Nine Names of Jehovah

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Lesson One

In the sermon on the mount Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s prayer. In the first stanza of this prayer great emphasis is placed on the name of God. Let's study the Lord’s prayer together.

Matt 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)

Hallowed Be His Name

Jesus clearly wanted us to realize that the name of God must be treated in a hallowed fashion.

hallow=hagiazo (hag-ee-ad'-zo/37); from 40; to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: KJV-- hallow, be holy, sanctify.

hagiazo- (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or to hallow

2) to separate from profane things and to dedicate to God

a) to consecrate things to God

b) to dedicate people to God

3) to purify

a) to cleanse externally

b) to purify by expiation: to free from the guilt of sin

c) to purify internally by a renewing of the soul

To hallow the name of the Lord is much more than professing our Christian religion. To hallow the name of the Lord demands action on our part.

Lev 22:2 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD (KJV)

Lev 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you (KJV)

We hallow (sanctify - set apart) the name of the Lord by the things we value as holy in our lives. Simply stated, the Lord’s name will be hallowed among the children of Israel. What are the things we consider important? How we answer this question will determine the degree we hallow the name of the Lord in our lives.

The name of Jesus can be hallowed just as much by a father participating in Little League with his son or daughter, as it would be by him singing the Lord’s high praises.

His Name in Vain

Exod 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain (KJV)

We assume that we take the name of the Lord in vain through some sort of vocal profanity. This may be so, but taking His name in vain is much more than this narrow concept.

shav' (shawv/7723); or shav (shav); from the same as 7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjective), uselessness (as deceptive, objective; also adverbially, in vain): KJV-- false (-ly), lie, lying, vain, vanity. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

shav' or shav- (Brown-Drivers-Biggs)

emptiness, vanity, falsehood

a) emptiness, nothingness, vanity

b) emptiness of speech, lying

c) worthlessness (used of conduct)

We can take the name of the Lord in vain through the empty religious lifestyle we live. We profane His name through our worthless religious exercises void of true heart felt love.

We take the Lord’s name in vain by ignoring our family responsibilities and involvement’s. We may not dishonor our Lord’s name through vocal profanity, but our self-centered family attitudes can dishonor the Lord.

1 Tim 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed (KJV)

It's also possible to blaspheme the name of God by our refusal to submit to legal authority. We must remember that God is the author of government. His holy saints must learn the principles of government, and they must learn to submit to it's authority.

Ps 74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever (KJV)

Ps 74:18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name (KJV)

Rev 13:6-7 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (7) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (KJV)

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory (KJV)

The book of Revelation clearly states that the final world government will institute a world campaign to blaspheme the name of God. Even in the midst of great human suffering, the nations will not repent of their blasphemies concerning the name of God.

Proclaim His Name

We proclaim the Lord’s name through the lives we lives, but we also proclaim His name through the understanding and revelation we have of Him. The Lord manifested Himself to Moses by revealing His nature and character.

Exod 34:4-7 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. (5) And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. (6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (KJV)

The Jewish tradition of knowing the name of a person is not how we perceive a name. Names are listed in phone books, on mailing lists, and in casual encounters. The Old Testament Jewish tradition of knowing a name speaks of the degree you know that person. To know a person’s name is to know that person, therefore to know the Lord’s name we must know the Lord through relationship.

Notice how the proclamation of the Lord’s name revealed six different attributes of His character. Compare this list with the fruits of the Spirit.

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)

Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; (KJV)

Each of the attributes of God found in the proclamation of His name to Moses. Is it possible these fruits will be developed in our lives only as we learn to hallow the name of our heavenly Father.

Praise His Name

It is hard to count the amount of scriptures that exhort us to praise the name of the Lord. Let's study this concept together.

Ps 34:3-4 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. (4) I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (KJV)

Ps 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee (KJV)

Ps 52:9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints (NIV)

This Psalm clearly indicates that we are to praise His name in the congregation. Corporate praise allows the Lord to manifest Himself to us as a group of faithful saints.

Characteristics

Ps 48:10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness (KJV)

Ps 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him (KJV)

Ps 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness (KJV)

Ps 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake (KJV)

Ps 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name

Ps 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven (KJV)

We praise the name of God because....

Types of Praise

Ps 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving (KJV)

Ps 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore (KJV)

Ps 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name (KJV)

Ps 149:2-4 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. (3) Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (4) For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (KJV)

We may praise the Lord....

Attitude of Praise

Ps 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore (KJV)

Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (KJV)

Ps 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high (KJV)

Ps 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name

Ps 96:2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day

The proper attitude of praise....

Eternal God

King David realized the eternal quality of God’s name. While he was enveloped in the presence of God during his sessions of praise, he realized the eternal quality of God. Let's study this concept.

Ps 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed (KJV)

Ps 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name (KJV)

Ps 8:1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens (KJV)

Ps 135:13 Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations (KJV)

David realized that the name of God would continue as long as the sun. He also understood that men would walk in His blessing, and a day would come upon the earth when ALL nations will call Him blessed.

It's important we realize the significance of this statement, because the Bible also prophesied that the nations would attempt to cast off the restraints of God.

Isa 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting (KJV)

Isaiah also realized that the name of God is an everlasting name. He also understood that Jehovah is our redeemer.

Phil 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

The Apostle Paul also realized that the name of God is eternal, but he also realized that Jesus now has a name far above every name. This would also include the name of Jehovah. Simply stated, Jesus is the fulfillment of all the attributes found in Jehovah’s name.

The Names of Jehovah

The kings and prophets of the Old Testament walked in a revelation of God that was profound and unique. They realized that the nine different names of Jehovah reflected different characteristics and attributes of God. According to the need the nation of Israel had, God would manifest His name for that need. Should the nation need physical or spiritual healing, He would reveal Himself as Jehovah - Rapha. Also, should Israel need protection from their enemies, He would manifest Himself as Jehovah - Nissi.

The Old Testament names of Jehovah are just as relevant today as they were to the nation of Israel. In fact, each of these qualities we now find in Jesus: He is Jehovah. Let's study the names of Jehovah.

 

Lord’s Prayer

The disciples, realizing their ignorance concerning prayer, asked Jesus to teach them to pray. The Lord’s Prayer presented to us in Matthew depicts all nine names of Jehovah. Jesus, in His prayer, provided for us an Old Testament review of the names of His Father. Let's ponder them!

Matt 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)

 

 

Jehovah - Ra’ah

Lord my Shepherd

Lesson Two

The first name of Jehovah we will examine is found in Psalm 23. In this Psalm, God described Himself as the faithful shepherd of Israel. Let's examine this Psalm together.

23rd Psalm

Ps 23:1-6 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (5) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

It's interesting to note that the 23rd Psalm identifies the different names of Jehovah in a fashion similar to our "Lord’s Prayer". Another point to consider is this fact. All the names of Jehovah describe character traits, but Jehovah -Ra’ah (Lord my Shepherd) and Jehovah - Tsaba (Lord of Hosts). Is it possible that the divine attributes are found in the other names of Jehovah are part of these two titles of office?

Two Covenants

It's interesting to note that the two titles of office are descriptive of God’s two eternal covenants made to Abraham and David. (Matthew 1:1 - Son of Abraham/Son of David)

 

Divine Attributes

In the 23rd Psalm we have recorded the attributes of God’s other names associated with the Shepherd ministry identified in this psalm.

The Shepherd ministry identified in the 23rd Psalm clearly includes all the attributes found in the various names of Jehovah. Is it possible that the Shepherd ministry given to the church in the Pastor should also include these attributes? Let's ponder the Shepherd ministry of Jehovah.

Jehovah - Ra’ah (Lord my Shepherd)

Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'/3068); from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: KJV-- Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

Jehovah Yahweh. One of the most important names for God in the Old Testament is Yahweh, or Jehovah:

(Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

The name Jehovah has profound significance. He is the SELF-EXISTENCE ONE, the ETERNAL; He is the one who is the source of life. Jehovah has no past, nor does He have a future. God only knows the NOW, He is eternal; all human history - from their creation to their conclusion - is a flash of light to Him. This one fact is the root of how God is all knowing.

ra` ah (raw-aw'/7462); a primitive root; to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend): KJV-- X break, companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep [sheeper]-), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.

ra` ah- (Brown-Divers-Biggs)

1) to pasture, to tend, to graze, to feed

a) (Qal)

1) to tend, to pasture

a) to shepherd

b) used of a ruler, used of a teacher (figurative)

c) used of people as a flock (figurative)

d) shepherd, herdsman (substantive)

2) to feed, to graze

a) used of cows, sheep, etc. (literal)

b) used of an idolater, of Israel as a flock (figurative)

c) (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess

2) to associate with, to be a friend of (the probable meaning)

a) (Qal) to associate with

b) (Hithpael) to be companions

3) (Piel) to be a special friend

The definition of Ra’ah provides us with insight into the function of a shepherd. The definition identifies three facets to the shepherd ministry

To Tend a Flock

Mercy Seat - Shepherd’s Green Pastures

It is interesting to note that Jehovah perceived Himself as a shepherd. Psalm 23 presents this fact, but Psalm 80 provides insight into how this ministry will be expressed in the midst of His flock.

Ps 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth (KJV)

The Shepherd ministry of Jehovah is found between the wings of the cherubims. The mercy seat found on the arc of the covenant is the gathering point for the flock of God. Exodus 25:22 states that God will meet with us between the wings of His mercy seat.

Is it possible that the shepherd ministry is to lead the flock of God to the mercy seat, where God will commune with them? Is it also possible that the primary responsibility of godly Pastors is to lead the flock of God into deep dimensions of communion with God?

The 23rd Psalm identifies the Pastoral goal of Jehovah also. We should notice that all of these attributes are found at the mercy seat.

Shepherd’s Rod

Micah 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old (KJV)

In the Old Testament it was the custom of the Shepherd to carry a long rod made from a tree branch. It was also the custom to let the sheep pass under the shepherd’s rod for the purpose of counting them and seeing whether they are in good condition or not. Using this metaphor we see that Jehovah uses His rod to determine our spiritual condition.

Zech 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd (KJV)

Zechariah understood the principle that the flock of God needed a anointed shepherd to guide them on the proper spiritual path. Without a shepherd the flock will scatter, they will follow their own paths. The flock will cease to be united, and each sheep will seek it's own individualistic attitudes.

1 Pet 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock (KJV)

Peter understood that the ministry of the Elder is to feed the flock of God, they are to lead through example not misuse of spiritual authority.

Is it possible that the Pastoral ministry given by God to His church is patterned after His own Shepherd ministry. God is our shepherd, but He has delegated that authority to anointed men and women to function as His representatives on earth. When anointed Pastors/Elders properly exercise their spiritual authority and ministry the name of Jehovah Ra-ah is imprinted on their hearts.

To Rule (Teach)

The second principle found in the definition of "Ra-ah" to rule the flock of God. The implication is to lead the flock to God’s green pastures with his or her hold rod. The definition clearly associated the teaching ministry with exercising the rod of God. The Pastor/Teacher must feed the flock with divine revelation, but Malichi clearly teaches us what is required of the teachers of God.

The Walk of a Pastor

Mal 2:5-7 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. (6) The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. (7) For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

The Heart of a Pastor

Ps 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: (71) From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. (72) So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. (KJV)

Ps 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. (NIV)

Asaph, the author of Psalm 78, realized that King David fed and shepherded the flock of God through the integrity of his own heart. He led his flock with the skill and wisdom he learned from his walk with God.

David’s heart was filled with integrity, there was a completeness an innocence found in him. David wasn’t a two-faced man, he didn’t have public face and a private one; he walked with God in honesty.

God wanted David to feed his flock out of the completeness and innocence found in his heart. Since God honored this fact in King David we must assume that it's a quality He desires in all of His pastors.

1Thes 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts (KJV)

Paul also understood that the Gospel of Christ is a TRUST committed to the servants of God who not preachers seeking to please their congregations. The true servant of God’s word will endure the trials of God desired to purge their hidden iniquity, in order for a heart of integrity to mature. Out of the completed work of God’s hand in the heart of His servants shall His flock be nourished.

Prov 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom (KJV

Jer 3:14-15 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: (15) And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. (KJV)

Solomon also realized that the righteous feed many the wisdom and revelation of God. Jeremiah prophesied that God’s gift to His flock is Pastors who shall feed His flock with spiritual knowledge and understanding.

Jer 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (KJV)

The opposite is also true. The Pastors who don't seek the Lord, who don't walk in intimate fellowship with God, shall not prosper in their ministry. They will notice their flocks scattering; they will accuse his leadership team of disloyalty; they will accuse the flock of carnal thinking, but they will not realize until it's to late that they are the reason for the flock scattering.

The Mission of the Pastor

2 Tim 2:1-2 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. (KJV)

The mission of the Pastor is simple. He must implant into the hearts of faithful men his pastoral integrity and mission, but he must select men who will be able to teach others also. For a Pastor to rule wisely, he must reproduce his pastoral mantle into the hearts of other men and women.

1 Pet 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (4) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (KJV)

Peter realized that the office of Elder is the same as the pastoral ministry. The mission of the Elders and Pastors is to feed the flock of God out of the integrity of their hearts. They must teach the flock of God by example not only by doctrine.

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (KJV)

The doctrine taught by the shepherds of God is simple. They should teach their flocks to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in sphere of influence they live in.

2 Tim 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (KJV)

The servants of God must instruct those who are at war with themselves to repent. Those members of the flock of God who heed the instruction of His servants will be allowed to recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who takes them captive at his will.

The Qualifications of a Pastor

1 Tim 3:1-7 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. (2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (4) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) (6) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (7) Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (KJV)

Many are the qualifications of a Elder, but one stands out above all. The Bishop must be able to rule his own family should he desire to rule in the house of God.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (KJV)

Now it should be obvious why the Apostle Paul seemed to group the Pastor and Teacher gifts into one expression of ministry.

To Be a Friend

The final application provided for us in the definition of "Ra-ah" is the concept of being a friend. For the Pastor to be a friend to the flock of God, he must love his or her sheep to the point of death (Jh 10:11-14). Not only must the Pastor be friends with the flock of God, but teaching the flock to be friends with God, to know his name.

Ps 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee (KJV)

Those who know the name of God will put their trust in Him. Simply stated, the degree of trust we have in God reflects the depth of revelation we have of his names.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd

John 10:11-14 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (12) But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Jesus is the good shepherd, He is the one who leads His flock by still waters, who restores their souls. King David realized that Jehovah is the only true shepherd of Israel. Jesus identified Himself with the shepherd ministry of Jehovah, he realized that He was and is the only true shepherd.

All pastoral ministry grows from the vine of Jesus, the true shepherd. The undershepherds of God must:

Let me remind you that all the attributes found in the names of God are discovered in the shepherd ministry of Jehovah. God’s anointed Pastors have the power of God’s names at their disposal to shepherd His flock. God’s Pastors are His ambassadors of His Shepherd name.

 

Jehovah - Jireh

Lord Will See

Lesson Three

One of the buss words in modern Christianity is Jehovah - Jireh — the Lord our Provider. We sing songs about Jehovah - Jireh, we preach sermons about His bountiful provision, and we develop major doctrinal themes about the powers of positive confession in order to acquire our portion of His provision.

Do not misunderstand me; I strongly believe in the bountiful provision of God. I also believe in the powers of the tongue used in a positive and negative way. The provision of God is for us, but we must operate the principles that release His provision. Let's study this concept.

Abraham’s Revelation

Yehovah Yir'eh (yeh-ho-vaw' yir-eh'/3070); from 3068 and 7200; Jehovah will see (to it); Jehovah-Jireh, a symbolical name for Mount Moriah: KJV-- Jehovahjireh.

Jehovah-jireh = "Jehovah (Yahweh) sees";

symbolic name given by Abraham to Mount Moriah in commemoration of the interposition of the Angel of Jehovah (Yahweh) who prevented the sacrifice of Isaac and provided a substitute. — Genesis 22:1-18

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (KJV)

Jehovah-jireh-- This name is translated as "The-LORD-Will-Provide," commemorating the provision of the ram in place of Isaac for Abraham's sacrifice <Gen. 22:14>. Bible Dictionary

Jehovah sought to prove the heart of Abraham, therefore He instructed him to take his "..only son.." to Mount Moriah and offer him as sacrifice. Abraham was obedient to the command of God, but an angel of the Lord stopped Abraham. God provided a ram in place of Isaac for Abraham’s sacrifice. In loving gratitude, Abraham called the place of sacrifice "Jehovah - Jireh". The name is translated "Jehovah sees," because of the fact that God saw Abraham’s need for a sacrifice, and he provided the sacrifice. Let's formulate some conclusions from this narrative.

The Bible records several principles that His children may operate in order to experience the revelation of His divine provision. Let's study together!

Fearing God’s Name

Ps 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name (KJV)

King David realized that an inheritance was reserved for those who have learned to fear the name of God. To fear the name of God is an awesome respect for God, and the realization that His names are holy.

The Tithe

Deut 14:22-23 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always (KJV)

God commanded the children of Israel to pay tithe on all their increase and fruitfulness. Why did God command for the giving of the tithe? The first response would be, that resources might be provided for the tribe of Levi. These two scriptures indicate that provisional supply is secondary to the main reason for the tithe.

The intended purpose of the tithe was to teach the children of Israel to learn to fear the Lord, God always. The book of Proverbs lists several characteristics established in those who fear the Lord.

The tithe is one key used by God to teach His children obedience to His covenant and to fear His name.

Mal 3:8-11 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. (10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)

The obedience generated by the tithe will result in a gradual revelation of the name "Jehovah - Jireh". The Lord will see the obedience of the tithe, and this obedience will cause Him to nurture in our hearts a seed of Godly fear.

To the degree we nurture Godly fear is to the degree we’ll experience humility, knowledge, and wisdom.

Prayer and Praise

Neh 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer (KJV)

Ps 74:21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name (NIV)

The servants of God, who fear His name, will prosper in all their endeavors, because their prayers and praise are open to God’s ears.

The idea of our prayers being open to God speaks of a loving relation-ship. The revelation of God’s names are granted only to those who grow in intimate fellowship with Jesus. Fellowship is not religion, it's a relation-ship of love and trust.

Obedience Not Sacrifice:

The tithe is used by God to teach His children obedience and to fear His name. Obedience is the key to the release of God’s provision. Sacrifice didn’t produce God’s provision is Abraham’s life, it was obedience to His revealed will. Consider for a moment the failure of king Saul.

Saul’s Rebellion

1 Sam 15:22-24 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. (23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (24) And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. (KJV)

King Saul was under divine command to destroy the Amalekites, all people, animals, and buildings. Saul disobeyed God’s command because he feared the people. The Prophet Samuel referred to Saul’s fear as rebellion and witchcraft. Saul should be fearing God not the people. Obedience is better than religious sacrifice. Saul reasoned that religious sacrifice would convince God that he obeyed His command.

Abraham discovered Jehovah - Jireh through his obedience not his sacrifice. Saul would also have discovered Jehovah - Jireh through obedience not sacrifice. Let's never forget this simple lesson, obedience to God’s revealed will in our lives produces His provision, not religious activity and expression.

Should our lives be troubled with a constant lack of God’s divine provision, let's put away our songs about Jehovah - Jireh, and let's seek to obey His revealed will. Constant lack of provision is only an indicator of disobedience to God’s revealed will. Remember, God will only rebuke the devourer should we be obedient in the tithe.

The Covenant of God

Deut 29:9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do (KJV)

1King 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself (KJV)

It's important to remember that obedience to the eternal blood covenant of Jesus Christ is essential to entering the prosperity of God. Simply stated: What is the covenant of Christ?

Heb 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, (21) equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

Jehovah - Jireh can only be discovered as we are obedient to the blood covenant established in Jesus. We have been equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to do the will of God. We must never forget that we are His workmanship, being formed and fashioned into the image of Christ. Without humility and fear of the Lord we will never progress beyond our vain religion into the life-changing relationship found in Jesus.

Doers of the Word

Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (KJV)

1 Chr 22:12-13 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. (13) Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed. (KJV)

Ps 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (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. (KJV)

Three different scriptural references teach us that God’s prosperity is found in doing the Word of God. Let me correct one misnomer; doing the word is not doing doctrine.

The common fad in religious circles is to memorize certain Bible doctrines taught by vogue Bible teachers. Often Christians are heard saying "..I’m standing on the scriptures that Brother ——— and Brother ——— are standing on..". We think that memorization of the scriptures is doing the word of God. True; Bible meditation is a small part of doing the word, but it's not the totality. Then the question should arise; what is doing the word of God?

John 1:1-3 and 14 teach us that the word of God is not the Bible it's the Person of Jesus. We are doing the word when we allow Jesus to express Himself to us and through us. The written word is the written record we have the eternal living word, Jesus.

Acting upon the doctrine of anointed teachers is very valuable as long as we allow that doctrine to bring us closer to Jesus. Jehovah - Jireh is discovered is the revelation of God’s word. Not the doctrines of Christ but the revelation of His person. Revelation is not insight we have into the scriptures, but they are the by-products of true revelation. True revelation is the dimension of Christ we personally experience. It's our personal walk with Christ. Each new revelation we have of Christ will usher us into deeper dimensions of abiding in His presence.

2 Chr 26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper (KJV)

Now we come to the crux of the matter. As long as we seek the face of Jesus with all our hearts, God will make us to prosper. Remember, prosperity in God’s sight may not be what we interpret as prosperity.

Abraham discovered Jehovah - Jireh in the midst of his seeking God. As long as Abraham sought God, He made him to prosper.

Counselors

2 Chr 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper (KJV)

King Jehoshaphat understood a very important principle about prospering in the Lord. Believe in the prophets, the spokesmen of God, who will provide godly council. It's so important we realize the need to confirm God’s direction in our lives through godly counsel of anointed men and women of God.

Prov 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety (KJV)

Prov 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established (KJV)

Prov 24:6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety (NKJ)

On three occasions we are admonished by King Solomon to listen to the advice of godly counselors. Should people pursue God’s will in their lives without godly counsel they might fall, but counselors provide safety because they confirm the call. Also, they see pitfalls to watch out for.

There is another point to consider. Submission to spiritual authority and humility are the qualities necessary to seek godly counsel.

Disobedience

Num 14:41-42 But Moses said, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? This will not succeed! (42) Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, (NIV)

2 Chr 24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you (KJV)

Disobedience frustrates God’s prosperity, because a disobedient child seeks his or her own provision.

Jer 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered (KJV)

Disobedience in ministry can only frustrate the provision of Jehovah - Jireh. Pastors, who will not obey God’s direction cause the enemy to scatter their flocks. Disobedience may not be obvious, but denomi-national religious dogma can frustrate God’s revelation to a congregation.

Bountiful Cross

The greatest provision given to us by God is the sacrifice of His own Son. God intended for the completed work of Calvary to save us from the death of our sin. The cross, the instrument of death and suffering is the object of our salvation. We are saved from the destruction of our sin through the sacrifice of Jesus. But, one thing I want to make clear, salvation from the penalty of sin is not the same as redemption from the appetites for sin.

Crucified With Christ

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin (KJV)

Part of God’s provision is to equip us to do His will. In order to accomp-lish this task He has crucified our "..Old Man.." human nature with Jesus. The cross is working in us to destroy the body of sin that frustrates our ability to obey the will of God.

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. (KJV)

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

The cross, the source of our redemption and salvation, is also the purging agent used by the Holy Spirit to equip us to do God’s will. At times, Jehovah - Jireh might bring forth a provision that is contrary to our personal human comfort and desires. Always remember that the God’s provision is designed to further and expand His kingdom; therefore we must put the needs of the kingdom before our personal comforts.

Resisting the Cross

2 Chr 13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper (KJV)

Is it possible that we could find ourselves fighting against God because of our religious thinking. We will not prosper in our spiritual walk with Christ as long as we resist the workings of His cross. Is it possible that we spend more time fighting the cross than we do the devil?

Rom 8:5-7 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (KJV)

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain (KJV)

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. (KJV)

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (KJV)

The carnal mind (Old Man Nature) is hostile to the workings of God, for it's not subject (obedient) to the law (will) of God. Therefore, it's possible that we could frustrate the grace of God in us through our carnal mind set.

One thing about the carnal mind; it doesn’t always robe itself in the beast qualities of our human nature. It also has the ability to hide among our noble ideas and our religious attitudes. In fact, religious attitudes can frustrate the work of God quicker than any other attitude.

Covered Sin

Prov 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy (KJV)

The working of the cross and the slow death of our sinful appetites will result in sin be exposed. The children of God who cover their sins in religious dogma will only frustrate God’s provision in their lives.

Ps 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. (KJV)

We must realize that we have an arena within us of secret sin, and the only way we can expose it by the light of God’s face. This fact creates an interesting paradox. Intimate fellowship with God is essential to walk in relationship with Jehovah - Jireh, but it's this fellowship that will expose our secret sins. Now it should be obvious why they that cover their sins shall not prosper, because they are frustrating their fellowship with God.

Prospering Soul

3 Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (KJV)

The Apostle John made a clear connection between our personal pros-perity and health and our soul. John realized that the most valued possession we have is our soul. Our souls can only prosper to the degree we allow the cross to free us from our passions and lusts.

Phil 4:12,19 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need ............... (19) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (KJV)

chreia (khri'-ah/5532); from the base of 5530 or 5534; employment, i.e. an affair; also (by implication) occasion, demand, requirement or destitution: KJV-- business, lack, necessary (-ity), need (-ful), use, want.

The Apostle Paul made an interesting observation. He discovered that material possessions do not determine our prosperity with God. No matter the condition he was experience — whether poverty or wealth — he could rise above the circumstances and flow with God.

Often we hear Christians quoting verse 19. God shall supply all their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We interpret needs to be our material wants and desires, but God is not obligated to accommodate our material comforts.

The Greek word "Chreia" that is translated "needs" in this verse has an interesting application. The word is translated "Employment, an Affair, Occasion, Demand, Requirement or Destitution". Considering what we have learned about Abraham, God will meet the requirements we have in order to obey His will. The fact that the word has the application of employment indicates that God considers our place in His kingdom as our employment.

2 Thess 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (11) For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. (12) Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (KJV)

A principle of spirit is provided by this verse. Anyone who doesn’t work neither will they have a provision. We all must work in order to have our needs met. God does not have a spiritual welfare system; we all must work to expand the kingdom of God.

 

Jehovah - Nissi

Lord my Banner

Lesson Four

Jehovah Nissi (Lord my Banner)

Exod 17:8-16 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. (9) And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. (10) So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. (11) And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. (12) But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (13) And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. (14) And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. (15) And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: (16) For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (KJV)

Yehovah Nicciy (yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see'/3071); from 3068 and 5251 with the prononimal suffix; Jehovah (is) my banner; Jehovah-Nissi, a symbolical name of an altar in the Desert: KJV-- Jehovah-nissi.

banner—nec (nace/5251); from 5264; a flag; also a sail; by implication, a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively, a token: KJV-- banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

nec- (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

something lifted up, a standard, a signal, a signal pole, an ensign, a banner, a sign, a sail

a) a standard (as rallying point), a signal

b) a standard (pole)

c) an ensign, a signal

Moses is the first Prophet to experience the revelation of the name "Jehovah - Nissi". In commemoration of God’s victory over the Amale-kites, Moses built an altar and call it "Jehovah - Nissi". God was the standard around which the children of Israel rallied to fight His war. Let's consider a few points that can be extracted from this narrative.

Jehovah manifested to Moses as Jehovah - Nissi; the standard around who the children of Israel must gather. Jehovah - Nissi was the protection of Israel during the battle. Moses realized that the battle was won by divine intervention. The revelation of the name "Jehovah - Nissi" was granted to Moses in order to teach Israel that He was their standard and protection.

How does all these facts concern us today? Spiritual warfare is a standard around which the body of Christ has rallied. On every street corner and from every pulpit the message is heard loud and clear. We have an enemy who is constantly at war with us. Trying to ensnare us, entangle us with temptation, and who is accusing us before the throne of God. Our evil adversary is the Old Serpent, call the Devil and Satan, who is seeking whom he may devour. (Rev 12:9-10)

The Standard

It's interesting to note that the Hebrew word for banner actually is a standard around whom the children of Israel gathered. The Bible teaches much concerning God’s standard: let's study this concept.

A Standard of War

Isa 59:19-21 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (20) And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. (21) As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. (KJV)

This one scripture is often quoted by Christians who are in the midst of heated spiritual battle. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

This scripture also carries the application that God shall provide a standard and protection to those who are the redeemed of the Lord. When Satan attempts to devour us, our Lord shall raise up a standard of defense against Satan.

A Standard of Warning

Jer 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, and great destruction. (NKJ)

The Bible also teaches that a standard was used by the children of Israel to warn of impending disaster. Please notice who received the Standard Warning: it was heard on the holy hill of Zion. Why did Zion receive the warning?

2 Chr 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (KJV)

There seems to be only one logical answer. Zion is comprised of Old and New Testament saints who love the presence of God. Since this is the case, those saints who are part of the holy hill of Zion will hear the call of God to pray for the healing of their land (Psa 15).

Let's be honest with ourselves, the reason why great destruction comes upon nations is simple. God’s people have corrupted the nation because of their compromised religion. When His people humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, God will heal their land.

A Standard of Righteousness

Isa 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders (KJV)

Isa 49:22-23 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. (23) Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed." (NIV)

This is an interesting prophecy; a day is coming when God shall raise a standard for all nations to see. A standard of righteousness will wave of the earth, and God shall vindicate His saints. All nations will live in peace, because they will submit to God’s kingdom government. Kings and queens (governments) shall become the nursing mothers of God’s children. Why would these governments lick the dust at our feet?

These four answers would explain why the nations of the earth will come and like the dust at our feet. We are seated with Jesus, and they have come to worship Him. We will be His legal representatives, and the nations will learn His ways from us.

A Standard of Assembly

Isa 62:10-12 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. (11) Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (12) And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. (KJV)

God also has a standard that His people will gather around. Jesus taught us that He is the standard, around whom His church will gather.

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (KJV)

Calvary is the central standard of all the Christian faith. When Jesus is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself. The standard of Christianity is not the gifts of the Holy Spirit, nor is it Christ’s 2nd coming. It's not the doctrine of eternal security, nor spiritual warfare. There is only one standard around whom the Church must gather; it's the person of Jesus. The unity of our faith is built on Jesus, not vain religious debate.

A Standard of Announcement

Jer 50:2-4 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. (3) For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast. (4) In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. (KJV)

The Bible also teaches us that the standard of Christ must be declared among the nations. We must publish His word in all nations. We must tell the truth to lost humanity, without a Savior they will die in their sins.

Servant’s Inheritance

Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (KJV)

Again we are confronted with a very popular scripture. Often I hear Christians use this scripture as a source of comfort when they are in the midst of difficulties. The thought being that no weapon formed against us by Satan will ever be able to succeed. Let's ponder this verse.

Will Not Prevail

Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (KJV)

Jesus taught us that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church. This verse does not indicate that the Church shall not be engaged in spiritual warfare. To prevail only means that the forces of Hell shall not have final victory. We will examine this concept in more depth when we study the concept of persecution.

Our Weapons

2 Cor 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (KJV)

The Apostle Paul realized that we do not war against the flesh, therefore our weapons are not carnal, they are might through God to pulling down the strong holds of Satan. The battlefield is the mind, and the weapons that Satan forms will assault this arena.

Jehovah - Nissi can only be revealed to those who allow their thoughts to be captivated by Jesus. Consider this thought; Satan can only have place in our lives to the degree that we give him place. Jehovah - Nissi will be our banner as long as we gather around His battle standard of Jesus.

Shield of Faith

Eph 6:11-18 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV

The Bible teaches that the devil has the capability to form fiery darts against us. No matter how we define these darts they are still weapons being formed against us. Shall they prosper? We make that determ-ination by our willingness to hold up our shields of faith.

Jehovah - Nissi can be our banner during seasons of spiritual warfare as long as we put on the whole armour of God. God does not force us to put on His armour, it's our choice. I have learned through experience that we put on God’s armour through our prayer life (Rom 13:12 2Cor 6:7)

To walk in divine spiritual protection requires an active part played by us. God can be Jehovah - Nissi to us as long as we provide Him obedience, faith, and love.

Why Persecution?

Through out Church history God has required His children to endure severe persecution and death. Why does God allow seasons of persecution to come upon His church?

The Cross of Christ

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ (KJV)

The Bible teaches that we suffer persecution for the sake of the cross of Christ. Why would the cross, the source of our faith and salvation, become the reason for our persecution?

2 Tim 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, (11) Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. (12) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)

All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, because of the reasons listed above.

Personal Faults

1 Pet 2:20-21 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (KJV)

There are times we endure insults and humiliation because of our faith; or we think it's because of our faith. Is it possible that our pseudo persecution is the result of personal faults that other people notice. Christians are often mocked when they present to the world a com-promised faith. It's hard to witness to the world of the love of Christ when our tongues speak in self-righteous judgment. When we act like sinners, sinners will treat us like fools. But when we insulted and humiliated for being a true witness of Christ, and we endure with faith, God is please with these actions.

1 Pet 3:14-16 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (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: (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. (KJV)

When we suffer for righteousness sake, we should not be afraid of the terror of their threats, neither should we be troubled, because Jehovah - Nissi will extend His banner over us. God uses these events to sanctify Himself in our hearts. To prune away carnal attitudes that can frustrate the work of Christ in our lives.

1 Pet 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (14) If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. (16) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (KJV)

1 Pet 5:9-10 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (KJV)

These two verses list two items that will manifest in the lives of those who endure righteous persecutions.

God uses trials and persecutions to prune and purge our lives from those attitudes that frustrate His work in us.

Kingdom of God

2 Thess 1:4-5 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: (5) Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: (KJV)

This scripture teaches us that the kingdom of God may require that we endure persecutions and tribulations in order to expand the kingdom. Is it possible that the needs of the kingdom may require us to die for our faith?

Luke 22:52-53 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? (53) When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. (KJV)

Jesus realized that His primary mission was to endure the ordeal of Calvary. The needs of the kingdom demanded that He suffer the pain of the cross. We are wrong when we think that the primary responsibility of Jehovah - Nissi is to protect us from all fiery trials. Jehovah - Nissi is the banner and standard of His kingdom. God will fight to protect His kingdom, and all those who are part of His kingdom. The central theme is the kingdom not the individual.

Jesus walked in divine protection of Jehovah - Nissi until the time came that He was given into the hands of sinful men. Who gave Jesus into the hands of sinful men? There can be only one logical answer. Jehovah - Nissi gave Jesus to the power of darkness (Lk 24:7). Remember, the need of the kingdom was for Jesus to endure Calvary.

Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; (KJV)

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (KJV)

These two prophecies are sobering. There is coming a prophetic season when God will allow the antichrist to make war with His saints and to prevail against them. Why will God allow this to happen? The answer is the same for us as it was for Jesus and our Christian fore-fathers. The need of the kingdom is for us to endure the fiery trials of persecution in a fashion similar to the early Christian church. Rome sought the destruction of Christianity, but it was the blood of the martyrs who eventually cause the downfall of Rome. Through out church history, when governments became drunk on the blood of the saints that government eventually fell into ruin. The same thing will happen to the government of the antichrist.

God allows persecution in order to expand His kingdom, and persecution purges and purifies His people. Jehovah - Nissi covers and protects His kingdom: as long as we walk in unity with His kingdom we may enjoy His protection.

God’s Name

The books of Psalms and Proverbs clearly show that the children of Israel believed the name of Jehovah was their strong tower, the source of their national defense. Let's study this concept.

The Local Congregation

Ps 20:1-2 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (2) May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. (NIV)

King David clearly stated that the name of God will protect His children. He also stated that this protect would emanate from God’s sanctuary, His holy hill of Zion. For the people of today the holy hill of Zion is body of Christ, the General Assembly and Church of the First Born (Heb 12:22ff).

Our interaction with the Church is necessary for us to enjoy the revelation of Jehovah - Nissi. The constant argument that it's not necessary to part of a local congregation to be saved is true, but to walk in the divine protection of God’s holy covering we must be submitted to recognized spiritual authority.

Trusting the Lord

Ps 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee (KJV)

King David also realized that those who trust the Lord shall rejoice and shout for joy, because the Lord is their defense.

Isa 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (KJV)

Isaiah, the Prophet realized that those who put their trust in Jehovah will enter an arena of perfect peace. To walk in divine peace is the greatest defense we can have, because it overcomes the torments of fear. Fear is our greatest enemy; it's an intellectual anticipation of what might happen. King David also realized that destructive power of fear when he prayed that God would preserve his life "..from fear of the enemy.." (Psa 64:1).

King David also taught us that those who love God’s name will be joyful in Him. This concept speaks of an intimate relationship with God. To love the name of God is to consider Him as our dearest friend.

Ps 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee (KJV)

In this verse, David reaffirms the fact that those who trust God will walk in the revelation of His divine names. Trust also speaks of love and intimate relationship, because it's difficult to love trust a person we do not know. The question of whether trust is given or earned is not relevant, the point is that trust is developed through love and relationship. So, to answer our question, we both earn and give our trust away.

Strong Tower

Ps 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us (KJV)

Prov 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe (KJV)

The Lord is a strong tower, and the righteous run into it, and are safe. We must also realize that we are in the midst of spiritual warfare. We have the authority to tread under foot the evil devices of Satan, but we also must realize that God is our strong tower. The thing that we must never forget is the fact that the righteous will run into the tower of God. According to this verse the righteous are the only ones who recognize their need for Jehovah’s name. To be righteous before God demands our faith in His Son, Jesus. Also it requires our submission to His revealed will and authority.

 

Jehovah - Tsidqenuw

Lord my Righteousness

Lesson Five

Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (KJV)

Jer 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. (KJV)

Yehovah Tsidqenuw (ye-ho-vaw' tsid-kay'-noo/3072); from 3068 and 6664 with pronominal suffix; Jehovah (is) our right; Jehovah-Tsidkenu, a symbolical epithet of the Messiah and of Jerusalem: KJV-- the Lord our righteousness.

Yehovah tsidqenuw-

Jehovah (Yahweh) is our righteousness a sacred name symbolically applied to Jerusalem and the Messiah

Jeremiah, the Prophet was the one who received the revelation that God’s name would also be known as "The LORD our Righteousness". The context of Jeremiah’s prophecy was predicating of a coming day when God would manifest Himself to the nation of Israel as the source of their righteousness. The name "Jehovah - Tsidqenuw" has the application of God’s righteousness being imparted to us. Now we come to the work of redemption accomplished in Jesus.

Imputed Righteousness

2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (KJV)

It's common Christian doctrine that Jesus was made to be sin for us, that His righteousness would be imputed to all who receive His free gift of salvation. We have legal authority to stand before God, because of the righteousness of Christ that was imputed to us (Rom 4:11, 22-24; 5:13; James 2:23). Jehovah - Tsidqenuw is the name of God that declares the completed work of redemption accomplished in Jesus.

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus paid the wage of sin. According to Ezekiel, the Prophet "..the soul that sinneth, it shall die.."; this is the wage of sin (Eze 18:4). The judgment of God on sin has always been death. From the fall of Adam to the end of creation death will always be the wage of sin. In order for lost humanity to walk in the righteousness of God, the sin issue must be addressed. We owe God a death for the sin that corrupts our lives. Now we understand the reason for the suffering of Christ on Calvary. Calvary paid the price of sin. The debt we owed God was paid in full. The certificate of debt inherited at birth was nailed to the cross with Christ (Col 2:14). The six hours of suffering Christ endured on Calvary revealed to all creation the total love found in the name Jehovah - Tsidqenuw.

impute=logizomai (log-id'-zom-ahee/3049); middle voice from 3056; to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively): KJV-- conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

logizomai - (Thayer’s Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to reckon, to count, to compute, to calculate, to count over

a) to take into account, to make an account of

1) metaphorically, to pass to one's account, to impute

  1. a thing is reckoned as or to be something, that is, as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight

b) to number among, to reckon with

c) to reckon, to account

2) to reckon inward, to count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate

3) by reckoning up all the reasons, to gather, to infer

a) to consider, to take into account, to weigh, to meditate on

b) to suppose, to deem, to judge

c) to determine, purpose, decide

The Greek word "Logizomai" clearly teaches that the righteousness of Christ was passed/posted to our account. Simply stated, the righteousness of Christ is implanted into every soul that turns to Christ. There is much that can be said about the authority the Christian has in Christ because of this impartation. Every Christian, who accepts the salvation of Jesus have imputed to them God’s own righteousness. At this point, Jehovah - Tsidqenuw has started the process of revealing His name to us.

Let me pose two questions. Since we are the beneficiaries of such a great gift as Christ’s righteousness, then why are we such a frustrated group of believers? Where is the power of this imputed righteousness?

Awake to Righteousness

1 Cor 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame (KJV)

The Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian church that it was necessary for them to awake to the righteousness within them. He admonished them to turn from their sinful ways, and allow their imputed righteousness to change their lives. Receiving the gift of Jehovah - Tsidqenuw is one thing, but to allow the revelation of name to transform our lives in another thing entirely. How do we allow God’s name to transform our lives?

This concept creates for us a paradox. Christian doctrine taught in the church today indicates that the righteousness of Christ is our natural Christian birth-right. The doctrine also teaches that the authority and power of this righteousness is open to every saint. This doctrine teaches that in order to exercise this power we must understand the doctrine concerning our legal rights as Christians. The paradox is simple. How can we exercise the power and authority of righteousness without going through the awakening process?

Spiritual Drunkenness

Awake eknepho (ek-nay'-fo/1594); from 1537 and 3525; (figuratively) to rouse (oneself) out of stupor: KJV-- awake.

eknepho - (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to return to oneself from drunkenness, to become sober

2) metaphorically, to return to soberness of mind

When we examine the Greek word for "Awake" we discover the application is not associated with normal sleeping patterns. But it has the application of a person being awaken out of a state of drunkenness into a sobriety of mind. There is an implied truth in this definition; spiritual drunkenness frustrates the manifestation of righteousness in our lives.

What is Spiritual Drunkenness?

Luke 21:34-36 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (36) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (KJV)

Rom 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

Simply stated, spiritual drunkenness is many things, but world conformity and self-gratification are it's two main roots. Christians must realize that our love for our comfort and for the things of this world frustrates our ability to awaken to Christ’s imputed righteousness within us.

We honestly don't realize the risks we take by pampering our lusts and self-indulgence. Our spiritual drunkenness is vandalizing our ability to stand before the Son of Man, and escape the horrors that are coming on the earth (Luke 21:34-36)

Spiritual Sobriety

1Thes 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation (KJV)

Spiritual sobriety is the opposite of spiritual drunkenness. It's a seriousness of mind and purpose, it's the discipline of Christ being walked out in our lives. Our ability to put on the armor of God is directly connected to our spiritual sobriety. (Rom 13:12-14, 2 Cor 6:7, Eph 6:11-18) The context of these references clearly teach that consistent prayer is vital to our being robed in the armor of God. Memorizing these references is profitable for our spiritual welfare, but our conformity to this world frustrates their living reality in our lives. The armor of God is much more than doctrine we memorize, it's our spiritual welfare; we must realize the importance of being sober before the Lord.

1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (KJV)

Again we have the confirmation that consistent prayer is vital to our spiritual sobriety.

1 Pet 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (KJV)

We have an enemy who presents himself to the world as a "Roaring Lion". His whole mission and purpose is to roam about the world seeking souls who may be devoured. Eph 4:27 clearly warns us not to give place to the devil, therefore we can conclude that the devil can only take place in our lives to the degree we give him place. Our spiritual drunkenness is the open door to Satan to devour our souls in these areas. Peter infers that our Christian duty has three avenues of expression when resisting the devil.

To resist him stedfast in the faith. It was the faith of these people that Satan aimed at; if he could overturn their faith, and draw them into apostasy, then he knew he should gain his point, and ruin their souls; therefore, to destroy their faith, he raises bitter persecutions, and sets the grand potentates of the world against them. This strong trial and temptation they must resist, by being well-grounded, resolute, and stedfast in the faith: to encourage them to this, (from Matthew Henry's Commentary)

Revealed Righteousness

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith (KJV)

Paul, the Apostle, in his epistle to the Romans provided us the answer to our paradox. There is a great difference between the imputed righteousness and the revealed righteousness. Let's examine the Greek word used in this verse for "revealed", it will provide for us insight into the principle of awakening Christ’s righteousness within us. The name of God being revealed to us is drastically different than the name of God being revealed through us.

revealed=apokalupto (ap-ok-al-oop'-to/601); from 575 and 2572; to take off the cover, i.e. disclose: KJV-- reveal. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

apokalupto - (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to uncover, to lay open what has been veiled or covered up, to disclose, to make bare

2) to make known, to make manifest, to disclose what before was unknown

To remove the cover from an item is to expose it's hidden contents. During birthdays and at Christmas we joyfully take our gifts and remove the wrapping cover to expose their hidden contents. Ponder for a moment with me the possibility that our imputed righteousness is the hidden contents within our spiritual person. Does the fact that Christ’s righteousness being hidden diminish it's power and ability to redeem, transform, and save? NO! A hundred times no! But the fact still remains, our imputed righteousness is hidden in us, and it's our responsibility to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the cover and allow Christ to be revealed in our lives. Now we come to the crux of the matter. What is the thing in our lives that veils our imputed righteousness?

The Carnal Mind

Rom 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (KJV)

1 Cor 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (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. (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? (KJV)

flesh=sarx (sarx/4561); probably from the base of 4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [or spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties [physically or morally] and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such): KJV-- carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]). (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

sarx- (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

1) flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers the bones and is permeated with blood); used of both man and animals

2) the body

a) the body of a man

b) used of natural or physical origin, generation or relationship; born of natural generation

c) the sensuous nature of man, "the animal nature"

1) without any suggestion of depravity

2) the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin

3) the physical nature of man as subject to suffering

3) a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh), whether man or beast

4) the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God

FLESH — The human body, in the totality of all that is essential to manhood, i. e., spirit, soul, and body (2 Cor. 10:3a; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:22; Matt. 24:22; John 1:13; Rom. 3:20

The weaker element in human nature. (Matt. 26:41; Rom. 6:19; 8:3a) The unregenerate state of men, the seat of sin in man" (Rom. 7:5; 8:8,9; 2 Pet. 2:18; 1 John 2:16)

The lower and temporary element in the Christian, and in religious ordinances (Gal. 3:3; 6:8; Heb. 9:10). The natural attainments of men (1 Cor. 1:26; 2 Cor. 10:2,3) (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

Both of these scriptural references teach us that the Carnal Mind, the natural human way of thinking rob us of our ability to fellowship with God, and to understand His spiritual truth. The Strong’s, Thayer’s, and Vine’s Lexicons all agree that the Greek word "Sarx" is the weaker elements of our human nature in all it's frailties and passions. The Sarx or Flesh consciousness is the sensuous part of the human nature; it's the area where we have our self will. In fact, Vine’s Expository Dictionary alludes to the fact that this nature can be shrouded in the elements of our Christian religion.

It's so important we understand this one point. Christians don't hate the carnal nature in totality, they only hate it's selfish cruelty. It's very common for Christians to refine their carnal nature to the point it's acceptable to the local congregation. We teach our human nature to not cuss, spit, or crew, or to run with those who do. We also teach our human nature the correct religious vernacular and doctrine in order for us to hide our sensuous nature. Remember this one point; the carnal nature — noble, religious, or crude — is enmity (hostile) with God.

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(Amplified Bible) "But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them — of progressively recognizing, understanding and becoming better acquainted with them — because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated."

natural=psuchikos (psoo-khee-kos'/5591); from 5590; sensitive, i.e. animate (in distinction on the one hand from 4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from 5446, which is the lower or bestial nature): KJV-- natural, sensual. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

psuchikos- (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

of or belonging to breath:

a) having the nature and characteristics of the breath, the principal of animal life, which men have in common with the brutes

b) governed by breath; the sensuous nature with its subjection to appetite and passion (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

Once again the concept of the sensual Christian arises. Remember what was taught earlier in this study. One of the roots of spiritual drunkenness is a non-crucified sensuous nature (Rom 6:5-6). A nature caught in the mire of self-gratification and comfort. Paul admonished the Corinthian church that the natural, sensuous Christian is not able to receive the gifts from God, because they are discerned in the spirit. The ability to receive a gift doesn’t change the fact that the gift being given. Ponder this scripture in regards to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and their acceptance by various elements of the Body of Christ.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (KJV)

The sensuous, carnal nature is the root of all spiritual drunkenness and darkness we experience; it's the cover that must be removed from Christ’s imputed righteousness. Simply stated; to the degree we allow the cross of Christ to crucify this nature is the degree we reveal Christ’s hidden righteousness in our lives. We think Satan is our greatest enemy, but he can only have access to our lives through the sensuous, carnal nature. The more we allow the cross of Christ to put to death this nature the less access Satan has in our lives. Once again, our greatest enemy is not Satan, it's Self.

Faith to Faith

Romans 1:17 also alludes to the fact that the revealed righteousness we manifest is a dimensional experience we walk out through faith. But this verse also alludes to the fact that faith is a dimensional experience. How can this be? What do you mean by "a dimensional experience"?

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (KJV)

In order to answer these questions we must realize that our walk with Christ is a progressive revelation of His person to us and through us. It is commonly taught in churches across America that revelation is new insights we experience in the Bible. True revelation is not our personal insights in the Holy Writ, but it's the experience and the dimension of Christ we are walking in. We read in Col 2:6 that the Christ we received we are to walk in Him. Simply stated, revelation is the depth of personal relationship we have with Jesus. Each time we are allowed to enter into deeper relationship with Jesus we enter a new revelation of His person.

Eph 1:17-18 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (18) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (NIV)

1 Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (KJV)

It's so important we realize that Bible knowledge is not revelation. If knowledge of the scriptures is true revelation, then the Pharisees were right and in them we have eternal life. This is not the case, Jesus taught that the scriptures were designed to reveal His person. We study the scriptures in order to experience more of His person (John 5:39-40). Each new revelation we enter into will open to us several things by removing the cover of our human nature; let me list them.

Pray that we might enter into greater degrees of Jesus’ intimate presence; that we might know Him in the power of His resurrection (Phil 3:10). Also that we might understand the our hope in Him, and His glorious inheritance in the saints.

The Image of Christ

To conclude this study let's briefly ponder the reason for Holy removing the cover of our carnality. What is the goal of Christ’s righteousness?

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (KJV)

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (KJV)

We have often thought that the goal of the Christian is heaven, but these two references clearly state that our spiritual goal is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. There is only one reason why Christ imputed His righteousness, and that is to impress on us His image: In order that He might be the first born among many spiritual brethren. (Heb 2:8-10)

What is the Image of Christ?

We have made the image of Christ to abstract and spiritual. The fact that we are to be conformed to His image indicates that it must be an attainable and practical goal. The question should arise again. What is the image of Christ?

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

(Amplified Bible) "I am able to do nothing from Myself — independently, of my own accord; but as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision.] Even as I hear, I judge and my judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will — I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose — but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me."

In this one verse Jesus identified the image we are to be conformed to, and that image is "Self weakness — God strength." Jesus realized His own personal weakness to do the will of His Father, but He also realized that this weakness is the source of all His spiritual strength. Jesus realized that in Himself He could do nothing, but God, His Father was strong through Him, because He did not pamper or nurse His own self-will. Jesus also understood that His human weakness is an opportunity for God to be strong through Him.

2 Cor 12:8-10 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. (9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)

The Apostle Paul also learned this lesson. He learned that Christ’s strength is matured in him through his personal weakness. Paul may not have realized the significance of his statement, but the image of Christ was being matured in him.

The process Jesus utilizes to reveal His righteousness in us will weaken our own carnal self-willed nature. The revealed righteousness is the image of Christ having freedom to imprint itself on our whole person. The most important thing we can do as Christians is to allow the "Awakening Process" to occur. We also must realize that we have a carnal nature that can hide in our religious attitudes. The cover of this nature must be removed in order for Christ to reveal His righteousness in us. To the degree we allow Christ to awaken within us His righteousness is to the degree we will walk in divine revelation of His person and His name.

 

Jehovah - Shalom

Lord my Peace

Lesson Six

Judg 6:22-24 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. (23) And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. (24) Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. (KJV)

The man of God who received the revelation that God is the author of peace was Gideon. God called him to form an army and lay siege to the Midianites. This possibility caused Gideon much fear, because he didn’t perceive himself as a man of war. Jehovah reaffirmed Gideon’s faith and calmed his fears. The peace that he experienced was overwhelming, at this point Gideon entered the revelation that the name of God was "Jehovah - Shalom".

It's important to notice that the revelation of God’s peace came to Gideon, because he obeyed the command of God. Gideon was God’s appoint messenger; as long as he walked in the authority of his call and anointing the peace of God flooded his soul. It's natural for the rational human mind to fear to unknown, therefore God will provide his anointed ministers with spiritual peace.

Yehavah Shalowm (yeh-ho-vaw' shaw-lome'/3073); from 3068 and 7965; Jehovah (is) peace; Jehovah-Shalom, a symbolical name of an altar in Palestine: -Jehovah-shalom.

Yehavah shalowm- (Thayer's Greek/English Lexicon)

Jehovah-shalom = "Jehovah (Yahweh) is peace"; the name of a sacred altar built by Gideon in Ophrah

peace — shalowm (shaw-lome'/7965); or shalom (shaw-lome'); from 7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace: KJV-- X do, familiar, X fare, favour, + friend, X great, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ty), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well, X wholly. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

The first principle we must understand is the fact that God will manifest himself as Jehovah - Shalom to the men and women of God who are obedient to Him, and who are doing the work of His ministry. The Bible teaches much about God being a giver of peace: let's study this concept in the scriptures.

God’s People

To say that God’s peace is open only to His ministers is not totally correct. The Bible also provides a blessing of peace to His people in general.

Ps 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace (KJV)

Ps 85:8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints-- but let them not return to folly (NIV)

Ps 119:132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name (KJV)

These three verses promise people to the people of God, those who consider themselves His saints, but two conditions are set forth. To the degree we abide by these conditions is to the degree we’ll walk in the revelation of Jehovah’s peace.

Eph 6:13-17 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV)

The Bible also teaches that the gospel of peace is part of the spiritual armor of God that is offered to all saints who take the time to put on the armor of light (Rom 13:12).

Pursue Peace

Ps 34:11-14 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. (12) What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? (13) Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (14) Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (KJV)

1 Pet 3:10-11 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (KJV)

These two scriptures teach us that peace is not a solid guarantee. We must pursuit it with all faith and zeal. Why must we pursue peace? The answer to this question is simple. Peace can be fleeting, because of our human tendency to slip back into our old human thought patterns. Fear is the natural state of human thinking. Much of bloody human history is the result of irrational fear. Fear doesn’t always leave us shivering in corners, most of the time it manifests in great anger and arrogant pride.

The Heart of Meekness

Ps 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (KJV)

Ps 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace

Ps 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other (KJV)

Gal 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (KJV)

These verses teach that peace is the natural by-product of meekness being established in our hearts. Now the question should arise. What is meekness?

Num 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. (KJV)

The Bible also teaches that Moses was considered to be the meekest man upon the face of the earth. We assume that meekness manifests as a timid demeanor. A person is considered meek, because they are a timid, gentle wall flower, who speak very softly, and are afraid to offend anyone. This description doesn’t fit Moses; he was a man who commanded a nation, and who led them through forty years of wilderness wanderings. Moses humbled Egypt, the most powerful nation on earth during his season of ministry. Meekness must be something other than a timid, gentle soul.

Simply stated, meekness is another word for humility, and humility is the quality downplays the importance of self in order for God to be exalted in hearts of the meek. Meekness is self weakness — God strength.

The Mind of Peace

Ps 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them

Prov 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: (2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. (KJV)

Isa 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (KJV)

The three scriptures clearly promise that great peace can be found. Those who enter the revelation of Jehovah - Shalom will find their minds being filled with true spiritual peace. Let me emphasize that true spiritual peace is not conditioned upon the absence of conflict. The great peace that emanates from Jehovah fills the mind with His presence, and nothing can cause this mind to stumble or be offended.

Isaiah taught that the mind is the arena of peace. When the mind is filled with true peace, the conditions of the world cannot penetrate it; therefore true peace is not the absence of external worldly conflict. These three scriptures identify three disciplines necessary in order to prepare our minds for the infusion of God’s peace.

Psalm 9:10 teaches that those who know the name of God will put their trust in Him, because God will not forsake them that seek Him. To know the name of God is much more than an intellectual fact, it's the spiritual discernment we have of God developed through intimate relationship. This one fact should make it clear why we must seek the fact of God in order to experience His names.

Proverbs 29:25 heralds a clear warning. The fear of man is a snare to our minds. It distracts our fixed mind, and it robs us of our trust (Psa 56:11 118:8-9).

Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us that we must trust the LORD with all our heart. We also must not trust our own human understanding, because fear is the natural human condition. In all that we do we must acknow-ledge him, and God will direct our paths.

Jesus, Author of Peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (KJV)

Jesus taught us that He is the source of peace. The perfect peace that possessed His soul, He has given to the world. This peace has the power to deliver us from the destructive power of fear. But, Isaiah, the Prophet defined the disciplines needed in order to walk in Christ’s perfect peace.

Rom 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)

Paul also understood that peace is conditioned by our personal faith. We have peace with God, but we must access this holy grace through faith.

Matt 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (KJV)

Jesus also taught that peace robber is our constant fear of what might happen in the future. In order to walk in perfect peace we must deal with problems when they arise. Each new day we must cloth ourselves with God’s peace, and we must allow this peace to overcome our fears.

The Carnal Mind

Rom 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (KJV)

To know the peace of the Lord we must be at peace with Him, therefore our enmity is over. To know the name "Jehovah Shalom" we must embrace, yield to, and endure the workings of the Cross in our lives.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin (KJV)

We must never forget that we have resident in us an "Old Man" nature that has the ability to destroy our peace. We can only walk in perfect peace to the degree we are at peace with God. We have a spiritual cross working in us whose only function is to put to death our old sin nature. To the degree we allow ourselves to be crucified with Christ is to the degree we are at peace with God, and we can walk in perfect peace.

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 (KJV)

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world (KJV)

Paul clearly understood this principle. He realized that he was crucified with Christ, yet he also realized that Jesus lived in him. The eternal life force of Christ gave him the faith to walk in perfect peace.

Paul also understood that those who belonged to Christ have crucified their flesh with affections and lusts. We have a cross working in us. Much of our internal conflict is the result of our resistance to the working of this cross. 1John 1:7 teaches that those who walk in fellowship with Jesus will enjoy the power of His blood cleansing them from all sin.

Gideon entered the revelation of Jehovah - Shalom when he denied his own human fears and obeyed God’s command. In a similar fashion, Gideon crucified his fears and responded in faith. His faith and trust caused him to enter the perfect peace of God.

The perfect peace of God has a price. Jesus wrestled with great human fear in Gethsemane. It was necessary for Jesus to pray three times before he crucified his fear and entered perfect peace (Mt 26:36-45). To walk in the revelation of Jehovah - Shalom we must obey God’s revealed will, without obedience we fall into the snare of empty human religion.

 

Jehovah - Shammah

Lord is There

Lesson Seven

Ezek 48:31-35 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. (32) And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. (33) And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. (34) At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. (35) It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. (KJV)

Yehovah Shammah (yeh-ho-vaw' shawm'-maw/3074); from 3068 and 8033 with directive enclitic; Jehovah (is) thither; Jehovah-Shammah, a symbolic title of Jerusalem: KJV-- Jehovah-shammah.

Yehovah shammah-

Jehovah-shammah = "Jehovah (Yahweh) is there"; a symbolic name for Jerusalem

Jehovah-shammah-- This phrase expresses the truth that "The-LORD-Is-There," referring to the city which the prophet Ezekiel saw in his vision <Ezek. 48:35>.

Ezekiel was the Prophet who received the revelation that God also referred to as Jehovah - Shammah. While he was in the Spirit, Ezekiel experienced a future restoration of the city of Jerusalem. He understood that God, Himself would dwell in the city. The nations of the will name the city "Jehovah - Shammah" — The LORD is there. Ezekiel was not the only prophet to experience this glorious restoration of Jerusalem. The prophet John, on the island of Patmos, also witnessed the New Jerusalem from afar.

New Jerusalem

Rev 21:2-4 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)

Rev 21:10-14 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (11) Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (12) And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: (13) On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. (14) And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (KJV

Notice John’s description of the walls and gates and that fact that God will tabernacle in the city; it's nearly identical to Ezekiel’s vision. The similarities are enough to cause us to conclude that both Prophets were seeing the same city. New Jerusalem must be Jehovah - Shammah.

Citizens of City

Now the question should arise. Who will dwell in the holy city of New Jerusalem — Jehovah - Shammah?

Rev 21:22-27 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (23) And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (24) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (25) And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. (26) And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. (27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (KJV)

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name (KJV)

Ps 69:35-36 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. (36) The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein. (KJV)

Joel 3:16-17 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. (17) So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. (KJV)

Where is God?

Surely God presence abides with His people today. Must we wait for the holy city, New Jerusalem to come before we enjoy the light of His glory? The answer is no! God hungers for communion with His saints, but we must follow a clearly defined protocol in order to enter His presence.

Songs of Praise

Ps 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (KJV)

Ps 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence (KJV)

God is a holy God, but he inhabits the praises of His people. When we sing praise we send forth a cloud of love that allows God to manifest His presence. We must realize that their is a drastic difference between God’s omnipresence and His manifest presence. God is every where, but He only manifests His presence in His people when they praise Him.

God’s Countenance

Ps 11:7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright (KJV)

God is a righteous LORD, who loves righteousness. Those saints who walk before God in His righteousness will experience the glorious light of His manifest presence.

Ps 80:18 we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name (NIV

God will revive His people, especially those who call upon His name.

Ps 89:15-16 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. (16) In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. (KJV)

Again we see evidence that praise is the key to God’s manifest presence. Those saints who know the joyful sound - intense praise - shall walk in the light of God’s countenance. Not only will they enjoy God’s holy presence, but they shall enter the revelation of His holy names.

Secret Sin

Ps 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance (KJV)

Let's don’t deceive ourselves, there is a price exacted on everyone who walks in the light of God’s countenance. Their secret sins are made manifest to them by His holy light. Nothing can hide in God’s presence.

Humble Hearts

Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (KJV

The Bible also teaches that God dwells with him or her that have a contrite (repentant) and humble spirit. God hungers to revive the spirits of the humble and contrite. One thing we can conclude from this verse is God’s hatred of pride.

Ps 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off (KJV)

God hates pride, because the proud will not draw near to Him. God can only know them from afar off.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (KJV)

1 Pet 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (KJV)

Humility is a vital key to enjoying God’s manifest presence. Humility is not fearful, timid meekness; it's the willingness to downplay our own self importance to increase the importance of God and His body.

Abiding in Christ

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (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. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV)

Jesus taught us that He is the holy vine of God, and we are His branches. We can only produce spiritual fruit when the vine produces in us the fruit. We don’t have the power in us to produce fruit, we must abide in the vine. The only thing we can do is endure the fruit bearing process.

Jesus also taught that He abides in us, and we abide in Him, therefore we can ask what we want and He will do it. The only condition we have is that we abide in Him, but to abide in Him we must endure the death of our carnal nature through the power of His cross. Those who truly abide in Christ will endure the pruning (cross) of God. Remember, to enjoy God’s countenance we must allow His holy light to manifest our secret sins. The pruning knife of Christ’s cross will cut away these secret sins. Now we should realize why God only dwells with them that are of a humble and contrite heart.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love (KJV)

Jesus made it very clear; should we abide in Him and enjoy His love, we must keep His commandments. Simply stated, we must be doers of God’s word, and endure the pruning knife of His cross.

I Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (KJV)

This verse teaches us that all blood bought saints are anointed by God, and this anointing shall teach us how to abide in Christ. It's evident that we must learn how to abide in His presence, therefore our personal anointing shall teach us all things pertaining to abiding in Christ. Now we come to the question: who is the anointing?

John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (KJV)

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (KJV)

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

John 16:7-11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (8) And when he is come: , he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (9) Of sin, because they believe not on me; (10) Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; (11) Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV)

Let's list the mission of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, our Comforter.

Temple of God

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands (KJV)

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

1 Cor 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (KJV)

These three scriptures establish the fact that God doesn’t dwell in temples made by human hands. His temple is in the hearts of men; we must realize that our bodies are living temples of God. This is a mystery, no man knows how the God of the universe can dwell in the hearts of men. One thing Paul made clear, it's possible to defile our bodies to the point we frustrate God’s grace. How can we defile our bodies is such a way that God’s temple within us is affected?

Defiled Hearts

Mark 7:18-23 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; (19) Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? (20) And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (23) All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (KJV)

Jesus clearly stated that the human body is not defiled before God by what he or she eats, but it's the heart of humanity that corrupts and defiles. Jesus made a list of several attitudes that proceed out of a defiled heart.

All of these characteristics have their roots in the heart. First they start as a rebellious thought, then they mature in to physical action. Jesus stated that a heart filled with these type of thoughts is defiled to a point that the person will not seek the face of God.

1 Cor 8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled (KJV)

A weak conscience is the result of unbelief. A weak conscience is defiled through feelings of guilt. Faith is the antidote to a weak conscience.

1 Tim 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (KJV)

Illicit sexual activity defiles a person before God

Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (KJV)

Again we are confronted with the concept that unbelief defiles the conscience to the point that the person denies to purity of God’s creation.

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 (KJV)

A root of bitterness can defile a person, because of their unforgiving heart. Remember, forgiveness is a requirement for us to walk in God’s forgiveness (Mt 6:14-15)

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell (KJV)

The tongue - uncensored speech - has the ability to defile the souls of men, the tongue will always speak forth the abundance found in it's heart (Mt 12:34)

The Carnal Mind

Rom 8:5-9 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (KJV)

Again the Bible teaches us that the Spirit of God dwells in all those born of the Spirit. We can expect that the Holy Spirit within us will feed into our minds life and peace. But, should we maintain a carnal (five senses - flesh) attitude with God we will frustrate the infusion of the Holy Spirit. The old cliché of believing only what we see and feel because were from Missouri is death to walking with God in the Spirit. To rely only on your five senses to experience God is foolish, because God doesn’t appeal to our flesh man. To train our minds to accept spiritual stimulus we open the door to the life and peace of the Holy Spirit.

Perfecting Love

I Jn 4:12-13 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (13) Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (KJV)

I Jn 4:15-16 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he God. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (KJV)

The mission of the Holy Spirit in us is to perfect (nurture - mature) God’s love in us. Why would God need to perfect His love in us? God’s love doesn’t need to be perfected, only it's influence on us.

Since their is a need to perfect God’s love in us, then we must experience a maturing process that allows His love to grow in us. The key to maturing God’s love in us is found in our yielding to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The more we prefer our brethren before ourselves, the more God’s love and nurture and grow (Rom 12:10).

Walking in the Light

I Jn 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)

It's very important we understand that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. Should we confess that we are in fellowship with God, but walk in the self deception of spiritual darkness we are only fooling ourselves. To walk with God we must walk with Him in light. To know Jehovah - Shammah we must love His presence. Light is not knowledge it's the power of God’s presence. Knowledge is only the by-product of this holy light.

Those who walk with God in the light of His presence shall enjoy fellowship with, but the light of His presence will manifest their secret sins (Psa 90:8). It's at this point the Christian enjoys the blood of Jesus cleansing them from all (secret) sin. Sure our sins are washed away at new birth, but the appetite for sin is cleansed by walking with God in His light.

 

Jehovah - Rapha’

Lord Heals

Lesson Eight

Exod 15:22-26 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. (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. (24) And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? (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, (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. (KJV)

The revelation of the name "Jehovah - Rapha'" was given to the nation of Israel shortly after they crossed the Red Sea and began their journey to Cannan. Water was scarce, the nation was in danger of dying from thirst. God brought Israel to Marah, but the water at this oasis was polluted. In the midst of their murmuring, God revealed to Moses the secret to purifying the water. God promised the children of Israel that should they diligently hearken to His voice, and obey His commandments, He will not judge them with any of the plagues that tormented Egypt and manifest Himself to them as their healer.

Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'/3068); from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: KJV-- Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

rapha' (raw-faw'/7495); or raphah (raw-faw'); a primitive root; properly, to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure: KJV-- cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, X thoroughly, make whole. See 7503.

rapha' or raphah-

to heal, to make healthful

a) (Qal) to heal

1) of God

2) a healer, a physician (of men)

3) used of the hurts of nations involving restored favor (figurative)

4) used of individual distresses (figurative)

b) (Niphal) to be healed

1) literal (used of persons)

2) used of water, pottery

3) used of national hurts (figurative)

4) used of personal distress (figurative)

c) (Piel) to heal

1) literal

2) used of national defects or hurts (figurative)

d) (Hithpael) in order to get healed (infinitive)

This incident at Marah only confirmed the fact that Jehovah is a healing God who desires for His people to walk in divine health. The remainder of this study will be dedicated to understanding the healing principles established in God’s word. Jehovah - Rapha' can also be our personal healer, the one who restores our complete person - body, soul, and spirit.

Divine Health

Jehovah - Rapha' is our healer, but to know the Lord as healer we must also know him as the giver of health. It's better for Jesus to keep us in health, than to live with a "no care" attitude, become sick, and need His healing. Jesus wants us to know the principles of health.

I want to make one thing clear. Not all sickness or disease is the result of a "no care" attitude. We have genetic conditions, birth defects, accidents, and even the natural processes of the human body. I don’t know why people suffer with conditions beyond their control, but Jehovah - Rapha' is still the healer of all diseases.

Is it possible for the children of God to walk in divine health? Can we enjoy a life reasonably free from the torment of sickness and disease? Does the Bible teach any principles about divine health? Jehovah - Rapha' is our healer, but can He also keep us in a state of health? Let's seek to answer these questions.

A Merry Heart

Recently science was stunned to learn that many sicknesses and diseases arise out of a depressed mental state. Science publishes their results believing a new discovery is being given to humanity, but the Bible has taught this principle for nearly three thousand years.

Prov 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken (KJV)

Prov 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (KJV)

A merry (gleeful, joyful, rejoicing) heart is like good medicine, it's health to our bones; but sorrow of heart - a broken spirit - weakens the immune system allowing sickness and disease to incubate. A person caught in a state of depression slowly erodes the natural immunity of the human body. This is the simple truth science discovered: an attitude filled with self-pity, anger and bitterness weakens the immune system, while a heart is filled with laughter and peace strengthens the immune system. Solomon realize this marvel of nature nearly 3000 years ago.

Prov 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee (KJV)

Solomon also taught that we become the thoughts we constantly think. Should we fill our thoughts with fear and depression, these thoughts eventually will erode our health. The opposite is also truth, should we fill our hearts with peace and laughter we will strengthen our health.

Ps 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God (KJV)

King David realized that praise and worship caused him to project a healthy appearance. How could the simple act of praise be a source of spiritual and physical health? The answer to this question is simple; God inhabits our praises, and it's our communion with Jehovah - Rapha' that strengthens our overall health.

A Trusting Heart

Prov 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (8) It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (KJV)

It's hard to imagine but the simple act of trusting God is also a principle necessary to walk in divine health. Fear and worry erodes our physical well being, but when we learn to trust the Lord in the midst of our difficulties, our stress level drops dramatically. Trusting the Lord is one of the spiritual keys necessary in order to find peace of mind. Remember, peace of mind strengthens our immune system. These verses also identify three characteristics found in the lives of those who are allowing God to direct their paths: let's list them.

A Purged Heart

Prov 4:20-27 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (24) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. (25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. (26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. (27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Solomon understood that the spiritual heart of man is the key to divine health, for the heart is the source of all physical and spiritual life. Solomon also realized that it was his responsibility to watch the spiritual condition of his heart, not God. Solomon lists three conditions we must watch for: let's ponder them.

Prov 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (KJV)

A disciplined tongue is health to our bones. The ability to speak only pleasant words is difficult, because the tongue is the one member of our body resistant to discipline, but this proverb teaches that a disciplined tongue is a source of health for our bodies (James 3:5-8).

A Servant Heart

Isa 58:6-11 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (7) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (8) Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rearward. (9) Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; (10) And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: (11) And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (KJV)

Isaiah taught that fasting and the servant attitude were the two keys that causes our health to spring forth and grow like a seed. Fasting is a integral part of our religious prayer life, but Isaiah taught that our religion is empty and vain should we not seek to minister to the poor, the hungry, and the naked. Our prayer life should be the conduit that releases the servant attitude in us. When we put action to our faith, our righteousness goes before us, and the glory of the Lord shall surround us.

3 Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (KJV)

John, in his third epistle, revealed the connection between physical health and the health of our soul. Now the question should arise. How does our soul prosper? Our soul prospers in an unusual way. We might think that our soul is prospering when it's exerting itself in pride and self-confidence. The Bible does not teach this concept; in fact the opposite is true. Our soul prospers when we dedicate ourselves to love our Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind (Mt 22:37-40).

Our soul spiritually prospers when we allow the word of God to divide between it and our spirit. We must allow God’s word to humble our souls in order for God to be exalted (Heb 4:12). The path of the cross is the prosperous path for our souls. Jesus taught that self denial, obedience to God’s revealed will (cross), and following Him is the only way to find the true spiritual life in God. He who seeks to save his soul shall lose it in pride and self deception, but the person who willingly allows his or her personal identity to be lost in Christ shall find the prosperity that will bring health to their bones (Lk 9:23-24).

Jesus: Our Healer

The Healing Word

In the Old Testament the healing nature of Jehovah - Rapha' is portrayed as the mercies of God’s Holy Word delivering us from our destruction: let's ponder several Old Testament verses.

Ps 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me (KJV)

Ps 41:4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee

It's interesting to note that king David associated his wounded soul with his sin. He also realized that only the mercies of God could heal the wounds found in his soul.

Ps 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions

David also taught that God sent His word to heal his children, and to deliver them from their destruction. I believe this verse is prophetic, looking to the day when Jesus would walk among the children of men.

Ps 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds (KJV)

Again we are confronted with the fact that our physical health has it's root in the spiritual condition of our souls. God heals the broken hearted in order to renew relationship with them.

Ps 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; (5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (KJV

David listed several benefits granted to the saints of God who enjoy relationship with Him: let's list them.

The reason God provides these benefits to all His saints is to renew their strength as a soaring eagle. It's interesting to note that all these benefits are found in Jesus. This would be logical because He is the source and the cause of our sins being forgiven. Let me reiterate, Jesus is the source of our sins being forgiven, our diseases being healed, our lives being redeemed; and He is the channel of all of God’s lovingkindness.

The Messiah — Our Healer

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (KJV)

Isaiah confirms this point when he recorded that prophecy that the coming Messiah would be wounded for our sins, bruised for our iniquities, and the punishment for our sins would be laid on Him. The very stripes and wounds he would receive would open the door to God’s healing. The greatest healing the sons of men can ever hope to receive is the forgiveness of their sins.

Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy. The pain and death of Calvary released forgiveness to lost humanity, and with the forgiveness of sin came the healing of God to the sons of men. Remember, our health and prosperity is directly connected to the spiritual condition of our souls. It's logical that the sin and death found in our souls must be paid for in order for healing to flow to other parts of our humanity. God is not only concerning with healing our physical bodies. His healing will touch every facet of our human nature.

Jer 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise (KJV)

Jeremiah provides two aspects found by those who walk in the revelation of Jehovah - Rapha', and these two aspects are faith and praise.

Mal 4:1-2 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. (2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (KJV)

Malachi also taught that the revelation of Jehovah - Rapha' would be found by those who fear the name of God. Once again we see the importance of the names of God in our lives.

Jesus – The Messiah

Matt 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people (KJV)

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (KJV)

Jesus declared that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61:1-2, which is a direct reference to the coming Messiah. Jesus was stating that He was the Messiah. Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19 lists several qualities that will manifest in the Messiah when He comes: let's list them.

These five steps are the workings of Jesus in our lives. Each step is a different facet of the healing found in Jehovah - Rapha'. One thing I want to make very clear, the Holy Spirit is the one who selects the order of healing. Step five could occur before step three, and so on.

1 Pet 2:21-24 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (KJV)

To live unto righteousness is the greatest expression of healing. Right-eousness is not the natural condition of the human soul. Without the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot live unto righteousness. We always think that healing only affects our physical bodies, but Jehovah - Rapha' is a healer of the entire human creation.

Jesus: Where is My Healing?

Now I come to the most difficult part of this study. I’m going to attempt to address the thoughts and cries of millions, who pray constantly for their personal healing. Why does the Lord delay His healing? Will Jesus ever heal me? Does He love me? People who suffer from disabling sickness, disease, or even birth defects are confused by the doctrines of Jehovah - Rapha'. If God is a healer, why I’m I not being healed?

The Poor Blind Man

John 9:1-3 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. (2) His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (3) "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. (NIV)

We read these verses and we are confronted with paradox. God, who name is Jehovah - Rapha' is our healer, but why did He allow this poor blind man to suffer a life of blindness in order for Jesus to work a miracle?

The English language in this verse does us a disservice. The phrase "...but this happened so..." is not found in the original Greek. The correct rendering should be "...but that should be made manifest the works of God in him." The man born blind was the result of a birth defect, and birth defects are a natural result of the corruption of humanity caused by sin and death. Jesus, the healer saw this man and had compassion on him. A man born blind is a true lose. Jesus determined to allow the work of healing to transform this man, to open the eyes of the blind.

Let's not blame God for birth defects that torment our lives. Also, let's not waste time believing we are like this poor blind man, who God predestined to be blind until the time of his healing. God doesn’t treat His saints this way. Let's devote our energy in seeking for the revelation of the name Jehovah - Rapha' in our suffering.

A Thorn in the Flesh

2 Cor 12:7-10 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (8) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. (9) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (10) That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)

We have a occurrence were God allowed Satan to torment the Apostle Paul with a thorn in the flesh. Three times Paul sought healing from God, but God denied his healing in order to prepare him to receive the greatest revelation of all. In the midst of Paul’s suffering, he realized that God’s power was being perfected in him through his own weakness. This revelation is the image of Jesus we are to be conformed to. Should we find that God is not responsive to our prayers of healing, maybe we should seek for the revelation God wants to manifest in us.

Suffering With Christ

Rom 8:16-18 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (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. (KJV)

We must understand the suffering we do is not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us. It's hard to understand this point when your body is racked with pain; or you’re seeing your children suffer with life disabling birth defects. Trust in the fact that God has not forgotten you, but a day of revelation is coming when His glory will shine. This is difficult to say, but suffering can open a heart in trust or harden it through bitterness: we make the choice.

2 Cor 1:3-7 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (6) And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (7) And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (KJV)

Consider this possibility. In the midst of our suffering and tribulation God manifests Himself as our Comforter in order to strengthen us to endure our trials and tribulations. The day will come when we will comfort others with the same mercy and comfort we endured during our seasons of suffering. We are now channels of comfort and grace to multitudes who are seeking for answers to their suffering. Never rule out the possibility that the sufferings of Christ abound in us so that we can be channels of mercy. The kingdom of God has pre-eminence over all facets of our lives.

Phil 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (KJV)

2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us (KJV)

James 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 (KJV)

Please remember one thing when we are in the midst of suffering and tribulation. When we allow ourselves to identify with Christ in the fellowship of sufferings, we shall also experience the power of His resurrection. The anointing and call of God has a price, it will demand identification in the sufferings of Christ, but this identification will also open the door to Christ’s resurrection power.

Suffering and tribulation comes to all. It rains on the just and unjust alike, but how we handle these seasons of suffering will determine it's duration and success. We can allow our pain and suffering to harden our hearts, or we can use these seasons to produce in us a greater revelation of Jesus. We determine the degree of comfort we will experience by our faith and attitude. Why doesn’t God heal you? I don’t have an answer, but allow the comfort of God to prepare you to be a comfort to others.

Suffering Temptation

1 Cor 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 (KJV)

James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

One last thing we should examine concerning the question of healing. Some of our trails and tribulations are the result of our lust being enflamed. When we are tempted, let's don’t blame God for our failures and trials, but let's realize that our temptation is the result of our own lust. God is faithful to provide us with a means of escape out of the temptation, but we must take the strength and narrow path of escape. It's hard to crucify our lust when it's enflamed. Our only hope is to "..put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." (Rom 13:14)

Body Life: Gifts of Healing

Jehovah - Rapha' is a healing God, but He commissioned His church to be channels of this healing. Let me reiterate that Jehovah - Rapha' is dedicated to the healing of our complete man — body, soul, and spirit.

Backslidden Heart

Jer 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God (KJV)

Jeremiah understood that God wanted to heal the backslidings of His children. What is backsliding? To backslide is to turn from the straight and narrow path of honest faith to the broad way of world conformity. We backslide when we return to our former lifestyles and cease to follow Christ. It's also possible for us to backslide into a compromised religious attitude. We robe our unbelief in religion thinking God is honored by our liturgy and dogma.

For God to heal a backslidden heart He must create in that person a new heart. A heart that hungers to repent. Our backslidings can on be healed by our allowing the cross of Christ to free us from our body of sin.

Gifts of Healing

1 Cor 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (5) And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. (6) And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. (7) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (8) For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; (9) To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (10) To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (11) But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

God has placed into the body of Christ different gifts and administrations, but we all have the same Lord. Our gifts may differ but some people in the body must have the gift of healing, because the Bible states this fact. It's possible to have the gifts of healing in a local congregation, but not have healing manifest. Having the gift and using the gift is two different things. Many people in any local congregation might have the inherent gift of healing, but they remain dormant because of tradition, theology, fear, or unbelief. In order to allow these gifts to surface the Pastoral ministry must allow and encourage the expression of these gifts. Also, the gifts of healing must be identified in each congregation, and each person must be trained on it's usage.

1 Cor 12:24-27 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: (25) That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. (26) And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. (27) Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (KJV)

Body life requires that all members care for one another. When one member suffers we all suffer, or when one member is honored we all rejoice. No one facet of the body is more important than the other. Each member of the body must supply to the whole. When one member needs healing, then the entire body seeks God for the healing. It's possible that Jehovah - Rapha' will reveal His name to an entire congregation.

Elders of the Church

James 5:13-16 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV)

Body life demands the recognition of those who are the anointed of God. Part of God’s healing process is a need for the anointed Eldership to anoint the sick and pray the prayer of faith over them. These verses clearly state that it's the responsibility of the sick to call for the Elders.

Healing of a Nation

Isa 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound (KJV)

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

Now we come to an interesting possibility. We perceive God as our personal healer, but His power of healing goes beyond our human physical need. The Bible teaches that God is also a healer of nations. It's possible that an entire nation may enter the revelation of Jehovah - Rapha', and experience His healing virtue.

God’s People

2 Chr 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (KJV)

A nation becomes diseased when God’s people walk with God in a state of religion not relationship. When this happens the people of God fail to involve themselves with the affairs of state, and the nation corrupts without the national conscience operational. This verse lists four characteristics necessary for a nation to enter a season of healing.

When all four of these elements are found among the saints of God healing will flow from the body of Christ to the hurting masses of lost humanity. God heals a nation by healing the family unit, because the family unit is the backbone of any nation.

National Health

Ps 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah (KJV)

A nation is healthy when they realize that they are mere men, and their fear is in the Lord our God. Humanism exalts the intellect of science in the face of God. This stench of human pride must fall in order for God’s healing to flow.

Ps 22:27-28 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. (28) For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations(KJV)

National prayer and worship is a healing balm that produces the revelation of God among the people.

Ps 67:1-2 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. (2) That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Prov 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (KJV)

The only way to heal a nation is to walk in the light of saving grace of God. When righteousness prevails a nation is exalted, but sin is a cancer to any nation.

 

Jehovah - Qadash

Lord Who Sanctifies

Lesson Nine

in the Old Testament there are several references where God identifies Himself as the one who sanctifies Israel. In this lesson we will examine the concept of sanctification. Seek to identify it's influence on our personal lives. Israel walked in the revelation of Jehovah - Qadash, they under-stood the importance of being set apart to the service of God.

Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'/3068); from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: KJV-- Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

qadash (kaw-dash'/6942); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): KJV-- appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied oneself,), X wholly. 6943 Qedesh (keh'-desh); from 6942; a sanctum; Kedesh, the name of four places in Palestine:

qadash-

to consecrate, to sanctify, to prepare, to dedicate, to be hallowed, to be holy, to be sanctified, to be separate

a) (Qal)

1) to be set apart, to be consecrated

2) to be hallowed

3) consecrated, tabooed

b) (Niphal)

1) to show oneself sacred or majestic

2) to be honored, to be treated as sacred

3) to be holy

c) (Piel)

1) to set apart as sacred, to consecrate, to dedicate

2) to observe as holy, to keep sacred

3) to honor as sacred, to hallow

4) to consecrate

d) (Pual)

1) to be consecrated

2) consecrated, dedicated

e) (Hiphil)

1) to set apart, to devote, to consecrate

2) to regard or treat as sacred or hallow

3) to consecrate

f) (Hithpael)

1) to keep oneself apart or separate

2) to cause Himself to be hallowed (used of God)

3) to be observed as holy

4) to consecrate oneself

The Hebrew word "Qadash" clearly indicates a setting apart of a person or object to the service of God. The setting apart process declares that person or object is holy - dedicated only to God.

God anoints and sanctifies a person or people to do special tasks for Him. The gifts they are given will aid them in the performance of their duties. God manifests Himself as Jehovah - Qadash to those who are being called and set apart for their ministry. Let's examine the concept of being sanctified to the work of God.

The Sanctified Covenant

Ezek 20:9-13 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. (10) Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. (11) And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. (12) Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. (13) But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. (KJV)

Abraham, a man of faith, entered into a covenant with God. The covenant was simple; God would preserve and protect his descendants in order for the promised Messiah to come forth from them. The covenant established that Abraham and his descendants would be God’s chosen people, and that these people would obey His commandments. (Gen 12:1-3)

God anointed Abraham and his descendants for the task of being His revelation to the nations of the world during the millennia of the Old Testament. Their primary goal was to bring forth the Messiah, who would be the Savior of the world. During this period of time the nation of Israel was sanctified for their mission. We must understand that sanctification is not a one time experience it's a continual process of God’s revelation.

Why does God sanctify a nation of people? Sanctification is not an individual purification it's the process, the divine plan, and the goal of God’s divine established covenants. Let me reiterate, sanctification is not an individual purification process it's a process for a covenant people. We are sanctified only to the degree we yield to the convenant process. The goal of God’s covenants has not changed, it's the revelation of Jesus, His Son. Let's ponder this though.

Now we come to the question of Jehovah - Qadash. Why does God sanctify a people? God anoints and sanctifies a people to do the work of the ministry in order to build and establish the goal of His covenant. Our individual work of sanctification is the process of conforming us to the purpose and the goal of God’s established covenant. Each person who enters the arena of sanctification will build to establish the goal of the covenant. We must stop thinking about sanctification as our becoming holy, more like God. Sanctification is an act of holiness that conforms us to the mission and purpose of God’s established covenant. Simply stated, the covenant of God is the kingdom of God being established.

Statutes and Judgments

Notice that the prophetic word given to Ezekiel clearly states that the sanctification process demanded conformity to the statutes and judgments of God. What are God’s statutes and judgments? Each convenant of God will put into place new statutes and judgments that covenant people must allow to change their lives.

Lev 22:9 They shall therefore keep mine ordinance, lest they bear sin for it, and die therefore, if they profane it: I the LORD do sanctify them (KJV)

Lev 22:16 Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when they eat their holy things: for I the LORD do sanctify them (KJV)

The Bible indicates that the statutes of God must be taught to the individual by God. David realized that the Lord must teach him His statutes (Psa 119:12, 16). David meditated in the Holy Scriptures, and during this meditation the statutes of God became clear. The statutes of God are the limits and tasks required of a sanctified people. We must walk with God in intimate relationship in order for us to understand His statutes and ordinances.

Judgment is the guidance given by God to the meek in order to teach them His ways (Psa 25:9). Judgment is the purification process of the holy light of God. In order to know God’s judgments we must have intimate relationship with Him. The reason the children of Israel failed to realize God’s statutes and judgments is they believed their doctrine was the totality of God’s revelation.

Each covenant established by God will usher in new statutes and judgments. The people sanctified by the covenant must learn these new statutes through relationship with God.

Holy Name

Lev 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you (KJV)

Ps 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake (KJV)

It's important we understand that God’s name will be hallowed (sanctified) among His convenant people. God’s name is hallowed when we obey the process of sanctification established in His covenant. In ignorance we take the name of God in vain by establishing religious systems not yielding to the mission and purpose of His covenants.

Learning to Fear God

Deut 14:22-23 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always (KJV)

A vital key to the sanctification process is to learn to fear the name of God. When we learn to fear the Lord our whole perspective changes, we begin to experience life through God’s covenant.

Now we come to the real reason why God instituted the statue of the Tithe. To give of our first fruits to God is not a natural human response. We are generally covetous and greedy, therefore to give 10% of our increase to the work of God demands love and submission to God. The by-product of obedient tithing is a gradual revelation of God’s names through reverence and fear of His person. Tithing is an important key to the sanctification process of God’s covenant. Until we learn to deny our own greed and lust we will not enjoy the sanctification of God’s covenant.

United Heart

Ps 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name (KJV)

It's hard to realize how important it is to have our heart united. To be single in mission and purpose. Jesus taught that if our eye (heart) is single in mission and purpose our whole body will be full of light (Mt 6:22). The Bible also teaches that a double minded person is unstable in all his or her ways. Should we desire to fear the name of God we must crucify our double mindedness, and unite our heart in submission to God’s covenant.

Covenant Sanctification

Now let's examine the sanctification process identifiable in the Bible, and the influence sanctification will have on us.

Sanctified in Righteousness

Isa 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness (KJV)

2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart (KJV)

God revealed to Isaiah, the Prophet that God is sanctified in righteous-ness. The first principle of the sanctification process is the necessity to manifest the righteousness of God in our personal lives. The Christian church has made the spiritual principle of righteousness of children’s Sunday school story. Righteousness is ignorantly perceived only an opinion God has of us. This concept is a small portion of the total influence righteousness has on us. Righteousness is not an opinion it's a living part of the nature and essence of God. Righteousness is God, it's His person. When we stand before God in righteousness we stand in the power and authority of His person resident in us.

The New Testament teaches that Jesus imputed His righteousness to all who believe in His redemptive work. Jesus didn’t impart to us the opinion God had of His son. He implanted in us His divine nature in a form similar to DNA. The DNA code of His divine nature has total redemptive power, and it has a mission and purpose in the covenant of the New Testament. The only problem we have is the self-centered attitude of our human nature. The only way we can release the DNA code of Christ’s divine nature is the remove the cover of our human nature from our imputed righteousness (Rom 1:17). The removing of this cover, and our placement in the covenant of Jesus is the responsibility of covenant sanctification.

Sanctified in Reverence

Isa 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread (KJV)

Isa 29:23-24 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. (24) They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. (KJV)

The second principle of Godly reverence is sanctified in our lives through holy fear. How strange it is to think that our God is honored by our fear. I thought our God is a God of love.

The book of Proverbs is our teacher about Godly fear. Fearing God is a moral reverence, a holy respect for His royal authority and person. Fearing God is not knee shaking terror, it's a loving respect a disciplined son will have for his father.

The book of Proverbs also teaches us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding (Prv 1:7 2:5). Proverbs also states that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance (Prv 8:13). The fear of the Lord is also a fountain of life to those who learn this principle (Prv 14:27).

Sanctified in Ministry

Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (KJV)

Please notice that Jeremiah, the Prophet was sanctified by God from his mother’s womb to the office of Prophet. This fact proves that covenant sanctification anoints and places into office and ministry men and women chosen by God to do the work of the covenant.

This creates an interesting possibility. Is true sanctification the placement of men and women into the work of the ministry? Does covenant sanctification implant callings and gifts into the saints of God to be used to establish and build the mission of the covenant? The answer to both of these questions is yes. God releases into each covenant the spirit of sanctification, who primary function is to call, place, empower and anoint the adherents to the covenant. We think sanctification is an individual process. It is individual only to the degree we allow the spirit of sanctification to put us into the work of the ministry. Personal holiness is a by-product of our involvement with covenant sanctification. God sanctifies a covenant not a people.

Eph 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (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: (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; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (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. (KJV)

Consider this thought with me. Jesus gave to His church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints to do the work of edifying the body of Christ. Men and women are called and placed into these five offices by the spirit of sanctification. Their responsibility is to call and place into the work of the ministry the members of the body of Christ. These five offices function as authoritative agents of the spirit of sanctification, whose mission is to build the covenant.

The Greek word "Katartismos" is a verb usage of "Katartizo" that is translated " to complete thoroughly, to repair or mend, to adjust or put in right order" provides interesting insight into the mission of the five fold ministry. The English concept of "Perfect" is to not have any flaw or imperfection. This application is not valid in the Greek. The perfecting process of the five fold ministry is to take broken lives and repair them. After being repaired the healing saint is set in right order, and placed into the work of the ministry.

The New Testament covenant is built on the concept that every member of the body of Christ must be put into their proper place. Each member must work for the edification of the corporate body. Every part and joint working for the corporate good, in order for the body to edify itself in love.

Let me reiterate. The mission of the spirit of sanctification is to place into the body of Christ every member according to their giftings and call. Covenant sanctification anoints each member to do their work (1Jh 2:24).

Sanctified in Word

Ps 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word (KJV)

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (KJV)

1 Tim 4:4-5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: (5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (KJV

Jesus taught that we are sanctified by the word of God. Is it the Bible and it's assorted doctrines that releases the sanctification process? Jesus was more specific than that, He taught that the truth is the sanctifying agent. Now we come to the question. What is truth? Truth is much more than the correct Bible doctrines we memorize. Truth is the person of Jesus Christ, it's His essence and character (Jh 14:6). Sound Bible doctrine is a by-product of truth, but it's not truth.

The same hold true to our concepts of "Doing the Word". Doing doctrine is not doing the word. Simply stated, doing the word is engaging in intimate relationship with Jesus, and allowing Him free expression through us.

Sanctified in Family

Eph 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (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. (KJV)

The Bible places high priority on the family unit. The Apostle Paul used the unity of the family unit to teach about Jesus’ love for His church. Covenant sanctification must also touch our personal family lives.

Sanctified in Repentance

2 Tim 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. (21) If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. (KJV)

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate (KJV)

Covenant sanctification demands a repentant attitude. To the degree we maintain a repentant attitude is to the degree we are sanctified for the Master’s use, and prepared for every good work.

Saints - Sanctified Ones

The Bible has much to say about the attitudes of citizens of a covenant. The correct Bible term is "Saint". A saint is a person set apart by the covenant of God to be His agent. Let's study the concept of "Saints" in the Old and New Testament in order to identify the attitudes and character-istics of covenant sanctification. By identifying these attitudes we can hope to discover the influence of covenant sanctification on us, our families, even our churches.

The Heart of Praise

Ps 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness (KJV)

Ps 52:9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints (NIV)

Ps 132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy

Ps 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints (KJV)

The clearly teaches that the saints of God are driven by a desire to praise the Lord in song and dance.

The Heart of Love

Ps 31:23 Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full (NIV)

A saint of God, who is yielded to the spirit of sanctification will have a deep love for our Lord. They will know God by relationship not religion.

The Heart of Reverence

Ps 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him (KJV)

Again we see the concept of Godly fear. It is an identifying characteristic of the covenant sanctification.

 

The Heart of Repentance

Ps 85:8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints-- but let them not return to folly (NIV)

Again we see the need for a constant repentant attitude.

The Heart of Prayer

Rom 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (KJV)

Another characteristic of convenant sanctification is a disciplined prayer life. Without prayer we cannot engage in intimate fellowship with Jesus.

 

Jehovah - Tsaba

Lord of Hosts

Lesson Ten

Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'/3068); from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: KJV-- Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

tsaba' (tsaw-baw'/6635); or (feminine) tseba'ah (tseb-aw-aw'); from 6633; a mass of persons (or figuratively, things), especially reg. organized for war (an army); by implication, a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically, hardship, worship): KJV-- appointed time, (+)army, (+)battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

tsaba' or (feminine) tseba'ah-

what goes forth, an army, a war, warfare, a host

a) an army, a host

1) a host (used of an organized army)

2) a host (used of angels)

3) used of sun, moon, and stars

4) used of whole creation

b) a war, warfare, service, go out to war

c) service

Isaiah’s Revelation

Isaiah, the Prophet was allowed to walk in the revelation of Jehovah - Tsaba, the Lord of Hosts. He was not the only prophet to experience the revelation of Jehovah - Tsaba. In fact, Jehovah - Tsaba is a major theme in the writings of all Old Testament prophets. Isaiah was the first prophet to enter this revelation, therefore I will use his visions as a guide to the other prophets.

Lord’s Throne

Isa 6:1-3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (KJV)

Isa 37:16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth (KJV)

Isaiah stood before the Lord of Hosts as He sat upon His throne. The Lord was high and lifted up and His royal rob filled the temple. Above the throne stood the Seraphims. Each of these angels had six wings, and they hovered above the throne crying "...Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory...". The sight of this glorious revelation caused Isaiah to fear and tremble, but is he the only prophet to experience the Lord in His temple?

John’s Vision

Rev 4:1-8 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (2) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (3) And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (4) And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (5) And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (6) And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (7) And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. (8) And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (KJV)

Notice the similarities between Isaiah’s experience and John’s revelation. Both men envisioned the Lord upon His throne, and both witnessed seraphim (beasts) with six wings glorifying the holiness of God. From these facts we can conclude that both prophets had the same revelation.

It's possible that Ezekiel also experienced the same type of vision. He also describes the Seraphim in Eze 1:5-13 and 10:1-22.

Lord as King

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts (KJV)

Isaiah understood that the Jehovah - Tsaba was the eternal King of all heaven and earth. He realized that the depth of his sin when he gazed into the eyes of Jehovah - Tsaba. "...I am a man of unclean lips.." Isaiah said, therefore we can conclude that it's the tongue that defiles us in the presence of our King. The intense glory found in the countenance of Jehovah - Tsaba caused Isaiah to see his human frailty and weakness.

Unclean lips

Matt 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (KJV)

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (KJV)

James 3:1-2 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (2) We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. (NIV)

James 3:5-6 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. (6) The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (NIV)

Matt 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (KJV)

These scriptures clearly teach that the words we speak defile us in the sight of Jehovah - Tsaba. Religious ceremony or the lack of ceremony doesn’t defile us in the sight of our eternal King, but our defilement is the result of our evil thoughts and motives rooted in our hearts. Out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths will speak. This is a true statement, what ever we allow to fill our hearts will be the subject of our conversation.

We will be judged for every idle word we speak, especially when we are anointed by God to be His oracles. The fivefold ministry established by Jesus can be corrupted by the foolish talk of undisciplined hearts.

Isaiah was a simple man who experienced God. He also realized the corruption of his unclean lips, because he would be an oracle of Jehovah - Tsaba. His words must be pure and true, therefore his heart must be fixed on the Lord.

Zech 14:16-17 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (17) And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. (KJV)

Zechariah prophesied of a day coming when all nations would come to Jerusalem to worship Jehovah - Tsaba. The Apostle John also witnessed this event, he also prophesied of a millennium when the nations of the earth will come to the gates of New Jerusalem to worship their eternal King, the Lamb of God. This event has not happened yet, but it's coming with the authority and power of Christ’s second coming. Apparently the kingdom of Christ established on earth will usher in a universal revelation of Jehovah - Tsaba to all nations.

(Reference Scriptures: Psalm 24:10 Jeremiah 48:15)

Lord’s Justice

Isaiah taught us that the tongue has the ability to defile us in the sight of God. The justice of God demands that foolishness of man be judged, but His mercy provides us opportunities to repent. What is the one thing that enflames the justice of God?

The Proud Heart

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low (KJV)

Isa 23:9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth (KJV)

Isaiah realized that the Lord of Hosts is the royal King of heaven and earth. He also realized that a day would come when the Lord of Hosts would judge all that is proud and lifted up. The Bible teaches that the Day of the Lord will be a day when only the Lord of Hosts will be exalted. Human pride will crumble to the ground; only those saints who humble themselves in the presence of God will arise in that day. The one thing God hates is human pride, because it's the source of all human cruelty.

Zeph 2:10-11 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts. (11) The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. (KJV)

Zephaniah also understood that pride is the flame that fires the anger of God. Especially when pride and arrogance insults and mocks the children of God. During seasons of human history God used the pride of human government to persecute His church. The blood of the martyrs flowed in streets all over the world, but eventually the massacre must stop. Jehovah - Tsaba releases His justice and the blood of His saints crumbles their persecutors.

Lord, Our Righteousness

Isaiah also understood that Jehovah - Tsaba was a holy God of righteous-ness, who desires to walk with His creation, but they must enter into the power of His righteousness to walk with Him: let's study.

Exalted in Judgment

Isa 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry (KJV)

Isa 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness (KJV)

Isaiah also realized that Jehovah - Tsaba was a holy, righteous God, and His righteousness demands judgment.

Ps 25:9-10 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (10) All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. (KJV)

Zeph 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger (KJV)

We fear the judgment of God, and we should. The meek and humble of heart God guides in judgment, and He shall teach these saints His ways. Judgment is a fearful thing to those who are disobedient, but to those who walk in righteousness with Jehovah - Tsaba will now the paths of mercy and truth.

Righteousness is not a natural human condition, it's something we must seek after, and it's found only in the heart of God. Also we must seek after true meekness, which is controlled strength.

Judging the Heart

Jer 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, you who judge righteously, testing the mind and the heart, let me see Your vengeance on them, for to You I have revealed my cause (NKJ)

Jer 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, you who test the righteous, and see the mind and heart, let me see Your vengeance on them; for I have pleaded my cause before You (NKJ)

Notice hear that Jehovah - Tsaba tries the minds and hearts of His holy saints. Why does God try His righteous?

1Thes 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts (KJV)

Paul realized that the reason God proved his heart was to put him in trust with the gospel that would build and establish the church for two thousand years. God tries the hearts and minds of His saints to prune and prepare them for the work of His kingdom.

(Reference Scriptures: Psa 7:9 26:1-2 86:11 Jer 17:10 Rev 2:23)

Draw Near

Zech 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts (KJV)

Notice carefully the words of Zechariah, "..Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you..". Jehovah - Tsaba will meet us at the point we are willing to meet Him. He will also turn from His judgments to the degree we are willing to turn from our sins.

James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV)

The Apostle James also understood this point. He realized that God will draw near to us to the degree we are willing to draw near to Him. In order to draw near to God we must submit to Him in all facets of His authority.

Strength in Weakness

Zech 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 (KJV)

2 Cor 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)

Zerubbabel needed to learn a simple lesson. Human strength and power cannot meet the demands of God’s kingdom. The only way we can accomplish the will of God in our lives is by His Spirit.

Holy Tithes

Mal 3:10-11 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)

Deut 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always (KJV)

God uses the tithe to teach us to fear His name, therefore we are commanded to bring all our tithes into God’s storehouse. This in the only place in the Bible where God urges us to prove Him. Our obedience in the tithe will open the windows of heaven.

Sun of Righteousness

Mal 4:1-2 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. (2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (KJV)

A day is coming when God will judge the foolishness of human pride. But that day will also be a season when Jehovah - Tsaba will arise as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings to all that fear His name.

Lord’s Law

Revelation of God

Isa 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (KJV)

Isaiah understood the root cause for God’s judgments on Israel. They rejected the law of Jehovah - Tsaba. The question that arises is this. Is the law of God the same as the word of God?

The answer to our question is yes; the law of God is the same as the word of God. But their is one difference between the two concepts. The word of God is the person of Jesus in His pre-incarnate state (John 1:1-3, 14), while the law of God is the revelation of Jesus - the word of God - in our lives. The law of God can only be learned through relationship with the word of God. One thing I want to make clear, the law of God is not our dogmatic doctrine. The law is the root of our doctrine, but our doctrine is not the sum total of our law.

Ps 19:7-9 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (KJV)

Notice that the law of God is perfect, able to convert our souls to the light of God. Christian doctrine also has the capability, but on a limited scale. Also let me state that the law of God is not the same as the legalistic ideas we expose in Christian doctrine. Legalism is Christian dogma used as a tool to control the saints. The law of God is filled with the life of God, because it's the revelation of His person. We think the law of God is a codified set of legalistic rules, but this is not the case. The legalism of Leviticus and Deuteronomy is the revelation of God and the protocol necessary to approach His royal presence.

(Reference Scriptures: Psa 1:1-2 19:7-9 40:8 94:12 119:1 Isa 2:3)

Hard of Heart

Jer 19:15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words (KJV)

Jeremiah realized that Israel frustrated the word of God in their lives, because of the hardness of their hearts (necks). What causes a hard heart to manifest in our lives?

Jesus taught that unbelief and hardness of heart are spiritual brothers. In fact unbelief - the lack of faith - is the cementing agent that causes our hearts to harden to God’s divine revelation. (Mark 3:5)

It's important to realize that religious attitudes are not indicators of personal faith. Memorization of politically correct Christian doctrine does not open our hearts to divine revelation. Is it possible for Christians to be involved with Church life, but still approach God in an attitude of unbelief? The answer to this question is an emphatic yes. Unbelief and religion function well together, in fact religious doctrine provides a convincing beautiful exterior display for unbelief.

Unbelief hardens our hearts, because it corrupts our spiritual awareness with religious pride (self-righteous attitudes). True relationship with God and divine revelation demands faith, but faith must have a repentant attitude in order to function properly. Jehovah - Tsaba will never be experienced through vain religious display and dogma. The kingship of Jesus Christ will only be experienced and understood by those who walk with Him in faith and humility.

(Reference Scriptures: Mt 19:8 Mk 16:14 Rom 2:5 Heb 3:7-10)

Prophets and Priests

Jer 23:15-16 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. (16) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. (KJV)

Jer 27:18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon

Mal 2:4-7 Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD of hosts. (5) "My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, and I gave them to him that he might fear Me; so he feared Me and was reverent before My name. (6) The law of truth was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, and turned many away from iniquity. (7) "For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. (NKJ)

The Bible teaches us that we should consider carefully the prophetic word given to us by anointed ministers of God. The duties of God’s five fold ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers) are to keep knowledge and feed the law of Jehovah - Tsaba to the flocks of God. It's vital that God’s ministers feed His flocks with knowledge birthed out of divine revelation not empty, lifeless doctrine.

Malachi confirms that fact that God’s five fold ministry (Ehp 4:11-13) are messengers of Jehovah - Tsaba. They are agents of His government and ambassadors of His kingdom. We will examine concepts concerning God’s government later in this lesson.

God’s Ways

Zech 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by (KJV)

How do we walk in the ways of Jehovah - Tsaba without understanding them first. The Bible teaches that all the ways of God are perfect and righteous. In order to learn God’s ways we must seek them with meek-ness, because God teaches the meek His ways. Religion does not reveal the ways of God, we can only learn them in His holy presence, as we seek His face in humility and prayer.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (KJV)

The ways of Jehovah - Tsaba are revealed to those who do justice (faith), who love mercy, and who walk humbly with Him. These three elements are not developed through vain religious display. They can only be learned through intimate relationship with God. We must walk with Him in the cool of the day in order to discover His ways.

(Reference Scriptures: Psa 18:30 25:9 Mic 6:8

Lord’s Fear

Isa 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread (KJV)

Isaiah learned that Jehovah - Tsaba was sanctified (set apart) in his life by godly fear and reverence. Consider this thought; the saints of God are sanctified by their relationship with Him. In order to walk out the power of sanctification we must first sanctify Jehovah - Tsaba in ourselves.

Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts (KJV)

Mal 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (17) And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (18) Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (KJV)

Malachi also confirmed Isaiah’s revelation. In order to walk in the revelation of Jehovah - Tsaba we must first develop a godly fear and reverence.

False & Vain Religion

When we read these two scriptural references we that God does not tolerate false or vain religion (James 1:26-27). The signs of true godly fear are manifest by our love and compassion for widows, orphans, and strangers in our midst.

Book of Remembrance

Jehovah - Tsaba has a book of remembrance established for those who fear His name. Having your name in this book indicates that the spirit of sanctification is working in you. God will spare these saints in the same fashion a father honors a obedient son. There is a day coming when these sanctified saints will discern between those who serve God and those who don’t, between the righteous and the wicked.

Lord’s Dwelling Place

Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion (KJV)

Isaiah now identifies the dwelling place of Jehovah - Tsaba. He dwells on Mount Zion. Now the question should arise. What and where is Mt. Zion?

The doctrine of the Old Testament taught that Zion was a small rocky hill located in the city of Jerusalem. The thing that gave Zion importance was the tabernacle of David erected there. Without the Arc of the Covenant and the tabernacle of David, Zion would have no historical or spiritual significance. The prophetic writings of the Old Testament also indicated that Zion was much more than a geographical location. Zion is the dwelling place of God, but His dwelling place cannot be identified with a geographical location. The only reason the physical Mt. Zion was considered the dwelling place of God, was the presence of the Arc of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat. God’s presence abided on the Mercy Seat, and it was at the Mercy Seat - between the two Cherubims - that humanity communed with God (Ex 25:22).

Heavenly Zion

Heb 12:22-24 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, (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, (24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (KJV)

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

The New Testament doesn’t reaffirm this Old Testament truth. The Zion of God is the heavenly Jerusalem. It's the general assembly and church of Jesus Christ. The concept of communing with God at the Mercy Seat is a valid truth, but the mercy seat now is Jesus. No longer do we obtain mercy through the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of Jesus has become the only source of everlasting mercy.

Where does Jehovah - Tsaba dwell? The answer is still the same, He dwells on Mt. Zion, but the true Zion of God is the person of Jesus. He is Jehovah - Tsaba, and He is the one who purchased our redemption.

New Jerusalem

Isa 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously

Isaiah also prophesied of a coming day when Jehovah - Tsaba will establish His kingdom on planet earth, and His throne will be in Jerusalem. But Isaiah is not the only prophet to witness this event. The Apostle John also experienced Jehovah - Tsaba reigning from the holy streets of New Jerusalem (Rev 20:6 21:24-27 22:5).

(Reference Scriptures: Isa 18:7 31:4-5 37:32 Psa 84:1-2 Zech 8:2-3 21-23)

Lord, Our Creator

Isa 51:15-16 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. (16) And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (KJV)

Isaiah also realized that Jehovah - Tsaba was the Creator of the heavens and the earth, therefore He could shake and move them at will.

Heb 1:3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God — the Light-being, the out-raying of the divine — and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, (Amplified Bible)

When we read this verse in Hebrews, there should be no doubt. Jesus is the sole expression of the glory of God, He is the perfect imprint and exact image of God. Jesus upholds, maintains, guides, and propels the entire universe by the power of His mighty word. Again the evidence is clear; Jesus is Jehovah - Tsaba.

(Reference Scriptures: Isa 13:13 29:6 54:5 Hag 2:6-7)

Lord, Our Saviour

Isa 19:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them (KJV)

Isa 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God (KJV)

Isa 47:4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel

All of these scriptural prophecies are a direct reference to the coming of Jesus as Messiah. The redeeming qualities of Jehovah are found in the Lord of Hosts. Again we have evidence that Jesus is Jehovah - Tsaba.

Lord’s Character

The Old Testament provides several references to the character of Jehovah - Tsaba. Let's study them.

Great Counselor

Isa 28:29 This also cometh forth from Jehovah of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom (ASV)

Notice that Jehovah - Tsaba is referred to as wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom. The New Testament teaches that the Holy Ghost is our Comforter and Counselor; also it teaches that Jesus is our wisdom. These facts cause us to conclude that Jesus, in conjunction with the entire Godhead, is Jehovah - Tsaba.

(Reference Scriptures: John 14:16-17, 26 15:26 1Cor 1:30)

Enduring Mercy

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD (KJV)

Jeremiah proclaimed that the mercy of God endures forever, especially to those who bring the sacrifice of praise.

Micah, the Prophet taught us that Jehovah - Tsaba requires for us to love mercy also (Micah 6:8). We also must be channels of God’s mercy. How can we receive mercy from God without giving it to a dying world.

Love & Compassion

Zech 7:9-10 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: (10) And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. (KJV)

Zechariah taught us that God requires of us to show love and compassion to our brothers. We are not to oppress the widows and orphans, nor should we imagine evil in our hearts against strangers, the poor, or our brothers. All of these commands teach us about the character of God. He is a loving, compassionate God, who desires mercy for all who will reach out for it.

The New Testament also reaffirmed the same principle. In James 1:26-27 we are admonished that true religion is not found in vain external display, but in ministering compassion to widows and orphans.

Lord’s Name

There are twenty six (26) references in the Old Testament to the name of the Lord being Jehovah - Tsaba.

(Reference Scriptures: 2Sam 6:2,18 7:26 1Chron 17:24 Isa 18:7 47:4 48:2 51:15 54:5 Jer 10:16 15:16 25:29 29:21 31:35 32:18 46:18 48:15 50:34 51:19,57 Amos 4:13 5:27 Mal 1:6,11,14 2:2)

Lord’s Government

Everything we have studied points to the fact that Jehovah - Tsaba is both Lord and King. The fact that He is a king indicates that He has a kingdom, and He kingdom operates according to a government. What is that government? What influence does that government have on the church today?

Government of the Son

Isa 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (KJV)

Isaiah understood that a Son would be born, and the government of God would be placed on His shoulders. He would be given the throne of His father, David, and He would reign forever. Jesus is the only one who can be the fulfillment of this prophecy. In Jesus we will find the government of God established.

Every Knee Shall Bow

Phil 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

The Apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Philippian church, taught that Jesus was highly exalted by His Father to the point that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord. He is Lord not only of the earth, but of all things under the earth, and in heaven. But what price was Jesus required to pay in order to be exalted to this degree?

The Old Testament taught the Jehovah - Tsaba would be a Redeemer of humanity. Jesus accomplished this mission with His death, burial, and resurrection. Jehovah - Tsaba, the Redeemer, the Savior, now has earned the legal right to Lord and King of all creation. The will of God will demand a price, but it also will provide a reward for obedience.

Fivefold Ministry

Eph 4:7-13 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (8) Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? (10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (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:

Jesus ascended in victory into heaven. After His ascension, Jesus gave gifts to His infant church, and these gifts came in the form of anointings that would build and establish His church. The fivefold ministries (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher) are various expressions of the mission of Jehovah - Tsaba. These gifts will be used by Jesus to build and establish the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God. The government of Jesus will be built and established on the expression of these ministries.

(Reference Scriptures: Zech 2:8-13 Amos 4:13 Psa 83:16-18)

Jesus – King/Priest

Zech 6:12-13 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: (13) Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (KJV)

Zechariah prophesied that the throne of God would be established by a King who would also be a Priest. The mission of this King/Priest would be to build the temple of God, and established His throne. The ministry of peace to the world will be accomplished when the King/Priest has built His temple, and established His throne. When will this occur?

(Reference Scriptures: 1Cor 3:16-17 6:19 2Cor 6:16 Eph 2:19-22 1Pet 2:5,9 Heb 3:1 4:14-16 6:20)

(Reference Scriptures: Rev 17:14 20:4-6 21:22)

The world will know true peace when Jehovah - Tsaba manifests Himself to the world as our eternal King/Priest. A millennium of peace will occur when Jehovah - Tsaba builds His temple, and establishes the authority of His throne. The body of Christ is in the final stages of temple construc-tion. The book of Revelation seems to teach that fiery trials of the Antichrist will bring to fruition the priesthood ministry of Christ’s body. Zechariah understood that true peace will only come when the King/Priest ministry of Jesus is united into one office.

Jesus – Head of the Church

The final point we will examine in this lesson is the government of Jehovah - Tsaba being established in His body.

The Marriage Example

Eph 5:22-27 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (24) Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (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. (KJV)

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (KJV)

The Apostle Paul understood through divine revelation that the marriage unit is patterned after the eternal government of God. We must never forget that Jesus is the head and authority of His church, but He is also Savior of the body who came as a servant. The government of God is established on this eternal truth. Authority in Christ’s kingdom released through the servant attitude.

A true Biblical marriage is also established on this principle. The husband, who represents Christ in spiritual authority, must discover this authority through true servanthood to His family. The wife must learn to love her husband is a fashion similar to our love for Jesus. The Bible teaches we are to submit ourselves to the authority of Christ, therefore the wife must also discover the servant attitude in order to walk in true spiritual harmony. We have it confused husbands expect their wives to serve, but will not be servants themselves. The scriptural pattern is clear. Husbands must develop true servanthood first. Their service will create an atmosphere that will allow their wives to serve them out of love. Neither part of the marriage unit should be master over the other, but each to serve each other in godly fear and reverence.

(Reference Scriptures: Eph 1:10 Col 2:9-10)

The Offices of the Church

According to Jesus, the greatest ministry - most influential - in the church must be the servant to the body (Mt 23:11). The tendency in the body of Christ is to consider certain facets of the fivefold ministry more important than other expression. Jesus wanted his church to understand that greatness is determined by humility and service, not title or office; therefore no expression of the fivefold ministry should be exalted over other facets of the ministry.

The New Testament teaches that their are only two offices of authority in God’s church government; these offices are Elder (Bishop – Presbyter) and Deacon (1Tim 3:1-3, 10-13 Titus 1:7-9), and each anointed member of the fivefold ministry must function in at least one of these two offices. Since this is the case we must realize that "Pastor" is not an office of authority in God’s government any more than a "Teacher" is, therefore we must recognize God’s governmental ministers as Elders.

The true scriptural government is established on the New Testament pattern of a council of Elders - inter-submitted - forming the Church Pastorate. The more we submit ourselves to the correct Biblical government in our personal and public lives the more we will enter the revelation of Jesus as Jehovah - Tsaba, the Lord of Hosts.