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Exo 16:1-18  He that Gathered Much has Nothing Over, and He that Gathered Little had no Lack

[Study Aired July 4, 2022]

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 
Exo 16:2  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 
Exo 16:3  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 
Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 
Exo 16:5  And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. 
Exo 16:6  And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: 
Exo 16:7  And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? 
Exo 16:8  And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. 
Exo 16:9  And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings. 
Exo 16:10  And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 
Exo 16:11  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Exo 16:12  I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. 
Exo 16:13  And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 
Exo 16:14  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 
Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Exo 16:16  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
Exo 16:18  And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

Chapter 16 focuses on what took place in the wilderness of Sin, which was between Elim and Sinai, when the Israelites left Egypt. As we indicated in the previous study, the Lord using the Israelites as an example, wanted to show us where we are to encamp in this world of wilderness – our final destination. He brings us to Elim where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees. Thus, the Lord shows us the end from the beginning. We get to Elim after going through famine of the word of the Lord as we sojourned in Babylon.

Exo 15:27  And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. 

Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Elim, therefore, represents the church of the elect where we have the pillar and ground of the truth!! That is where we are to encamp in this life. After leaving Elim, the Lord shows us our journey in this world which ultimately ends in Canaan, the land of promise, a type of Elim. The first place the Israelites encamped after leaving Elim was the wilderness of Sin, where they murmured against the Lord as a result of the famine they encountered. The Lord came to their aid by offering them bread from heaven which was manna and also gave them quails to satisfy their lust for meat. The study today goes into details what the manna and the quails represent spiritually and why they were given.

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 

Our departure from the world (Egypt) as we come to serve the Lord starts in the wilderness of Sin. Sin means thorn or clay. This means that we start our walk with Christ being carnal or fleshly. 

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 
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 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Exo 16:2  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
Exo 16:3  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

The flesh is exposed when we are undernourished by the word of the Lord as we see the Israelites’ carnality exposed due to scarcity of food in the wilderness of Sin. Whenever we are not filled with the word of Christ, our fleshly or beastly nature is revealed. A key characteristic of being carnal or fleshly is murmuring, which means to complain. During this part of our walk, what we receive as the word of God is actually man’s wisdom and traditions of this world which make us worse off, causing us to complain about the difficulties we encounter in our walk. This is confirmed by the Israelites’ complaints that Moses and Aaron brought them into the wilderness to kill them with hunger. This hunger is the lack of the word of the Lord during our stay in Babylon.

2Pe 2:17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 
2Pe 2:18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pe 2:19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 
2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

The situation described in 2 Peter 2 above, is the same as our wound being healed and wondering after the beast within us.

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it (the beast) were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The Bread From Heaven – Manna

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 
Exo 16:5  And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. 

This bread from heaven, later called manna, was given to solve the fleshly needs of the people of Israel. Therefore, it represents the Lord’s provision for our existence in this world. In our carnal state, as we start our journey with the Lord, our focus is on the Lord’s physical blessings which are for our existence. Merely to exist, however, is vanity of vanities. Are we just here on this earth to make a living for our existence? If this is the case, it is vanity of vanities. As Jesus stated, the manna leads to spiritual death.

Ecc 1:2  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 
Ecc 1:3  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 

Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Deu 8:16  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

The purpose of the Lord giving us manna is to bring us to understand that physical blessings of the Lord do not lead to godliness. However, godliness with contentment is what pleases the Lord. When we are content, we would not murmur against God. Yes, we do need the Lord’s physical blessings for our existence but only as a way to fulfill the Lord’s purpose for our lives.

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.

In John 6:58, Jesus Christ compared the bread from heaven to Himself, who is the word. This means that on a positive note, the manna represents Christ. The bread from heaven leads to death, but living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord leads to life. In our initial carnal walk, our focus is on manna, but through the Lord’s judgment we come to live by every word out of the mouth of the Lord.  In the bible, grace is simply God Himself coming to us to be our enjoyment. John 1:7 says, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” As indicated, blessings (Manna) are for our existence, but grace is for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Exo 16:6  And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: 
Exo 16:7  And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? 
Exo 16:8  And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

The Lord’s provision is to make us aware of our deliverance from the world. Here in verse 7 and 8, we are made aware that murmuring against the Lord’s elect is murmuring against God. When we rise against the advice of the body, we are rising against the Lord.

Act 9:3  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 
Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 
Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Exo 16:9  And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.
Exo 16:10  And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

The glory of the Lord has been mentioned several times in the Book of Exodus, so we need to know what it is. The following verse gives us insight into what the glory of the Lord is all about.

Deu 5:24:  And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.

This verse suggests that the glory of the Lord has to do with the hearing of the Lord’s voice out of the midst of the fire. The opening of our eyes to see and that of our ears to hear through the judgment of the Lord is what grants us the grace to see the glory of the Lord. In verse 10 here, we are told that the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The cloud here refers to the elect who are the cloud of witnesses. This means that it is through the elect that the glory of the Lord is seen as shown in the following verses:

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 
Act 1:10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 
Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 

As indicated, on a positive note the bread of heaven refers to Christ and His words. One significant point to note is that the glory of the Lord is seen only in the congregation or the camp of Israel. It is when we have seen the glory of the Lord that the bread of heaven is given to us. This is to emphasize the point that it is through the church that we come to see the glory of the Lord.

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 
Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Exo 16:11  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 16:12  I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.
Exo 16:13  And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.

Murmuring against the Lord is what we all have engaged in at a certain period of our walk. The murmuring of the people of Israel is what gave the Lord the occasion to bring the quails in the evening and bread from heaven (manna) in the morning. The coming of the bread of heaven and the quails was to prove the Israelites. In other words, when Christ comes (the bread of heaven), he comes with His judgment.

1Co 10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 
1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 

1Co 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

It was after the glory of the Lord appeared to the people that He sent them the meat they lusted in the form of quails. This is all to show them His sufficiency and also to discipline them. In verse 13, the Israelites had just left Egypt and so when they complained, the Lord did not punish them. However, after being in the wilderness for a significant period where they had seen the Lord’s provision and they complained in Numbers 11:19-20, 33-34, the lord came and disciplined them with the quails. This is to let us know that as a father, when we are young, the Lord sometimes ignores our mistakes. However, as we are maturing, He no longer tolerates our indiscipline.

Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Num 11:18  And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
Num 11:19  Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; 
Num 11:20  But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

Num 11:33  And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. Egypt? 

Psa 106:13  They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
Psa 106:14  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Psa 106:15  And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

It is significant to note that the quail which satisfies our lust comes in the evenings of our lives when the sun has set, and darkness seems to dominate us. It is this period of our lives that we are prone to murmuring as we want to satisfy the lust of the flesh. That is when the Lord comes in to send quails to us to satisfy our flesh and at the same time destroy the flesh. In other words, our own sins shall correct us.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Exo 16:14  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

These verses give us the characteristics of the manna sent from heaven. They were small, round, resembling frost, came from heaven, fell on the ground and came in the morning with the dew. The manna which came from heaven is small. No matter how delicious a meal is, if it cannot be broken down into small pieces, it cannot be swallowed by the mouth.

It is the same with the word of the Lord which is signified by the manna, looking at it from a positive connotation. The smallness of the manna means that the word of the Lord must be broken down for us to understand and assimilate. Otherwise, there is no way we can apply it to our lives. That is why the Lord has given gifts to His church so that the word of the Lord can be broken down for us to understand. That is the manna coming in small sizes!!

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The roundness of the manna is significant. As we have indicated, this manna is Christ, and therefore, the roundness signifies that Christ is eternal, without a beginning and an end – the alpha and omega. By feeding on Christ, we become eternal people, those who are beyond time. That was what the Lord was explaining to the woman at the well in Samaria during her dialogue with Christ.

Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
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 manna was also like frost. Frost is between dew and snow. They all represent the word of the Lord. Although dew refreshes, it does not destroy germs. Frost, on the other hand, is able to kill germs. The word of Christ both refreshes us and is able to destroy the negative things within us (the beast or the old man).

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth (manna which represents Christ and His word), and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 

The manna coming from heaven is to let us know that it is from the Lord. As we are aware, both good and evil comes from the Lord. Thus, the manna from a negative perspective brings death, while on a positive note brings life. This means that our wandering in the corridors of Babylon feeding on manna (polluted word of God), which brought death to us, is all the Lord’s design to bring us to an expected end!! 

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

The manna fell to the ground from heaven. We know from the scriptures that the ground represents mankind as we were made from dust which forms the ground.

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

Even though the manna came down from heaven, once it falls into human hands (falls to the ground), except the elect, it becomes the polluted word of the Lord. That is why the manna brought death instead of life. This polluted word of God comes in the form of excellency of speech, man’s wisdom and traditions.

1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 

1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 
1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Manna is always sent in the morning in contrast to quails that come in the evening. On a positive note, manna comes in the morning to refresh us at the beginning of the day where the sun of righteousness has risen in our lives. It is significant to note that manna comes with the dew. Both manna and dew represent the word of the Lord which comes to us as we behold the glory of the Lord.

Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Deu 33:28  Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

Exo 16:16  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 
Exo 16:18  And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

These verses show us how we are to receive the word of the Lord. The gathering of the manna in verse 16 is done such that every man takes what he can eat. In other words, we all go through various stages of our understanding of the word of the Lord. As we mature in Christ through His judgment of our old man, we are able to take in more of the word of the Lord (manna). Verse 16 also says that our receiving of manna (word of God) is according to the number of persons which are in our tents or family. Our tents or our family is the church or assembly of the elect. Thus, those whom the Lord has gifted as apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelists are given the capacity to receive more of the word of the Lord in order to feed the family of the Lord. Thus, according to verse 17, some gather more and some gather less.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The omer is an ancient Israelite unit of volume for grains and dry commodities. Spiritually, the omer represents Christ. We are all to measure to Christ’s standard. In verse 17, we are told that some gathered more and some less. However, as shown in verse 18, after they had measured the manna which had been gathered, “He that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.” In the sight of men, we can see that some are given more insight of the word of the Lord while the insight of others is limited. However, according to the Lord’s measurement, whether we gather more or less, it is exactly one omer in His sight. In other words, whether we gather more or less, at the end of the day, we are to measure up to the standard of Christ.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

May the Lord help us to measure up to the standard of Christ (Omer) as we gather manna from heaven!! Amen!!

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Study of the Book of Jeremiah – Jer 44:15-30  They Shall Know Whose Words Shall Stand, Mine or Theirs https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/study-of-the-book-of-jeremiah-jer-4415-30-they-shall-know-whose-words-shall-stand-mine-or-theirs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=study-of-the-book-of-jeremiah-jer-4415-30-they-shall-know-whose-words-shall-stand-mine-or-theirs Sat, 02 Jul 2022 18:30:06 +0000 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=25906

Jer 44:15-30  They Shall Know Whose Words Shall Stand, Mine or Theirs

[Study Aired July 3, 2022]

Jer 44:15  Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
Jer 44:16  As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
Jer 44:17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
Jer 44:18  But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jer 44:19  And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Jer 44:20  Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
Jer 44:21  The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
Jer 44:22  So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Jer 44:23  Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.
Jer 44:24  Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
Jer 44:25  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
Jer 44:26  Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.
Jer 44:27  Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
Jer 44:28  Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.
Jer 44:29  And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:
Jer 44:30  Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

In this chapter we will finally discover why these Jews who claim to be the Lord’s people never had any real intention of being obedient to the Words of the Lord even though they had sought out Jeremiah to seek the Lord’s counsel for them concerning whether to return to Egypt, promising to be obedient whether the Lord’s counsel was for their good or their evil:

Jer 42:1  Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,
Jer 42:2  And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy Godeven for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
Jer 42:3  That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.
Jer 42:4  Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.
Jer 42:5  Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
Jer 42:6  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.

The truth was that all these men already had their minds made up to go to Egypt where they knew they would fit right in because of the traditions they had been keeping for generations. Jeremiah had told them he would speak only what the Lord told him to say, and all these Jews and their leaders knew that Jeremiah had been rescued from dying at the hands of the priests for what he was repeating for the Lord. They knew how Hananiah the false prophet had humiliated Jeremiah by taking the wooden yoke off of Jeremiah’s neck and breaking it before all the people and labeling Jeremiah a false prophet for saying the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years, and still Jeremiah remained faithful to the Lord’s very unpopular words. These Jews and their leaders knew that Hananiah had died just three months after Jeremiah had prophesied that he would die that very year. They knew all about the deprivations Jeremiah had endured when Irijah, the captain of the ward, falsely accused Jeremiah of falling away to the Chaldeans. They knew that Irijah had convinced the princes to have Jeremiah placed in prison because the Lord had instructed Jeremiah to tell the king and all the people that they must submit to the yoke of the princes of Babylon. All Judah was aware of what Jeremiah had endured while being starved in prison, and yet he remained faithful to the Lord’s words.

So, Jeremiah had proven to be faithful to the Lord’s words, which words he now addresses to all the leaders and all the people who had coalesced around Gedaliah whom Nebuchadnezzar had made governor over the land after Nebuchadnezzar had deposed Zedekiah from the throne of Judah. Now these remaining Jews are sending this proven prophet to the Lord to inquire of the Lord what they should do after Johanan had rescued them from the hand of Ishmael and his men. This was the Lord’s answer to the people and their leaders. This is what they had taken an oath to obey:

Jer 42:8  Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
Jer 42:9  And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;
Jer 42:10  If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
Jer 42:11  Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
Jer 42:12  And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
Jer 42:13  But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God,
Jer 42:14  Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:
Jer 42:15  And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;
Jer 42:16  Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

‘Abiding in the land’ signifies abiding in the words of Christ:

Joh 8:30  As he spake these things, many believed on him.
Joh 8:31  Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;
Joh 8:32  and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (ASV)

Fearing “the king of Babylon” is fearing to break away from the bondage of this world and its king, the adversary and His ways, of “keeping days, months, times, and years… the traditions of men”. These are the Lord’s words for those who are given to abide in them:

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements [G447: stoicheion] of the world:

This Greek word ‘stoicheion’ is defined in Colossians 2 as “the tradition of men”, and it is defined in this chapter of Galatians as the “keeping of days, months times and years” (vs 9).

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [under ‘stoicheion’, ‘after the tradition of men’]
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
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 [G4747: ‘stoicheion’], whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

What are these “weak and beggarly elements” which kept ancient Israel in “bondage to the stoicheion of this world” and which the holy spirit is concerned is keeping us in bondage to the elements of this world. For all who are given to abide in the Lord’s words, this is what the holy spirit is talking about:

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.

Paul is inspired of the holy spirit to repeat this dire warning in:

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments [G4747: stoicheion] of the world, and not after Christ.

The tradition of men, the rudiments and elements of this world, are “not after Christ” and that, it turns out is why these Jews did not want to stay in the land wearing Christ’s cloths and eating His bread:

Jer 44:15  Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
Jer 44:16  As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

These words from these Jews graphically demonstrate how important it is to keep and live by this verse of scripture:

1Th 5:12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
1Th 5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

There are two parts to this commandment from the Lord. We are both 1) to know them which labor among us, and 2) we are commanded to “esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.” Love is defined by scripture as being obedient to the Lord:

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

These Jews knew Jeremiah’s decades-long history of fidelity to the Lord’s very unpopular message, but they did not at all ‘esteem him highly in love for his work’s sake’.

What happened to this promise these same people made just ten days before they rebelled against their own words with “the Lord [as] a true and faithful witness”?

Jer 42:5  Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
Jer 42:6  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.

It does indeed bode well for us “when we obey the voice of the Lord”. On the other side of that same coin, if we do not believe and obey the Lord, we abide in His wrath and things will not go well for us, and the very things we fear will overtake and destroy us:

Job 3:25  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

You may be the richest, most powerful man in the world, but what good is that if you “abide [under] the wrath of God”?

Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mat 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Like Esau, we all think of future promises as inconsequential to present needs and desires, and we willingly ‘sell our birthright’, our most valuable possession, to satisfy the present momentary needs and desires of our flesh:

Gen 25:29  And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
Gen 25:30  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
Gen 25:31  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
Gen 25:32  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Gen 25:33  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Our ‘birthright’ inheritance is in Christ, and in this story, Christ is signified by the land which was the inheritance of these Jews. The Jews in this story had already, long ago sold any claim they had to the land because of the hypocrisy of their way of life. They know this better than anyone, and they also know that their way of life will fit in with life in Egypt better than having to listen to the prophets of the Lord in the promised land.

Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also [in Christ] we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Israel and Judah typify the Lord’s apostate wife who has always had an eye for the ways of this world, and who hates the apparel and food of her own husband. They have “come to the prophet with the stumbling block” of their self-righteous iniquity and with the multitude of the idols of their own hearts:

Jer 44:17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

The same is true today. “We, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities” of every nation on earth “burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her” by observing “days, months, times and years” according to “the traditions of men” in every country on earth, with absolute impunity, as if Galatians 4:10 and Colossians 2:8 were not even in the scriptures, to which scriptures these very same professing Christians give so much lip service. It is for their self-righteous iniquity that the Lord answers them “according to the idols of their hearts” (Eze 14:1-9), and this is what they and Christians today truly believe:

Jer 44:18  But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jer 44:19  And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

Exactly when did these Jews, or any of our ancestors, ever “leave off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her”? Even the American pilgrims, who outlawed the observance of Christmas and Easter as the Pagan holidays and the times of debauchery they were, still kept either the seventh-day sabbath or the first day of the week as a “Christian sabbath”. Neither had these Jews ever ‘left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven’.

It may appear impossible that a people who have “burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her”, and who had just three months earlier had been carried off into Babylon as slaves and are now fleeing into Egypt for fear of the Chaldeans, could possibly be so blind as to make such a statement, defending the queen of heaven. However, we ourselves have all lived under such hypocrisy, and we have witnessed how the Truth is loathed by those to whom this degree of “strong delusion” is given. This all happened to these Jews, and it is recorded for our admonition (1Co 11:10). It should serve only to make us to tremble at the Lord’s ability to send to us such blind, self-righteous hypocrisy, and we should all take heed to the apostle’s warning:

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.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Jer 44:20  Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
Jer 44:21  The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
Jer 44:22  So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Jer 44:23  Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.

Notice that Jeremiah doesn’t even acknowledge that they had ever “left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven” because he knows it never happened. Jeremiah is as non-plussed by the absolute, total blindness of his own people to their own rebellious ways as you and I are when things like this happen. He is asking them,  “Can’t you see what your rebellion against the Words of the Lord have produced??? Can’t you see the results of the Lord’s anger, and His wrath towards you for ignoring His commandments and observing the days, months, times and years of the queen of heaven??? Your brothers are in Babylon as slaves, and you are back in Egypt fleeing from the same people who carried your brothers away captives.”

Jer 44:24  Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:

Notice how the holy spirit has chosen to tell us to whom Jeremiah is speaking. We are told that he is addressing “all the people and… all the women.” The captains and “all the proud men” are not mentioned in this case, because the word ‘woman’ signifies the church and all of her daughter churches, “Samaria and her daughters, and Jerusalem and her daughters.”

Eze 16:1  Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 16:2  Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,

Eze 16:26  Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

The Lord’s people identified more with the pagan Egyptians and their traditions than they did with the Lord and His commandments; especially this commandment:

Deu 12:29  When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Deu 12:30  Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Deu 12:31  Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
Deu 12:32  What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

By sending Jeremiah to enquire for them of the Lord these self-righteous, rebellious types of us, demonstrated that they were burning incense to the queen of heaven and thinking they were doing so to the Lord their God. When forced to face their hypocrisy, they did what we all just naturally do, and they refused to repent and continued on in their rebellion.

Ezekiel was a prophet of the Lord who had been carried away into Babylon, and the Jews in Babylon were of the same rebellious spirit as these Jews in Egypt. Speaking specifically of those Jews who had been carried away into Babylon, this is what he tells them as types of us:

Eze 16:55  When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou [Jerusalem (vs 1-2)] and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

There was “no place found for repentance” in either group.

Jeremiah continues:

Jer 44:25  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

Judah and Jerusalem had long been in league with Egypt, as an ally against Assyria and Babylon. They had been “committing fornication” with the Egyptians and the Assyrians for many decades. It was all done “after the counsel of [the Lord’s] own will” (Eph 1:11). The Lord gives us our very thoughts. Our hearts are in His hand, and He is intent upon turning our hearts to the destruction of our flesh and to the destruction of the entire kingdom of our old man:

Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORDas the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Judah and Jerusalem were doing what the whole world was doing. They were doing what Egypt had been doing all along, and they knew they would fit right in down in Egypt just as the Jews who had been carried away to Babylon felt right at home in that country.

Jer 44:26  Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.

Even the churches of this Babylonian system acknowledge that ‘Egypt’ signifies this wicked world into which we have all been placed by virtue of being born. This 26th verse is the Lord placing a curse upon His own people… “My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt.” This curse typifies what Christ is telling us when He cursed the fig tree:

Mat 21:19  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

This ‘fig tree’ signifies the Lord’s people of that time.

Joe 1:6  For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
Joe 1:7  He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

At that time the kingdom of God was an outward kingdom. It was the kingdom of physical Israel with ‘a lawgiver’ still residing in Judah:

Gen 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judahnor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

This is the definition of ‘Shiloh’:

The sceptre would not depart from physical Judah “until Shiloh come”, and in the very first recorded sermon of His reformative ministry, immediately following His baptism by John and His temptation by the devil, Christ prophesied of the gospel going to the Gentiles and that teaching almost cost Him his life:

Luk 4:24  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
Luk 4:27  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
Luk 4:28  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Luk 4:29  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Luk 4:30  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

Christ repeated this prophecy to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well:

Joh 4:19  The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Jeremiah’s curse upon the Jews in Egypt that “[the Lord’s] name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt” was a prophecy that the Lord would place a curse upon His own people, as Christ cursed this fig tree, which in turn signifies His own people of that time:

Jer 44:27  Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
Jer 44:28  Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.

If “there be an end of them” because they are “consumed by the sword and by the famine… until there be an end of them” then the only way they will ever “know whose words shall stand, mine or theirs” is if their own wickedness corrects them:

Jer 2:18  And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? [the Nile, referring to the Jews in Egypt] or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? [referring to the Jews in Babylon]
Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

It is only Christ “whose words shall stand [and] shall not pass away”:

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Jer 44:29  And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

Seeing signs from the Lord means nothing to those who are devoid of spiritual eyes and ears. It all happened to them, and they benefit nothing from their own chastening, because it all happened to them and is written simply for our admonition (1Co 10:11).

Jer 2:30  In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Jer 2:31  O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

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.

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

These words in Jeremiah chapter two… “We are [our own] Lords; we will come no more to thee” are a prophecy of what these remnant Jews tell Jeremiah in this 44th chapter which we quoted above, and I will repeat here:

Jer 44:17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
Jer 44:18  But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jer 44:19  And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

Jer 44:30  Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

Indeed ‘our own wickedness will correct us, and our backsliding will reprove us’, and if we are blessed of the Lord to do so, we will be given to see and know “in this present time” that it is indeed a bitter thing for us to ‘forsake the Lord and to have His fear taken away from us’.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

If it is the Lord’s will, it is you and I upon whom the Lord’s glory will be revealed and upon whom “the creature [all men of all time is] waiting for [our] manifestation”.

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Study of the Book of Kings – 1Ki 21:17-29  “For we must needs die,  and are as water spilt on the ground” – Part 2  https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/study-of-the-book-of-kings-1ki-2117-29-for-we-must-needs-die-and-are-as-water-spilt-on-the-ground-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=study-of-the-book-of-kings-1ki-2117-29-for-we-must-needs-die-and-are-as-water-spilt-on-the-ground-part-2 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:17:24 +0000 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=25899 https://www.dropbox.com/s/dzb7g5owrqnj1ne/20220630-Study_TonyC-MustDiePt2.m4a?raw=1

1Ki 21:17-29  “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground” – Part 2

[Study Aired June 30, 2022]

For we must die, and are as water spilled on the ground, and with no way to be redeemed except through Christ’s blood that was spilled on the earth, which can sanctify the body of Christ as it represents His Words which are Life, or a seed, that brings death to our old man (Eph 1:7, Joh 17:17, Joh 12:24).

Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. [-to believe is to do the work- Joh 8:31]

The water of the word that washes us (Eph 5:26-27) proceeds from the vine Jesus Christ, who is the Word (Joh 1:1), and He is the reason we can be sanctified and cleansed of our old Adamic nature “with the washing of water by the word (wineblood [Mat 26:28])”

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word
Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

If we hear that word and are convicted by that word and act upon that word, proving all things and holding fast to that which is good (1Th 5:21), then we will be saved through that process of judgment in which we continue until our last breath (Joh 8:31-32) symbolized by the words “O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD” of Jeremiah 22:29. With God’s words being sanctified within us, we can then in turn sanctify each other with those words and play a part in saving one another in this life as we fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ “for his body’s sake, which is the church” (Col 1:24, Eph 5:30).

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. 

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 

“We must needs die”, just as “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Act 14:22), and the life of Elijah the Tishbite typifies for us what is expected of God’s elect who are dying daily and learning to patiently possess our souls (Jas 5:10, Luk 21:19) as we are led by God’s spirit (Rom 8:14-16).

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Jas 5:10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 
Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 
Rom 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

We can only say ‘our yes is yes’ and ‘our no is no’ of Matthew 5:37 if we are being obedient to the commandments of God.  So, when God tells Elijah “go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria“, he does so and does not make any excuse as to why he cannot; excuses , “What if the king doesn’t like what I have to say?” God tells us in situations of duress “take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak” (Mat 8:21-22 ,  Mat 10:19).

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. 

Mat 8:21  And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 
Mat 8:22  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Mat 10:19  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Each of the wise and foolish virgins are “bidden to the wedding” (Mat 22:3) but it is only those who are given to receive the counsel “buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed” (Rev 3:18) who have those garments washed or sanctified by the blood of the lamb who is the author and finisher of that “more precious than of gold” process of having our faith tried in fire in this life through God’s judgments that are upon His house (Rev 19:7, Heb 12:2, 1Pe 1:7, 1Pe 4:12, 1Pe 4:17, Jas 1:2-4). Satan did exactly what God required of him.  The point is that a prophet going where he is supposed to go, as Elijah did, is not a conclusive event that shows that the vessel is one of honor or dishonor, any more than Judas who kept following Christ when others had already denied him (Joh 6:67).

Mat 22:3  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The reason I’m bringing up this subject of ‘tried faith’ in this story is because we can easily read about the faithful prophets of old and not realize the life and death situations God put them in was for our sakes, showing us that we are “more than conquerors through him that loved us” (1Co 10:11, Rom 8:37). These stories of the faithful prophets are typical examples of the faith of Jesus Christ that we have today, which tell us nothing can separate us “from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).

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. 

We need to look at these situations of the prophets and all the examples of faith in Hebrews 11:1-40, and remember these things were written for our sakes to encourage us and to remind us that nothing can separate us from the love of God as we are given the ability to endure the trials of this life with the very faith of Jesus Christ and the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts (Rom 5:5). That God-given faith gives us the power we need to be obedient even as we deny ourselves every day and follow Christ by carrying our cross, which is how we deny ourselves and ultimately overcome by enduring to the end (Luk 22:32, Gal 2:20, 2Ti 1:7, Heb 5:8, Mat 16:24, Mat 24:13).

Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: [Col 1:27] and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

1Ki 21:17  And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 
1Ki 21:18  Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
1Ki 21:19  And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

Elijah gets his marching orders from “the LORD“, and as mentioned, he goes straightway to go do the work of the Lord (Mat 4:20, Heb 11:8, Rom 8:14).

Mat 4:20  And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

We are God’s workmanship, and Elijah’s meeting “Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria, in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it” is symbolic of where God meets our old man of sin who must be confronted straightway by the prophet for the death of Christ, for which we are guilty, symbolized in this story by the life of Naboth that was taken. The dogs licking the blood of a dead man is symbolic of our returning to our own vomit, our own blood, or words, which are not words of life that can sanctify the earth like the words or Christ but are rather consumed by the beast that we are, to give nourishment to the beast. To clearly witness to that point, both Naboth’s and Ahab’s blood are mentioned as being spilled on the ground and licked up by dogs to remind us that flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and only Christ can redeem us with His blood (Pro 26:11, Mat 7:6).

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

The prophet Elijah does not shun to declare the whole gospel (Act 20:27) in type and shadow to Ahab with these words that paint a gruesome story of what is going to befall Ahab: “And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 

1Ki 21:20  And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.

We all “sell ourselves” or “deny Christ” when we “work evil in the sight of the LORD“, and the good that we would we don’t do, but the evil that we don’t want to do that’s what we do (Rom 7:14-17), and if Christ’s spirit is within us, we will overcome this struggle in our heavens, because the Son of man sets us free from sin so we can be free indeed (Joh 8:36). This freedom does not happen all at once, and is a dying daily process that brings us to learn of God’s faithfulness to finish what He has started in His workmanship through Jesus Christ (Heb 12:2, Eph 2:10). Elijah is the enemy of Ahab just as the spirit of God is against the flesh, and the flesh against the spirit (Gal 5:17), and what we sow in that flesh we will reap and be found out: “Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?” (Gal 6:7)

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 
Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 
Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 
Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. [ultimately freed from this double-minded man of Romans 7:13-17 on the third day (Luk 13:32)]

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would [Rom 7:14-17].

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap [Rom 9:19-21].

1Ki 21:21  Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, 
1Ki 21:22  And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin. 
1Ki 21:23  And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. 
1Ki 21:24  Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat. 
1Ki 21:25  But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 
1Ki 21:26  And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

The evil that God is going to bring upon Ahab is to take away from him his “posterity”H310, a symbol for us of God taking away our talent and giving it to someone else (Mat 25:28-29). In the physical sense, it represents everything that is ‘behind’ Ahab, everything that has been established in his life including “him that is shut up and left in Israel“, meaning in type and shadow the things he has bound on earth and in heaven are all being destroyed, the whole root and branch, because that ‘posterity’ represents what our old man builds and develops in this life, our many wonderful works with no acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty over it all (Mal 4:1).

Mal 4:1  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Mat 25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 
Mat 25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Notice that the curse which comes upon Ahab and Jezebel is spoken of as being against the wall, and by the wall of JezreelH3157. This wall of Jezreel, in the negative sense, is a symbol of the idols of our heart, and the word means “God will sow“, telling us that God is the one who is sovereign over this whole process of light and dark and good and evil (Isa 45:7) about which we are learning in this story of Ahab and Jezebel. He created us to be a marred vessel in the Potter’s hand that is either redeemed in this life or the next, which reminds us of 2 Samuel 14:14 and Romans 9:22-23.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: [“yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him“]
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

For further contrast, Ahab is compared to his proteges telling him that he is no better, and in fact is worse, than them: “like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat (1Ki 14:1-12), and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah (1Ki 15:33-34, 1Ki 16:1-4), for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin“. Even as Ahab is digesting these strong rebukes from the prophet, he is further told “And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.

1Ki 14:10  Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. 
1Ki 14:11  Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD hath spoken it. 

1Ki 16:2  Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; 
1Ki 16:3  Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

Jezebel is the wife of Ahab, and therefore they are one, and she represents his spiritual state of mind which is corrupt like hers, and therefore he is pronounced with the same fate: “Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.” Again, it is not just Ahab who is going to die but all those who are connected to him, and the death, although physical, is represented to us in the terms used to show us that those to whom we are joined in our folly and our disobedience are devoured by dogs, which is a symbol of spiritual depravity (Tit 1:12). The fowls of the air show the dream-is-one principle in that it is speaking of the same point. “The field” is the world, and the fowls represent the evil spirits which are going to destroy those connected to Ahab in the world (Deu 28:15, Deu 28:26).

Deu 28:15  But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: 

Deu 28:26  And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.

The casting “out before the children of Israel” of “the Amorites” is typical language that says these same words of Christ: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” as He delivers us from every abominable idol of our hearts, the most persistent one being that we don’t see that these words of God are speaking of the chief of sinners, who we are (1Ti 1:15), along with Jezebel who represents our inability without Christ to be seduced by Babylon out of which God alone can drag us. “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.” It is when God brings us to see our hopeless and helpless situation as a result of the fullness of the sins of the “Amorites” being fulfilled in our life that we are then delivered from ourselves (Gen 15:16).

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Gen 15:16  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

1Ki 21:27  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
1Ki 21:28  And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 
1Ki 21:29  Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

Although God did postpone the evil that would come upon Ahab’s house due to his repentant heart, the “posterity” of Ahab that God said he would take away from him was inevitable, and so God’s judgments were temporarily withheld and then unleashed as prophesied “in his son’s days” did God “bring the evil upon his house”, similar to king Solomon whose curse was visited in the generation after him with his son king Rehoboam (Deu 5:9, 1Ki 11:11-12). In both kings’ lives, Ahab and Solomon, there was an abuse of power and an entitled spirit that had little and no regard for the commandments of God as they sowed to their flesh. The end result of that disobedience is always the same and is written for our sakes (1Co 10:11) to help us learn that God is a just God who tells us what we sow we will reap. He is the one who orchestrates all of it at the appointed time (Gal 6:7).

The reason God delays these punishments at certain times is to remind us that when one member of the body of Christ sins, we are all affected by that behavior, and “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” is an old covenant expression of telling us that sin can have long-term consequences for all those who commit sin, and for those who are in the midst of the leaven that can leaven the whole lump (Gal 5:9, 1Co 5:13, Heb 12:15).

Deu 5:9  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 

Gal 5:9  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 

1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

In the end, the prophetic words of Elijah come to pass as we will read in the last chapter of first Kings, where we learn of how Ahab died in battle, this telling us again that God is a just God who judges us for our sins (1Ki 22:38). It would seem very pointless to be reading these stories if we were not given to understand that we are looking at events that reflect the one event that is common unto all man, each man in his order, and that being the judgment of God (Ecc 3:9). That judgment and the blessing it will ultimately bring upon all the world, is the salvation of all which leads us back to our title “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground” in order to become that means-to-an-end body of Christ that God will use to save the rest of the world “that his banished be not expelled from him” (Oba 1:21).

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: [Rom 9:19-21] yet doth he devise means [Oba 1:21], that his banished be not expelled from him. 

Oba 1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

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Generating Enthusiasm for being in the Spirit for Study https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/generating-enthusiasm-for-being-in-the-spirit-for-study/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=generating-enthusiasm-for-being-in-the-spirit-for-study Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:01:09 +0000 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=25892 Generating Enthusiasm for being in the Spirit for Study
[Study Aired June 29, 2022]

The short answer is that nobody can generate enthusiasm for Christ’s truth without the Lord providing curiosity and longing.

There are always two key women in the scriptures – the Whore and the Bride of Christ.

Without understanding “The Keys to the Kingdom” and all in the “Essential Reading” segment on the IWWB website, we will remain firmly entrenched in Babylon.

Hopefully, this study will amplify a heightened desire through a detailed inspection of every word’s types, symbols and shadows as the Song of Solomon colourfully and secretly expresses, as does the entire Bible.

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Most certainly, Babylonian Christianity (the Whore outwardly) likewise has an intense curiosity; it ebbs and flows inconsistently and is driven by ignorant unrealistic fear and rulership by their Nicolaitan slave-masters. In addition, they breathlessly share and sell spiritual intimacies within the 46,000 splinter, Christian, harlot denominations; as we once did and now daily diligently seek to eradicate remnants of harlotry.

There is no escaping the fact that interest in the word of God has a deliberate and direct correlation with our physical marriages and sexual relationships. It is akin to the Babylonian Christians feeling obligated to attend church and is the same as us possibly feeling dispassionate for spiritual intimacies and skipping studies with the apathy of a harlot for her client (for us, it can be the dull eyes of Leah, the elder daughter, whom Jacob unwittingly married by Laban’s deceit). Likewise, if our physical marriages are sexually lack-lustre, they risk being a symbol of harlotry where indifference for physical or spiritual intimacy apathetically rules.

Traditionally, harlots have no intrigue and curiosity for authentic presence for spiritual unity with their customers. For her, time is of the essence; time is money or merely validation. Similarly, that detachment caused by ‘more important’ things can blight our delight in Christ.

The entire experience that the Body of Christ has been given is pure intimacy between the Bride and her fiancé, the Christ. She is already spiritually ravished by His word. Her God-given and increasing incontinence for His spiritual truths grows daily. Hence, He says, “I come quickly” since lovers waiting too long for physical marriage risk adultery by enthusiastically participating in the fullness of each other’s ardour. Likewise, Christ comes quickly to us since our intense spiritual intimacies quickly increase knowledge and understanding through spirit-discerning spirit. While dying daily, we are flushed with the glory and downpayment of His spirit of first love and the anticipation of marriage. Yet, we must wait patiently while the intensity of expectation increases seemingly to the breaking point.

Son 2:5 Sustain ye me with raisin-cakes, Refresh me with apples; For I am sick of love. (Darby)

Psa 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Our former and dissipating whore within was equally passionate for a different Jesus. What an earthquake to discover that we had been amorously following another Jesus for all of our lives! It is like being at school for a final exam. With no time to spare, you were proud of your answer, only to review the question, and you had it utterly back-to-front. What a miserable and devastating flood of inward wailing and howling emotions!

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 

Mat 23:25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! [When we were whores and harlots] for you are cleansing the outside of the cup and the plate, yet inside they are brimming with rapacity and incontinence. [going over land and sea to make one proselyte a two-fold worse child of hell than themselves.] (CLV)

1Co 7:1 Now, concerning what you write to me: It is ideal for a man not to be touching a woman.”
1Co 7:2 Yet, because of prostitutions, let each man have a wife for himself and each woman have her own husband.” Spiritually speaking, we are to have ONE husband, the Christ and not the prostitutions with another Jesus.
1Co 7:3 Let the husband render to the wife her due, yet likewise the wife also to the husband.” [by the washing of the word of truth.]
1Co 7:4 The wife has not the jurisdiction of her own body, but the husband, yet likewise the husband also has not the jurisdiction of his own body, but the wife.”
1Co 7:5 Do not deprive one another, except sometime it should be by agreement for a period, that you should gave leisure for prayer, and you may be the same again, lest Satan may be trying you because of your incontinence.

Just as husbands and wives in a well-balanced marriage have curiosity and desire and specific incontinence for the mind and body of their mate, so, too, is the Body of Christ incontinent for His spiritual truth. Leisurely time through deep presence in the Word evokes profound ruminations that arouses a spouse to engage their mate.

Son 4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. 

Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 

Pro 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

I expect that everyone here knows what it is like to be “sick of [with/in] love”. To become sick with love for God’s word requires diligent study of different Bible versions and related dictionaries with cross-referencing of the many instances of scriptures where a particular word or phrase has an order of frequency of use for a meaning. To a Babylonian it sounds tedious, and it is unless the Lord has given us righteous lust for his word.

There are 35 internationally recognized descriptions of wine tasting. Within each class, the vintner looks intently into each classification in his attempt to express the subtle flavours that he more often overstates in the hope of sales. It is an act of being intently present for the more exquisite and delicate flavours. Those qualities are identified, sometimes in more flowery and inspirational terms than I express, as a hint of chocolate, mild pepper, oak, rose and so forth. Unless we were inspired by the vintner to seek those flavors, we would most likely miss them. By being utterly immersed emotionally in the art, we extract a peculiar delight in the subject.

Similarly, we, too, look intently into the word of God for its underlying flavors of all truths without adding to the word of God, or diminishing His word, just as Solomon immersed himself in the delight of his Bride. That is being “present” in a thing.

[For your interest to characterise fine wine, the following link is excellent: https://www.wine-tastings-guide.com/wine-descriptions.html]

Son 2:5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

For the sake of the exercise, following is a simple breakdown of that verse that most in the Body take for granted.

Continuing…

For brevity’s sake, I haven’t included the full KJV+TVM rendition for each word in Song of Solomon 2:5. Below is a more extensive example of “for I am sick”H2470. However, a detailed study of words arouses “presence”. It is like studying the label of a presumed fine wine where the careful wording is designed to intrigue and promote lust for a sale. So is Solomon’s authentic love speech, but without a harlot’s flamboyant ‘sales’ pitch with lying eyes and dress.

The Bride has a single-mindedness of eye for her fiancé since he has given her a new and virgin mind for him alone. She is, before creation, “spoken for” where the pattern of the younger ruling the elder is permanent. She is promised and declared in advance for Christ.

Son 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. [despised; condemned]  
Son 8:8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? 

What the Lord does for the cute “little sister”, to the unwitting Babylonian Christian’s sullen displeasure, is that the entire Bible is written primarily for her, His future Bride. It is a love letter to her alone. She is the little sister typified by Rachel, Jacob’s fiancée, and compared to her elder sister Leah’s “weak eyes”, Rachel was vibrant, eager, anticipatory, but most of all, devotedly being present in communications and submission, the apple of Jacob’s eye. How do we know that? For our benefit, the Lord deliberately portrayed Rachel as His spiritual Bride, and we know that the Lord will suffer nothing less than a perfect representation.

 Son 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. 

Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. [We know that she does have “spots”, but they are gone and made as white as snow when his righteousness is attributed to her, as she, with the simplicity of acknowledging her sins, they are made as white as snow.]

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Every bride desires the perfect marriage, and vibrant marriage is built upon being equally yoked in the spirit of understanding the truth with vibrant communications in all things.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Since we are here in our forums with each other in regular and intimate communication in Christ, it is the God-given primary key to increasing spiritual intrigue.

As did five of the sleepy and foolish virgins, we must challenge our fleshy proclivity to take our ease.

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Israel came from the wilderness and the mountains of Samaria, where she committed many whoredoms with her neighbors and is a shadow of us coming out of the many harlot churches of the same people where we took our ease in the foolish belief that we are already saved without chastisement.

We all experience the weariness of the flesh and turn over on our spiritual bed of slothfulness. World time zones, health, sleeplessness and many other tribulations of the flesh contribute to genuine absence from our daily studies and private communications. Nonetheless, the Lord knows our heart, and so we should first judge ourselves within for any slothfulness.

Pro 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 
Pro 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 
Pro 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 

Jdg 18:9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. 

Pro 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 

Tribute is forced labor. The entire world has been under tribute since Eden. Israel experienced the first forced labor in the wilderness under the law of Moses, where physical blessings and cursings ruled. The world will participate in a second tribute, in type, for their God-given slothfulness under the rod of iron in the One Thousand-Year reign where again, and without the Lord’s spirit, everyone will see their teachers and hear God’s laws but not be converted.

So, pray diligently for the habit of daily routine and probably rising early to feed your household within. Consistent study with a mindful presence in Christ is vital whatever your timeframe.

Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. [We know that Christ has found, and even made for Himself, such a woman.
Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil [Christ had already experienced a lack-lustre and indifferent woman, his first wife in the wilderness. He will not suffer to take her back in adultery as that would be dishonest spoil. So, too, we don’t go back to Babylonian doctrine].
Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life [Only because He first loved her by giving her increasing intimacy for him; she wanted him to wash her by his word].
Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands [She is spiritually clothed and diligent in study].
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar [By searching the scriptural fare daily].
Pro 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

To be sick with love, we need commonality in most likes and dislikes. We need a bright-eyed accord that makes us equally yoked in flesh and spirit with our lover.

At this point in the study, we have seen that:

  • We first must be dragged to the truth since our Babylonian brothers and sisters likewise proclaim their passion for ‘the truth’ unwittingly for a different Jesus. We must be pre-signed for the right course and in the relevant lecture room.
  • We must show up with disciplined, consistent and meditative study and do our homework. 

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not [The hard-working farmer reaps in due season].

The Third and Vital Ingredient is to have a Vibrant Presence in Christ to be “Sick of Love.”

Jacob’s fiancée, Rachel, is a classic example of a young woman trembling in anticipatory excitement for her man and him for her. Before meeting him, she knew the truth of what kind of man would magnetically snap her attention. She was a delightful girl who loved the beauty of the outdoors in nature and solitude while tending her father Laban’s sheep. As did Jacob, Rachel knew that being equally yoked in all things with her lover created a brighter path to more profound understanding of each other and for us, Christ.

Presence in each other creates vibrancy and makes us “sick of love” ~ meaning sick with love. (Song of Solomon 2:5)

Essentially, by being dragged to Christ and studying His word, we are automatically given the path to first love that makes us sick with love for its intoxicating joy of oneness of mind and burning spiritual bodily union with Christ.

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

First comes the natural, and then proceeds the spiritual. Most newlyweds believe that they are equally yoked in mind and spirit, for that is what exhilarates their sensuality to more intense delight in the other. It is a beautiful thing that, without further reason, they immerse themselves wholeheartedly in a bodily union. The spiritual correlation is that immersion in Christ is first seen in the flesh with our physical love affairs.

We all crave the ‘happy hormones’ (Oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin) and remember the newness of their effects in our youth and long to return to those heady days and recapture the deep intimacy and presence of courtship and newly marrieds. Platonic friendships can have a far more focused presence on each other, especially Christ, since sexual intimacies don’t clutter the devotion for spirit of truth, and no doubt Paul experienced and was prompted to say that it is good not to touch a woman. However, if spouses can achieve presence in and for each other and Christ, it can be an exceedingly fruitful experience of spiritual discovery.

Ecc 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their work. 
Ecc 4:10 And if one has a fall, the other will give him a hand; but unhappy is the man who is by himself, because he has no helper. 
Ecc 4:11 So again, if two are sleeping together they are warm, but how may one be warm by himself? 

What is not stated is that a single person can have a possibly equal or greater intensity of desire and presence alone with Christ since his ache to share his deep spiritual insights escalates in solitude with the Lord. Today, I lust for that presence! With emotions too deep to relate, I have experienced that deep intimacy with Christ, especially in my single days on my farm that can only be described as a shadow of sexual intimacy with a spouse transcended by spiritual intimacy in Christ. I like to think that is what Paul experienced.

Physical love ebbs and flows and can become static or face wintery growth. Ephesus within us, the first of the seven churches of Asia, is admonished right off the bat to regain its first love.

Rev 2:1 Unto the angel [the Body of Christ] of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 
Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Hopefully, new people in the Body of Christ are still in that state of first love when Spring is in the air. They intensely focus on every word of God for more profound spiritual meanings as the happy hormones brighten their spiritual eyes.

The fruit from our flush of first love steadily matures over many months and possibly years. Maturing members of Christ’s Body sometimes long for the heady days of ravenously devouring the word of God. Similar to youthful lust, they lust for a revitalised spirit righteously.

Ecc 7:10 Say not, Why were the days which have gone by better than these? Such a question comes not from wisdom. 

That first love is often based on the new and pure milk of the word, and it is not wise to say that the old days are better than the present. As I experienced on the farm with my profound delight in the Lord, people think the old days were better because they brightly recall the effects of the happy hormones and try to retrieve them rather than focus on the foundational truths of mature fruit which the happy hormones incite. I wanted the wine of my spiritual hit. That emotional buoyancy is as much as so-called charismatic church folk want to know with their understanding. They amplify their drunkenness by babbling in tongues and all sorts of mindless ravings for the emotional hit it evokes, and agitate deluded marvelling from peers.

There is nothing wrong with breathtaking truthful joy. As the saying goes, “Let’s have our cake and eat it too!” By eating the meat of His word, we attain a more mature buoyancy springing from detailed study. Focused study on types, symbols and shadows and the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words, bursts exponentially upwards in our minds for more exciting exploration. To the non-dragged mind, that is as boring as it sounds, but it is hidden manna to us. Almost every word in scripture has a spiritual meaning, and if we don’t seek its often multiple meanings, we will remain a mindless unconverted Babylonian.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

How do we recapture our first love? 

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

To stir up love and good works of being one with Christ in everything, we need to review the physical that precedes the spiritual briefly. The classic example is a husband and wife’s love-making desires for each other. Of course, we don’t have to go into the intimate details to know what actions escalate all the happy hormones for righteous incontinence. Nevertheless, Solomon’s examples in the scriptures below have inspired playwrights and poets for centuries where one’s imagination is titillated. At the Lord’s hand for the discerning Saints, our minds are seasoned with self-mastery while reading such accounts; of which single Saints are increasingly adept.

It is understood that there are endless avenues of meaning in poetry. For this purpose, we have a glimpse of stirring up passion in each other, a shadow of the spiritual for Christ, our fiancé, who is pretty amorous yet restrained in verse 6. His nearness to marriage and his courting chastity is an act of “good works” and symbolizes our ardour for intense delight in what is to come in marriage.

Solomon, the Rose of Sharon, represents Christ, and the Body of Christ is the Lily of the valley among the harlot thorns.

Our deliberate restraint of haste in love-making is for the Lily’s (Christ’s) good pleasure, where the Rose and the Lily’s presence in every minute detail of each other is paramount to becoming “sick of love”. So, too, is our study for every word in scripture, our focus, that is, our presence which ravishes our hearts for Christ! Being “present” is precisely that ~ deliberate and absorbing focus on the details as with our delight in fine wine. The result is the physical and spiritual flow of happy hormones that cause us to crave more as should happen both physically and spiritually with equally yoked spouses.

Son 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. 
Son 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. 
Son 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 
Son 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 
Son 2:5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. 
Son 2:6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me [That to me looks like highly restrained ardour, yet it can be taken both ways; for the unmarried and the married].
Son 2:7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please [Christ pleases Himself whom He chooses as members of His Bride whether they are called at the third hour or the eleventh hour].

The Bride Adores Her Beloved

Son 2:8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 
Son 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. 
Son 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 
Son 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 
Son 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 
Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 
Son 2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. 
Son 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. 
Son 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 
Son 2:17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

We know all too well our aches and pains through trials and sufferings as we are chastised and die daily to our sins as walk, rest, sleep, and we resume the race against ourselves to win the prize of our high calling. Our spiritual ardour ebbs and flows in fits and starts. That is the habit of weak flesh subject to idols of the heart. The flush of first love matures into a more intense purity in Christ, and is especially experienced at the wedding supper of the Lamb where our spiritual winter is banished forever.

Amo 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts, 
Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. 
Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD. 

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Amen.

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Exo 15:1-27  Thou hast Guided them in thy Strength unto thy Holy Habitation

[Study Aired June 27, 2022]

Exo 15:1  Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Exo 15:2  The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exo 15:3  The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Exo 15:4  Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
Exo 15:5  The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. 
Exo 15:6  Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. 
Exo 15:7  And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. 
Exo 15:8  And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. 
Exo 15:9  The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 
Exo 15:10  Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
Exo 15:11  Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 
Exo 15:12  Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 
Exo 15:13  Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. 
Exo 15:14  The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 
Exo 15:15  Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. 
Exo 15:16  Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. 
Exo 15:17  Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
Exo 15:18  The LORD shall reign for ever and ever. 
Exo 15:19  For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea. 
Exo 15:20  And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 
Exo 15:21  And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 
Exo 15:22  So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 
Exo 15:23  And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 
Exo 15:24  And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 
Exo 15:25  And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 
Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 
Exo 15:27  And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. 

This chapter deals with the song of Moses. The Lord’s miraculous deliverance is always followed spontaneously by our praise and worship. Moses and the people of Israel could not help but worship the Lord by singing to the Lord a new song. This song of Moses is actually the song of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ!!

Psa 96:1  O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 
Psa 96:2  Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 
Psa 96:3  Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. 
Psa 96:4  For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

When the Israelites were in the promised land and were oppressed by King Jabin of Canaan and Sisera, the captain of his army, the Lord raised up Deborah and Barak to defeat them. Immediately after the great victory, Deborah and Barak worshiped the Lord with this song of praise (Song of Moses):

Jdg 5:1  Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 
Jdg 5:2  Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 
Jdg 5:3  Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel. 
Jdg 5:4  LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. 
Jdg 5:5  The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel. 

Incidentally, after we have overcome the flesh after the Lord’s judgment of our old man or the beast, we shall sing this song of Moses on that day!!

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 
Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 
Rev 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Exo 15:1  Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Exo 15:2  The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exo 15:3  The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Exo 15:4  Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. 
Exo 15:5  The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. 

These verses attest to the fact that the death of the old man, or the beast within, is all the work of the Lord. They are also to assure us that despite the situation in which we find ourselves in this life, if we are called and chosen, then victory will surely be ours. The Lord triumphing gloriously is to let us know that the Lord’s work on our old man is done in a superb fashion.

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

The horse and the rider refer to the old man, or the flesh or the beast within. The horse and the rider being thrown into the sea means that the Lord uses the flesh and its works to destroy our flesh. In other words, our own wickedness will correct us.

Jer 51:21  And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

The destruction of this unsurmountable enemy (our old man) makes the Lord a man of war indeed!! The description of the Lord as a man of war refers to His might and the arsenals at His disposal to deal with our flesh.

Isa 42:13  The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

In verse 2, we come to know the Lord as our strength and song. Being our strength means that we do not have any strength of our own to do anything. This is what it means:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Lord being our song means that He is our object of worship. All our worship is directed towards Him.

Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 

As we have indicated in an earlier series, Pharaoh, his chariots and his army constitute our old man, or the flesh within us. Sinking to the bottom as a stone in verse 5 is to let us know about the gradual process the Lord takes to dismantle our old man. The death of the old man is a process that takes a lifetime. Jesus told us that His perfection came on the third day, which means it was after resurrection that He was perfected. Our perfection is also to be achieved in the first resurrection if the Lord wills!!

Luk 13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Exo 15:6  Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. 
Exo 15:7  And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. 
Exo 15:8  And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. 
Exo 15:9  The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 
Exo 15:10  Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

These verses focus on the arsenal at the Lord’s disposal to destroy our old man. The weapons identified here are Lord’s right hand, his greatness, his wrath, the blast of his nostrils, his wind and the sea. In the Lord’s right hand are pleasures for evermore. The pleasures relate to His mercies, lovingkindness, protection, grace, etc.

Psa 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psa 89:13  Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

Psa 17:7  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Psa 18:35  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

His greatness relates to the fact that it is through Him that everything consists!! Thus, nothing is impossible!!

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Although human wrath worketh wickedness, our Lord’s wrath brings us to salvation. His wrath brings us trouble, but it is all part of the process of bringing us to our desired haven.

2Ch 29:8  Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. 

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. 
Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 
Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

The blast of His nostrils is His breath, which is the Spirit of promise. This is the Spirit which empowered the disciples and is empowering us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit to do the work of God.

Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Act 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 

His wind is all the spiritual resources at the Lord’s disposal. This includes both good and evil spirits.

Rev 7:1  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

As we have indicated earlier, the sea represents the flesh and its works. The Lord uses our fleshly works to correct us.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Exo 15:11  Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 
Exo 15:12  Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 

Here we are looking at the incomparability of our Lord. His might and attributes are beyond description. Words cannot be uttered to describe Him completely!!

Psa 86:8  Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

One of His attributes described here is that He is fearful in praises. Our praises are our worship. As we revere or worship our Lord, He does wonders on our behalf. Our worship includes the fruit of the lips in singing His praise but it is principally about how we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Exo 15:13  Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. 

Our walk with Christ in this world of wilderness is for the purpose of providing the Lord a habitation in our hearts and mind for the Lord to reign in our lives. What we must note here is that it is the Lord’s strength which usurps the old man, or the beast, from the throne of our hearts to make a way for the Lord to come and sit on His throne in our hearts and minds.

Heb 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

Exo 15:14  The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
Exo 15:15  Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
Exo 15:16  Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

The inhabitants of Palestina, the dukes of Edom and the mighty men of Moab, are all describing the old man within each one of us, who must be driven out of our land (bodies) in order for us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord. As the Lord starts His work of judging us, which results in the gradual destruction of the old man, it becomes obvious to the old man that his days are numbered in our lives, and therefore, we are gripped with fear and dread because we think that if we lose our lives, then we are doomed. Saul found himself in the same situation with David when David defeated Goliath. The women of Israel started singing that Saul had slain his thousands and David, his ten thousands. Saul was filled with fear and dread as he realized that David would ascend the throne at his expense. Saul represents our old man, and David signifies the new man who is after the image of Christ.

1Sa 18:6  And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
1Sa 18:7  And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 
1Sa 18:8  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 
1Sa 18:9  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

Exo 15:17  Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
Exo 15:18  The LORD shall reign for ever and ever. 
Exo 15:19  For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea. 

These verses imply that the destruction of the old man, or the flesh within us (Pharaoh, his chariots and army), is a prerequisite to being planted by the Lord in the mountain of His inheritance. The mountain of His inheritance is the same as the Lord’s sanctuary, which is our bodies – hearts and mind. The Lord will ascend the throne of our hearts and mind after usurping the old man and reign forever!!

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Exo 15:20  And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Exo 15:21  And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Miriam here represents the church of the firstborn or the elect, which is Christ’s body. All the women going after Miriam with timbrels and with dances is to let us know that all the various assemblies of the church of the elect worldwide must worship the Lord for His wonderful works to the children of men. As we have said earlier, our spiritual form of worship to the Lord is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord!!

Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 
Psa 107:32  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. 
Psa 107:33  He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 
Psa 107:34  A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. 
Psa 107:35  He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. 
Psa 107:36  And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; 

Exo 15:22  So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

The Red Sea experience is to let us know as we come out of Babylon that our efforts do not play a role in our salvation. Everything is of the Lord, and all we need to do is to depend on Him through faith as He begins to deal with our enemy (the old man within). The Lord wants us to know our real situation after leaving Babylon as He brings us to Shur where there was no water. The name Shur means wall and so the lack of water of the word of the Lord is like a wall that prevents us from getting access to the word of the Lord. Throughout our stay in Babylon, we did not have access to the word of the Lord which is able to give us an inheritance. This is what our situation was as we leave Babylon:

1Sa 3:1  Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. (ESV)

Amo 8:11  “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.

Surprisingly, the famine of the word of the Lord is all part of the Lord’s judgment of our old man. The three days the Israelites spent in the wilderness of Shur without water is to let us know that the judgment of famine is all part of the process of our spiritual maturity.

Eze 14:21  “For thus says the Lord GOD: How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast!

Exo 15:23  And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 
Exo 15:24  And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 
Exo 15:25  And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 

Again, immediately after our exit from Babylon (Egypt), the Lord wants us to know that during our sojourn in Babylon, what we taught was the truth of the word of the Lord was a polluted word of the Lord, which makes it difficult for us to assimilate. In other words, what we were drinking was bitter water (polluted word of the Lord) making it impossible for us to drink. As we cried to the Lord in our desperation, He heard us and showed us a tree. This tree is Christ, who represents the tree of life. The tree here also symbolizes the elect as shown in the following verses:

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
Psa 1:2  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 
Psa 1:3  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  

Psa 52:8  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

Psa 92:12  The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

It is when the elect is cast into the water that we are enlightened to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. The casting of the tree into the water is the same as the stirring of the water which causes our eyes to see and our ears to hear. This tree is the same as the angel, or the elect, who came to stir up the pool called Bethesda in Jerusalem, and whoever was first (the firstfruit) to enter the stirred water got healed of his sickness (sin).

Joh 5:2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 
Joh 5:3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 
Joh 5:4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 

The elect’s experience of being enlightened by the word of the Lord is described in the scriptures as the word being sweet in our mouth when we receive it. That was the experience of the Israelites as they drank water with a tree in it.

Eze 3:1  Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 
Eze 3:2  So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
Eze 3:3  And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. 

Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 

The Israelites were made aware right at the very beginning of their journey in the wilderness that if they obey the Lord, then the Lord will not put the diseases the Egyptians experienced on them. This is the same as telling a child learning how to walk that he should not fall down and that if he falls, he will be punished. In saying this, the Lord wants us (the Israelites) to come to see that we cannot, of ourselves, obey the Lord’s commandments. Our failure to obey the Lord also accomplishes the purpose of giving Him the opportunity that He is seeking to come to judge us, since it is through judgment that we learn obedience. The statement, “I am the Lord that healeth thee” is to make us aware that it is the Lord that heals us of our disobedience.

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 
Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 
Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 
Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 
Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 
Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Exo 15:27  And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

This verse is to point to us our destination (where we are supposed to end up) in this wilderness of the world. Our final destination, after going through the famine of the word of the Lord and drinking polluted water in the churches of Babylon, is the church of the firstborn, signified by Elim, which was an oasis of seventy palm trees and twelve springs of water. The number seventy is seven multiplied by ten (70=7×10). The number seven signifies completeness, and the number ten means the fullness of the flesh. Thus, the seventy palm trees represent the assembly of the complete number of the elect who recognize the fullness of their flesh and are being delivered through the Lord’s judgment. The number twelve is the number of Christ, and so the twelve wells signify the whole counsel of the word of Christ. In other words, the church of the elect is where we have the pillar and ground of the truth!! That is where we are to encamp in this life.

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 
Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 

1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 

May the Lord help us so that we do not refuse Him Who speaks to us through what every joint supplies!! Amen!!

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Book of Jeremiah – Jer 44:1-14 I Sent Unto You All My Servants The Prophets https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/book-of-jeremiah-jer-441-14-i-sent-unto-you-all-my-servants-the-prophets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=book-of-jeremiah-jer-441-14-i-sent-unto-you-all-my-servants-the-prophets Sun, 26 Jun 2022 01:28:37 +0000 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=25886 Jer 44:1-14 I Sent Unto You All My Servants The Prophets
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Jer 44:1  The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
Jer 44:2  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,
Jer 44:3  Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.
Jer 44:4  Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending
them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

Jer 44:5  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.
Jer 44:6  Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.
Jer 44:7  Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;
Jer 44:8  In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
Jer 44:9  Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
Jer 44:10  They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
Jer 44:11  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.
Jer 44:12  And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
Jer 44:13  For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:
Jer 44:14  So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.

In this 44th chapter of Jeremiah we have another commandment from the Lord to Jeremiah instructing Jeremiah to point out Judah’s sins and to warn them of the Lord’s impending judgments upon those sins. However, the sins of these Jews are being committed immediately after witnessing the punishment of Judah and Jerusalem.

Jerusalem had fallen to the Chaldeans on “the fourth month” of Zedekiah’s eleventh year.

2Ki 25:3  And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.
2Ki 25:4  And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

Gedaliah was made the governor of the land at that time, and he was assassinated in the seventh month of the same year:

2Ki 25:22  And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

2Ki 25:25  But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.
2Ki 25:26  And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees.

All Judah, and even King Nebuchadnezzar, knew that Jeremiah had been prophesying for decades concerning  what would happen to the Lord’s people who wanted His name but did not want to wear the clothing He wanted them to wear, neither did they want the food He was serving them.

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

These “seven women” here typify the “seven churches of Asia” who in turn signify the completely apostatized church of Christ.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

These “seven churches” signify all Christianity who have the name of Christ and have endured so much persecution while serving the Lord. These seven churches are typified by the remnant Jews under Gedaliah, and then under Johanan, who had performed many commendable and good works, and yet they feared what the world would think of them and what the world would do to them if they obeyed the Lord. These remnant Jews, and the seven churches, feared men more than they feared what the Lord would do if they disobeyed Him. These Jews, in practical effect, “have lost [their] first love” and are being warned:

Rev 2:2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Rev 2:3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
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.

These seven churches are called “the seven churches of Asia”, and this is what they have done to the Lord and to His apostles like Paul and John:

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they [seven churches] which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Paul had spent years ministering to these churches just as Jeremiah had spent so much time and energy in prophesying to the Jews who were carried away with Kings Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah, and now to these Jews who were left in the land. Yet “all they which are in Asia” forsook the apostle Paul, and in doing so, they forsook the Lord Himself and went right back into the world just as these Jews before them went right back into Egypt:

Jer 44:1  The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,

Migdol, Tahpanhes, and Noph were prominent Egyptian cities of that day, and Pathros is just another word for Egypt, as these verses demonstrate:

Jer 44:15  Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

Eze 29:14  And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom.

Jer 44:2  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,
Jer 44:3  Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.

The holy spirit inspires Jeremiah to point out that all these Jews “[had] seen all the evil that [the Lord] had brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah”. They could not deny that “this day they are a desolation, and no man dwells therein”. Nevertheless, because of their stubborn, self-righteous nature they cannot humble themselves to “acknowledge [their self-righteous] iniquity [and] transgressions against the Lord”:

Jer 3:13  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer 3:15  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah himself typifies these “pastors according to [the Lord’s] heart”, but this story typifies how we all first receive the Lord’s spokespersons:

Jer 44:4  Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.
Jer 44:5  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

As Ezekiel puts it, the Lord answered these Jews, who are types of us, “according to the multitude of [their] idols”:

Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Eze 14:5  That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

When we approach the Word of God, we are coming to Christ. When we do that with a preconceived false doctrine, then we already have a made-up mind that will not be affected by the Lord’s Words, nor by those whom He sends to us to guide and persuade us concerning what His Word is telling us. When we refuse to believe the Lord through His proven leaders and speakers, we are actually living under His wrath, even if He is deceiving us by ‘answering us according to the multitude of the idols of our hearts’:

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

‘Believing on the Son’ entails believing those whom the Son has sent to lead and persuade us in His Words.

These words come straight out of the mouth of Christ Himself:

Luk 10:16  He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

What Christ tells us today about rejecting His prophets and leaders was just as true in Old Testament times:

Mar 6:11  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Luk 10:16  He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Knowing the voice of the True Shepherd is a matter of spiritual life and spiritual death:

Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

When we listen to the voice of a stranger, and we don’t even recognize the voice of Christ, we are living under His wrath:

Jer 44:6  Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.
Jer 44:7  Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;

Just casually reading about how we see what the Lord has done to others, it does not seem possible that we could forget so quickly and cut ourselves off from Him and His people so soon after having witnessed what He did to our own people and His people after just a few months. However, that is what is written in the books of these Jews and in the books of all those who do the exact same things today.

Jer 44:8  In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

Offering incense typifies and signifies our prayers:

Rev 5:8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odourswhich are the prayers of saints.

Rev 8:3  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

When the Lord takes from us that which we had, then everything we think we are doing to serve Him, and even our prayers, become an abomination to Him:

Pro 15:8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Pro 28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Luk 8:18  Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

If we have lost our ability to hear and discern the Lord’s voice, we have “cut [our]selves off” from Him, and He is now asking:

Jer 44:9  Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

It is a rhetorical question because the Lord Himself caused them to forget that just yesterday they were proclaiming their desire to please Him and obey Him, and just yesterday they saw what He had done to those who had forgotten His words and His commandments, and now they are doing the exact same thing and are turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to His words.

In our next study, we will see that these men and their wives in Judah and Jerusalem and even these remnant Jews and their wives, who had coalesced around Gedaliah, were “burning incense to… pouring out drink offerings unto… and making cakes to worship… the queen of heaven”.

Jer 44:17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

Jer 44:19  And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

This is what consistently afflicted the Lord’s people throughout their entire history until this very day. This is what has caused more people to leave the fellowship of the body of Christ in this generation, more that any of the other false doctrine of the enemy. What these words translate into is the observance of days, months, times, and years… the traditions of men”, against which we have been warned, but which warning from the Lord in His Word means less to most men and women than the fear of what this world, their families and friends and society as a whole will think  of them. We will cover this in more detail in next week’s study of the remainder of this 44th chapter of Jeremiah.

Jer 44:10  They are not humbled even unto this dayneither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
Jer 44:11  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

We do not just casually ignore the Lord’s words and get by with doing so. When the Lord warns us with this question:

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?

What are these “weak and beggarly elements whereunto the whole world desires again to be in bondage”?

Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years [praying to, pouring out drink offerings to, and baking cakes to observe days, months, times, and years]
Gal 4:11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Gal 4:12  Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.

Paul tells us, “Be as I am… as I follow Christ.” Christ did not even keep the weekly sabbath and not the holy days of His time. It is until this very day that this is the trigger which will make most of those who come to Christ decide that the way is just too taxing, and they will forsake Him to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and pour out drink offerings and bake cakes to her, telling ourselves all the while that we are doing so to the Lord and not to the queen of heaven.

The Lord will have none of it when we are determined to go back into this world.

Jer 44:12  And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine:  they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

This is the same judgment pronounced upon their fathers who were forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years until that generation, except for Caleb and Joshua, died there in the wilderness. It is in that sense, that these remnant Jews signify those who “find no place of repentance”. It is in the sense that we are told “they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest… as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”

Jer 44:13  For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:

“As I have punished Jerusalem” refers to what the Lord had done just three months ago, when others of their own people and their own family were punished for refusing to listen to the Lord’s words from His prophets. Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in the fourth month of the 11th year of Zedekiah. All these events involving the remnant that was left in the land, including the assassination of Gedaliah, happened in the seventh month of that same year:

Jer 39:2  And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.

Jer 41:1  Now it came to pass in the seventh monththat Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah.
Jer 41:2  Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

Gedaliah’s government lasted just three short months before it was terminated by one of the very people who had not gone to Babylon. Such is the fate of those who turn their backs on the Lord’s proven and faithful leaders like the prophet Jeremiah.

Eating with the Lord Himself, as the seventy elders of Israel did in the mount with Moses and Aaron, and living in the promised land, as these remnant Jews have lived, typifies having been “once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and [being] made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and having tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come”, and yet they fall away.

Exo 24:9  Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:
Exo 24:10  And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
Exo 24:11  And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.
Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

This remnant saw what the Lord had done to Judah and Jerusalem. They were right there all those years Jeremiah had been prophesying of the Lord’s impending judgments upon them if they continued rebuffing His judgments upon them. King Solomon had warned the Lord’s people many years earlier:

Pro 29:1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Having accepted the Truth that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” I used to think and teach that the word ‘impossible’ in Hebrews 6:4, simply meant that it was impossible for men. However, this is not ‘men’ speaking. This is the Lord himself speaking to us and telling us that it is impossible to renew to repentance those who have been so very blessed and are yet given to turn their backs on all those blessings.

Verse 18 of this same chapter reveals that this Greek word is being used to inform us of the Lord’s perspective. Those words are not from man’s perspective:

Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible [G102: ‘adunatos’] for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

This is the definition of the Greek word G102, ‘adunatos’, translated as ‘impossible’:

This Greek word appears ten times in the New Testament, and it is most often translated as ‘impossible”:

The fact that this Greek word ‘adunatos’ is listed as ‘possible’ in Hebrews 10:4 demonstrates that computers cannot think, because the fact is that it is not translated as ‘possible’ at all. Rather, it is translated as “not possible” in:

Heb 10:4  For it is not possible [G102: ‘adunatos’] that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

These Jews had witnessed the veracity and accuracy of the words of the Lord from the mouth of His prophet, Jeremiah. They had heard and witnessed the fates of all of King Josiah’s sons, King Jehoahaz, King Jehoiakim, Jehoiakim’s son, King Jechoniah, and King Jehoiakim’s brother, Zedekiah. They had witnessed how the false prophet, Hananiah, had died just three months after Jeremiah has prophesied that he would die that same year, and still they refused to be obedient to the Lord’s words forbidding them from returning to Egypt instead of submitting to the princes of the king of Babylon, and the Lord by the word of Jeremiah had commanded them to do.

It is in that sense that these remnant Jews signify those of whom the Lord tells us they will “be cut off and that without remedy”, and that “it is impossible to renew them again to repentance”.

Jer 44:14  So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.

They “have a desire to return there” in the same sense that the “seven women” have a desire to wear the Lord’s name, but they refuse to wear His garments or eat the food He supplies.

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.

The words “but such as shall escape” refer to those who, like Jeremiah and Baruch, and like Caleb and Joshua, were sent by the Lord to witness against the disobedience of those who find no place for repentance.

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

I’d like to end every study on a positive note because everything is indeed ‘yea’ in Christ:

2Co 1:18  But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
2Co 1:19  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

Heb 6:9  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

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Study of the Book of Kings – 1Ki 21:1-16  “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground” – Part 1 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/study-of-the-book-of-kings-1ki-211-16-for-we-must-needs-die-and-are-as-water-spilt-on-the-ground-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=study-of-the-book-of-kings-1ki-211-16-for-we-must-needs-die-and-are-as-water-spilt-on-the-ground-part-1 Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:45:41 +0000 https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=25881 1Ki 21:1-16  “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground” – Part 1
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After Ahab was told this in 1Kings 20:42, “And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people“, he then “went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria” where that prophecy of “thy life shall go for his life” would be fulfilled.

This time of judgment against Jezebel and Ahab is at the heart of this section of Kings where we learn of Naboth the Jezreelite, a type of Christ, who loses his life at the hand of Jezebel and Ahab, showing us a very bright example of how we are all guilty of “all the righteous blood shed upon the earth” spoken of in Matthew 23:35 and Acts 4:27-28.

Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 
Act 4:28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

The story of the servants in the vineyard who were beaten (Mat 21:33-40), reminds us of this murderous plot of Ahab and Jezebel against Naboth. The sure lesson for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear is that we are guilty of all including the death of the son of God whom we do not reverence at first:  “But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 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.

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:
Mat 21:34  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 
Mat 21:35  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 
Mat 21:36  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 
Mat 21:37  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 
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. 
Mat 21:39  And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 
Mat 21:40  When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

It is only after the destruction of Ahab and Jezebel within us that the other husbandmen can be replaced by them “which shall render him the fruits in their seasons” (Mat 21:41, Psa 1:3, Mat 3:8, Mat 13:8). It is only when God’s judgments occur within our vineyard, meaning the destruction of Ahab and Jezebel who must be miserably destroyed, that men will learn righteousness which is what this parable in Matthew and the adjoining story of Naboth’s vineyard is all about (Isa 26:9).

Mat 21:41  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, [Ahab and Jezebel within us with seven last plagues (Rev 15:8)] and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons [the body of Christ each joint supplying in love (Luk 12:42, Gal 6:9)].

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. 

Mat 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 

Mat 13:8  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness [judgment is the precursor to bringing forth the fruit of Christ’s righteousness (Rom 2:4, Mat 3:8)].

1Ki 21:1  And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 
1Ki 21:2  And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. 
1Ki 21:3  And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. 

Notice that Naboth tells Ahab that his vineyard is “the inheritance of my fathers“, and so selling it to him would be akin to selling his birthright or his inheritance, which for God’s elect typifies being connected to the vine of the vineyard, Jesus Christ, who is our inheritance and our birthright, and we are his (Joh 15:5, Eph 1:18).

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power [Eph 2:10],
Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 

All these verses below confirm what is given to those who are connected to the vine, Jesus Christ, in this life, and promised “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.  

Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 

Col 3:24   Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ [(Rom 14:8, Php 2:12-13), believe on the vine Jesus Christ who is our inheritance and we His (Joh 6:28-29)]. 

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 

Heb 9:15  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went [(Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11) ‘how we are connected to the vine our inheritance’ (Gal 2:20)].

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

If we look at the meaning of the names of these characters in the first verse, it becomes clear that God wanted us to know this vineyard was going to be blessed and productive and protected at His hand.

1Ki 21:1 and it came to pass after these things, that Naboth [productive] the Jezreelite [God will sow] had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel [God will sow], hard by the palace of Ahab [uncle] king of Samaria [watch tower]. (PNB-kjv)

Ahab wants to get Naboth to sell the vineyard and replace it with an herb or vegetable garden which is symbolic of an immature stage of growth when we eat only herbs (Heb 5:14, Rom 14:1-3) and cannot partake of Christ’s mature words which are symbolized by the vineyard (Joh 6:55). What this is telling us is that if we are not permitted to mature (1Co 3:6), we cannot be partakers of the inheritance in the vine, Jesus Christ  (Heb 6:3-8).

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. 

Rom 14:1 him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 
Rom 14:2 for one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 
Rom 14:3 let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for god hath received him.

Joh 6:55 for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 

Heb 6:3 and this will we do, if god permit. 
Heb 6:4 for it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy ghost, 
Heb 6:5 and have tasted the good word of god, and the powers of the world to come, 
Heb 6:6 if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of god afresh, and put him to an open shame. 
Heb 6:7 for the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from god: 
Heb 6:8 but that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Ahab goes on to explain to Naboth why he should sell this vineyard to him, “because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money“, which is symbolic of someone trying to take our crown away from us in Christ (Rev 3:11), our inheritance. In the next verse we learn that Naboth was not going to have anything to do with this deal, even for “a better vineyard” or “the worth of it in money”, which is symbolic of how Christ rejected all that Satan offered him knowing it was incomparable to what was set before Him by the Father (Mat 4:9-10, Php 3:8, Rom 8:18-21). Also ‘another vineyard that is better’ is like someone offering you ‘another Jesus’ in a place that is nowhere near the temple of God (Mat 24:26, 2Co 11:3-4).

Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 
Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. [places that are no where near the temple]

2Co 11:3  But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 
2Co 11:4  For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough! (NET)

1Ki 21:4  And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread
1Ki 21:5  But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread
1Ki 21:6  And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard. 

The story repeats itself at this point, but there is one very important additional element that makes this all come together, in terms of the spiritual message for God’s elect, and that something is Jezebel. Ahab, having been denied Naboth’s inheritance, which represents our inheritance in Christ, has him not eating bread which is mentioned twice. Two times mentioned is a typical witness to the fact that the real bread he is missing is a relationship with God and Christ that Naboth, in type and shadow, has and Ahab does not. There is no stay of bread or water in Babylon (Isa 3:1), no relationship with the Father and Son (Joh 17:3), and Ahab’s finding out that he cannot buy or persuade Naboth in any way to give up his crown land reminds us of Simon who thought he could buy God’s holy spirit in Acts 8:20-23. This situation has also thrown Ahab into a “heavy/sad”H5620 and “displeased”H2198 state.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

Act 8:20  But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 
Act 8:21  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 
Act 8:22  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act 8:23  For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 

Enter Jezebel, who represents the churches of Babylon, with the ungodly solution to getting what her husband wants. She is ever the opportunist like Ahab, and now that she understands the unfulfilled desire of her husband, she won’t stop at any expense to illicitly take what is not his (Mat 23:15). Naboth, as a type of Christ and the elect, is falsely accused and all manner of evil is spoken against him, which leads to him getting stoned by “the people” (Mat 5:11-12).  The comparison with Christ’s life in this story gets more and more pronounced as we read on.

Mat 23:15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves [Jezebel working on Ahab’s heart].

Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 
Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you [Jezebel’s false accusations and persecutions of Ahab].

1Ki 21:7  And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 

Jezebel immediately appeals to Ahab’s pride with these words “Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel?“, like Satan in the garden with Adam and Eve with these words: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil“. This statement contradicted God’s earlier given commandments which stated, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Jezebel’s actions are appealing to the flesh of Ahab as she tells him “arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite“.

Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 

1Ki 21:8  So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. 
1Ki 21:9  And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
1Ki 21:10  And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

Jezebel represents Babylon and see how treacherous, subtle and diabolical this woman is from whom God has called his people (Rev 18:4, Mat 24:24). It’s one lie after another to meet the end of killing Naboth. She starts by writing “letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal” which Babylon does. They have Christ’s name but no stay of bread or water as they proclaim a false liberty (Isa 3:1, Isa 4:1, 2Pe 2:19).

Isa 3:1  For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

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.  

2Pe 2:19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 

Jezebel sends “the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth” telling us that when Satan is caused to attack the body of Christ, he wastes no time aligning himself with the rulers of this world that have the authority to make things happen (Luk 23:12). In other words, the devil is given the power to polarize the world against Christ and His Christ (Mat 10:22, Act 4:27Joh 19:11).

Luk 23:12  And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves. 

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done [Eph 1:11].

Joh 19:11  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

What she writes in the letters is also indicative of the subtlety of Satan who appears as an angel of light saying, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people” (2Co 11:14-15).

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Now the stage is set to bring in the false witnesses of “the sons of Belial”H1100 against Naboth as they did with Christ declaring that he had blasphemed God (Joh 10:32-33). “And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die” (Mat 26:59, 1Jn 4:17, Heb 13:13).

Mat 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 

Joh 10:32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 
Joh 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

1Ki 21:11  And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
1Ki 21:12  They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
1Ki 21:13  And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

This section of scripture confirms and witnesses to the fact that what God had purposed to happen to Naboth was something written for the elect’s sake to assure us (1Co 10:11) that God knows our enemies’ intentions before they are carried out (Amo 3:6-7). He strengthens and prepares our hearts for every trial that comes our way, promising that we will not be tried beyond the measure that we can endure as He will be faithful “who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Co 10:13).

Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? 
Amo 3:7  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

In the midst of this promise (1Co 10:13) which tells us that we can escape by bearing the cross were given as we go outside the camp with Christ (Heb 13:13-14), we are exhorted with these words: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1Co 10:12) so that we don’t lean to our own understanding in our hour of need but rather turn to the Lord for the deliverance that has been promised by standing still and trusting in the Lord to save us (Heb 13:13-14, Mat 10:19, Exo 14:13).

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. 
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 
1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 
Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 

Mat 10:19  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20  For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
Mat 10:21  And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. [Php 4:13]

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.

1Ki 21:14  Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead. 
1Ki 21:15  And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. 
1Ki 21:16  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. 

Jezebel has reason to rejoice now that Naboth is dead and a way has been made for her husband to “take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.

Little do we understand in Babylon how we abuse His vineyard, and this story of Ahab and Jezebel truly illustrates for us the carnal way we approach wanting what we want in our flesh when we first learn of Christ with a Babylonian mindset, and how we achieve this under the auspicious actions of thinking we are holy or wholly entitled, as Jezebel thought she was.

By God’s grace and in His perfect timing, we learn that this is the way our Father had predetermined our carnal hearts (Eph 2:3-5) to operate and that it would be through the death of Naboth, who typifies Christ, that God would “devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him” (2Sa 14:14).

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: [Ahab, Naboth, Jezebel, all of humanity] yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

That new life which is not expelled from God, as Adam and Eve were from the garden, can only come about at the expense of the death of our carnal old man by way of the flaming sword that turns every way to guard the tree of life (Gen 3:24). It is of course Christ, the fit man, who can devise this means of creating saviors, represented by the scapegoat (Lev 16:21), that will one day save the world with Him (Oba 1:21). The bride of Christ is the means to that end so the rest of humanity can be saved and “His banished be not expelled from him”, and this is the reason why we, the body of Christ, must needs die daily as water spilt on the ground as our outward man perishes and our inward man is renewed day by day (2Co 4:16).

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. 

Lev 16:21  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 

Oba 1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S. 

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

It is telling that the Strong’s Hebrew number for “heavy” or “sad” (H5620 “Sar”), as we read about Ahab in several verses (1Ki 20:43, 1Ki 21:4, 1Ki 21:5), is translated to the Greek number G5015 “Tarasso” (see ABP+). We will see next week, in part two of this study, how judgment will come upon Ahab and Jezebel for their ungodly actions, representing how we are saved by our Father in heaven through the judgment He brings upon the church (Tit 2:12, 1Pe 4:17) to destroy our old man, represented by Ahab and Jezebel (Gal 5:10, 1Pe 3:13-17).

1Pe 3:13  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 
1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubledG5015
1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 
1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Gal 5:10  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troublethG5015 you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

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Exo 14:1-31  For the Egyptians whom you have seen Today, you Shall see them Again no more For Ever

[Study Aired June 20, 2022]

Exo 14:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Exo 14:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 
Exo 14:3  For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 
Exo 14:4  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. 
Exo 14:5  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 
Exo 14:6  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 
Exo 14:7  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 
Exo 14:8  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 
Exo 14:9  But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. 
Exo 14:10  And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 
Exo 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 
Exo 14:12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 
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. 
Exo 14:23  And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 
Exo 14:24  And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 
Exo 14:25  And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 
Exo 14:26  And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 
Exo 14:27  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 
Exo 14:28  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 
Exo 14:29  But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 
Exo 14:30  Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 
Exo 14:31  And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. 

This chapter deals with the relentless pursuit of the people of Israel by Pharaoh and his Egyptian army and their final demise in the Red Sea. This chapter is about the crossing of the Red Sea, which is the Lord’s way of demonstrating to us how to war against the flesh.  That is, this fight against the flesh is the Lord’s work, and we have no part to play in it. All we have to do is to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. This means we believe that what the Lord has started in us regarding the subduing of the old man or the beast within, symbolized by Pharaoh and His army, He is able to bring to completion!!

Deu 3:22  Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.

Deu 20:4  For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. 

2Ch 20:17  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. 

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

Exo 14:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Exo 14:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 

Pihahiroth is the site of the final Israelites’ encampment in Egypt before crossing the Red Sea. Pihahiroth means ‘place where sedge grows’. Sedge is a type of grass, growing typically in wet ground. We know that grass represents the flesh as shown in the following:

1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The Israelites’ final encampment in Egypt, being Pihahiroth, therefore symbolizes the fact that before our exit from Babylon (Egypt), we must come to the realization that Babylon is the breeding ground for the flesh. It is in Babylon that our flesh grows (Pihahiroth) and occupies completely the throne of our hearts, claiming himself to be God. As a result, we become worse off in Babylon.

2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Exo 14:3  For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 

The Lord entices our old man (Pharaoh) as he occupies the throne of our hearts to think that we (Israelites) are entangled in this world. In this sense, the old man continues to think that he has dominion over us. This is all part of the Lord’s way of creating an opportunity to come and deal with our old man as with Pharaoh, as we shall see later in the story.

Jdg 14:4  But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

Exo 14:4  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. 
Exo 14:5  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 
Exo 14:6  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 
Exo 14:7  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 
Exo 14:8  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

Verses 4 to 8 are written to caution us that it is not an easy road to overcome the old man or the flesh due to the hardening of Pharaoh’s (the old man) heart. However, at the end of the day, it all works for our good as the resistance of our old man provides the occasion for the Lord to perform His signs and wonders (the plagues) to work a great salvation for us!!

Exo 11:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 

Heb 2:3  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 
Heb 2:4  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, or our old man, by the Lord is for our benefit.

Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 
Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 
Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

So, the Lord hardening Pharaoh’s heart, or causing the old man within us to resist Him, is for us to appreciate the mercies of the Lord and to learn to show mercy as a result. This is not obvious when we are frustrated by our old man within us as we resist the Lord. However, in the final analysis, we shall come to know His mercies. One of the qualities that the Lord is inculcating within us is being merciful. This is because it is through the mercies we have received that we can show mercy to the masses of humanity which will result in the ultimate salvation of the whole world. Therefore, inasmuch as we need the Lord’s mercy, we must also show mercy to others in our daily lives.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 
Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Another lesson we can learn from the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart is that we come to see that this battle against the flesh is not our fight. It is the work of the Lord to deliver us from the old man or the flesh. By ourselves, we can do nothing. As we can see, the resistance put up by Pharaoh is incomprehensible. That is why the beast within or the old man is compared to a mountain. A mountain can only be removed, not by might nor by power, but by the spirit of the Lord!! It is the word of Christ that destroys this mountain or the old man.

Zec 4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 
Zec 4:7  Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Exo 14:9  But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. 
Exo 14:10  And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 
Exo 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 
Exo 14:12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

The resistance of the old man, or the beast within us to submit to the rulership of our Lord Jesus, makes it clear to us that no one comes to the Lord willingly. We have to be dragged by the Lord to bring us to Himself. This is obvious from what the Israelites said to Moses when they saw Pharaoh and his chariots and horses drawing near to them. In verse 11 and 12, the Israelites made it clear to Moses that they had preferred being under bondage in Egypt than to pursue the Lord’s agenda in the wilderness.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The word “draw” used in John 6:44 above, is the Greek word “Helko” (G1670) which means to drag. None of us came to the Lord willingly. We all are being dragged by the Lord daily to Himself. This is affirmed by the following Bible verse:

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

If sinning is not done willingly as Romans 8:20 suggests, then serving the Lord cannot also be done willingly or in our strength. We don’t choose to serve the Lord; He chooses us to serve Him in this life. If we are able to understand this, then we are ready to be delivered from the flesh as we shall see shortly with the Lord making a way in the Red Sea for the Israelites. In the final analysis, all creatures (all humanity) will be dragged to the Lord at the appropriate time appointed by 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. 

Verses 13 and 14 make us aware that we do not contribute anything to our salvation. The Lord does everything for us. During our time in Babylon, we were taught that we play a key role in our salvation. When we come out of Babylon, we bring along this mindset of playing a key role in our salvation. A lot of people who believed in Jesus asked Him one day what they should do to do the works of God. The Lord responded that all they had to do was to believe in Him, not work.

Joh 6:28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 
Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Even this belief in Christ is not of our own self. The Lord gives us the faith of the Son of God to believe in Him. Our victory in overcoming the flesh is standing still and believing that the Lord will fight our battles for us. What He starts, He is able to bring to completion!!

Pro 20:3  It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

If we think that we are responsible for our salvation and that we are required to work for it, then the reward we are to receive is not a gift but something God owes us!! However, we know that the Lord owes no man!!

Rom 4:3  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 
Rom 4:4  Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 
Rom 4:5  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, (ESV)

Exo 14:15  And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 

This verse is another way of saying that we must forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead. Whatever success we have achieved or whatever failures we have gone through should not become a constraint to us from moving forward or looking ahead.

Php 3:13  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 
Php 3:14  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 
Php 3:15  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. (ESV)

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. 

The rod here is Christ, and when Christ is lifted up in our lives, the flesh (sea) is overcome (divided). The lifting up of Christ in our lives is the work of the Lord together with the dividing of the sea by the stretching forth of the hand of the Lord signified by that of Moses.

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

When we are able to learn that the dividing of the sea is the work of the Lord, then the Lord has accomplished the lesson we need to learn from the Israelites’ experience of crossing the Red Sea, that is, He has trained our hands to war!!

Psa 18:34  He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

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.

Here we are given another reason why the Lord makes the old man or the beast within us so stubborn. Through all our struggles with the flesh, we come to honor Him as Lord of everything, both good and evil.

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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. 

The angel of God here is Christ, and He is the word of God. In the church or camp of the elect, the word of God is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. However, to the people of the world, including our brothers and sisters in Babylon, the word of the Lord is darkness. This darkness serves as a chasm between the people of God and the people of the world such that one cannot cross easily to the other.

Psa 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1Sa 17:3  And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

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. 

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, but it was the Lord who caused the sea to roll back so the Israelites walked on dry ground. So, Moses’ hand here is the hand of the Lord which caused the east wind to make a way for the people of Israel through the Red Sea. The east wind here represents the Lord’s judgment of our sea of flesh which results in the destroying of its influence in our lives, making us walk through this world unhindered to serve the Lord.

Jer 18:17  I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Psa 48:7  Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

The crossing of the Red Sea was a type of baptism just as the passing of Noah’s ark through the flood was also a type of baptism.

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 
1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 

1Pe 3:20  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 
1Pe 3:21  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 

This baptism signifies that we were dead as we passed through the “Red sea” but have been made alive as we come out of the “Red Sea.” Being alive means we no longer wallow in the mud of sin but are now ready to serve the Lord with good conscience as a result of the resurrection of our mortal bodies by the Spirit of Christ.

Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 

Exo 14:23  And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 
Exo 14:24  And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 
Exo 14:25  And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

The destruction of Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen signifies the destruction of the old man or the beast within us. Verses 24 and 25 show us clearly that it is all the work of the Lord. The Israelites did not play a part in the destruction of Pharaoh’s army.  This is to demonstrate to us (the Israelites) how to war, that is, depend entirely on the Lord alone in our battles with the flesh.

Deu 1:30  The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 

2Ch 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Exo 14:26  And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 
Exo 14:27  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 
Exo 14:28  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 

This water, which saved us on one hand, also destroyed Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. The Egyptians being overthrown in the midst of the sea signifies that it is in this age of the dominance of the flesh (Sea) that the old man (Pharaoh and his army) will be overthrown in the lives of all those called and chosen (Israelites). Later in the lake-of-fire age, the old man (Pharaoh and his army) shall be overthrown in the lives of all humanity.

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.  

Exo 14:29  But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 
Exo 14:30  Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 
Exo 14:31  And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. 

Through this experience of crossing the Red Sea, the people of Israel saw the great works of the Lord and believed in the Lord and His servant Moses. The whole experience of the crossing the Red Sea brings to remembrance the fact that it is the Lord who raised the storm by causing Pharaoh and his army to pursue the Israelites after leaving Egypt. This caused the Israelites to come to their wits’ ends and as a result cried desperately to the Lord for help, and He heard them and brought them to their desired haven.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. 
Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 
Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 
Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 
Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

These things which happened to the Israelites were written for us to show us the pattern of how the Lord works so that we may have hope in Christ that He will not leave us alone!! If He had done it for the Israelites, then He will surely do it for us upon whom the ends of the world are come!! Amen!!

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 author may be reached at abarnes @ semcapitaladvisors. com for questions or comments.]

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Jer 43:1-13  Nebuchadnezzar Is My Servant

[Study Aired June 19, 2022]

Jer 43:1  And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words,
Jer 43:2  Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Jer 43:3  But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
Jer 43:4  So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to dwell in the land of Judah.
Jer 43:5  But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah;
Jer 43:6  Even men, and women, and children, and the king’s daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah.
Jer 43:7  So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.
Jer 43:8  Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,
Jer 43:9  Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;
Jer 43:10  And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.
Jer 43:11  And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword.
Jer 43:12  And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
Jer 43:13  He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.

In this chapter of Jeremiah, we learn that it is in our own flesh to reject the counsel of the Lord’s prophets. In this New Testament dispensation, we just naturally tend to reject the counsel of our leaders whom the Lord has placed in His church:

1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Even after we publicly profess that we would never do such a thing, we still tend to resist and reject their counsel rather than “be persuaded” by those counselors… and defer to [their]” joint wisdom:

Heb 13:17 Be persuaded by your leaders, and be deferring to them, for they are vigilant for the sake of your souls, as having to render an account, that they may be doing this with joy, and not with groaning, for this is disadvantageous for you.
Heb 13:18 Pray concerning us, for we are persuaded that we have an ideal conscience, in all wanting to behave ideally.

We can declare before all our leaders and “all the people” that we will abide by the consensus of the God-given wisdom of the “multitude of the counselors” and of our elders, and that we will be persuaded by our leaders and we will ‘defer to them’, but just like these proud Jews, when we feel strongly about any doctrine, our pride and our self-righteousness and the idols of our hearts will not permit us to humble ourselves before the Lord and abide by our own words. It takes Christ in us to submit to Him and those placed in His church as our leaders.

Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Pro 15:22  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

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

Heb 13:17 Be persuaded by your leaders, and be deferring to them, for they are vigilant for the sake of your souls, as having to render an account, that they may be doing this with joy, and not with groaning, for this is disadvantageous for you.

The Lord used a multitude of signs and miracles, along with a God-fearing way of life, to establish Moses and Aaron as his prophets. To establish Jeremiah as His spokesperson, Jeremiah also led a principled life which reflected a fear of God. Jeremiah was also given to accurately prophesy the fate of each of King Josiah’s sons well in advance of those events. He also prophesied before all the people of Jerusalem the death of the false prophet, Hananiah, three months before he died. All these things over decades of time established Jeremiah as the Lord’s Biblically certified prophet because the things he prophesied came to pass, and Jeremiah never once suggested the Lord’s people to stray from the Lord’s words.

Jer 42:4  Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

Deu 18:22  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Jeremiah never “spoke presumptuously” as the false prophet Hananiah did, and as so many do today. The Lord’s true prophets of this age are very careful to never even “think above that which is written”:

1Co 4:6  Now these things, brothers, I applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us ye might learn not to think above that which is written, so that ye may not be puffed up, one over the one against the other.

Those who know the voice of the True shepherd are those who are the voice of the True Shepherd, and they all “tremble at His… that which is written” words. That is who the Lord looks to as His spokespersons:

Isa 66:1  Thus says the LORD, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What manner of house will ye build to me, and what place shall be my rest?
Isa 66:2  For all these things my hand has made, and all these things came to be, says the LORD. But to this man I will look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word.

Those leaders who tremble at the Lord’s words are careful to be obedient to His instructions of how we are to handle themselves in the house of God because they know that the house of God, and not they of themselves, is “the pillar and ground of the Truth”:

1Ti 3:14  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Only if the whole church “trembles at [the Lord’s] Word” is it “the pillar and ground of the Truth”. When its leaders “presumptuously… think above that which is written” and do not tremble at the commandment to seek the counsel of and be persuaded by and defer to its proven leadership… only when all those qualities are met is the church “the pillar and ground of the Truth”.

Let’s remember what all these rebellious Jewish leaders and all the people who all knew of Jeremiah’s credentials told Jeremiah in the previous chapter. They were emphatic in telling him that regardless of what the Lord said, they would be submissive to the words of the Lord by His proven prophet:

Jer 42:1  Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,
Jer 42:2  And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
Jer 42:3  That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.
Jer 42:4  Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.
Jer 42:5  Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
Jer 42:6  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.

These remnant Jews typify our own flesh. This story happened to them, and it is written down “for our admonition”:

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.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Like Peter, and all the apostles, we are just so self-assured that we will follow Christ to the cross until it comes down to having to back up our words by being faithful to His teachings.

Mat 26:33  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Mat 26:34  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Mat 26:35  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with theeyet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Just as Christ tells us all just a few minutes later:

Mat 26:40  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

As it was with Peter and “all the disciples”, and as it was with these Jews who had not submitted to the yoke of the princes of Babylon, so it is with each of us:

Jer 43:1  And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to themeven all these words,
Jer 43:2  Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Jer 43:3  But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.

As a type of our own flesh, these leaders of the Lord’s people come to the Lord’s proven and certified prophet seeking His counsel with their minds already determined to flee into Egypt. They apparently really believed that God would simply rubber stamp what they had already decided to do, just as Zedekiah had already decided that he would not submit to the yoke of the princes of Babylon before he asked Jeremiah what the Lord had said:

Jer 37:16  When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
Jer 37:17  Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
Jer 37:18  Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
Jer 37:19  Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

Being in the dungeon “many days” did not change the Lord’s words through His prophet Jeremiah in the least. Being delivered from Ishmael by Johanan did not change the word of the Lord by the prophet Jeremiah either. Jeremiah typifies the Lord’s true prophets of today who fear Him more than they fear what men can do to them:

Luk 12:4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Johanan typifies our fearful flesh which fears men more that God:

Jer 43:7  So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.

Just as Caleb and Joshua were forced to wander in the wilderness along with all the rebels of Israel who had seen all the Lord’s miracles which He performed through Moses and Aaron, so were Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the scribe forced to go into Egypt with this rebellious generation who had seen the Lord place His stamp of approval upon the prophecies of Jeremiah:

Num 14:22  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
Num 14:23  Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
Num 14:24  But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

“Seeing the land which I sware unto their fathers” typifies being given a part in the “blessed and holy… first resurrection”:

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Those who “shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers” typify those today who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, and yet have turned their backs on the very people who only yesterday they counted as their leaders and as the Lord’s counselors to admonish and persuade His people to remain faithful to His Words. The people of this story and the people whose carcasses died in the wilderness, did so because they had seen the Lord’s power to deliver and yet refused to be obedient to Him when having their faith tried the least bit.

The generation that came up out of Egypt also saw the power of God and in type had tasted of the world to come, and when they refused to go into the land, only then did they repent with bitter tears, but they “found no place for repentance”, and like Judas they, too, in effect committed suicide by again being disobedient to the Lord:

Num 14:26  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Num 14:27  How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Num 14:28  Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Num 14:29  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
Num 14:30  Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
Num 14:31  But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
Num 14:32  But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
Num 14:33  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
Num 14:35  I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
Num 14:36  And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
Num 14:37  Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
Num 14:38  But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

Israel again refused the Lord’s words and again thought they could dictate to the Lord what He was to do. In so doing they added fuel to their own fire and sinned even more:

Num 14:39  And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
Num 14:40  And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
Num 14:41  And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
Num 14:42  Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
Num 14:43  For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
Num 14:44  But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
Num 14:45  Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

These rebels typify these verses of Hebrews six in the sense that, though they repented, yet they “found no place for repentance…”

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

The people of Israel were more in tune with the prominent “men of renown” among the congregation than they were with the Lord’s appointed leaders, Moses and Aaron:

Num 16:1  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Num 16:2  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Num 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

That is why we are told today:

1Th 5:12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
1Th 5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

If our leaders are not laboring to admonish you according to the Lord’s words, then don’t esteem them highly in love. However, if they are, and if they have been proven over many years to be faithful to the Lord’s words, then “esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake”. Do not “fall at [their] feet to worship [them]” (Rev 19:10), but do “esteem them highly” enough to wait and see what their counsel is before you tell them, “Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee…”, or as I was told, “If you don’t believe us, you will be in the lake of fire.” Mind you those words were coming from a spokesperson of a group whose doctrine was, “We all must endure the purifying fires of the second death.” The purveyors of the doctrine which teaches that even the Lord’s elect must endure “the purifying fires of the second death” are false prophets whose spiritual vision has been taken away from them and given to those who tremble at these words of the Lord:

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Mat 25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

I was told by this lying spirit, “The second death IS the cross, and the cross IS the second death.” When I pointed out that verse 5 of Revelation 20 tells us the Lord’s elect rule with Christ during the thousand years, I was told that when verse 5 of Revelation 20 says ‘the rest of the dead live not again until the thousand years were finished’ that itself is the first resurrection. That is the depth of the darkness and deception the Lord can send as “strong delusion” to those who “think they stand” even as they “think above that which is written”.

Here are the verses which give us the timing of the sequence of events which must precede the first resurrection. Chapter 19 informs us of “the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Then chapter 20 gives us the timeline of events which lead up to the destruction of death in the white throne judgment/lake of fire/second death:

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead [who were not raised to rule with Christ for a thousand years] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Notice that it is the word ‘this’ (in verse 5) which is not in italics while the word ‘is’ is in italics to let us know that is a word which is added to make it flow better in English. This verse is not saying the rest of the dead, who are not living until the thousand years are finished, IS the first resurrection. It is telling us that the ruling with Christ for a thousand years “is the first resurrection”. Such again is the depth of the darkened eyes of those the Lord has blinded:

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

The “lake of fire is the second death” (Rev 20:14), and the purifying fire of the second death does not begin to do its purifying work until “the thousand years are expired”:

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Clearly, we are told that Satan is bound for a thousand years during which time “them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands…lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.

Then as clearly as it is possible to make it, verse 5 tells us that “the rest of the dead live not until the thousand years are finished, and we are told that those reigning with Christ during that time comprise “the first resurrection”. Let us read verses 4 and 5 again:

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

When I pointed this out to our rebellious elders, I was informed that the words “this is the first resurrection” referred to the preceding words “the rest of the dead” and not to those who were reigning with Christ a thousand years. That is a very good example of coming to the Lord’s word, or to His prophets, or His proven leaders and elders with a made-up mind full of self-righteous iniquity. That is a perfect example of inquiring of the Lord with an idol of the heart, and this verse explains why such heretics are given over to such heresies:

Eze 14:9  And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

This verse is preceded by these words which explain how the Lord goes about deceiving a heretic:

Eze 14:1  Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

This degree of spiritual darkness and deception is typified by these Jews who publicly proclaim their willingness to do ‘whatsoever the Lord says, be it good or evil’:

Jer 42:5  Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
Jer 42:6  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.

They even acknowledge the Lord sent Jeremiah to them, and that they had sent Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord for them.

Just like these rebellious Jews, our rebellious brothers had acknowledged that doctrinal differences were to be settled in the same manner as the question of whether Gentiles must be circumcised was settled in Acts 15. They had all agreed that our spiritual warfare must be waged only with “a multitude of counselors” whom the Lord had placed in His church as leaders and elders, and they had publicly agreed to submit to the counsel of the consensus of those leaders and elders. However, when it was made clear the elders did not agree with their false doctrine, they were not given the humility to accept the revealed mind of God concerning who must endure the purifying flames of the second death. The whole experience served the purpose for which heresies must be among us and those the Lord had approved were made manifest by the Word of God and by those whom He had made leaders in His church.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Our natural reaction to a heretic in our midst is to think that arriving at the proper conclusion reveals who the heretic is, but the holy spirit’s emphasis is on “they which are approved”. Heretics come and go, but the Word of the Lord, and all those who are faithful to the Lord’s words, will endure forever:

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

We must “know those who labor among [us]”, and we must “esteem them highly for their work’s sake”:

1Th 5:12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
1Th 5:13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

Our laborers in the Word, those the Lord has given to feed us spiritual food day in and day out, are worthy of our love and respect. We must be careful never to worship the ‘angel who shows us these things’, but we are to acknowledge the work the Lord is doing through our leaders:

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this bookworship God.

The story of this 43rd chapter of Jeremiah about how Johanan and Azariah, “and all the proud men… and all the people” rejected the counsel of the Lord, is all an admonition for us today. The Lord wants us to “come out of” this world spiritually and be of a different spirit than the world, just as Caleb was of “a different spirit” than those who were telling the people the Lord had brought them into the wilderness to slay them. These Jews are making that very same accusation against Jeremiah when they make this accusation against him:

Jer 43:2  Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Jer 43:3  But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.

It never pays to reject the Words of the Lord because He will always judge our self-righteous and rebellious old man:

Jer 43:8  Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,
Jer 43:9  Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;
Jer 43:10  And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.

Just as Satan is referred to as ‘the Lord’s hand’ in the book of Job (Job 1 and 2), and just as the ten kings of Revelation 17 fulfill the will of the Lord, so also King Nebuchadnezzar is called by the Lord Himself “My servant” whom the Lord uses to perform His will and His purposes upon both His elect and upon His enemies.

Jer 43:11  And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword.

This thought is repeated by the holy spirit in the book of Revelation:

Rev 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

What these words of Jeremiah and Revelation are telling us is that God already knows who is predestined to be unjust and filthy, and who is predestinated to be righteous and holy. These rebellious Jews signify those who have tasted the good word of God.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Heb 6:8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

After “[being] once enlightened, and having tasted of the heavenly gift, and being made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and having tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if [we] fall away” we have in effect gone back into Egypt and are in that place “bearing thorns and briers”. Those who are given this evil experience in this present time are “rejected, and …[their] end is to be burned” in the resurrection of judgment (Joh 5:29).

This message in Hebrews six is typified by these Jews who saw what the Lord had done to Jerusalem and still refused to be obedient to His words through His prophet, Jeremiah. It all happened to them, and it is all written for our admonition (1Co 10:11).

Jer 43:12  And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he [the Lord’s servant, Nebuchadnezzar] shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
Jer 43:13  He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.

This message is repeated in:

Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Notice how we are told in the preceding two verses we can avoid falling into this sad situation of being rejected in this present time:

Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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1Ki 20:31-43  ‘For now is our Salvation Nearer than when we Believed’

[Study Aired June 16, 2022]

1Ki 20:31  And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life. 
1Ki 20:32  So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
1Ki 20:33  Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.
1Ki 20:34  And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.
1Ki 20:35  And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him. 
1Ki 20:36  Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. 
1Ki 20:37  Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him. 
1Ki 20:38  So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. 
1Ki 20:39  And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. 
1Ki 20:40  And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 
1Ki 20:41  And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets. 
1Ki 20:42  And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.
1Ki 20:43  And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

In order to help understand this last section of chapter twenty of Kings, we need to give some context to the story. From our study last week, we learned how a man of God came to Ahab and told him what the perception of the Syrian army was regarding the God of Israel. God promised as a result of the lies in their heavens that “therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD”; the God of the plain and the God of the hills (1Ki 20:28). This promise of victory, as we will see, was conditional upon the obedience of Israel, just as king Saul’s victory would only be validated if he fought the battle he was in with a complete obedience to God, which he did not do(1Sa 15:14, 1Sa 15:19-22). Nor did king Ahab who ended up sparing the life of king Benhadad in this story tonight, disobeying the command to utterly destroy everyone which commandment was restated in verse forty-two of this chapter (1Ki 20:42).

1Ki 20:28  And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

1Sa 15:14  And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 

1Sa 15:19  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 
1Sa 15:20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, [just as Benhadad was spared] and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 
1Sa 15:21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 
1Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Ki 20:42  And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people. 

The lesson for God’s elect today is that sin, which is represented in these first few verses with servants of Benhadad coming to make some sort of peace treaty with Ahab (1Ki 20:31-34), is to be destroyed (1Jn 3:8, 1Co 15:55-56).

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil

1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 

It is also a little later in the story that Ahab discovers that Benhadad the king himself was not killed in the battle, and Ahab spares him. As a result of these actions, the punishment of death fell upon Ahab and the nation of Israel for this unrighteous compromising spirit which did not follow through in obedience to God’s command to destroy everyone. Again this is written for our sakes “upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1Co 10:11) telling us that when we don’t follow through and faithfully declare the true gospel to all men (Act 20:27-28, Col 1:27-28) while living in obedience to God’s commands, the end result of that trumpet not being blown will be that their blood will be upon our own heads (Eze 33:1-20). The gospel must be understood within and if being received through God’s spirit within us, it will in time take captive and destroy every evil thought bringing it into captivity to the mind of Christ which makes it possible for us through him to blow the trumpet clearly so all others can hear the message of the kingdom of God within us (2Co 10:5-6, 1Co 14:8-9). Bringing all our thoughts into subjection to Christ is akin to destroying king Agag, the king of Amalek, and not letting any of the men go to whom God has appointed “utter destruction” within us (1Sa 15:20, 1Ki 20:42).

Eze 33:1  Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
Eze 33:2  Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 
Eze 33:3  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 
Eze 33:4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 
Eze 33:5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
Eze 33:6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 
Eze 33:7  So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 
Eze 33:8  When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 
Eze 33:9  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 
Eze 33:10  Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 
Eze 33:11  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

1Ki 20:31  And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.
1Ki 20:32  So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother. 
1Ki 20:33  Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot. 
1Ki 20:34  And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

Ahab calling Benhadad his ‘brother’ (1Ki 20:32) when he was his enemy is just another demonstration of how Ahab once again lets down his spiritual guard, as he did at the onset by being willing to give Benhadad the treasures of the temple that Benhadad had asked for (1Ki 20:3), and now he is in type and shadow not clearly identifying this man, king Benhadad, as an enemy of the cross. The lesson for God’s elect is this is how we should see this entire world that lies in sin (1Jn 5:19) as well as our sinful flesh which wars against the spirit of God within us and must be conquered by dying daily (Gal 5:17, 1Co 15:31, Mar 10:18).

Ahab is being manipulated by Benhadad, unlike Christ who was not overcome by the devil after he was tempted by Satan to receive all the kingdoms of this world (Mat 4:8-9). Ahab is in concert with Benhadad while sitting in Ahab’s chariot, a symbol of power and the place where he struck this deal with Benhadad who he was succumbing to in all that he was telling him he was going to do now for the kingdom of Israel. This represents our caving in to our old man and not being obedient to Christ and His commandments.

Mat 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 
Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

The Ethiopian eunuch in contrast sat in his chariot and Phillip caught up to him to hear his desire to know Christ (Act 8:27-39).

Act 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 
Act 8:31  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him
Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 
Act 8:33  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth
Act 8:34  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 
Act 8:35  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Benhadad’s chariot experience represents a false humility. He had no change of heart but was being the opportunist that flesh always is, seeking some way to be spared. Ahab should have taken his life without question, along with all the servants that came into his presence seeking restitution, “And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away“.

1Ki 20:35  And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.
1Ki 20:36  Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. 

This sub story is very much connected to the first section of this study, as we see a parable being described which has to do with our coming out of Babylon and what is required of the Lord if we are going to endure until the end in this life. There must be a death process that unfolds, of which Ahab was unwilling to execute against the enemies of Israel.

Firstly, when we enter into Babylon, the Lord, who is represented by “a certain man of the sons of the prophets“, tells us that we must die daily (1Co 15:31) and our old man must be slain, but no such thing happens in Babylon where there is no stay of bread or water (Isa 3:1), no sword of the spirit which is God’s word (Eph 6:17), to slay us, as expressed with these words, “And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.” The man refusing to smite him represents Babylon who refuses to obey and can’t see the need to fill up what is ‘behind of the afflictions of Christ’ as we die daily (Col 1:24).

Because we don’t obey the voice of our Shepherd, refusing to receive correction and not dying on the cross with Christ, we are devoured by the devil who is the lion we meet in the street; “Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.” (Jer 5:1-7)

Jer 5:3  O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. 
Jer 5:4  Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God

Jer 5:6  Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

1Ki 20:37   Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him. 
1Ki 20:38  So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. 
1Ki 20:39  And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. 
1Ki 20:40  And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 
1Ki 20:41  And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets. 
1Ki 20:42  And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.

Now the prophet is disguised before the king with ashes on his face, which is a symbol of humility and mourning, seeing he is coming here to witness against Ahab like Nathan witnessing against King David for his indiscretions (2Sa 12:1-7). The king passes by, and the prophet begins to speak this parable to Ahab that is referring to the servants of Benhadad who tell Ahab to let him live as Ahab was heard calling Benhadad ‘his brother’: “Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man.

2Sa 12:1  So the LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to David, Nathan said, “There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. 
2Sa 12:2  The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 
2Sa 12:3  But the poor man had nothing except for a little lamb he had acquired. He raised it, and it grew up alongside him and his children. It used to eat his food, drink from his cup, and sleep in his arms. It was just like a daughter to him. 
2Sa 12:4  “When a traveler arrived at the rich man’s home, he did not want to use one of his own sheep or cattle to feed the traveler who had come to visit him. Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and cooked it for the man who had come to visit him.” 
2Sa 12:5  Then David became very angry at this man. He said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 
2Sa 12:6  Because he committed this cold-hearted crime, he must pay for the lamb four times over!” 
2Sa 12:7  Nathan said to David, “You are that man! This is what the LORD God of Israel has said: ‘I chose you to be king over Israel and I rescued you from the hand of Saul. 

The prophecy continues to be told to Ahab that describes exactly what he has done with Benhadad, and that he will suffer the consequences for this as well, “If by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.” The talent of silver represents repentance that was not going to be forthcoming from Ahab, telling us that our old man does not naturally repent unless God’s goodness is granted to us represented by a talent of silver (Rom 2:4).

The prophet continues with his parable telling Ahab what happened to Benhadad at his hand: “And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” At this point, Ahab judges correctly against himself, just as David did with Nathan’s parable to him: “And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.” (2Sa 12:5)

Then comes the big reveal to Ahab that this is the prophet of God talking to him: “And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets“, and then the pronouncement of judgment is made on Ahab via the prophet: “And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.

1Ki 20:43  And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria. 

All of these actions, which are caused by God, caused the king to go “to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria“. This is us when we say ‘Lord, why are you displeased if you are the one who has caused us to err’ (Isa 63:17, Rom 9:18-23). It also reveals an unrepentant heart in Ahab being ‘displeased’H2198 (From H2196 = wroth); angry: – displeased.

Ahab going to Samaria is somewhat of a hopeful way to conclude this study because Christ does not forget His creation, both the elect before they know Him and the other fold that is being discussed. King Ahab going to Samaria reminds us that the Lord knows those who are His and knows what state every single soul is at, at any given point in the process (Luk 19:41-42), whether they are a gentile in Samaria, or a first fruit on the Way to being raised in heavenly Jerusalem abiding with the Lord day by day.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 
Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 
Rom 9:20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 
Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 
Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory

Luk 19:41  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 
Luk 19:42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

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