Identifying Trees – Part 5

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Identifying trees study #5

[Study Aired January 1, 2022]

This study is going to explain how what we have been given to see as a fruit becomes a sacrifice, but is actually just the opposite of what we believe is truth. What we call a sacrifice to God is actually the exact opposite, and from Malachi chapter 1 we will see this truth.

Mal 1:1  The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

[Malachi – H4401-messenger” mal’a kı̂y” is from H4397- “mal-awk'” which means “angel”. Anyone who brings the burden of the truth is a messenger, an angel of God sent to bring the message of God.]

Mal 1:2  I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,

[How does God hating Esau show us that God loves us? Esau is the first born, and according to the law all rights go the first born. What God has done is He took the rights of the first born Adam and gave them to the younger Christ, the secondnd Adam, (1Co 15:45). This principle applies to our old man, who was created first, and also our new man, who is created second. This is the point of this study today. When we speak of the old man and the new man, we must see that although they are called old man and new man, they are actually the same man. How we see them is how we distinguish between them. “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 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. So then it is “not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Rom 9:13-16). It is not based on my good works that are INHERENT to the flesh, inheritance of the flesh, works that we see as coming from the flesh; not of the will of the flesh. The flesh does not inherently will to do good or evil. It is willed to do what the Father has predestined the tree bring forth, and for the flesh, that will is to bring forth fruits of unrighteousness. So, when we say, “wherein hast thou loved us”, He answers that it does not matter about the works of Esau because God has laid waste to the inheritance of the flesh. He has not given flesh the honor of applying anything to its own inheritance. We are taught that fruits of the flesh are inherent to the flesh, but that is not the case to the elect of God. The fruits of the flesh and their ownership/ inheritance is taken from the flesh and given to the elect, the new man, Jacob. Therefore, “Jacob am I loving and Esau am I hating.” Both are in Aorist tense-G5656. “As it is written, Jacob have I loved[G5656], but Esau have I hated[G5656].” God is hating the inheritance that the flesh believes it has coming just because it was born first.

Therefore the flesh believes that all that comes from it is his. It’s his inheritance. The flesh says, “What do you mean I am not responsible for my good and evil works?” What God is telling us is, “I have thrown the inheritance down and given it to you, Jacob.” What the flesh thought was his, God has given to the new man.]

Mal 1:3  And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

[God has laid waste the power, the flesh thought was his, rightly so, because of birthing status, and given that inheritance to the new man.]

Mal 1:4  Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
Mal 1:5  And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.

[The flesh tries to rebuild the powers back, tries to cover what God has uncovered, tries to rebuild the works as if they are from the flesh, but the truth keeps knocking the fruits off the tree and ascribing them to the new man.]

Mal 1:6  A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Mal 1:7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
Mal 1:8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

[All sacrifices were to be perfect and without blemish (Lev 3:6), yet what I offer to God is polluted bread from my own field, my own world. My bread is mixed with tares, because I did not separate the tares from the wheat, I ground them all together and presented it to God as holy. I offer blind and lame sacrifices from my lips as though God will be pleased by my works. I offer him fruit from my garden, which is planted in Nod, the land of the vagabond, the desolate, my old man (Gen 4:16). I think God should be pleased with this because I have polluted it with my own blind, lame thoughts of good works. God has called my flesh evil from birth. He created it evil, yet in my infinite wisdom, I believe I can un-create what God has made evil to good instead. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil” (Jer 13:23). I offer the lame words of a sick heart. A created lame leg does not heal itself. A mute does not unmute himself or loosen his tongue. So why do I think I can make myself holy, to offer to God something that is perfect and without blemish, upon the cross, which is the altar? I think this way because I do not rest in Christ. Secretly in my heart I rest in what I do, and in my doing, I make myself pure before God in my own eyes. I offer vain works of the flesh while secretly in my heart I am covering the truth that I think there is something in me that is holy and unique separate from all others. God is accepting my sacrifice because I am special. This lie puts trust in the works of the flesh and calls them works of God. All sacrifices were to be perfect and without blemish, yet what I offer to God is polluted bread from my own field, my own world. I see that the law of the flesh tells me what I am from creation, and I take that to mean I must recreate myself. I then take the law of the flesh to mean that I must stop doing a, b, c, or d to be right with God, but in fact the law is given to show me what I am. It is not given to change what I am from creation – God’s creation. In this attempt to change what the law says I am by nature, I present to God a fruit I have created by planting, watering and harvesting as though it is from me and my own works (Gen 4:2-3). What I do with that harvest is make my own bread and present it to God as though I am giving Him a new creation. My bread is mixed with tares, because I did not see that the the wheat is actually the sins of the flesh that has caused me to offer God nothing. It is nothing because everything I would offer would be blemished by my own hands.]

Luk 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many thingsBut one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

I offer blind and lame sacrifices from my lips as though God will be pleased by my works which I have made in accordance with the law. I offer Him fruit from my garden, which is planted in Nod, the land of the vagabond- H5113, the desolate, my old man. I think God should be pleased with this because I have polluted it with my own blind, lame thoughts of good works. God has created me as I am, but when I eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, I call what HE called “very good” evil, and I attempt by my own righteousness, to cover what He has created very good, as a beast.

And God saw every thing that he had made [in me], and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Gen 1:31). And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons (Gen 3:7).

What God called “very good” I see as evil and must cover the works of God with my own covering of what I call good. The word “apron” is H2290 and comes from the root H2296, which has one of its meanings as “restrain”. This opens the doors of my heavens to see how we don’t like what we see about the creation of God we are, therefore we attempt to restrain God’s creation from doing what it was created to do. This is the loin cloth that covers the unseemly creation God has so blatantly created exposed and called very good. The audacity of God creating us beasts and leaving us that way! So we attempt to cover up what was obviously a mistake on His part. This covering, this apron, is the gift, the sacrifice we so ignorantly are attempting to offer God. He tells me to offer an unblemished sacrificial beast, but instead I see flaws in the beast so I offer what comes from my knowledge of what I see is good or evil and offer a lame beast that is sick and cannot walk. However, I don’t see the beast I am offering as lame and sick. I see it through my distorted eyes as good, “See, God? I have covered what YOU left exposed.” Aw, isn’t that nice how we help God with making His creation better? How sweet of us! The law of the flesh was given to expose what we have attempted to cover with our own righteousnesses.

Jer 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?

[I offer the lame covering that covers what God has created uncovered. A created lame leg does not heal itself. God created it lame. A mute does not unmute himself, or loosen his tongue, so why do I think I can make myself holy, to offer God something that is perfect and without blemish, upon the cross, which is the altar? I think this way because I do not rest in Christ, therefore I must eat from the tree I think I am and judge within myself what is good and evil for what I call “my life”. Secretly, in my heart, I rest in what I do, and in my doings I make myself pure before God in my own eyes. I offer vain works of the flesh while secretly in my heart I am covering my nakedness, what I see as sins of my flesh. I think there is something in me that is holy and unique that can fix God’s obvious mistake of creating me uncovered, so I must cover my sins of the flesh that God created in me from birth. This is the tares the enemy has planted; that desire to cover my own sins of the flesh that were created in me by God. We use the law to cover our nakedness, when the law was meant to expose our nakedness. Exposing our nakedness is revealing the unblemished sacrifice to God. That’s right, being totally uncovered is the unblemished sacrifice that God desires from His people. To stand totally naked before God, exposing what and who we are by nature is the most pure sacrifice we offer God. Anything less is an abomination to God. To attempt to offer a partially covered sacrifice is offering a polluted, lame, sick sacrifice in which God has no pleasure.

Mat 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

[The good seed are the children of the kingdom, and children represent doctrine. So, the doctrines of Christ are planted in the elect’s world, and the doctrines of the Devil are sown right next to it. This occurs for the purpose of exposing the doctrine of the Devil as being self-glorifying and self-righteous, covering what was created uncovered. The doctine of the Devil is self-glorifying and self-seeking, as the Pharisee’s doctrine represents the fruit of a doctrine of the Devil.]

Joh 8:44 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Mal 1:9  And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.

[This question is simply answered, “No, God will not regard the person you are presenting to Him”, because that person you are attempting to offer to God has coverings, that cover what God has created uncovered. He even went as far to create a law that would remove the coverings we have covered ourselves with.]

Mal 1:10  Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

[God is telling me to shut the doors of my temple, stop making vain prayers to him from my polluted altar because He will not accept my gifts. He takes no pleasure in what I offer Him, because what I am attempting to offer is something covered. Not until I am brought to a place where I am totally uncovered, and stand before God, AS HE CREATED ME, NAKED, will I have peace that surpasses all understanding.]

Mal 1:11  For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

[We are created gentiles by nature and it is not until I can see that, what I am in the flesh, gentile, is what He created me to be, and give Him honor for creating me this way, can a true offering be offered to Him. My crucifixion, on my own tree, only comes when I see that I have been dissolved of everything I am, was or will be. What I offer is Christ and Him crucified, which means I know that the gentile in me was created to bring God glory in its uncovered state as a means to drag me to the place where I see that there is nothing in me worthy of itself to offer gifts to God. No covering can cover what He has created uncovered. “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover meeven the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. (Psa 139:11-12); “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb 4:13) What is glorious to God is my total humbleness in the truth that I live and move and have my being, as a gentile, in God, Who created me who and what I was, am and will be. This is the creation of the new man. From this new creation true offerings are recieved from God because I realize that what I offer Him are gifts that He Himself has given me to offer Him, nothing more and nothing less. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. (1Ch 29:14-16) This is the truth God desires in my inward parts. This truth is what creates the new heart, “I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee” (1Ch 29:17).

Mal 1:12  But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

[I have polluted the altar because I do not want my gentile works exposed. I do not, cannot see that the works of the gentile were the works that purified me, in that they were created by God to humble me into a place where I realize I have nothing to offer God. But, in my temple I only want to offer what I see as good, what I have deemed as holy from an unholy heart. God wants me to offer the works of the gentile, the works of the flesh, in that He desires me to see myself as He created me. But, because the law of the flesh has pointed these works out as unclean, I then try to hide them, and cover them, to pretend they are not what I am as the created creature of God. “Oh, no, not that, I will not expose that part of who I am because that part diminishes who I want you to see me as.” And if I offer the blemish (what I call the blemished) it is unholy to me. But, the curse of what He created me, is actually the unblemished sacrifice He desires I offer; not what I deem as holy, my supposed good works that come from an unholy heart, that has covered what God has uncovered. Look at the next verse.

Mal 1:13  Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.

[As we read in 1 Chronicles, all that we offer comes from His hand. If what I offer is something He has created, then what the law calls lame or sick, God calls holy and without blemish. It is the opposite of what I have been taught, the curse of what I am, a gentile in the flesh, is actually the holy unblemished offering He desires. It’s not what I think is holy, but what He has declared holy. He does not want me to cover what I am when offering to Him. The law showed me PERFECTLY that I am created PERFECTLY unholy. If I am given to know this, then what I offer is not what I deem as holy but what God has created holy and that is the unholy. The gentile in me is what is holy when I am able to see it as holy – holy in the sense that I did not make myself unholy by the law. He did it, not me. I cannot atone for what I did not create. When this truth comes to me then and only then, from a new heart that has been recreated, do I offer gifts that are acceptable to God.]

Mal 1:14  But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. 

[I am a cursed deceiver when I see what is holy to God, my gentile self, and instead of offering that male sacrifice, I offer something that I have covered, something I have touched and cleaned up. Cursed is the man who begins to see these things and then turns back to offering what he deems is acceptible to God by his own hands. Turning from the truth to a lie; “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, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 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 6:4-6). These truths are the message of “the angel that brings a burden to Israel”. It is indeed a burden because everything in me will deny this truth and fight against it. No one wants to believe that the curse I am created is actually the unblemished sacrifice I must offer to God – nothing more and nothing less. “He who is unfaithful in the least is unfaithful in the much, you cannot serve God and mammon”, I cannot serve God by trying to offer my good works, things I have covered, when there is no good in me. The good work of God is to believe who and what I am by the testimony of Christ. If I have been given to believe this truth, then I have become a holy sacrifice, unblemished by the man of sin and his supposed good works.]

Luk 16:9  And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 
Luk 16:10  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luk 16:11  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luk 16:12  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
Luk 16:13  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 
2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

[God has no pleasure in my apron that I use to cover what I am from creation. He only has pleasure in those who have been given to see that what they were created by God from the beginning is in fact the most holy sacrifice He requires from us. As Abel offered the sacrifices that were given by God, untouched by his own hands, so we offer to God what He created and called very good in its uncovered state. Cain attempted to cover his sacrifice by offering grain, something he had toiled for and something he had worked for, therefore it was rejected.

“And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (Gen 4:5)  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

[The only way to offer God a pleasing sacrifice is to offer him what He created and is not corrupted by our hands, something covered. When we attempt to cover our sins, we are covering what God has created “very good” in that they are used to reveal to us what we are from creation and that creation is very good. The law was given for sins to abound, to make us naked again, but we take that law and attempt to cover ourselves again. We call what we are created, naked, evil, when God has called it very good. We call it evil because we see it through the lens of the law of the flesh, “thou shalt not”. What the law is actually given for is to uncover us again because we, as Adam, attempt daily to cover ourselves. The law is sent as a way to uncover what God has created from the start, a holy sacrifice, perfect in all its ways. It is in the attempting to cover our sins we become unholy.]

Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

[Naked and bare we stand before God in our initial creation, and after a lifetime of trying to cover what cannot be covered, we end up right where we started if we are the elect, naked before God, standing in the garden of Eden where He is the only knowledge of all things. All things He has created are “very good”. The LORD gave the nakedness and then the covering and the LORD took the covering away.]

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

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