Teach Us To Number Our Days – Part 2

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Teach Us To Number Our Days – Part 2

Steve Crook

In our last study, we hopefully saw a connection between the progress in the numbers of the days of Genesis and the spiritual walk we must all endure as we walk daily with the Lord. In this study, I hope that we can further learn of the Lord just what connects each day to one another; thus, opening up our eyes and ears to the understanding and knowledge that only the Lord can provide to us.

 

Recap

 

Day 1: On day one we learned that there is a dividing of day and night, but that that day and night is alike to the Lord. We also saw that we are both that night and day. Christ is the light of the world, and we are only that light if Christ allows us to be that light by being in us and shining forth.

Day 2: On day two we have yet another dividing only this time it is a dividing of waters from waters. These two distinct waters were together but were dividing by a firmament called heaven. This heaven, another way to say the spirit of God, is what gives us insight into the mind of Christ and direct connection to the Father via the spirit of God. God’s spirit touches everything; thus, the two distinct bodies of water are connected to one another.

If the Lord allows, we can see that it is Christ who first come into our life and makes a change happen so that we can see the contrast in night and day. The night is first, but then the day comes. We can also see in Joh 12:36–40 that all we need to believe this Light, Jesus Christ, to make the necessary steps in our walk to being that same light… Christ in us a GREAT MYSTERY.

Day two is a great testimony to and against the flesh. Day two builds upon day one in more detail by showing us, among other things, that first Christ comes into our lives but we still know him after what He first shows Himself to be to us, something that we can understand as flesh. Paul clearly states in 2Co 5:16 that we NO LONGER know Christ after the flesh:

 

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

It is the first dividing in day one which shows us a contrast to the only thing we had known up until then, the night and death. In day one we learn of the Light and Day. It the second dividing that teaches us much more than this if we are spiritually given the ability to see and hear that it is the Spirit which brings about the dividing of the waters so that we can see Christ in spirit.

 

Day 3: On day three we come to see a new development in our walk, and that is show to us in type and shadow by the revealing of the earth to us as it is, DRY LAND. It is dry because it has had its whole stay of water and whole stay of bread taken from it. We also learn that the dry land is a result of the Lord dividing the waters so that the dry land appears in the stead of the divide.

Gen 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

This is another way to see that “you shall know them by their fruits”. The seas of humanity are gathered together and the waters in heaven are gathered together unto themselves, according to the spirit which they are of. The only fruit that can be produced by the things that grow out of the ground of the earth are those things which were already placed there from the beginning; thus, Eve was able to have the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life simply by coming from Adam who was formed from the dust of the ground.

Progression

 

Before we delve into day four, I wanted to share with you all a revelation that the Lord shared with me shortly after writing part one of this bible study series. When we travel a little further into the book of Genesis we have the interesting story of Moses and the children of Israel, as well as, Eqypt, the pharaoh and the Egyptian army.

What was revealed to me was hidden in the story of the first time that the bonds were lifted from Israel as the were finally freed form their Egyptian oppressors. The story can be found in Exodus of course.

 

First, we have a man named Moses (drawn from the water) of HIS PEOPLE Israel who they knew NOT, but yet he comes in this type and shadow as Jesus Christ. He comes to free Israel from their enslavers. An interesting point to how Israel was lead is made by acknowledging that they were initially led both through DAY and NIGHT by a cloud.

So, we have the plagues happen and eventually after this part of the walk has been endured we see Moses (remember the type and shadow here is Jesus Christ) bring the children of Israel to the waters via having to first be lead through day and night. So, we are at the waters of the red sea and Moses raises the rod, the type and shadow of ONLY THE POWER THE GOD POSSESSES, and divides the waters from the waters. What do you suppose happens next? Let’s read it straight from the Word of God.

Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Exo 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exo 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Exo 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Exo 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Exo 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
Exo 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Exo 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

“That they go forward”, in verse 15 should how us exactly what the Lord is doing here. He is moving us forward but notice that in verse 19 that the angel of God “stood behind them”. Christ starts out by us reaching forth to him, but we end up needing to be pushed and protected from behind. Moses goes on to divide the waters from the water and we now continue our walk on the dry land. I just think this is simply astounding as a second witness to the first three days of Genesis that we have already covered.

Day Four

Day 4: On day four, we have a further explanation of what we are to expect when we are taught to number our days. I want to start this day off with the same admonition that Paul gives us in Galatians.

Gal 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

There is a huge difference between knowing God and being known of God. Before Christ came into our lives, we were only in death, but being forgiven and dressed upon with Christ we are now know of God, but what results in the beast having i’s deadly wound healed? Well, it loses its first love and goes right back into the beggarly things that it came from. This is one type and shadow which is played out in day four.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Recall that the firmament called heaven is BETWEEN the waters which are below and above it. There is one body of water called seas which is typified by DEATH, and there is another body of water which is free flowing and gives life. The lights that are presented to us on day four are in the firmament to divide once again but they do so by deceiving us.

We are now a part of the earth which our walk is typified as being in at this stage of our walk with Christ. We are actively doing things like looking for signs, as a Christian, that our walk is righteous and that the kingdom can be won for Christ, etc. We are now the Pharisees that are constantly asking Christ “what will be the sign of the coming of your kingdom?” This is all wonderful when you consider that “God saw that it was good” for the purpose that He has made the lights of the heavens to do for us. All men look at the heavens and are witnessed to, but Christians as especially witnessed to by the lights in the firmament which “give light upon the earth’” with the earth representing that church.

We, as Christians should be the light, but in this stage of our walk we are much less mature than we could ever imagine. In fact, we are babes in Christ, yet we think we are much more than that. Just ask my 4 year old daughter, she knows everything J.

Day Five

Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Now that we have seen Christ working in our lives for the first time; now that we have seen Him no longer being known only in the flesh, now that our “church life” as been given its full dominion in our lives, and now that we have been given eyes to see and ears to hear that we always lose our first love and go back to our own filthy ways once our deadly wound is healed; that is if the Lord is working with us, we now come to our spiritual day five.

Day 5: On day five, we see God letting loose all that he has created so that it has dominion over the sea of humanity and over the earth, the church that He has created. Day five shows an interesting progression of our walk because it now presents to us just what our battles will be against. We will be battling the “moving creature that hath life” and we will be battling the “fowl that flies above the earth in the open firmament of heaven”. We will also be battling the great whales, and we know by our earthly knowledge that whales are one of the biggest aquatic mammals known to man and they live in the sea.

We not only see that we will be battling against them, but that God himself has blessed them in their endeavors. Truly, the rain falls on the just and unjust alike. What happens to one happens to the other. In verse 20, we see the fowl flying ABOVE the earth in heaven, but just a few verses later in verse 22 we see the fowls making their abode and multiplication happen IN THE EARTH. We not only fight that which is without, but the larger struggle comes a little later when we are given the knowledge and wisdom that what we are really fighting and LOSING to is that which is WITHIN! We are losing in day five because if something is multiplying we surely are not depleting its resources now are we?

Just what is it that we are fighting though? What are these fowls that multiply within us? What are the moving creatures and whales that are brought forth abundantly after their kind? Let’s see what the scriptures have to say. This topic is so vast that I could make a study just on the fowl of the air, the beasts of the land and the creatures of the sea, but the scripture is clear enough to those who are given the ability to see it.

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Rev 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And then we see this:

Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

But what else do they eat?

Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

The fowls of the air are those spirits which are placed in battle with us so that we WILL LOSE AGAINST THEM. Yes, you heard me correctly, we will LOSE THE BATTLE each and every time. We were just told in Revelation that this is because the supper of the great God is to allow the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven to come devour our flesh. He is the one that is FEEDING THEM WITH US. Not only that, the Lord places enough seed in our life so that it too, gets devoured and presents to us the one undeniable fact of the Lord, that HE IS SOVERIGN in our LIVES. He will do with us WHAT HE WANTS. Check this out:

Hos 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
Hos 2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Hos 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.

Can we not see that this is the VERY church, the very MOTHER OF HARLETS, the DRY LAND that we are now battling with? It is only a couple of verses later that we read what the Lord does for us, as it is He that can do anything:

Hos 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.

Do not be distraught my brothers and sisters! We will have our dominion, and that is what day six is all about!

Day Six

Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Day 6: At this point in our study, we should be familiar enough with the process that we will know that day six just builds upon the previous days and presents us with our next progression in our walk with the Lord. This day is truly exciting!

In this study let us try to build upon what it is we have learned throughout our whole Christian life. We do not need to discard what we have learned, but we do need to do allow the spiritual to take preference over what we know to be physically true. We know man was is being created on the six day and man is being created in the image of God.

This spiritual image is what is given dominion over those things which in day five had dominion over us. We see this in verse 26:

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

We should all understand that Christ came from God, and thus Christ is the mind, will and very image of His Father in the spiritual. So, with Christ being our spiritual Father we are made in “our image” as it is worded in this verse and it is this image that is given dominion. This is the only way there is and that is why Christ is the way, truth and life.

What’s more amazing to me is that it takes both God and Christ, Christ and the church, the man and the woman to multiply that which is both good and evil. Let me clarify this.

We all know that Christ is the firstborn of all creation, right? Well, Rev 3 tells us this, as well as many other scriptures that bare this truth out. No matter what Christendom tries to deceive the masses with on this topic, here is what is said about the topic in the Word of God:

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

In verse 27 we see that God made man and woman and then the next verse we see that this IMAGE is now told that “they are blessed, be fruitful and multiply”. So, no only are we blessed but we are to be fruitful. We are told that this is a great mystery and this very mystery happened from the foundation of the world, from the very creation that God the Father and Christ the mother, in type, shows us happened. All the days were a result of God the Father and Christ having everything else of creation come through Christ.

That is how I can say that the “good and evil” were a result of what God the Father created through Christ. It is through the typified man and woman that this is all done… the VERY IMAGE OF GOD. You want to see His image? Well, that is IT! This sums up what the days are all about!

1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

And after all of Paul’s admonitions in Ephesians about the proper GODLY relationship of mand and woman, husband and wife, he goes on to tell us that what he is really describing is what we are talking about in the days of Genesis.

Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

We saw earlier that after the dividing of the waters, the earth/ dry land appears. This is a RESULT of the power of God, the rod in Moses hand, right? Well, take that one step forward and we now see the walk of the Christian in relation to Christ and the church and what happens to us in days 5 and six. Christ and the church are presented to us and parent us through it all; thus, we see this story being told in a very basic form in the days of creation. For me, one of the greatest two verses and strengths in all of the Word of God is Gen 1:29 and 30 because it sums up just what God is doing with me in this age and anyone He is working with in this age:

Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

All that was created through Christ is given to us FOR MEAT, all the good and evil because as Joesph says to his brothers, God meant it for good and God says SO!

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Conclusion

I wish I had more time to expound on these days, but I am content with whatever it is the Lord wants to do with me and whatever time, understand, knowledge and wisdom He wants to bestow onto me and to you all. I hope we have learned something more about our Lord and Father by the first two parts of this study on numbering our days.

In the next part of “Teach Us To Number Our Days”, I pray we will be able to finish up the days of creation with day seven, the day of rest, as instituted by the Father, as well as, delving into just what “to day, yester day and to morrow” have in realtion to the, “Is, Was and Will Be” aspect of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

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