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Habakkuk Part 6 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The Goodness of God Brings Repentance”

Key Verses:  Hab 2:18 – Hab 3:3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the other verse.

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

And here is what Tony brought out in the study of Psalm 7.

The first word of this psalm “ShiggaionH7692 ” speaks to this condition of being spiritually wayward and in need of help to seek the Lord’s direction in our life which comes about through trials and tribulation. The root of this word (“From H7686“) refers to a place of deception and error and ignorance and wandering. It is, as stated in the introduction, “praise to the LORD [that is] not accompanied with worshipping God in spirit and in truth”. But once we are judged then we go from the way that seems right to us in our carnal heavens to a blessed and settled relationship that is guided by the spirit of God and that worships God in spirit and truth (Rom_8:14, Joh_4:24).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

H8486, têymân    têmân

tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

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

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

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

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

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Amos Part 5 – Judgment Without Mercy

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Judgment Without Mercy

Key Verses:  Amos 1:11 – 1:12

We begin with the fourth of the eight transgressions and the judgment pronounced upon the territory of Edom and its strongholds. We will spend the entire study on this one transgression and the judgment the Lord brings to chasten and teach us righteousness. We need to be examining ourselves often to ensure we remain in the faith on the narrow road that so few find.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

The pattern of words that we discussed in Part 2 continue for each of transgressions. The words “for three transgressions and for four” are not referring to literal numbers and signify what the numbers three and four always signify in the Scriptures. That being the process of spiritual progression (the number three) and the whole (the number four) of our progression that is coming by the judgments and punishments the Lord is speaking regarding the sins of the rebellious inward nations.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

I first want to better render verse 11 that translated two words uniquely just one time in all Scriptures; H7843 for “cast off” and H7536 for “pity”.  These are more clearly translated when the predominate use of these Hebrew words from the KJV is used as rewritten below.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and destroyed H7843 mercy H7536, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

It is one thing to fail to perform our duty to our family and spiritual brethren from slothfulness or apathy. It is another transgression all together when we actually seek to accuse, attack and destroy our brothers which what the man of the flesh (Edom) does against the man of the Spirit.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would

Our stubborn old man does not want to bow down and serve the new man. The enmity the Lord put between flesh and spirit is demonstrated by the interplay of Esau and Jacob. The flesh lives by a sword and strives to get ahead on its own strength using violence (physical and spiritual) by pursuing others, seeking dominion and self-exaltation.  This is the portion for the first Adam before the Lord gives dominion over the flesh to the new man within.

Gen 27:39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him (Esau), Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

Gen 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Gen 27:41 And Esau hated (enmity) Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

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

The Lord’s mercy endures forever (Psa 136) and as He is so are His Chosen People (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17) to be and to act. If we are to be used of the Lord as Priests and Kings we will be increasingly abundant in mercy and longsuffering, the opposite of the natural instincts of the carnally minded man of Edom.

Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Casting aside all pity, which is destroying all mercy, is the offense here in Edom. We are seeking preeminence, forgetting the brotherly covenant and doing spiritual violence,  accusing and pursuing our brothers. Salvation begins to come when this spirit is cast out of our heavens.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This is the same preeminence seeking spirit that Diotrephes had that sought dominion over the early church and made a ministry of accusing the brethren.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

2Co 1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

The Lord’s people are to be making judgments (Joh 7:24) and pursue our brothers with the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17) to admonish and edify them in the truth.   This is done showing the fruit of the Spirit and NOT THE WORKS OF THE FLESH.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted

Jesus Christ does not tear and break the weak in faith.  The Word of God brings judgment in the appointed times.

Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory

The narrow way of obedience to the Lord calls for us to pull specks out of one another’s eyes but to do it in the prescribed loving and godly way as Matthew 18 and Leviticus 13 tell as priests and watchmen of the flock. But one thing we must never do is to destroy mercy, that is the lovingkindness of the Lord which works true righteousness in us.

Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth (triumphs) against judgment.

Mic 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

We have stern warnings to not be high minded and look down on others. We have to continue in the goodness of God all the way to the end.

Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

This is such an important abomination to burn out of us we have many examples in the Scriptures and parables of men showing compassion and demonstrating mercy and those that did not. When we are still looking down upon others, we are still justifying ourselves by the works of the law and have departed from the faith. We are still in need of fire to bring the humbling to burn that evil spirit out of us.

Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (SELF)

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Our unpayable debt to the Lord is forgiven and we are commanded to show the same compassion to others (Mat 18:27). The forgiven servant which we are will first show no pity or mercy to our fellow servants until we endure the torment of having Edom’s palaces destroyed within.

Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?

Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

When we seek vengeance, we are contending with the Lord and denying HIS SOVEREIGNTY.  All such wrath and vengeance seeking is contrary to faith and a work of the flesh (Edom).

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

The Lord manifests these events and trials to see if our faith is genuine and fruit producing. Our response to brothers and sisters that are naked and in need of food is to act in obedience (love) and respond by providing the spiritual food, drink and clothing we ourselves are being given.

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:

Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

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.

Words are indeed cheap in the natural when not combined with action (works). And so it is also in the ways of the Spirit and what is required of those given the gift of faith.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

It is the immature man of God that knows the truth yet still holds flesh and men responsible rather than the Lord who is working all things for the counsel of His will. We all will do this outwardly to others in the Body even if secretly in our heart. Yet we also do it inwardly when we can’t get past the shame and guilt for our continued falling down into sin. We must endure this torment (Rev 14:10) and learn that only the Lord can make us or our brethren stand.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:10 NKJV But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The judgment of the Lord changes not. It is the Word, the Fire that shall judge us in the last days (Joh 12:48).  The fire will be devouring the habitations and strongholds of Edom.

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

This fire is the good news, it is the blessing of the Lord coming to the new man. Yet to those on the outside of the veil these are just more history lessons with no personal application to themselves (Mat 4:4, 1Co 10:11).  These OT verses are used obscurely to support gigantic lies such as eternal torment. The Scriptures gives us some wonderful insights into these two cities that adds to our understanding of the prophecy of Amos.

TEMAN: Teman was the name of a grandson of Esau, was one of the 12 Dukes of Edom and is also a city in Edom and comes from the root word meaning South.

H8487, têymân, tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

The same as H8486; Teman, the name of two Edomites, and of the region and descendants of one of them: – south, Teman.

A well-known Temanite was Eliphaz one of JOB’s miserable comforters. Eliphaz did the very things charged against Edom in Amos 1:11. Rather than showing compassion and mercy, Eliphaz failed to judge righteously. He spoke lies about the Lord , made completely false allegations against Job without any witnesses and failed to comfort Job in their carnal minded delusions.

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came everyone from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath

Edom in general and the city of Teman was due south of Israel and is the opposite of the north which is where judgment comes from spiritually (Eze 20:26, Son 4:16, etc.). The flesh seeks comfort and always settles spiritually speaking to the south side and as far away from the true Jesus Christ and the burden His Words of fire bring.

The mighty men of Teman like the mighty men of Babylon are being cut off so the new man can increase. Obadiah gives a second witness regarding our failure in Teman to judge righteously and our casting off of mercy and doing spiritual violence against our brother Jacob.

Oba 1:9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Oba 1:10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.

Instead of covering sins, a spirit of Edom (Teman) seeks to uncover and expose them and take the new man captive to ways and mind of the flesh.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Oba 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

Bozrah was looked at briefly in the Micah 10 Study and “is” the capital city of Spiritual Edom within you. The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

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

Bozrah is also part of Moab who was an incestuous son of Lot. We will get into spiritual incest more deeply next week when we look at the transgression of Ammon (the other incestuous son of Lot). Simply put incest spiritually is our uncovering of our family’s sins.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

The carnal mind that exalts itself against the ways of the Lord takes delight in exposing others sins and faults. Yet our commission is to cover not UNCOVER the sins of our family in Christ.

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mitch did a comprehensive study on the topic of lust and showed the spiritual applications of all the outward sexual sins that are forbidden.  Lust Study Click Here.

Consistent with the transgression of Edom, the flesh will seek to uncover the sins of others rather than cover them. It takes abiding in the winepress of judgment to learn the right way of responding to our brother infirmities and show compassion and mercy.

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

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

Those that provided not clothing (the goats) are sent off to age abiding fire to have their garments dyed in the blood of the Lamb. This is the same fire of judgment sent to Bozrah.

Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into (AGE ABIDING) everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

In conclusion, the fault-finding eye of the first man Adam (the man of sin) is not of faith. Such a mindset is based on the flesh, the carnal mind and the lies of Babylon the great Harlot. We bring that mindset into the Body of Christ. We come in still to some degree a ravening beast and we are apt to tear and strangle the meat we are eating to grow thereby. The spiritual food we eat and serve; the “meat indeed” (Joh 6:55) that is Christ’s Body will be torn and strangled by the mind of the man from Edom.

We must be careful with what we put into our heart and guard our every thought and the gates into our heavens diligently. The kings and dukes of Edom shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and we should not be seeking, eating or serving this defiled spiritual food.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The furnace of affliction the Lord uses to purify His Sons, will not fail to succeed. As we are humbled and brought low through trials, we will mature and the man of Edom and that carnal mindset within us that blames, looks down, accuses, finds fault and exalts itself will be cut off.  Then we will be able to bear fruit and show the works that must accompany our faith. Our being pitiful (merciful) and compassionate will be evident to all.

Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous

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A Servant In Christ,  PETE