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What Does It Mean Spiritually That Dust Shall be the Serpent's Meat?

A Discussion That "here a little, there a little" builds the answer to this spiritual question.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


Hello all,

I recently got a question about Isaiah 65 and could use your help in answering it.

Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

What does it mean spiritually that dust shall be the serpent's meat?

Here is what I have written thus far. I'd love to add your contributions to this answer.

http://aionios.com/2012-07/white-throne-judgment-and-isaiah-65/

Thank you!
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Mitch

Hi Mitch,

Everything you say here is true and will indeed be accomplished when God is all in all. But "My holy mountain" is God's kingdom, and that 'mountain' or 'kingdom' is within us even now.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come [when Isa 65 would be fulfilled], he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Therefore when we read of the New Heavens and New Earth in Isaiah 3 or Isaiah, 65 they also have a very present application in down payment form.

I hope this is of some help.

Your brother in Christ.

Mike



Hello Brothers and Sisters,

This is a most thought provoking question. My own first thoughts are that we know God told the serpent that he should eat dust all the days of his life after he beguiled Eve. The word 'dust' is the same used earlier on for the substance from which God formed Adam. So, in Chapter 65 of Isaiah we find this 'meat' still being the serpent’s food, even after the lion and the ox lie down together… and even in a ‘holy mountain’ where no one or nothing is permitted to hurt or destroy.

This Holy mountain I understand as being the place where the elect are seated - in the heavenlies where God dwells - yet in this down payment form, the elect are spiritually in Mount Zion while still physically in bodies of clay. It seems to me that to actually know that one is spiritually seated with Christ, and to also be convinced of having one’s name written in the book of life, means to cry no more, and to have a peace of being that is represented by the lion and the ox in a state of living in harmony with each other. I can imagine the peace that rests upon those who are spiritually in that mountain, yet I also see that perhaps it does not yet negate the need for the serpent, who is to continue to eat the dust of their flesh…necessary for the destruction of any vestiges of the flesh within the heart? So while they who are seated in the heavenlies with Christ are shown to have a restful lion, both able to live alongside the hardworking ox and also able to eat the same non-carnivorous food, they can be at peace even with the serpent still present, and in this I see the serpent’s presence and his continued eating of dust to be perhaps there as a reminder to ‘not hurt or destroy'. I think this because the worst of crimes is always self-righteousness, which leads us astray from simple truth, don’t you think? I think this is what is being said to us, and these other New Testament verses come to mind also:

Php 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yoke fellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

2Tim 4 - I think the first verse sets the admonition to be aware of being ‘in the presence of God and Christ’, and verse 2 is an admonition to see the lion and the ox at peace as the way of the new life, and then verses 5 to 8 speak further of the peace of God despite all the trials still present.

2Ti 4:1 I solemnly implore you, in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is about to judge the living and the dead, and by His Appearing and His Kingship:
2Ti 4:2 proclaim God's message, be zealous in season and out of season; convince, rebuke, encourage, with the utmost patience as a teacher. (WNT)

2Ti 4:5 But as for you, you must exercise habitual self-control, and not live a self-indulgent life, but do the duty of an evangelist and fully discharge the obligations of your office.
2Ti 4:6 I for my part am like a drink-offering which is already being poured out; and the time for my departure is now close at hand.
2Ti 4:7 I have gone through the glorious contest; I have run the race; I have guarded the faith.
2Ti 4:8 From this time onward there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who love the thought of His Appearing.

Please let me know your thoughts on this, and corrections as necessary.

Your sister in Him,

Georgie


Hi Georgie,

Thank you for what you've added to my understanding on Isaiah 65. I really see more clearly the present "is" application of what I believe this prophecy is showing us today.

Seated with Christ now in the heavens, we are able through Christ who strengthens us to have all of our tears and many tribulations understood (1Pet 4:12) and not thought of as strange as He increases and we decrease.

The "is" part of the is, was and will be nature of God's word in each joint supplies an effectual work which makes increase of Christ's body as we edify each other with Godly love now.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

That suffering I perceive to be nothing compared to the glory that is going to be revealed as God continues to heal us and wipe away all our tears which He causes as we grow in our realization of His goodness which leads us to repentance.

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?
Your grateful brother in Christ,

Tony

Hi Mitch,

I believe the serpent in this situation of Isaiah 65 is the elect during the millennium prior to the great white throne judgement, and they are ruling with a rod of iron over the dust, which is a symbol of the yet unconverted first Adam. (ie: no one is converted during the millennium, there can be no overcoming without an adversary, who is bound at this time.) These symbols can be both negative and positive, and in this case we can easily think that a serpent is Satan when in fact the serpent represents the elect seraphim of Isaiah 6, and the lion is the Lion of the tribe of Judah within us as He rules as the King of kings and Lord of lords during the millennium.

Speaking of Moses and Aaron: Exo 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, anddust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Consider the rod (rod of iron) as being a serpent for a moment. The magician's rod which was turned to a serpent was swallowed up by Moses' (Aaron's) rod. This tells us that the law (Moses represents the law) will overtake the camp (The magicians of Egypt, the world) (Exo 7:12).

Exo 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

The next stage is for the rod of Moses to be engulfed by Christ (Christ is the end of the law... Rom 10:4), and this is symbolically shown in the wilderness where the new rod (Christ and His Christ) is raised in the wilderness to symbolize the dominion that God will give the world one day over sin (where is your sting... 1Co 15:55-57) The raised Christ (seraphim - Elect) in the wilderness do not convert the people who are being stung by serpents, that ultimate victory will only come later. Notice we are in the wilderness, and this is a type of where we will be during the millennium. Man's heart is not converted during this time, and therefore we are in the wilderness, or the kingdoms of this world (Rev 11:15) as God's seraphim ruling with a rod of iron over the nations of this world (Rev 2:27).

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

1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus 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.

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The lamb (Christ in us) and the wolf of Isaiah 65 will dwell together in harmony as long as the devil is bound (Rev 20:2), but as soon as God allows Satan to be released (Rev 20:3) from the pit or abussos, the wolf in sheep's clothing will be revealed for what its true nature is. Gog and Magog symbolize this time as well (Rev 20:8-9).

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

The resurrected elect are represented by the lion who have the lion of the tribe of Judah within them, and they have dominion over the straw just like Pharoah had dominion over Israel when they were using straw to make their bricks, only later to have the straw taken away (Exo 5:18). This is a time of prosperity physically and spiritually the world is as the Laodicean church (Rev 3:17) increased with spiritual riches which have not been tried in the fire. There is no adversary effecting humanity (humanity is being fattened for slaughter, ie: lake of fire), and there is ease in the sense that there is straw to make bricks, or a world that does not have the influence of Satan who has been bound for a symbolic thousand years (Rev 20:3). When the straw is taken away in type and shadow then Israel's greater judgement, ie: the great white throne judgement will occur (lake of fire).

Exo 5:18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

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:

So the lamb co-exists with wolf = (elect and unconverted world during millennium, just as in Christ's walk on this earth with the unconverted which He did not convert, and as He is so are we. 1Jn 4:17)

Serpent (Elect - seraphim of Isaiah 6) has dominion over dust (humanity Gen 3:19, 14) as stated in Isaiah 65, which shows us the positive use of this concept, seeing we know that Satan once had all of humanity for his meal of dust which is the negative use of this concept.

Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

And finally, the lion will be nourished (Caleb and Joshua - Num 14:9) by the unbelief of those who are yet unconverted during this time prior to the great white throne judgement which is why they are straw. This straw that the lion eats of Isaiah 65 is a good training ground for God's elect, as it gets eaten by the elect in preparation of the great white throne judgment. This great white throne experience is when the symbolic straw is taken away (burnt up) from Israel, the fiery trial of the lake of fire will consume everything that can be burned until all the world is comfortable in that fire (1Co 3:12-13, Isa 33:14, 1Co 15:22, 28).

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

I pray this helps answer thisquestion about Isaiah 65, as I try to be a helper of your joy as you are of mine, Mitch. In that light I'd like to post this to the body with your permission so others may be edified.

Your brother in Christ,

Tony



Thanks Tony, Mike, and Mitch,

This article was very edifying to me in how the serpent has been used to represent to positive and negative aspects of our walk within and in a future reign of the seraphim around the throne.

YSIC,

Bettie



Hi Tony and Mitch,

Thank you both for this opportunity to discuss this subject of the fulfilling of Isa 3 and Isa 65 relating to the kingdom of God, and its progressive, "like unto leaven" spread throughout each of us first, and then "through [our] mercy", all of mankind.

Mat 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

As Isa 33:14-15 demonstrates, God's elect will, via the fire of the lake of fire, which is of course, God's word within them, judge the devil's angels and messengers "till the whole is leavened" or until the kingdom of God 'becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth':

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

When Christ, the king of that kingdom, is in all men, then He will submit himself to His Father and God will be all in all.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the [harvest at the] end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Your fellow laborer to that end,

Mike


Hi Mitch,

I think Mike helped me see a fuller view of God's word with the email he sent to you. If we consider the is, was and will be nature of God's word, then it is true that this prophecy in Isaiah 65 does apply to the time after the great white throne judgement as well as to the life of the elect in this age or generation that Christ is within (in earnest), as well as the millennium period (in shadow).

God's word is eternal and is fulfilled in each generation, but not always in earnest as it is within the elect. If we break this into two groups, those who have God's spirit now and are living out these prophecies in earnest (Eph 1:14) and those who don't have God's spirit within them and are living out the shadows which serve us who now believe with the holy spirit within us (1Pe 1:12), it remains true that the time frame when those tears are wiped away permanently is in the lake of fire, and until then we are either experiencing these prophetic words in earnest (spirit within) or in shadow like ancient Israel, and the world during the millennium.

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

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The tears that we wipe away during the millennium are worldly sorrow and not godly sorrow (2Co 7:10). We know that the nature of man has not changed, and there never really was godly sorrow because when Satan is loosed for a season, then the world turns into Judas over night and needs to go and encompass the camp of the saints to destroy them.

2Co 7:10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whomisas the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Just like the manna which was a shadow of the true bread of life Jesus Christ (Joh 6:32), sorrow of the world which the elect are dealing with during the millennium is only a shadow of the Godly repentance that will lead to eternal life in the lake of fire.

Joh 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

The same thing could be said of Jerusalem, because we know that for us today Jerusalem is above, and we rejoice in the Lord, and again I say rejoice because of this, but that does not mean that we have the fullness of that rejoicing either, seeing we still have tears and much tribulation.

The fullness of our rejoicing will be when we see Him face to face, and the shadow of that rejoicing will be experienced during the millennium for the world, just like the manna providing temporary sustenance or the woman at the well that Christ says if she had asked Him for she would never thirst again because He would have given her living waters.

Thank you Mitch for getting back to me, I love the question, and I'm grateful to be breaking the true bread with you. I don't know if this answers the question, but I hope it does help get us closer to the sum of His word on the matter.

ybic,

Tony

Bettie,

Thank you, Bettie, for mentioning that aspect of Tony's e-mail. I meant to do so and forgot.

Thank you Tony. That was something I simply had not yet put together.

Your grateful brother who is aspiring to be one of those cherubim and seraphim,

Mike



Hi Mike,

This parable caused me now to just search more about the leaven being spread until the "whole was leavened.."

Mat 13:33 Another PARABLE spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and HID in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

The word "hid" and its spreading 'leavening' of the kingdom of heaven just reminded me of this pivotal verse in Colossians, and I'd not noticed before the process in this parable of Christ ("till the whole was leavened") is what Paul is now revealing to us.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, [revealed in a three-step process; three seasons] the hope of glory:
Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: ["till the whole, (CHRIST IN EVERY MAN) was leavened."]
Col 1:29 Whereunto I [the elect lady/WOMAN] also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily ["till the whole was leavened"].

"Whole..leavened" to give a "new heavens and new earth", where all the ravenous beasts will have been tamed to domesticated beasts around the throne of God, THROUGH the knowledge of the Lord spreading in earnest...taming every beast of the 'field', leavening to the whole earth...that is to say, to "EVERY MAN".

Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: [because?] for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Thank for provoking these thoughts, Mitch.

Ayo...one of the "Every Man" being presented and perfected in Christ Jesus. :)

Hello,

Just finished reading up on all what was written about Isaiah 65 by my dear brethren, and I'm not saying I understand it all. What was most clear to me is what Georgie said, if I understand her correctly: this picture in the "is" form is our peace in our heavens, but because it is in earnest, because flesh (dust) is still involved now, there must be the serpent to eat it ... which actually is a good thing....eating dust = burning out wood, hay and stubble? All work together for good.

2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust, the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all (including the thorn in the flesh which is dust, the serpent's meat) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Your searching brother in Christ,

Robin


Hi, Robin,

Thank you for your input here.

Yes, "All things work together for good..." is telling us that the Truth is that the first and last Adam, and all they entail, have a symbiotic relationship by which the first cannot avoid becoming the second, and the second cannot exist until he has been the first.

Paul puts it this way:

Rom 11:30 For as ye [the budding "new man"] in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief [through being the dying "old man" first]:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed [our own "old man" was first an unbeliever as verse 30 just told us], that through your mercy [the mercy we have been given, which we are now to give to them] they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Just look at how Paul concludes this thought:

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his [symbiotic] ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

"All things" includes evil things which are within the first Adam as well as the Christ who is in the last Adam. Here is the definition of the word 'symbiotic':

"sym·bi·ot·ic

[sim-bee-ot-ik, -bahy-]
adjective living in symbiosis, or having an interdependent relationship"

The last Adam necessitates that there must be a first Adam:

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
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 15:46 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.

The most depraved actions of "the first man Adam" serve only to demonstrate for us the exceeding glory that will be revealed in "the last Adam".

Here is a verse which reveals this spiritual principle:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it [all "evil"] unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

These are the words which the worst of sinners will hear in their time, and this is what we are told to realize will be the end product of all the "evil" that has ever been done:

Gen 50:21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

There are many completely insoluble afflictions for the natural man. I cannot change anyone or anything, but God alone is making good come out of evil, just as surely as the decomposing dung brings forth a healthy fig tree:

Luk 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Luk 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
Luk 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

"Dung" is a Biblical symbol for the sins of the flesh. As those sins are burned out of us and decompose within us, they nourish us just as the destruction of the giant sins within us become food and nourishment for us:

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

So we really do have every reason to look upon "the stormy winds" which the Lord raises in our lives, as "His goodness and His wonderful works to the children of men" (Psa 107:21-31).

Mike


Hi Mike,

Thanks for your reply....I just saw the meaning of digging and dunging the fig tree to have it bear fruit. Saw the meaning of that dung for the first time...never saw it like that. All work together for good...dung is used to bring forth fruit.

Robin


Hi Robin,

Iron sharpens iron. :) Thanks for all you contribute to this group.

Mike