is buying and selling with the mind of the beast and not the mind of Christ.  The primary act as a King that Omri is recorded doing is one involving some merchandizing activities and it did not end well.

1Ki 16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

1Ki 16:26  For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities (leading astray into false ways).

Shemer the Hill that Omri bought means the dregs or lees.

H8106, shemer, sheh’-mer

The same as H8105; Shemer, the name of three Israelites: – Shamer, Shemer.

H8105, shemer, sheh’-mer

From H8104; something preserved, that is, the settlings (plural only) of wine: – dregs, (wines on the) lees.

Total KJV Occurrences: 7

lees, 4

Isa_25:6 (2), Zep_1:11-12 (2)

wines, 2

Isa_25:6 (2)

dregs, 1

Psa_75:8

Shemer is linked to the dregs (lees) of the wine.  Dregs refer to the least desirable of something and in a liquid is the sediment impure bottom of the barrel.  This is the old stuff, the leftovers that has been kept.  The old wine and the law of Moses, the works of the flesh as it relates to WINE, is the dregs.  The dregs is the wine made for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) but not the true Israel of God to drink.  One cannot put the new wine of Faith in Christ into bottles holding the dregs.  The two do not mix, we cannot serve God and fleshly mammon at the same time.  Furthermore, it is the wicked who drink the dregs of the wine.  The righteous of the Lord drink the Lord’s wine by enduring through a baptism of fire.

Psa 75:8  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

The good news in all of our judgment is that we learn by it.   It is guaranteed we will drink of the good stuff, the wine that will bring wrath to our old man and sinful ways.  The angels tells us that those who have this mark of the beast will indeed drink of this new wine.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Omri is you and me in due time as we all live by every word the Lord spoke.  Omri like all flesh when judgment first comes, tries to save (redeem) himself by the works of his own hands and uses that to justify ourselves to the Lord.  But flesh does not build the church of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ builds it thru His Christ only and it is all of faith and not of any man’s works.

Omri showed zeal but the same zeal for God Paul spoke about.  Such a zeal is not of faith and is what the immature do until they learn to judge righteously by being judged ourselves.themselves.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the (carnal) law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

That true church will not be built on a raised up (puffed up prideful) mound of flesh (a hill that is in the world).  It will only be built on the one and only true foundation that is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We will of course first do what Omri did and build on a different foundation, on a hill in Samaria.  But our work will be revealed by fire in our day of the Lord.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Next week we will start Chapter 7, the last chapter in Micah.  The fire will quickly begin revealing some things to us on the road to maturity.   Mic 7:1  Woe is me!……..

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