Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord
"The Secret Place of the Lord"
By Pete Wilson
The study of Micah has once again shown us the value and hidden wisdom of digging deep into the symbols and meanings of names and places. It is a wonderful reminder and an awestruck revelation to know that all these words were written exclusively for the admonition of the Elect, upon whom the ends of our carnal age have come now.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
The promises given to Abraham and all physical Israel in type and shadow are the spiritual promises given to the true Jews, the Elect, which is also the Body of Christ. The promise of salvation and the inheritance of the land is all about Christ ruling the cities and nations within us. A prophet of the Lord like Micah comes and speaks to us in all these cities we are studying, and if we have been prepared of the Lord to receive a new truth, we are given to hear and OBEY and that is how we mature with time.
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
We will first study our tenth city, the city of Mareshah. Our victory in Christ is completed as we overcome these ten enemy nations within us that represent the power of the flesh and the carnal mind.
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.
Ham, Noah's son, was the father of Canaan, who in turn was the father of many (spiritual) nations, and these last three cities listed in the land of promise given to Abraham all tie back to Canaan.
1Ch 1:13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,
1Ch 1:14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,
These Canaanites nations, especially the Jebusites, are most difficult to overcome and relate to the strength of the flesh. The flesh will however serve Christ and bow down by this very process we endure.
Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Living flesh always has a beast that “yet is” and such are the Jebusites within us. The Elect (Joseph and Benjamin) will always face struggles/trials in overcoming these spirits so long as we are still in these clay vessels. Here is why we should always take heed, examining ourselves and stay connected to the Body who are there to watch over us.
Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.
Jdg 1:21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
Many interesting connections exist between the Jebusites and Jerusalem. Jerusalem was also known as Jebus because of the Jebushites that dwell there.
Jdg 19:10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.
The root of Jebusites links them [H947] to the polluting of ourselves (Ezekiel 16 - harlot sisters) and trampling underfoot the truth by wicked pastors (Jer 12:10). We must take heed to the Jebusite spirits and have no confidence in the flesh while we occupy clay vessels created in sin. We must never forget the ongoing need for diligence and vigilance to keep going straight and not veering to the right nor to the left.
Pro 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Pro 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
The only way to avoid evil is to walk straight, following the Lord and His Doctrines.
Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
And we always seem to be learning, FEW are given to do it, many fall away having walked with the Lord for a season. We can only do this by abiding IN THE BODY and submitting to its governance as the Scriptures declare. Any other way will lead us astray.
Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
Eze 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
We have just witnessed some breaking ranks with us by no longer joining their wings with the Body and turning off the straight path of eternal life. With this humble reminder, let us move on towards maturity and review our final two cities mentioned in this one verse.
Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
10. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:
Mareshah is where we begin to stop having confidence in the flesh. This is where we make the transition in our heavens and the ruling dominion of flesh vs spirit switches. The victories come little by little, city by city lest we get puffed up and the deep seated beastly nature (PRIDE) increases upon us.
Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
Jesus Christ is the first and the last. Christ in us and through us is the alpha (beginning) and the omega (the end) and all points in between. A minister of grace commissioned in Moreshethgath is followed by us then being snared in the lies of Achzib. All part of His plan to teach us good and evil and conform us to His image through many tribulation experiences. I particularly liked the God’s Word translation of Micah 1:15, because it brings home an important point.
Mic 1:15 God’s Word - I will again bring a conqueror against the inhabitants of Mareshah. The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
The fleshly mindset that we are overcoming of our strength is destroyed at Mareshah. We learn that this overcomer within us is responsible for the victories and it is through His Spirit and not our own might or strength (Zec 4:6).
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
When we are in Mareshah we have come far and our training for our roles as Kings and Priests, judging and ruling the world (threshing) ratchets up as we mature. If we are truly Christ’s, then we are the true heirs to the promise given to Abraham. The righteousness of faith is how we become heir of the earth which earth we are. Killing our spirit of self-righteousness is indeed only done by the destruction of the Canaanite nations within us that so much want to share in God’s glory by delivering ourselves.
Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
We learn to wait and be patient on this long journey and must finish the race. The city of Mareshah, like Gath, Lachish, Addulam and even Hebron are of the 15 cities (3 process of judgment x 5 chastening grace through faith), the King of Judah (you and me), build for the defense of the Holy City. We saw this last week but is worth being reminded. Experiencing all these cities is how we are matured in the Lord’s timing. Living by every word includes these words!
2Ch 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
2Ch 11:6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
2Ch 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
2Ch 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
2Ch 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
2Ch 11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
2Ch 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
But the problem with Rehoboam was the same problem his father King Solomon had and you and me have on our way to becoming mature. Getting all the gifts of the Lord and receiving great spiritual knowledge is not enough to satisfy our carnal lusts. We want more as the beast within has an insatiable appetite for gain including knowledge, reputation, a following and certainly wants some of the glory. With this spirit of discontentment, we are unfaithful to our One Husband Christ. In our immaturity, we lust after and seek after more spiritual wives and this is how we continue to play the harlot well after we have been abiding in the Truth. We are not faithful to our Husband Christ nor our true wife which is the Body of Christ. We do well for a time and a season even being given many victories; but that inward pride reveals itself and our harlotry will come out in our day of the Lord.
2Ch 11:23 And he (Rehoboam and in type all the kings of Judah) dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he (you and me) desired many wives.
The city of Mareshah represents the completion of our fleshly dominance, our headship and the moving on to the more mature way of walking. We learn to wage spiritual warfare and try the spirits, knowing how easy it is for our deceitful hearts to be led astray. Mareshah comes from H4762 “Marashah” and will be linked to the headship and the principalities in our heavens.
Formed like H4761; summit; Mareshah, the name of two Israelites and of a place in Palestine: - Mareshah.
The root word for Mareshah is H4761
Total KJV Occurrences: 1
principalities, 1 Jer_13:18
Jer 13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalitiesH4761 shall come down, even the crown of your glory.
And right here we see the link of Mareshah to the principalities that are in our heavens that keep us prideful and puffed up which will need to brought low.
Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
The story here in Jeremiah 13 is the Lord showing these sins and our marred condition outside of Him. The very people He drags into Jerusalem become drunk as they seek after knowledge and gain instead of doing the Word.
Jer 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
But our deeply-seated carnal rebellion driven by the principalities in our heavens will not hear and will remain proud, and our light will be turned into darkness.
Jer 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.
Jer 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
And this is how heresies the Lord brings to the Body are used to winnow down the flock and only leave the remnant that will again be subject to more burning and chastening.
Jer 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.
These lying spirits must be spoiled and overcome within us. This is accomplished by being vigilant about our doctrine and guarding our gates. We must put on the whole armor of God daily knowing the war of thoughts we battle in the pulls of the flesh vs the Spirit.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Mareshah means 'summit' as can be confirmed by looking at the underlying root of Principalities [H4761] which is head, or top [H7218] in the vast majority of its use.
Isa 30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the topH7218 of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
Exo 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the topH7218 of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we can then stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering. Few make it and the rest are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ.
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Here are the eight places Mareshah is referenced in Scripture. These are not history lessons but are rather words you and I shall live by everyone (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4).
Jos_15:44, 1Ch_2:42, 1Ch_4:21, 2Ch_14:8-10 (3), 2Ch_20:37, Mic_1:15
The people of Mareshah are the sons of Caleb. Caleb was the great grandson of Judah born of Tamar’s son Hezron and known as Chelubai (1Ch 2:18-19).
1Ch 2:42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, which was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.
The sons and house of Caleb has many witnesses to actions outside of faith (sin). Mesha the first born of Caleb, became the king of Moab who helped Israel build a temple made by hands of men. Likewise, Nabal, an evil man, who did not submit to Christ in David was also said to be of the house of Caleb (1Sa 25:3).
The Strong’s definition of Caleb has a most revealing insight into the spirit of Caleb.
H3611, keleb’ keh'-leb
From an unused root meaning to yelp, or else to attack; a dog
A 'dog' is someone outside the covenant of faith. A dog has confidence in the flesh and by extension linked to some other bad things.
Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The Lord’s people are to beware of dogs in our midst who have confidence in the flesh of men.
Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Hebron is the offspring of the sons of Mareshah. The root of Hebron is the same word translated as charmers and enchanters H2267.
The Lord’s people are to stay far away from such “charming” activities and not be talking with either the physically dead or spiritually dead.
Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
This spirit of Caleb is indeed a DOG Spirit that leads us into rebellion to the house of the Lord. It puts us in alliance with the Canaanites within, joining us together to peddle the things of the Lord for ungodly gain.
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah (you and me) did just that.
2Ch 20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
2Ch 20:36 And he joined [H2266, root of 2267 - charmed] himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.
It is in Mareshah that we are delivered and rebuke this merchandising spirit and learn to be content with where the Lord has us.
2Ch 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
The last story we will look at to confirm the process of maturing through Mareshah is the story of King Asa of Judah who battled the Ethiopians. Like an Ethiopian and even a leopard we can’t change anything of ourselves. We are helpless and at the mercy of the Lord for our salvation and anything in our life. This battle against the Ethiopians within also takes place “in a valley”, one called Zephathah. In Mareshah a conversion of our headship is made and we have a great victory in this valley.
2Ch 14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
2Ch 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
2Ch 14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.
2Ch 14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
2Ch 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
2Ch 14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah. An important valley we must learn to walk through on the way to maturity. Doing spiritual warfare and being obedient watchmen is essential for us to become the mature man in Christ.
H6859, tsephâthâh, tsef-aw'-thaw
The same as H6857; Tsephathah, a place in Palestine: - Zephathah.
Total KJV occurrences: 1
H6857, tsephath. tsef-ath'
From H6822; watch tower; Tsephath, a place in Palestine: - Zephath.
Total KJV occurrences: 1
Total KJV Occurrences: 38
2Sa_18:24-27 (5), 2Ki_9:17-18 (2), 2Ki_9:20, Isa_21:6, Eze_3:17, Eze_33:2, Hos_9:6-8 (3)
Gen_31:49, 2Sa_13:34, Isa_21:5, Hab_2:1 (2)
1Sa_14:16, Isa_52:8, Isa_56:10, Jer_6:17, Mic_7:4
Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchmanH6822 unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
We saw in Steve’s recent study on Proverbs 31, the role the Body as a whole and us as members play as faithful watchmen over the flock.
Pro 31:27 She looketh wellH6822 to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
So we can begin to see Mareshah is directly associated with maturing us into able warriors of spiritual warfare. It takes time for us to be trained up as warriors starting in our own walk but also becoming a helper of other’s joy in the Lord. Agape love is our obedience.
We have been talking about valleys. What is a valley? It is generally defined as a low area of land surrounded by hills or mountains typically a river or water running through it. Valleys are most commonly formed through the erosion of land by rivers or glaciers. Some very interesting Romans 1:20 applications here. Spiritual valleys are where we are shaped and formed by the living waters that flow out of the mouths of God’s Elect here in the Body of Christ.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
That is what shapes the earth and erodes the high points and ultimately matures us. The valley of Jehoshaphat and the valley of Zephathah are the valleys of decisions and where the heathen nations within us (the earth) is judged and where we learn righteousness.
Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [Gold or Diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
It is the Kings and Priests of the Lord who are our lake of fire in this age, who speak the Word that roars out of the Holy City. This shakes our heavens and earth and is the method by which all things are made new.
Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
This tenth city in this journey, Mareshah represents the completion of our flesh and maturing in our ability to wage war and the watchmen over the flock of the Lord. This comes in an “is, was and will be” process of winnowing and the remainder repeating the process. We move on from here to receive our inheritance a much more mature man and useful to the Lord in many ways.
11. He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
We addressed Adullam in Part 3 to show where this journey was going to end up. This is the last of these 11 cities and the one from where our inheritance comes.
Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
As we saw in Part 3, Adullam is best known for being a cave of safety, a place of refuge for Christ and His people. This is the Body of Christ in type and shadow and where the glory of the Lord is found in His cloud of witnesses. David hid himself in this cave from both Achish King of Gath (think beast) but also from Saul (old man) who was persecuting him. This, too, is where we find refuge from a world waxing worse and worse. It is in this secret cave where the army of the Lord is assembled from what the world thinks is foolishness.
1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
This is who the Lord chooses as His warriors. The pride of life and all these Philistine and Canaanite spirits must be burned out of us before the glory of the Lord truly shines forth in our walk. The story of Adullam and the assembling of the army of David reminds me of who the Lord assembles in His army choosing ones the world esteems not (Isa 53:3).
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
Our coming to Adullam is us finding our true spiritual home and place of refuge to endure our lives where we have been appointed to suffer and bear afflictions. Only the few chosen that are faithful will find this cave and thrive in it.
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
A cave is a dark place to the world and is often associated with death and burial in the Scriptures. It is through darkness and death (to the old man and carnal mind) that new life comes forth. Jacob and his fathers were buried in a cave (Gen 49:29), and like Lazarus, we are resurrected in new life when our old man is found dead in cave.
Joh 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave (of Lazarus). It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Like all words of Scripture there is both a light and dark side (Exo 14:20) of the Word, a two edged sword (Heb 4:12). The prophets of the Lord are fed by other prophets in a cave and that cave represents the Body of Christ.
1Ki 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.
The Lord is assembling His true people in this and each generation who will be and are His instruments of salvation and judgment. This journey has winnowed down the remnant and few are left walking the straight and narrow road. It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and the noise in the hearts and minds of those given salvation.
Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of men.
Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Adullam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey. It represents our reaching maturity such that the light of Jesus Christ is seen in us by our DOING THE WORD and being a servant. The disintegration of the fleshly perfection we achieve in our self-righteousness is the outcome of the entire 11 city journey. This transfiguration is complete when we love the Lord and His Christ with all our heart, mind and strength.
1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
We grow in our ability to minister grace as we mature. We are now a more able Ambassador, having been sent (Rom 10:15) and having been proved in the fire of tribulations and engaging in daily warfare in our heavens. The glory of the Lord appears in us and on us, and we are now a light unto the world.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (The Body)
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are now coming to see the Lord’s plans and purposes in greater detail. We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and now through that walk will be brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work. At Adullam we are past the point of boasting knowing how we got to this point and why the Lord has brought us here and given us an inheritance.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
We still have a journey; the race is not over. Yet we have been matured, we have been prepared for the ongoing process of refinement, the winnowing that never ends while we live in clay vessels. But now we have the maturity and knowledge to endure this with patience. We now know what to expect (Amo 3:7) and are laying down our life to the Lord more each day.
Next week Lord willing, we will complete Chapter 1 and have a quick recap of the eleven cities and the lessons we learn and things we overcome on our way to maturity.