Deuteronomy – Deu 14:9-10 The Spiritual Meaning of Fins and Scales on Clean Fish

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Deu 14:9-10 The Spiritual Meaning of Fins and Scales on Clean Fish

[Study Aired January 10, 2020]

Deu 14:9  These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat:
Deu 14:10  And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.

What does something having fins and scales have to do with it being clean or unclean. There must be a spiritual reason God made some things with fins and scales and some without. If The LORD is willing, we will see what the spiritual application is between the two. We will see why a fish with scales and fins was clean for us to eat literally, for us to understand spiritually.

First, scales are for protection. They give out different colors for camouflage, so the fish can hide from predators and for stalking. They are also used for maneuvering in the waters as do the fins. Having this bit of knowledge we turn to scripture where it speaks of fish having scales and what their use is. In describing Goliath, scripture says he wore a coat of "mail". This word "mail" is H7193 and is the same Hebrew word used for the word "scale".  A "mail" coat is a coat made from chains.

Goliath wore a chain metal jacket similar to what you would see during the medieval times. It was worn for protection. Remember scales are for protection as Goliath's coat was for protection. Scales also represent pride.

Job 41:15  His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
Job 41:16  One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
Job 41:17  They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

Job 41:34  He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Not only do scales represent protection and pride, they represent the children of pride.

Eze 29:4  But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.

1Sa 17:51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

The fish represent all those that follow the same doctrine. The scales represent the pride of the armour that the king fish has on his back for protection. His pride is his protection because he believes all that is in the river belongs to him from his own will. His children stick to him, and they and their numbers are his pride, his defense. Here is the negative application of a verse we have always used in the positive.

Pro 24:6  For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

The multitude that follow the father of pride is his safety. He has the world on his side because they are all his children in the flesh, the whole of humanity have followed him and carry his name.

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
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.

As a man takes pride in the literal children who carry his name, so Satan and false prophets take pride in the people who carry their name.

Eze 29:1  In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 29:2  Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:

In the tenth year, tenth month, and twelfth day on the tenth month the word of the LORD comes to us regarding our Pharaoh. We believe that all that is in our river, our life, is ours and comes from us. However, when the completion of the flesh has been shown to us, we see we are a complete beast individually and corporately and that this is the day of the LORD and the seeing of the foundational government of God. We come to see that He and He alone is the Alpha and Omega and Creator of all that is our river, our life.

Eze 29:3  Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
Eze 29:4  But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.
Eze 29:5  And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

My river is mine, the hook in my jaw that drags me to this desolating truth of the sovereignty of the government of God in my life. All that I ever thought was mine, good or evil, are the fish that stick to my pride. Then verse 5 brings us to our verses today about eating only things from the sea that have fins and scales. It seems contrary to fleshly thinking that we feed on the very thing that causes our demise, but that is exactly what we do. It's called "carrying your cross".

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mar 10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

"He had great possessions" is saying the same thing as he had great pride in what he had. The possessions are not literal possessions but the scales of our pride of how we see ourselves. The possessions are what we think we have accomplished or 'My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself'. What we eat is the truth of how God sees us and how we saw ourselves. We actually grow in spiritual understanding by seeing what we thought we were and now comparing it to what we really are.

Eze 29:6  And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

The inhabitants of Egypt and the fish are the same thing, they are us and we shall know that God is The LORD and that He and He alone rules in our lives.

Eze 29:7  When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.
Eze 29:8  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.

We are the man and the beast that are being cut off by the sword, the word of God. That word cuts us to pieces and destroys all that we thought we were and thereby feeding us.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Naked and open unto the eyes of God by His word is what we are eating. We are feeding on the scales of our pride by being sacrificed on the cross. Sacrificing on the cross is at the same time eating the flesh of which we were so proud.

Eze 29:9  And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it.

Our life becomes desolate and waste because we have been dragged to the truth of who we are in the flesh and that God has been ruling us all along and we never knew it.

Eze 29:10  Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.
Eze 29:11  No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.
Eze 29:12  And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
Eze 29:13  Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:
Eze 29:14  And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom.
Eze 29:15  It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.
Eze 29:16  And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

That which is actually unclean with pride and arrogance becomes meat for us. We are the beasts of the field and the fowls in the heavens in verse 5. We feed on that which we have not been able to see as meat. We feed our own flesh's pride and arrogance. When we come to the knowledge of truth we begin to see what we had not seen, we hear what we did not hear and spiritually we are feeding on ourselves, what we were before we were made what we are.

Luk 5:1  And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
Luk 5:2  And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
Luk 5:3  And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Luk 5:4  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luk 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luk 5:6  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

When we try to gather the fish ourselves by our own pride, thinking we can do what only Christ can do, we gather nothing. However, when we are brought to the knowledge of the truth in the tenth year, on the tenth month and on the twelfth day we see Christ as the All in all. We are, the world is, what ever Christ has created us to be. We have nothing to claim as ours. This truth is the fish we are to feed on and live by. When we are drawn from "our river" which we think we have created in the desert, the fish we thought were ours begin to rot and stink. All things are by Christ and for Christ, and we have nothing to do with what we are or will be.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Egypt in us is killed and sacrificed. We feed off of it, and our pride is the scales that protect us while we are in the world. When that pride is destroyed daily we feed off it and by it grow into understanding that Christ has created us the way He has. We are given understanding that we are the Creator's creation and not our own creators. We do not create our own river or life, Christ does, and this is why we are told only to feed on fish that have fins and scales. Unless you are feeding on your pride, then you are living in it.

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