Awesome Hands – part 06: “What will thou give me”
As we continue to move through the various verses contained in scripture that pertain to the “Awesome Hands” of God, we have come to see many different types and shadows as the Lord reveals more of Himself and ourselves as they have been founded from foundation of the world.
We have seen that the “Awesome Hands” of the Lord, as shown to us in the story of the flood, are there to rescue us from our history and the “world” that has been corrupted.
Once we are given salvation via the ark, the way out that the Lord has provided for us, we are then going to be nourished by and also devoured by the beasts that the Lord preserved with us while we were in the ark.
Praise the Lord that He has given us a dove to guide us, to bring into the ark so that we know what to do next. It is a process, but it is a sweet smelling savor to the Lord as He works out of us the things that the blood on our hands are required to happen.
In part 5 of the “Awesome Hands” of God study, we have learned that though the Lord comes to us and we call on His name in the wilderness, it is during this time that we really don’t have much faith to begin with.
We always want to get the show on the road and do something for God once we know He is working in our lives. However, because we want to do it in our way and our time, we will reap what we sow.
Through all of this, it is the Lord who directs our steps to bring good from it because while we are yet not in the fullness of faith, the Lord can and will use us to save our brethren. We are called behind in no gift, but we have yet to move on to have our seed come to fruition.
As we have seen with Abram, we are to go to war and battle those who are our enemies. They will be delivered into our hands but unlike a tenth that was instituted as type and shadow; the promise will be given to those who are completely the Lords …. and that is when we take on His new name… being renamed in Abraham and Sara.
In this study, we will see how we continue to move towards “getting things done quickly” in our lives but ultimately the Lord will bring about His will so that His covenant will stand will Christ, His bride starting in Gen 16:6.
We all are God’s and He will mold us all into being all in all in His awesome hands.
“What will thou give me”
Before we get started with the study fully, I want to take this time to clarify a few points before we continue.
In this study of the awesome hands of the Lord, I am hoping to build up the stories around the concept of God working His hands in our lives both directly through and by us as well as through and by those that the Lord places in our lives to help mold and shape us into His spiritually minded image.
As such, there are occasionally times when the Hebrew and Greek translations of the word “hand” or “hands” into English isn’t always the same root word in Hebrew or Greek.
The focus of these studies is to show the power of the Lord in our lives and as such the English word hand is the starting point to bring out these stories in the relation to this topic.
For example, up until this point we have generally seen the Hebrew word “yad” or H3027 used. However, this was not the word used in Gen 13:9 or 14:15, but those words are rather H8040 and H3225. These words mean left side and right side or as we see it here in English right hand and left hand.
I point this out to mention that I will start illuminating this while talking about these words if there is ever a time that it needs a little expounding upon.
All of the points being discussed thus far are valid still because it is the separation from our brothers that is the point, and it is this separation that is caused of the Lord that will eventually bring about the best good.
If we are not hated by the world within our brothers, our brethren as was mentioned last week, then we are none of His.
As was mentioned last week, we let our brethren decide which way to go because it is our herdsmen which fight for the land. We must separate, but as the wheat and the chaff, we have to wait until we are fully matured in this stage before we can truly move on towards the promise and harvest.
With that, we’ll build upon that with a few verses and then get into our next verse mentioning hand.
Deu 8:11 – Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Deu 8:12 – Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
Deu 8:13 – And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Deu 8:14 – Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deu 8:15 – Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Deu 8:16 – Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deu 8:17 – And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
Deu 8:18 – But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Last study, we stopped at the end of chapter 14 so as we move on towards Gen 16:6, we’ll read a little context in chapter 15.
Remember, we have separated from our brother but as our brother gets caught up in war all around and within them, it is we who are send to be their savior.
Our house is increased so that we are able to fight when the time comes, and we are now going to meet Christ in type and shadow by meeting Melchizedek AFTER this battle.
This is important because we are going to then go and build a second altar unto the Lord.
Heb 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Heb 6:11 – And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
Heb 6:12 – That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Heb 6:13 – For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
Heb 6:14 – Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
Heb 6:15 – And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Heb 6:16 – For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Heb 6:17 – Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18 – That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Heb 6:19 – Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Heb 6:20 – Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
It is at this point that we tell the king of Sodom that we will not take even take a thread or shoe latchet so that it is not going to be Sodom who can claim to have made us rich. This is a huge type and shadow which builds up to how we act towards the Lord next.
Gen 14:22 – And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
Gen 14:23 – That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Gen 14:24 – Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
It was a little earlier in chapter 14 verse 13 that we read that Abram is confederate with these houses who were all brothers themselves. Abram actually tells the king of Sodom to give these helpers of his their portion and in that is just what we do in this stage.
We want to have our brothers blessed whom we should be separated from, but at this stage it simply isn’t given to us to be separate. Look at the names of each of these brothers whom help us free Lot.
a ne r
Probably for H5288; Aner, an Amorite, also a place in Palestine: – Aner.
From H5287; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication a servant; also (by interchange of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age): – babe, boy, child, damsel [ from the margin], lad, servant, young (man).
A primitive root (probably identical with H5286, through the idea of the rustling of mane, which usually accompanies the lion’s roar); to tumble about: – shake (off, out, self), overthrow, toss up and down.
A primitive root; to growl: – yell.
In essence, we have a strutting and growling babe…. a babe which looks big and tough and acts that way.
The same as H811; Eshcol, the name of an Amorite, also of a valley in Palestine: – Eshcol.
‘eshko l ‘eshko l
esh- kole’, esh- kole’
Probably prolonged from H810; a bunch of grapes or other fruit: – cluster (of grapes).
From an unused root (probably meaning to bunch together); a testicle (as a lump): – stone.
In essence, this is the fruit of our loins and finally we have Mamre.
From H4754 (in the sense of vigor); lusty; Mamre, an Amorite: – Mamre.
A primitive root; to rebel; hence (through the idea of maltreating) to whip, that is, lash (self with wings, as the ostrich in running): – be filthy, lift up self.
We have strutting and growling babes…. babes which look big and tough and act that way who also lift themselves up in lusty and filthy ways like an ostrich when it runs. When an ostrich runs, it’s feathers sway back and forth near its hind end.
These are the brothers we have along aside us during this time and it is no wonder how we address the Lord next when He next comes to speak with us. After all, we have just been victorious and a king and High Priest of the Lord has come to visit us.
Of course, we are only willing to give 10% of anything to the Lord and His priest at this time.
With this mindset, we have a vision:
Gen 15:1 – After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:2 – And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Gen 15:3 – And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Amazing! We have given the Lord and His priest 10% and now as soon as the Lord come to us in a vision, we start asking what the Lord is gonna go for us. After all, he has given us victory of war and allowed us to be saviors to others. Isn’t it time we get rewarded?
All of this is all of the Lord, and this is exactly how we live every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. We must all live this out in our own spiritual life and we will or have.
The Lord is merciful because of course He knows what and how we are this way and in this weakened state, so He just moves to the next step of His plan.
Gen 15:4 – And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 15:5 – And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Gen 15:6 – And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
As we believe on the Lord, we are given to know what the Lord has planned for us and our seed but of course we want proof and we are going to get it!
Gen 15:7 – And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”
Gen 15:8 – But he said, “ O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
Gen 15:9 – He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
See, the Lord is going to separate us from our brethren SO CONCRETELY that the flame of the Word of God will be the great divide. It will be the flame of the Word of God which will separate us, the beast.
This is the proof, sacrifice and covenant the Lord is making with Abram and the seed of promise. Abram will be RENAMED though and is just now learning what this coat of many colors means.
Gen 15:10 – And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half.
Gen 15:11 – And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
Gen 15:12 – As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
It is in the deep sleep of the night that the Lord marks out the steps we will take. It is when we are in the darkness, yet to arise into newness of the day that we are given our instruction. It is a done deal. It is accomplished and here is your proof you seed of promise.
Gen 15:13 – And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14 – And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Gen 15:15 – And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
Gen 15:16 – But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
It is our very brethren whom we are going to serve, but how did I come to that conclusion?
Remember, it is Aner, Eshcol and Mamre who were in confederate with us, but it is the INQUITY of us serving the elder, the ONES IN THE LAND BEFORE US, which is no yet complete.
This iniquity is that this elder brother gives up their birthright for a bowl of pottage, a fulfilling of their youthful, lustful, and boastful self- worth and image.
The Lord has promised to separate us from this and bring us back to Him. Our seed, our fruit will be better in the end because of this separation and it is the fire of the Word of God that will accomplish this in the MIDST of this two sided beast that you and I are.
It is at the setting of the Sun, it is when the Lord truly is crucified in that great city, that we as Peter finally are given to weep bitterly and start the new part of our new man of Life.
Gen 15:17 – And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
Gen 15:18 – In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Gen 15:19 – The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
Gen 15:20 – And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
Gen 15:21 – And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
The Lord will separate us in the midst, in the middle. He will thoroughly and succinctly do His work but it is the vision that gets us all excited again.
In our youthfulness, we as Abram start listening to our wife and want to once again get the show on the road and this is so that we can have the perfection of the flesh in everything it has to offer…. which IS NOTHING to the Lord.
What we have to offer to the Lord is not sacrifice but obedience and that is why Ishmael is not the seed whom will be taken to the altar to test our faith.
In Gen 15 we ended with the Lord telling us that He is going to give the seed of the father of promise the lan to possess including all those giants and peoples who dwell therein…. dominance over our flesh, but all in His timing.
To re- emphasize this point, we are told there is timing to this and it Isa 10 years that we are in the land that we have the perfection of the flesh working its ultimate work.
It is when our ultimate work is accomplished that we ourselves hold it in contempt. It is because we go back to our Egyptian learned ways to “work the work of our hands”.
Gen 16:1 – Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
Gen 16:2 – And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Gen 16:3 – And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Gen 16:4 – And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
It is really informative to understand what is happening here. Hagar, of whom was put in motion by Sarai now despises Sarai because she can see that the Lord has “dried” up Sarai’s womb at this time.
What the KJV translators used here as despised really misses the mark of what is being said. Hagar cursed Sarai and Sarai was furious. Here is the same word translated despised with only the listings of cursed listed to get right to the point:
Total KJV Occurrences:88
Gen_8:21, Lev_19:14, Deu_23:4, Jos_24:9, 2Sa_16:9-11 (4), Neh_13:2, Psa_62:4, Psa_109:28, Pro_30:10, Ecc_7:21, Isa_8:20-21 (3), Jer_15:10
Lev_20:9, Lev_24:11, Lev_24:14, Lev_24:23, Jdg_9:27, 1Sa_17:43, 2Sa_16:5, 2Sa_16:7, 2Sa_16:13, 2Sa_19:21, 1Ki_2:8, 2Ki_2:24, Neh_13:25, Job_3:1, Job_24:18, Ecc_7:22 (2)
Gen 8:20 – And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Gen 8:21 – And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Lev 19:14 – Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Deu 23:4 – Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
It is the cursed that will hang on a tree, and in this type and shadow the seed that is yet to exist has been cursed. If you have the eyes to see it and ears to hear it, it is Christ our Lord who has been cursed from the beginning.
The Lord has put this all in motion and our brethren are food for us. They are put here to be our nourishment in how they are used to mold and bend us into the children of God who can later be used to be saviors on mount Zion to these brethren that will eventually come to the well of water which will never run out with us.
They are now made to be perfect in their purpose, and the Lord blesses them in the process. Here is how this plays out with Abram, Sarai and Hagar.
It is here that the Lord will also work with those in the wilderness who will come to the well that is for them now, during this time which will deceive them and shall be this way until the Lord brings us all into His love and glory.
Gen 16:5 – And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
Gen 16:6 – But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
Gen 16:7 – And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
Gen 16:8 – And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
Gen 16:9 – And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
The very reason for our brethren to exist in this context is to be against us. It is so that we will be brought through this life being sharpened and perfected so that we can overcome.
Rest assured, these brethren will be AGAINST US and we better be AGAINST them or we simply are none of His at this time. The Lord puts His work into our hands and says now work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Gen 16:10 – And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
Gen 16:11 – And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
Gen 16:12 – And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Truly, we will all be brought up together until the harvest.
Gen 16:13 – And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Gen 16:14 – Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
Gen 16:15 – And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
Gen 16:16 – And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
Beerlahairoi is the well of the Living One who sees us. He sees both sides of the beast and the night and the day are alike unto the Lord.
We have both sides of us warring against each other in our heavens. We have the old man and the new man, the spirit and the natural the life and death we have dwelling in us, there for our benefit because all things are ours.
Conclusion of Awesome Hands Part 6
In this study, we have seen that the Lord will bless the works of our hands thus allowing us to reap what we sow.
In this sowing, we are being molded into a branch that will not be cut of but will continue to be grafted into the Lord. Our brethren who are against us will be so because their hand has been set into motion before they were ever “an unformed substance” in the womb of their mother Hagar.
In our next study, we will receive our new name in type and shadow just as we are finally given to fall on our face and listen to the Lord.
Other related posts
- Awesome Hands - part 06: "What will thou give me" (May 26, 2012)