Book of Nahum Part 9 – “You are yet carnal”


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 “You are yet carnal”

by Pete Wilson

We are going to learn about cankerworms and grasshoppers in this study and learn their association and role of us (God’s Elect) in our immature, puffed up, attention seeking state, hearing but not doing the Word. This is our yet carnal Corinthian state where we have been given the things of Christ but have not yet exercised them through the trials to learn to be a doer of the Word and produce the righteousness of the Lord, the fine white linen. We are still waiting for this baptism of fire to work its work in us.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We always put these verses on those carnal people over there in the orthodox harlot churches and forget all about “Mystery Babylon” WITHIN. This is the Babylon that is inside of us, it is stamped on the harlot’s head, whose head is the head of the beast (Rev 17:13), that we all are as carnal men and women.

Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Yet we know our baptism with fire, the second coming of Christ for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28), will not come until we see ourselves for what we truly are in these vessels of clay.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

I suspect Paul had a hard time getting this point across to the church at Thessalonica as he infers they have been told of this before and should remember as it applies to the Body of Christ.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

This state of being is the epitome of our worshipping the image of the carnal and fleshly beast that all men are (Ecc 3:18). As foolish as it seems to the natural man, the way the Lord saves us from our sins, is to first cause us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) which means to sin. He then uses that occasion to bring judgment to our heavens and earth by way of the implanted Word as the end of our carnal age has come. Those of us that do not obey the Word which is ALL MEN, are judged in “that day” which is also known as the last day or as the sum of thy Word tells us, the end of the age or AION.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

We are taught by experience by which a loving Father chastens us via the fiery judgments of His Word when we miss the mark and sin. Another way of saying this is: “our own wickedness is used to correct us” (Jer 2:19). The Lord manifests evil from the rod of the Assyrian or Babylonian king within us to wreak havoc to the hypocritical nation we have become hearing but not doing (1 Ki 10:5-6). To become like our Lord we must learn good and evil and the only way we learn is through experience. That experience is obtained by going through this judgment that must come first on the house of the Lord.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

We ended Nahum Part 8 with verse thirteen and we need to keep the same context as we continue this week’s study.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Fire has “suddenly” come to devour the strongholds (bars) of the flesh. These bars represent our carnality. These bars are the chains that keep us in bondage to our flesh and the principles of this world being carnal babes in Christ. We show up in the Body as babes despite what we may think otherwise and we have a lot of burning out to do to become the mature man in Christ.

Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

This is where we sit in the shadow of death, being carnally minded (Rom 8:6) bound by these bars of the flesh and being both a rebel and a hypocrite and not obeying the Lord. We also saw last week the shaking of the fig trees by a mighty wind that represents our immaturity in the Lord, being a babe and being yet carnal. The lasting fruit that remains is not produced until after we endure through our baptism with fire.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Christ chooses us and appears to us to teach us righteousness and make us into fruit producing trees whose fruit can easily withstand the storms of life (Joh 15:16). Disciples indeed are those who produce such fruit but to be such a disciple we must continue, which means to abide in His Word and not our carnal mindedness i.e. DYING TO SELF.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [Doer of the Word] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

When our vessel of clay is being remade, the entire foundations on which we stand are being completely done over. Instead of trusting in the carnal mind and the principles of the world we are taught to walk only by faith in the Word and to not even think above what is written (1 Cor 4:6). This is the baptism of fire that brings forth a new man and it is accomplished on the Lord’s coming this second time to Nineveh.

As we live through the prophecy of this book of Nahum, our faith will be growing and we are beginning to acknowledge in deed and in Word that the Lord is really the Lord and apart from Him we can do nothing. Here are the four verses we will cover today. It will take another segment to complete the final two verses of the book and provide a summary and conclusion to this very interesting and detailed prophecy we all live by at the appointed times.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

Doing these studies has given me a much greater appreciation for patience and how we are made to wait on Him to accomplish His work in us. We all want to be delivered fully right now but the Lord makes us wait.

Psa 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

This study is focused on the less attractive side of God’s Word, the judgments of the old man and our carnal way of life. Nobody’s flesh is going to like this process it is indeed torment.   It pains us when we fall down and still sin, missing the mark of the higher calling. As Ezekiel tells us, this is the mark of a godly man that groans and sighs over the abominations committed in the city within us.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Yet we press on, we get right back up (Pro 24:16) because we are not saved by our performance, we are saved by HOPE. So before we get into the study verses, I wanted to give some encouragement because I know we all struggle with our failures and we want to be delivered of all of our enemies immediately.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We must wait on salvation because otherwise we get puffed up even more than we already will. The carnal thoughts and lust we wage war against in our members, are only delivered into our hands little by little lest the beast that “was, is not and yet is” would take credit for it (Exo 23:29-30). At the heart of this process is us coming to see our truly wretched position without Christ working in us. Coming to the conclusion we truly are vile and wicked and being able to say what Paul quipped “oh wretched man that I am”, takes many trials and falling down into sin, erring from the Lord’s ways.

Enduring through this war, the process of our judgment and being tormented is how the old man is decreased and the new man is increased. This is the patience of saints and how we are caused to keep His commandments as our judgment progresses.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Let’s look now at the individual verses.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

The fury of the Lord is accomplished via the remaking of the marred vessel of clay that was created for the very purpose of being destroyed and remade (Jer 18:4, Rom 8:20). This remaking of the vessel from the one lump of clay is exactly what we are studying in Nahum.  First, the vessel of dishonor and then the remaking of us into the vessel of honor from the SAME lump (Isa 64:8, Rom 9:21).

As in the days of Noah, the end comes by a flood sweeping away the wicked and leaving only the righteous behind. Nahum is calling for the waters of the siege to be prepared.

Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.

The water and the fire are both needed to reshape and reform clay and is likened to the days of Noah and also the days of Lot.   The baptism of water washes away the false doctrines and carnality and the baptism of fire makes us doers of the Word.

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:

Luk 17:27  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 These are baptisms of both water and fire yet they are the One Baptism. The washing of the temple/us by the Word and the fire and brimstone represented by our baptism in fire.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

The Lord uses and sends His Body to be the saviors of the world (Obe 1:21) that speak His Word (Jer 5:14) doing the greater works of God (Joh 14:12). “Christ” is sent to the clay vessels prepared ahead of time (the lost sheep of Israel) and this brings the hail that causes the overflowing of the waters that consume the old man.

Isa 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

The house of the Lord must be built from within us as we are His temple (1 Cor 3:17). This requires the clay to be treaded with water and fire (heat).  The old walls must be demolished and everything is to be made new (Rev 21:5). There will be nobody found to repair the broken walls of “spiritual Babylon”, that great mother of harlots” within.  When the fire comes, this wound is indeed grievous and the old man shall not recover.

Eze 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Eze 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

The walls of the true temple are built by the Israel of God as the story of Nehemiah illustrates in type and shadow. The waste places are rebuilt by the flesh of Jesus Christ, His Body. Jesus Christ is the one who draws the water from His well of living waters. These waters are drawn by the preaching of His Elect, who are His ambassadors (Rom 10:15). Out of our bellies will flow these waters and through them will salvation come to the Gentiles within and without at the appointed times.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The spoken Word will knock down and make breaches in the fleshly bars and walls we previously built in our false security thinking we have already arrived. These breaches enable the enemy to come in and be used of the Lord to destroy the wicked within us before they are in turn destroyed.

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Lam 4:12  he kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

Christ both wounds and heals, He destroys and He rebuilds.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

The word for bricklin has its root the Hebrew word “Laban” which is H3835 which has this definition in Strong’s.

A primitive root; to be (or become) white; also (as denominative from H3843) to make bricks: – make brick, be (made, make) white (-r).

The fields are indeed white and ripe for the harvest at this stage of our walk; Christ has come with fire and with an army or laborers within OURSELVES and within the Body of Christ and the reaping of the harvest is underway.

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

 

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Cankerworms are voracious eating insects that start out as caterpillars and through a four step process morph into voracious eating moths that fly away as adults. This definition of natural cankerworms gives a good overview of what “spiritual cankerworms” also do.

“Spring and fall cankerworms are long-standing forest and shade-tree pests that defoliate forests. Both complete their life cycle by developing in four distinct phases: eggs, larvae (caterpillar), pupae (cocoon) and adults. Cankerworms are defoliating pests of many tree species especially hardwoods.”

The word translated cankerworm is the Strong’s word H3218 “yeleq”. It is always either translated as cankerworm or as caterpillars, which is one of the forms a cankerworm has during its life cycle.

 H3218

yeleq

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

cankerworm, 6

Joe_1:4 (2), Joe_2:25, Nah_3:15-16 (3)

caterpillars, 3

Psa_105:34, Jer_51:14, Jer_51:27

We can quickly see the commonality in how the Lord uses this word. The context of these worms or caterpillars is always the judgment of Babylon and the great harlot within us. Here we are again puffed up, in need of nothing thinking our godliness is a means for gain. The Lord fills us with these caterpillars that are used to bring the fire of the sword upon us.

Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

Jer 51:14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill [fill Adam] thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.

We saw in an earlier segment the word for “scarlet” is also used for worms and tell us of this raging war between the flesh and spirit, the red of Adam versus the blue of Christ.

Cankerworms and caterpillars bring the tainting of our thoughts by the mixing of the two and this is when we are living through the torment in the presence of the Lamb (Rev 14:11). We see the three stages of judgment represented also in the Words of the Lord in Mark chapter nine applying to the cleansing of our way of life, represented by our hands, our feet and our eyes. It is always better to cut off or pluck out the offending limb rather than stay in this “eternal” or better said age abiding torment. Thrice the Lord tells us this about the war raging in our heavens in the days of our judgment.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

The fire will keep burning, the strife and inner torment will continue until this wood, OUR CARNALITY is burned out of us.

Pro 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Consistent with the theme of our immaturity, we are not gathering fruit or drinking wine of the increase of our work for the Lord when it is mixed with our fleshly and carnal ways. The cankerworms worms are eating it up!

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Psa 78:46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

Joe 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath 1) the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath 2) the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath 3) the caterpiller eaten

I saw something very interesting I had not seen before in preparing this study. Three is the number for spiritual completion in Scripture. The locusts, the cankerworm and the caterpillar all represent differing degrees of our judgment and our spiritual completion. Specifically the cankerworm and the caterpillar are a later and more mature judgment of the Lord that we live out after already knowing true doctrine and already have come of out the Orthodox churches. The Lord’s people that come out of her are the ones that get a double portion of judgment (Rev 18:6, Jer 16:18)

We are already in the Body of Christ, the church of the living God, when we live thru this second baptism of fire. We take the Truth and work the earth ourselves being yet carnal [Cain], and it is the fruit of that increase we are initially unable to reap. We, like Noah, having come thru the flood get drunk from the fruit of our own vineyard.  We all are made drunkards as we work the earth.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

We come into the Body yet carnal and immature, untested by the fire. I am making no judgment on anyone in particular in the Body except for my own self.

The cankerworms spoil the crop and vegetation brought forth for the Lord and later on the caterpillars eat even what is left over. These three stages of voracious insects devouring the crop is 1) our time in Orthodoxy or Babylon, 2) our carnal Corinthian days in the Body coming behind in no gift and 3) our day of the Lord that brings us to maturity and a perfect man in Christ that bears fruit that remains.

Trees represent men in Scripture and we will see a big nugget next week in closing the book of  Nahum, about “the trees of the field and the clapping of our hands”. Being untested in the fire, our green leaves that bud forth (mixture of heavenly blue and leprous yellow) will not remain but will fade away like a leaf.

Jer 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Isa 1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Contrast this situation with the mature man in Christ that has been proven by trials having endured through the fiery trials.

Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

So while locust represents lies and false doctrines that block out the truth and keep us is in spiritual darkness, before we are given eyes to see and ears to hear; the cankerworms and the caterpillars do something similar but at a more mature stage of our walk. They keep us fornicating with the world in our heavens, mixing our new founded truth with deep seated carnal reasoning. Cankerworms are carnal thoughts, lies and false doctrines even “spiritual chariots” we ride on that result in and consume our immature work in the Lord.

Thankfully these spoilers themselves end up getting spoiled. The devourers are themselves devoured after the Lord has used them to accomplish His purposes. We looked some at this mystery in Part six entitled the “Devouring the Devourers” (Jer 30:16, Pro 22:22-23). The carnal mind and the head of the beast is being cut off. The devourer will be devoured as salvation comes to the house of the Lord and we grow fruit that actually remains.

Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Let’s look at one more nugget here in verse fifteen of the two sides of the sword of the Lord.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many [H3513] as the cankerworm, make thyself many [H3513] as the locusts.

The phrase found twice in this verse “make thyself many” comes from this Hebrew word H3513 and that translation only done here in Nahum really obscures the meaning as seen below in looking at the KJC.

 H3513

kabab  /  kâbêd

Total KJV Occurrences: 115

honour, 23

heavy, 16

honourable, 13

glorify, 7

glorified, 6

glorious, 5

hardened, 5

honoured, 5

honoureth, 4

heavier, 3

promote, 3

sore, 3

chargeable, 2

many, 2 – Nah_3:15

abounding, 1

afflict, 1

boast, 1

bring, 1

dim, 1

get, 1

glorifieth, 1

glory, 1

grievous, 1

grievously, 1

harden, 1

heavily, 1

honourest, 1

It really has the meaning of heavy or heaviness in the negative and honor and glorified in the positive. Since we are dealing with a negative context, i.e. the judgment of the old man, here are some verses speaking on that context that use this same word and here it is “heavy”. The cankerworms and locusts are very many and the totality of these lies causes us to miss the mark and sin. This makes us “heavy” spiritually speaking.

Isa 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy [H3513] upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy [H3513], and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Multiplying the merchants above the stars of heaven, is putting the lies above truth and failing to keep watch over the flock of the Lord. Like these insects which eat physical crops, we quickly multiply our carnal reasoning’s in this war to keep the old man alive and the beast sitting on the throne of our hearts. Seeking to save our life is a sure way to lose out on eternal life [knowing Christ and His Father]. But natural reasoning beasts will do anything, even making their own bread and making their own clothing to wrest away the judgment of God.

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Knowing the Truth but not yet doing the Truth, we sit down at the wedding feast but we are not yet properly clothed and have some torment to endure in outer darkness. Not just anyone can come to the feast; we must be of the very few called, chosen AND FAITHFUL (Rev 17:14) and be given to endure through this fiery process.

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

The same word “kabab” was in last week’s study as the word honorable in a positive way.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable [H3513] men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

 What this shows us is the other side of the two edged sword. The process of the old man being made “heavy” and multiplying lies and wearing defiled self- righteous garments is how the Lord is glorified IN US and how we are made to be His Honorable men. Here is yet another use of this same word kabab often translated as “glorify”.

Isa 24:15 Wherefore glorify [H3513] ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

He who exalts himself shall be humbled and this will be you and me and all men at their appointed time. The pride of man likes to be seen, heard or thought of highly by other men.   We all will do this even if secretly in our own mind and we will be humbled by the chopping down of our prideful tree.

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Yet Christ says His Word and our doing it will not make us popular. Woe unto us when all men speak well of us! The worst harlots and offenders are God’s sons who are judged to a higher standard since they have been given much and thus much more shall be expected.  There is a reason Hosea was told to go marry a harlot!  Remember the Bible is written to and about the people of God, the Body of Christ. Here is what James has to say to us, the church of God, knowing the Truth but not obeying the Truth.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 The Lord response to our sin is “to crank up grace”, the furnace of affliction.

 Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Knowledge of the true doctrines of Christ will inevitably puff us up. The pride of man cannot help but to exalt himself based on these riches and treasures. But such a man cannot enter the kingdom of God. We first learn these verses as applying to physical money but they apply so much more broadly. Seeking to be seen as righteous in the congregation is seeking riches.

Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The cankerworms are given us for judgment to burn these lusts out of us by eating our harvest and spoiling the carnal Corinthian. In due time we will cease from seeking after such folly. We all go through the learning and maturing process and that is through this furnace of affliction. With new ears and eyes, we will seek riches as that bring glory to the carnally minded. We will dig for knowledge in the vineyard and naturally think our godliness is a means for gain and we will wax rich.   This is the merchandising the harlot Mystery Babylon is insidiously good at doing.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Nah 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Our goal once in the truth should be contentment and to wait upon the Lord who in due time will lift us up as His will has determined. He is the HEAD of His own church!

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

The cankerworms once hatched and after eating up the crop, will multiply greatly and take flight in our heavens and will continue to impede our maturation. These must be purged from the heavens and these flyers must themselves be devoured. The Lord will humble us and burn out of us the desire to be rich and be wise in our own eyes. Our carnal mind will get the best of us when we seek riches to bring glory to ourselves. There is an interesting link between seeking riches and flying high like an eagle toward heaven.

Pro 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Pro 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

I had wanted so badly to get through verse 17 this week and complete the review of the insects in one study, but we must wait until next week to cover this verse and the final two in the Book of Nahum.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

We will see that grasshoppers are similar but not exactly the same bug as locusts and are indeed different than cankerworms. This applies in the natural as well as the spiritual as I hope to make clear in the next study. Just to plant a seed that will be covered in more detail let’s quickly review the definition and use of the word translated as grasshoppers and its root word.

The word translated as grasshopper in Nahum is H1462 or “gob”. It is only found three times in Scripture twice in Nahum 3:17 and also in Amos 7:1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3

grasshoppers, 2

Amo_7:1, Nah_3:17

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Nah_3:17 (2)

Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

The latter growth represents our more mature stages in our day of the Lord we will study out next week.  But the word for grasshopper has as its root H1461.  This is a real nugget. Here is the root word and its usage only one time in all of Scripture.

H1461, gûb, goob

A primitive root; to dig: – husbandman.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

This root is only used this once place in 2 King 25:12 and is translated as husbandman

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen [H1461].

 So there is a real gem in seeing that grasshoppers tie directly to being a husbandmen. Here is the definition of a husbandman from Easton’s Bible Dictionary.

Husbandman (NOUN): One whose business it is to cultivate the ground. It was one of the first occupations, and was esteemed most honourable ( Genesis 9:20 Genesis 26:12 Genesis 26:14 37:7 , etc.). All the Hebrews, except those engaged in religious services, were husbandmen.

So the word “husbandmen” like all words of Scripture can be either positive or negative. God’s Elect are the Lord’s husbandmen, we are being given the keys to the kingdom of God and are given to tend the fields and bring in the harvest and to drink of the wine and eat of the grapes.

We will see more confirmation that this time in our walk, the enduring of the baptism of fire, comes when we are in the Body as a yet carnal Corinthian coming behind in no gifts. Here we know true doctrine yet still cannot apply it consistently and are often mixing with the world and having a hard time coming out and being separated and touching not the unclean within specifically. We have a form of godliness but without the power thereof.

Grasshoppers represent our time of being puffed up, an eagle high in the tree, where we lust for knowledge and seek the riches of the kingdom ahead of being a doer of the Word that is obedient to the Lord’s commandments.

With that teaser, we will end this installment of the Book of Nahum. Lord willing, we will be able to complete the prophecy next week in ten parts.

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