Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God
"Ministering the Grace of God"
By Pete Wilson
The journey spoken of in Micah contains very few words but these words are full of symbolism and meaning that are being digged out by the kings and priests of the Lord (Pro 25:2). All these things are written to admonish and edify the sons of God so they can be prepared for the Lord’s service in doing the greater works (Joh 14:12).
Living by every Word of God means we are Micah in our appointed times and we will be put into service as we are made ready on the road to Zion.
Isa 51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Jer 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
Like Saul of Tarsus, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and all the Lord’s prophets, we have no choice or free will in our commissioning into service or any other aspect of our life. Here is our one verse for this study.
Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
8. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.
The first thing we need to recall is that Micah the prophet is from and is an inhabitant of Moreshethgath. That is what being a Morashtite means:
H4183 – Morasthite, mo-rash-tee' - Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath
There is great significance in numbers and what they represent in Scripture. In the same way, it seems the order of these cities in Micah are also important and hold spiritual wisdom. This is the eighth city, the city of Moreshethgath, and represents the new man within us rising up in service to the Lord. The number eight as we know refers to new beginnings and specifically the new man, the spiritual circumcision that occurs on the eighth day.
Gen 21:4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
An inhabitant of Moreshethgath, a Morashtite is “getting there” and starting to mature and be used more and more in service. Those that serve the Lord are those that reap the reward and are given the inheritance of Jesus Christ that comes at the end of the journey if we are in that blessed and holy first resurrection.
Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ
We cannot serve the Lord in Spirit until we are given to let go of the pulls of our flesh and this world we all have as carnal men.
Exo 9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
Christ builds His church by freeing a chosen few of their bondage to this world and its elementary principles and raises up His prophets that go speak His Words to serve His Body.
Zep 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
We need to break Moresheth Gath into its two root words to recall what is being said.
H4182, môresheth gath - From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: - Moresheth-gath.
H3423 - A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin
The KJC shows how this root word for is most aptly translated as Possess or Inherit.
Gen_22:17, Gen_24:60, Lev_20:24, Num_13:30, Num_14:24, Num_27:11, Num_33:53, Deu_1:8, Deu_1:21, Deu_1:39, Deu_2:24, Deu_2:31, Deu_3:18, Deu_3:20, Deu_4:1, Deu_4:5, Deu_4:14, Deu_4:22, Deu_4:26, Deu_5:31, Deu_5:33, Deu_6:1, Deu_6:18, Deu_9:1 (3), Deu_9:4-6 (3), Deu_9:23, Deu_10:11, Deu_11:8 (2), Deu_11:10-11 (2), Deu_11:23, Deu_11:29, Deu_11:31 (2), Deu_12:1-2 (2), Deu_12:29, Deu_15:4, Deu_18:14 (2), Deu_19:2, Deu_19:14, Deu_21:1, Deu_23:20, Deu_25:19, Deu_28:21, Deu_28:63, Deu_30:5, Deu_30:16, Deu_30:18, Deu_31:3, Deu_31:13, Deu_32:47, Deu_33:23, Jos_1:11 (2), Jos_18:3, Jos_23:5, Jos_24:4, Jos_24:8, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_11:23-24 (4), Jdg_18:9, 1Ki_21:18, 1Ch_28:8, Ezr_9:11, Neh_9:15, Neh_9:23, Job_13:26, Isa_14:21, Isa_34:11, Isa_34:17, Isa_61:7, Jer_30:3, Eze_33:24-26 (3), Eze_35:10, Eze_36:12, Hos_9:6, Amo_2:10, Amo_9:12, Oba_1:17, Oba_1:19-20 (3), Hab_1:6
Num_33:52, Num_33:55, Deu_4:38, Deu_9:3-5 (3), Deu_11:23, Deu_18:12, Jos_3:10, Jos_13:6, Jos_14:12, Jos_15:63, Jos_17:12-13 (2), Jos_17:18, Jos_23:5, Jos_23:13, Jdg_1:19, Jdg_1:21, Jdg_1:27-33 (7), Jdg_2:21, Jdg_11:24, 2Ch_20:7, Psa_44:2
Gen_15:7-8 (2), Gen_28:4, Lev_20:24, Lev_25:46, Deu_2:31, Deu_16:20, 2Ch_20:11, Psa_25:13, Psa_37:9, Psa_37:11, Psa_37:22, Psa_37:29, Psa_37:34, Isa_54:3, Isa_57:13, Isa_60:21, Jer_8:9-10 (2), Jer_49:1, Eze_47:14
Num_21:24, Num_21:35, Deu_3:12, Deu_4:47, Deu_30:5, Jos_1:15, Jos_13:1 (2), Jos_19:47, Jos_21:43, Jdg_3:13, Jdg_11:21-22 (2), 2Ki_17:24, Neh_9:22, Neh_9:24-25 (2), Isa_63:18, Jer_32:23
Exo_34:23-24 (2), Jos_13:12, 1Ki_14:24, 1Ki_21:26, 2Ki_16:3, 2Ki_17:8, 2Ch_28:2-3 (2), 2Ch_33:2, Job_20:15, Zec_9:4
Gen_15:3-4 (3), Gen_21:10, 2Sa_14:7, Pro_30:23, Jer_49:1-2 (2), Mic_1:15
Here are three examples of the most common uses of the root word for Moresheth. It is used in the context of possessing the land, the receiving of the promise of salvation, our inheritance.
Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Amo 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite
Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
And an NT witness to support the inheritance being our inheritance of the earth.
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
The second part of the name, Gath, is the word for WINEPRESS.
H1660 – gath - Probably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): - (wine-) press (fat).
It is by enduring in this winepress that we are being judged (in this age) and that is how salvation comes to us little by little as we mature. “This crushing to powder” is what makes the light to the world burn brightly within us (Exo 27:20).
Lam 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress [H1660 – GATH]
We also saw in Part 1, that the word Gath has a root according to Strong’s that links this winepress to the singing of a new song and playing music to the Lord. Spiritually our abiding in this devouring fire and the noise and harmony is the sound of salvation to the new man. The redeemed of the Lord (new man) sings forth the praises to God giving thanks to the Lord for ALL THINGS.
Isa 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
We have just come from spiritual Lachish and the other inward cities where we have our nakedness (sinfulness) laid bare before us and now we clearly see ourselves for what we are in these clay vessels of our own strength and initiative. The multitudes of heathen within us are wakened and come forth for judgment by this journey through the land.
Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press [H1660 -GATH] is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
The valley of decision is really the valley of gold or diligence [H2742] and where we buy pure gold tried in the fire (Rev 3:18).
Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision [diligence].
This smiting of the heathen nations within us is what brings us to maturity in due time.
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Our Master puts a winepress in His vineyard within us.
Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
As this parable teaches us, it is God’s own people who take His gifts but would rather spend them on their own lusts and pride of life. We kill Christ within and without in our rebellion.
Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
Christ comes the second time to bring fire and take this kingdom from the rebellious old man and give it to the new man He raises up from the ashes of our inward desolation (Mat 21:44).
So an inhabitant of Moresheth Gath is someone inheriting or possessing the land in Christ Jesus by virtue of abiding in the winepress and drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath now in this age. The beast (Goliath from Gath) within is under subjection. This defines the very elect of God who are judged first (1 Pe 4:17, 1 Co 11:30-31) so they will be used of the Lord to rule and judge the nations in the ages to come (Rev 20:4, 1 Cor 6:2). We are not being used for service until we are able to eat strong meat (the suffering, the afflictions) that is the sacrificial Lamb of the Body of Christ (Heb 5:13, Col 1:24, Phi 1:29). This is how we become mature in time.
Joh 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Imparting Presents/Gifts to Moreshethgath
The Lord is saving us for His purposes, not for our own. Raising us up now is so we can be put into service and begin to be prepared for our roles to come. This is what giving “presents” to Moreshethgath is all about. It is about SERVING the body of Christ. Like our Lord, we are being raised up now in down payment form to SERVE and MINISTER.
Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
We do this by speaking the Word (Jer 5:14), loving God (1 Joh 5:3) and doing good works. Our gifts and oil are first and foremost to be poured out on The Christ (Joh 12:3, Mat 26:7) as the parable of the Alabaster Jar tells those with ears to hear. The people of God serve each other with our God given gifts.
1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The Elect are the angels of the Lord that minister to our fellow brethren who is “Jesus Christ”.
Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Here is what our ministry is all about, these being spiritual statements in edifying and purifying the Bride of Christ. We edify, admonish, exhort and reprove one other with the Word. This is what brings spiritual healing, raising from the spiritually dead and casting out devils which are lies and false doctrines. We are commanded to freely give what has been freely given to us.
Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
The word translated as presents or gifts in Micah 1:14 is H7964 found only 3 times (1 Ki 9:16 - Present, Mic 1:14 – Presents and Exo 18:2 - Sent) in Scripture. Looking at the root of this word H7971 confirms the real meaning of giving presents.
Here are the major uses of this word and one can see SENT or SEND is the primary context.
Total KJV Occurrences: 880
Gen_3:23, Gen_8:7-8 (2), Gen_8:10, Gen_8:12, Gen_12:20, Gen_19:13, Gen_19:29, Gen_20:2, Gen_21:14, Gen_24:59, Gen_25:6, Gen_26:27, Gen_26:29, Gen_26:31, Gen_27:42, Gen_28:5-6 (2), Gen_31:4, Gen_31:27, Gen_31:42, Gen_32:3, Gen_32:5, Gen_32:18, Gen_37:14, Gen_37:32, Gen_38:20, Gen_38:23, Gen_38:25, Gen_41:8, Gen_41:14, Gen_42:4, Gen_43:34, Gen_44:3, Gen_45:7-8 (2), Gen_45:23-24 (2), Gen_45:27, Gen_46:5, Gen_46:28, Exo_2:5, Exo_3:12-15 (4), Exo_4:28, Exo_5:22, Exo_7:16, Exo_9:7, Exo_9:27, Exo_24:5, Num_13:3, Num_13:16-17 (2), Num_14:36, Num_16:12, Num_16:28-29 (2), Num_20:14, Num_20:16, Num_21:6, Num_21:21, Num_21:32, Num_22:5, Num_22:10, Num_22:15, Num_22:40, Num_31:6, Num_32:8, Deu_2:26, Deu_9:23, Deu_24:4, Deu_34:11, Jos_2:1, Jos_2:3, Jos_2:21, Jos_6:17, Jos_6:25, Jos_7:2, Jos_7:22, Jos_8:3, Jos_8:9, Jos_10:3, Jos_10:6, Jos_11:1, Jos_14:7, Jos_14:11, Jos_22:6-7 (2), Jos_22:13, Jos_24:5, Jos_24:9, Jos_24:12, Jdg_1:23, Jdg_3:15, Jdg_3:18, Jdg_4:6, Jdg_5:15, Jdg_6:8, Jdg_6:14, Jdg_6:35 (2), Jdg_7:8, Jdg_7:24, Jdg_9:23, Jdg_9:31, Jdg_11:12, Jdg_11:14, Jdg_11:17 (2), Jdg_11:19, Jdg_11:28, Jdg_11:38, Jdg_12:9, Jdg_16:18, Jdg_18:2, Jdg_19:29, Jdg_20:6, Jdg_20:12, Jdg_21:10, Jdg_21:13, 1Sa_4:4, 1Sa_5:8, 1Sa_5:10-11 (2), 1Sa_6:21, 1Sa_10:25, 1Sa_12:7-8 (2), 1Sa_12:11, 1Sa_13:2, 1Sa_15:1, 1Sa_15:18, 1Sa_15:20, 1Sa_16:12, 1Sa_16:19-20 (2), 1Sa_16:22, 1Sa_18:5, 1Sa_19:11, 1Sa_19:14-15 (2), 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:20-22 (4), 1Sa_22:11, 1Sa_25:5, 1Sa_25:14, 1Sa_25:32, 1Sa_25:39-40 (2), 1Sa_26:4, 1Sa_30:26, 1Sa_31:9, 2Sa_2:5, 2Sa_3:12, 2Sa_3:14-15 (2), 2Sa_3:21-24 (4), 2Sa_3:26, 2Sa_5:11, 2Sa_8:10, 2Sa_9:5, 2Sa_10:2-7 (7), 2Sa_10:16, 2Sa_11:1, 2Sa_11:3-6 (5), 2Sa_11:14, 2Sa_11:18, 2Sa_11:22, 2Sa_11:27, 2Sa_12:1, 2Sa_12:25, 2Sa_12:27, 2Sa_13:7, 2Sa_14:2, 2Sa_14:29 (3), 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:10, 2Sa_15:12, 2Sa_18:2, 2Sa_18:29, 2Sa_19:11, 2Sa_22:14-15 (2), 2Sa_22:17, 2Sa_24:13, 1Ki_1:44, 1Ki_1:53, 1Ki_2:25, 1Ki_2:29, 1Ki_2:36, 1Ki_2:42, 1Ki_5:1-2 (2), 1Ki_5:8, 1Ki_5:14, 1Ki_7:13, 1Ki_8:66, 1Ki_9:14, 1Ki_9:27, 1Ki_12:3, 1Ki_12:18, 1Ki_12:20, 1Ki_14:6, 1Ki_15:18-20 (3), 1Ki_18:10, 1Ki_18:20, 1Ki_20:2 (2), 1Ki_20:5, 1Ki_20:7, 1Ki_20:10, 1Ki_20:17, 1Ki_20:34, 1Ki_21:8, 1Ki_21:11 (2), 1Ki_21:14, 2Ki_1:2, 2Ki_1:6, 2Ki_1:9, 2Ki_1:11, 2Ki_1:13, 2Ki_1:16, 2Ki_2:2, 2Ki_2:4, 2Ki_2:6, 2Ki_2:17, 2Ki_3:7, 2Ki_5:6, 2Ki_5:8, 2Ki_5:10, 2Ki_5:22, 2Ki_6:9-10 (2), 2Ki_6:14, 2Ki_6:23, 2Ki_6:32 (2), 2Ki_7:14, 2Ki_8:9, 2Ki_9:19, 2Ki_10:1, 2Ki_10:5, 2Ki_10:7, 2Ki_10:21, 2Ki_11:4, 2Ki_12:18, 2Ki_14:8-9 (3), 2Ki_14:19, 2Ki_16:7-8 (2), 2Ki_16:10-11 (2), 2Ki_17:4, 2Ki_17:13, 2Ki_17:25-26 (2), 2Ki_18:14, 2Ki_18:17, 2Ki_18:27, 2Ki_19:2, 2Ki_19:4, 2Ki_19:9, 2Ki_19:16, 2Ki_19:20, 2Ki_20:12, 2Ki_22:3, 2Ki_22:15, 2Ki_22:18, 2Ki_23:1, 2Ki_23:16, 2Ki_24:2 (2), 1Ch_10:8-9 (2), 1Ch_12:19, 1Ch_14:1, 1Ch_18:10, 1Ch_19:2-6 (5), 1Ch_19:8, 1Ch_19:16, 1Ch_21:12, 1Ch_21:15, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:11, 2Ch_2:13, 2Ch_7:10, 2Ch_8:18, 2Ch_10:3, 2Ch_10:18, 2Ch_16:2-4 (3), 2Ch_17:7, 2Ch_24:19, 2Ch_24:23, 2Ch_25:15, 2Ch_25:17-18 (3), 2Ch_25:27, 2Ch_30:1, 2Ch_32:21, 2Ch_32:31, 2Ch_34:8, 2Ch_34:23, 2Ch_34:26, 2Ch_34:29, 2Ch_35:21, 2Ch_36:10, 2Ch_36:15, Ezr_8:16, Neh_2:9, Neh_6:2-5 (4), Neh_6:8, Neh_6:12, Neh_6:19, Est_1:22, Est_3:13, Est_4:4, Est_8:10 (2), Est_9:20, Est_9:30, Job_1:4-5 (2), Job_22:9, Job_39:5, Psa_18:14, Psa_18:16, Psa_59:1, Psa_78:25, Psa_78:45, Psa_80:11, Psa_105:17, Psa_105:20, Psa_105:26, Psa_105:28, Psa_106:15, Psa_107:20, Psa_135:9 (2), Pro_9:3, Pro_17:11, Isa_9:8, Isa_36:1-2 (2), Isa_36:12, Isa_37:2, Isa_37:4, Isa_37:9, Isa_37:17, Isa_37:21, Isa_39:1, Isa_42:19, Isa_43:14, Isa_48:16, Isa_55:11, Isa_61:1, Jer_7:25, Jer_14:3, Jer_14:14-15 (2), Jer_19:14, Jer_21:1, Jer_23:21, Jer_23:32, Jer_23:38, Jer_24:5, Jer_25:4, Jer_25:17, Jer_26:5, Jer_26:12, Jer_26:15, Jer_26:22, Jer_27:15, Jer_28:9, Jer_28:15, Jer_29:1, Jer_29:3, Jer_29:9, Jer_29:19-20 (2), Jer_29:25, Jer_29:28, Jer_29:31, Jer_35:15, Jer_36:14, Jer_36:21, Jer_37:3, Jer_37:7, Jer_37:17, Jer_38:14, Jer_40:13-14 (3), Jer_42:9, Jer_42:20-21 (2), Jer_43:1-2 (2), Jer_44:4, Jer_49:14, Lam_1:13, Eze_2:9, Eze_13:5-6 (3), Eze_23:16, Eze_23:40 (2), Eze_31:4, Dan_10:11, Hos_5:13, Joe_2:25, Amo_7:10 (2), Oba_1:1, Mic_6:4, Hag_1:12, Zec_1:10, Zec_2:8-9 (2), Zec_2:11, Zec_4:9, Zec_6:15, Zec_7:2, Zec_7:12, Zec_9:11, Mal_2:4
Gen_24:7, Gen_24:40, Gen_24:54, Gen_24:56, Gen_27:45, Gen_30:25, Gen_37:13, Gen_38:17 (2), Gen_42:16, Gen_43:4-5 (2), Gen_43:8, Gen_43:14, Gen_45:5, Exo_3:10, Exo_4:13 (2), Exo_7:2, Exo_8:21, Exo_9:14, Exo_9:19, Exo_12:33, Exo_23:20, Exo_23:27-28 (2), Exo_33:2, Exo_33:12, Lev_26:21-22 (2), Lev_26:25, Num_13:2 (2), Num_22:37, Num_31:4, Deu_1:22, Deu_7:20, Deu_19:12, Deu_24:1, Deu_28:20, Deu_28:48, Deu_32:24, Jos_18:4, Jdg_13:8, 1Sa_5:11, 1Sa_6:2-3 (3), 1Sa_6:8, 1Sa_9:16, 1Sa_9:26, 1Sa_11:3, 1Sa_16:1, 1Sa_16:11, 1Sa_16:19, 1Sa_20:12-13 (2), 1Sa_20:21, 1Sa_20:31, 1Sa_21:2, 1Sa_25:25, 2Sa_11:6, 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:36, 2Sa_17:16, 1Ki_8:44, 1Ki_18:19, 1Ki_20:6, 1Ki_20:9, 1Ki_20:34, 2Ki_2:16-17 (2), 2Ki_4:22, 2Ki_5:5, 2Ki_5:7, 2Ki_7:13 (2), 2Ki_9:17, 2Ki_15:37, 1Ch_13:2, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:7-8 (2), 2Ch_2:15, 2Ch_6:34, 2Ch_7:13, 2Ch_28:16, 2Ch_32:9, Neh_2:5-6 (2), Neh_8:10, Neh_8:12, Job_21:11, Job_38:35, Psa_57:2-3 (4), Psa_110:2, Psa_144:7, Pro_10:26, Pro_22:21, Pro_25:13, Isa_6:8 (2), Isa_10:6, Isa_10:16, Isa_16:1, Isa_32:20 (2), Isa_37:7, Isa_57:9, Isa_66:19, Jer_1:7, Jer_2:10, Jer_8:17, Jer_9:16-17 (2), Jer_16:16 (2), Jer_24:10, Jer_25:9, Jer_25:15-16 (2), Jer_25:27, Jer_27:3, Jer_29:17, Jer_29:31, Jer_42:5-6 (2), Jer_43:10, Jer_48:12, Jer_49:37, Eze_2:2-4 (3), Eze_5:16-17 (3), Eze_7:3, Eze_14:13, Eze_14:19, Eze_14:21, Eze_28:23, Eze_39:6, Hos_8:14, Joe_2:19, Amo_1:4, Amo_1:7, Amo_1:10, Amo_1:12, Amo_2:2, Amo_2:5, Amo_8:11, Mal_2:2, Mal_3:1, Mal_4:5
Gen_32:26 (2), Exo_4:20-21 (2), Exo_4:23 (2), Exo_5:1-2 (3), Exo_6:1, Exo_6:11, Exo_7:14, Exo_7:16, Exo_8:1-2 (2), Exo_8:8, Exo_8:20-21 (2), Exo_8:28-29 (2), Exo_8:32, Exo_9:1-2 (2), Exo_9:7, Exo_9:13, Exo_9:17, Exo_9:28, Exo_9:35, Exo_10:3-4 (2), Exo_10:7, Exo_10:10, Exo_10:20, Exo_10:27, Exo_11:1 (2), Exo_11:10, Exo_13:15, Exo_13:17, Exo_14:5, Exo_21:26-27 (2), Lev_14:53, Lev_16:10, Lev_16:22, Lev_16:26, Deu_21:12-14 (3), Deu_22:7, Jdg_1:25, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_15:5, Jdg_19:25, 1Sa_6:6, 1Sa_9:19, 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:5, 1Sa_20:29, 1Sa_24:19, 2Sa_13:27, 1Ki_11:22, 1Ki_20:42, 2Ki_5:24, Isa_45:13, Isa_58:6, Jer_34:9-11 (4), Jer_34:14 (2), Jer_40:1, Jer_40:5, Jer_50:33, Eze_13:20
The giving of our presents to Moreshethgath is linked to us being sent by the Lord. Here is the use of the root word for PRESENTS [H7971] from this well-known passage in Isaiah.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, [H7971] and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send [H7971] me.
The ultimate test of our faith is our obedience. Will we do as we are commanded? The Lord is raising up His prophets and send them to be His ministers.
Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent [H7971] among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
The elect are the Lord’s laborers, whom He sends to do His work.
Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
It is thru the giving of our presents or service that the church of the living God is built to those given to believe.
2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
We should always be looking for ways to impart spiritual gifts and physical ones where appropriate to meet the needs of the Lord’s people. Everyone in the Body, all the prophets have gifts of one degree or another.
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
The key takeaway from our eighth city, is we get there by the grace of the Lord and then once commissioned, we are obedient and being sent to go serve the Lord, giving the presents (our service) to the Body as a representative of Jesus Christ. It is by the ministration of the Lord’s grace, THRU HIS PROPHETS that we are completing this journey and receive our full reward. We are ministering only according to our own gift.
1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
To mature, we need to take heed the commandments to serve and grow in our ability to be the Lord’s able ministers.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Now let’s consider the ninth city mentioned and the second part of verse 14.
Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
9. The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.
Achzib means lies and deception.
H392, 'akzı̂yb, ak-zeeb'
From H391; deceitful (in the sense of a winter torrent which fails in summer); Akzib, the name of two places in Palestine: - Achzib.
Once we are sent, we are still and even more so in our day of judgment. We must take heed we do not fall and not be surprised if we are severely tested (1 Pe 4:12). When tested, those that are not DOERS will fall. The winnowing process we mentioned in the last study NEVER ENDS.
Luk 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Its root is H391, 'akzâb found twice in Scripture. liar, 1 Jer 15:18 lie, 1 Mic 1:14
The root of H391 is H3576 and is also always in the context of deception.
H3576, kâzab, kaw-zab'
A primitive root; to lie (that is, deceive), literally or figuratively: - fail, (be found a, make a) liar, lie, lying, be in vain.
It takes looking at the use of Achzib in Scripture to gain a deeper understanding of what we are being told by Micah. Achzib is mentioned only four places in Scripture.
Total KJV occurrences: 4
Jos_15:44, Jos_19:29, Jdg_1:31, Mic_1:14
What we see is there are actually two distinct cities within the whole of Israel called Achzib. There is one in Judah, in the Philistine plain area we have been focused on that was given to the tribe of Judah (the lineage of Jesus Christ) and included in the list of cities in Joshua 15. The second city Achzib is way up north and was part of the inheritance given the tribe of Asher (Jos 19:29). Asher did not drive out the Canaanites from their cities and Achzib is associated with the Canaanites.
Jdg 1:31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
Jdg 1:32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.
The Canaanites are linked to merchants, and peddlers and traffickers in the things of the Lord.
H3669 – Canaanite - Patrial from H3667; a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication a pedlar (the Cananites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans): - Canaanite, merchant, trafficker.
We bring idols with us into Jerusalem and commit adultery against the Lord (Jam 4:4). We must be given to overcome the pride of life that causes us to seek gain from our supposed godliness. We must learn to be content and beware of the prideful lusts of the Canaanites within ourselves and outside of ourselves, even in the professing Body of Christ. People peddle stuff for gain. Here is a warning against the lies of the Canaanites that are traced back to our pride and us being puffed up.
1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
On our road to maturity comes as these Canaanite nations are being conquered within us. They shall no more be found in the house of the Lord, which house we are as God’s sons. They will be cut off in due time as we move on to maturity.
Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
The people of God must be separated and learn not to touch anything that is unclean. Taking heed of our doctrine and trying the Spirits is keen to our ability to keep walking the narrow road. Many have and will continue to fall off the narrow road and depart from the living God.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
This journey in the land of Judah as we approach our inheritance is where we learn to spare nothing alive and sweep the Canaanites out of our heavens and our earth. The history of the tribe of Judah shows their conquest of the Canaanites in many places (Judges 1:7-17). These stories are examples of us of the wars and battles we fight to overcome these lies and idols.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
We do all of this by putting on the whole armor of God and engaging in spiritual warfare daily.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Peter wrote to THE CHURCH, the Body, and we best learn to always keep watch. Many brothers and sisters have fallen before and have not endured. Leaven enters in, we get prideful and if we exalt ourselves above the Body of Christ, we will be cut off.
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Kings have the role of judging (2 Ch 1:11, Rev 20:4). God’s elect are being prepared to be the judges of the whole world, through which all of mankind will be saved. That indeed is how we are redeemed from the earth (our carnally minded way of life) and given salvation (dominion over sin). Christ in us, the rising King, IS NOT judging according to the flesh but judges all things spiritually by using the Word of the Lord i.e. righteous judgement.
Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge...
2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh
The houses of Achzib are idols and strongholds of the carnal mind still resident in our heart and minds that keep us from Judging Righteous Judgment. They must be burned out on our way to maturity. The Kings of Israel will not be able to judge righteous judgment and stand solely on the Word with these deceptive strongholds within us. As we mature and our faith grows, we get much better at doing this. We have many wonderful studies and practical lessons on Spiritual Warfare that will edify me and you to be diligent in exercising the spiritual judgments that kings of the Lord must perform daily. We must remain diligent always!
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare and not do as the Asherites did and fail to purge the land completely of the lies and false doctrines. The Kings of Israel, which kings we are as the elect can and are ensnared and fall away by the lies of Achzib.
We are nearing the end of this 11 city journey, yet the Book of Micah is only getting started. As we begin to serve the Body and become able ministers of grace (Moreshethgath) and excellent discerner's of spirits (Achzib) we are maturing into our roles of being kings and priests. This is our on the job training for the Elect's role in the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.