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Be Angry and Sin Not… (Ephesians 4:25-27)

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

Do you think Christians are not allowed to get angry?

Some families communicate to their children that they shouldn’t be angry. That instead of being angry, they need to smile and pretend everything is ok. That, “old fake it till you make it”, remedy does not work. That is not biblical.

In the bible, in the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) we meet a God who is angry at injustice because He loves the people who are being harmed by it.

When the Apostle Paul says, “In your anger do not sin”, he is not saying don’t be angry. When people are harmed, enslaved, neglected and mistreated, we should be angry.

Apostle Paul is teaching we can be angry without sinning. We can use the righteous energy of our anger to effect change without sinning against God or others.

Remember, you are fighting the good fight of faith .

Ask God to show you the strategy and tactics to change the situation. Remain proactive.

1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Nothing you do for the Lord is in vain.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for being a God of justice. Teach me what it means to share your righteous anger and to be faithful in my response as your disciple.

STRENGTHEN THE WEAK HANDS….Summary -Part 4

Continued from Part 3

KEY POINTS SUMMARY —Recap of Exodus 17 Included

17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

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 Jehovahnissi:

16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Summary…

Key Points to Remember:

  • Names and Places:
    • provide insight into the spiritual condition of the person, or places.
      • Take the time to look them up. Contrast and Compare the information to the teaching you are studying/investigating.
      • amalek =
      • Rephidim =

Exodus 1: 8 tells us that the children of Israel were made slaves because Pharaoh became afraid that they had become a threat to Egypt by reason of their numbers.

  • The disobedience of the children of Israel to the commandments of GOD, is what caused their descent into degradation.
    • The Consequence: 430 years of slavery
  • The original plan was that they settle in the “best land. the land of Goshen.” By “drifting” over into the ways and customs of the Egyptians, they opened the door to attack, i.e. slavery.
  • Tribe of Levi did not go into slavery in Egypt… they remained “dwelling in their tents” and enjoyed the protection of the anointing of GOD.

Sometimes, the best revelations you will find in scripture are right there hidden right under the, one layer down. right below the English word KJV chose to use an interpretation for the Hebrew.

prevailed vs. became mighty, became stronger,

were heavy vs. filled with Glory, had become filled with

Send Judah First…

Also, remember when the children of Israel left Egypt, they were 600K on foot, plus the numbers of the mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37). Nearly 1 million souls estimated.

“But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed (left like an army ready for battle) out of the land of Egypt.” Exodus 13:18

Exodus 12:51 reminds us that, “the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.”

The Book of Numbers, Chapter 10, provides information on the formation of the Tribes (in their ranks and orders) as they left Mt. Sinai, confirming Judah was assigned the lead position.

13 “And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 14 In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.”

Dan was the Rear Guard

25 “And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, which was the rereward of all the camps throughout their hosts: and over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.”

You will recall, it was the tribe of Judah that guarded the cattle and all of the treasures and goods of Pharaoh.

Although the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, Judah were still warriors.

Attacking from behind meant you did’nt have to fight Judah. (One tactical advantage).

Actually, even the Egyptians forces strategy was to attack from behind and drive them into the sea. GOD flipped the script, of course.

Remember, their ranks and orders from which they marched out of Egypt.

The Tribe of Dan was their rear guard. Judah was in the forefront.

By this time, EVERYONE had heard of what the GOD of Israel had done to the Egyptians, Everyone!

The GOD of Israel was internationally known.

The Spiritual Audacity of Amalek…

Of all the possible nations that could have come out against them to prove their might, prove they were better than the Egyptians, prove they were better than Israel, prove they did not fear the GOD of Israel…

It was family! Amalek, grandson of Esau, great Nephew of Jacob that came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Amalek came against the children of Israel when no other nation would dare.

We tend to read the scripture as if no other nations were around. Egypt was a resource for every nation around them, keeping many people alive through the famine. There’s a high probability that the nation of Amalek was even fed in the famine by the wisdom of Joseph.

Pull out your Bible Maps again. Notice that Amalek is occupying the territory that will belong to the Children of Israel, once they remember who they are in GOD!

Amalek has been living it up while the children of Israel were in captivity! They are occupying land GOD never gave them. GOD made it clear that Esau was to serve Jacob, not the other way around.

If the children of Israel make it to Sinai and receive their prophetic Word and the blessings of GOD, their next move is to come for the land GOD gave them.

The children of Israel remembered their names (Exodus 1:1). This was practically the only virtue they had left when in captivity.

What they had forgotten was, their spiritual identity, their prophecy, their ability to decree and declare a thing… they forgot how to call out in prayer, they forgot about the power of agreement, they forgot about their strength in unity…

They forgot how to operate in the power of GOD!

Your Prophecy is The Enemy’s Biggest Threat!

This is the enemy’s dilemma. “If you remember who you are, you will know that I am illegally possessing your land. If you ever get your mind back, and remember who you are in GOD, I will have to vacate your territory!”

Amalek is like that kindred spirit, that familiar spirit, that knows exactly who you are, while you may be oblivious to who they truly are! You don’t see their jealousy, their envy, their flat out audacity to provoke GOD, while they try and keep you from everything that GOD has for you.

Scripture is calling the place, Rephidim… to clue us in to the fact that this fight with Amalek is due to a lazy spiritual condition…lack of prayer which causes a weakening of the hands.

Your hands are not just a symbol of strength in prayer…

Your Hands Contain Your Strength in Prayer.

Lack of prayer leads to bickering, bitterness, argumentation, anger, contention, strife… the works!

lack of prayer – Weakens the Hands… How do I know?

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.

  • held up = room (H7311) to exalt, to be high, rise up
  • let down = noo-akh (H5117) to rest, allow to settle
  • prevailed = gaw-bar (H1396) to be strong or mighty, to be magnified, strengthened, to be made firm…

Raising our hands up..only looks like a surrender in the natural. In the spirit, we are pulling down strength… we are reaching up and pulling down the glory of GOD.

When we raise our hands, we are exalting GOD, in the midst of being raised and lifted up!

When we lower our hands, and keep them down at our side, we are allowing our enemies the opportunity to rest, gather their strength–against us! allowing them to settle in our land and in our territory.

In the words of Rev. Rita, “That’s not good!”

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.

  • heavy = כָּבֵד kaw-vade (H3515)
    • from the root word כָּבַד kaw-vad (H3513) to become fierce, filled with glory, glorified, filled with honor, weighty (with glory), rich, respected,
      • glorious = כָּבוֹד kaw-vode (H3519) glory, honour (-able), weight, honored, abundance,
        • its root is also (H3513)

Moses hands became filled with the Glory. Moses hands became Fierce! Moses hands became filled with the weight of the Glory!

Moses hands became filled with glory, honor, respect, filled with the abundance of GOD!

Are you seeing what happened with Moses’ Hands?

All we need to know at this point is….

Do you want Your Hands filled with the Weight of the Glory!

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.

  • steady = emunah (H530) em-moo-naw firm, steadfast
    • from the Hebrew root word אָמַן aman (H539) trust, faith, firm, support, belief
      • ref: (H540) אֲמַן trust
      • ref: (H541) אָמַן trust, see Isaiah 30:21 (appears only 1x in scripture) “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand (aw-man), and when ye turn to the left.”

“Moses Hands Became Filled with Faith & Trust…”

Moses hands became firm, steadfast, filled with faith and trust in GOD

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.

AMEN.

13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

  • discomfited = khaw-lash (H2522) to become weak, to prostrate oneself, to be overwhelmed
    • appears only 3x in scripture, Isaiah 14:12, Job 14:10
      • ref: use in Job 14:10 = to waste away

Did You See What Just happened?

Amalek became weak and overwhelmed through the power of Moses’ prayer!

and let’s make note of the significance of the agreement of Hur and Caleb… as well.

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.

Write this in Your Book!

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.

Rehearse this in Your Ears!

How do you think Lucifer weakens the nations?

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12

This happens whenever we listen to the voice that tells us not to pray!

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.

All of their moaning, and complaining brought them into a place of dryness and desolation. A place where they will never find the anointing.

And Then Came Amalek…

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:

Strengthening the Weak Hands is a Priority: Isaiah 35:3-5, Job 4:3-4, Zeph 3:16, Heb 12:12

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ELUL, DAY 2 —AT OUR BANQUET OF PRAYER

See Prayer Schedule: Our 29 Day Banquet of Prayer ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

Today, I thought I would give everyone a jumpstart, in case Bibles are not at the ready!

Today we read Psalms 50 – 56 KJV…

I WILL NOT GIVE MY TONGUE TO EVIL, NOR MY MOUTH TO FRAME DECEIT!

The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.

18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

PSALMS 51. KJV

YOU HAVE NEVER CAST ME OUT OF YOUR PRESENCE!

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

PSALMS 52. KJV

I WILL WAIT ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

PSALMS 53

I AM HERE GOD… AND I AM DETERMINED TO SEEK YOUR FACE AND UNDERSTAND YOUR WISDOM, NOT MY WISDOM. I SEEK YOUR WAYS, NOT THE WORLDS WAYS, NOT MY WAYS.. MY WAYS SOLVE ONE PROBLEM AND CAUSE ANOTHER THE WORLDS WAYS SOLVE ONE PROBLEM AND CAUSE 12 MORE… YOU’RE RIGHT! EVERYONE ONE WHO HAS CHOSEN THE WORLD HAS GONE BACK ON THEIR WORD, IRREGULAR INTEGRITY, REVERSIBLE VIRTUES, DERANGED CODES OF HONOR, CRIPPLED MORAL COMPASSES, IT’S A MESS…

EXCEPT THE CHILDREN OF GOD.. THE SEED OF ABRAHAM WE ARE HERE GOD AND WE REFUSE TO DOWN IN THE DARKNESS WE REFUSE TO ALLOW THE DARKNESS TO CONTROL ARE HERE LORD TO LEARN OF YOU, TO SEEK YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR WISDOM, YOUR COUNSEL,

WE WILL FIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE THE LIGHT OF GOD! OUR PRAYERS WILL WAGE WAR FOR US, WE WILL GROW STRONGER THROUGH PRAYER, OBEDIENCE, SACRIFICE, CONSECRATION, DEDICATION, FAITHFULLNESS, DEVOTION, DRAWING NEAR TO GOD. THESE ARE OUR WEAPONS OF WARFARE AND THEY ARE MIGHTY TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS

YOU SAID… THAT THE SONS & DAUGHTERS OF GOD SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST… WE HAVE ARRIVED AND WE ARE HERE TO MANIFEST THE GLORY OF GOD

IN THIS EARTH TODAY!

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

PSALM 54

I AM SAVED BY YOUR NAME… THANK YOU FOR JUDGING ME BY YOUR STRENGTH AND NOT MY OWN, YOU HAVE ALWAYS DELIVERED ME OUT OF ALL MY TROUBLE, WITH COMPASSION I PRAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO SET THEMSELVES AGAINST ME, THEY SET OUT TO FIGHT AGAINST ME, AND NEVER FIGURED OUT THEY WERE REALLY FIGHTING YOU!

Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.

For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

PSALMS 56

GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE TO YOUR NAME LORD… FOR YOUR VOWS WERE MADE TO ME. MY ENEMIES TRY DAILY TO ENTANGLE ME IN MY OWN WORDS, THEY BEND AND TWIST AND PERVERT , THEY GATHER THEMSELVES TOGETHER TO MARK MY STEPS AND WAIT FOR MY SOUL.. YET, THEY CAN NOT TRACK OR TRACE ME IN THE SPIRIT REALM, I AM UNTRACEABLE … YOU CAN NOT TRACK OR TRACE OR STALK ME I AM IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY…

I AM HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT!
YOU CAN’T GET PASS GOD AND PRAYER!

THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND…. GOD IS FOR ME! I SHALL NOT FEAR!

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

ELUL, THE MONTH OF PROPHETIC DREAMS…

BECAUSE THIS IS A MONTH SO SATURATED BY PRAYER, REPENTANCE AND DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD… THIS MAY BE YOUR DREAMIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

Expect MORE Dreams!

Capture those Dreams and Pray them through During this Season!

If your dreams are vivid and a tad bit alarming…write them down as well and ask for deeper revelation. You could have been given a warning dream which is awesome!

Remember what Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Hannah, Hezekiah, Abigail, Deborah, the Zelopehad Daughters, Jochebed, Miriam, Aaron, Esther, and many more… did when they were confronted with situations that they were not so pleased about?

They stepped in and had a conversation with GOD. They didn’t let problems, complications, situations, even edicts from GOD, just stand unchallenged. They negotiated a better outcome for the people!

Should any dream alarm you… Never Fear…it’s time to open up negotiations with GOD!

The dreams we love the most are wrapped in sugar and spice, right? Definitely pray those dreams through!

Attached is a journal page from the workbook. Use it to write down your dreams and take them to prayer (in your hand) with you during your consecrated prayer time.

Make Note of The Time of the Watch in Which Your Dream Occurred

Jot down the date and time of your dreams whenever possible… Write the visions and run with them! (Hab 2:2).

Hebrew Root Word Study: ratz = run, to carry speedily, to escort speedily to a destination

ya’rutz = future imperfect; meaning Your actions (whether you will or will not) determine the outcome. In Hebrew the imperfect tense leaves room for what you are prepared to do with the information or situation, VISION OR DREAM!

This is one of the things I love most about the Word…GOD left room for our choices on the pages of scripture and in the declaration of His Will…

GOD has invited You to take part… the tense is imperfect… because He is waiting for Your decision….The Choice is Yours.

May all our prayers saturate you with prophetic insight, and visions and dreams… May this be the richest Season of Dreams and visions and insight for you EVER! May you see the crooked places made straight… May you see the abundance of rain coming in the distance.. May you walk each day in divine outcomes and decisions because you have stepped into the ALL The Provisions that GOD has made for you in His Word! You Shall Dream.

Enjoy! AMEN.

RELATED MESSAGES:

PRAYER JOURNAL PAGES FOR ELUL —THE NEXT LEVEL IN PRAYER

ELUL, A DAVID KIND OF PRAYER…

Elul… May GOD Find You Praying, like David Prayed…

PART 3 The Spirit of Witchcraft —One of the Works of the Flesh

continued from Part 2

Why Consult with the Witch at Endor?

King Saul did this in order to pacify his fear, in order to justify his suspicion, in order to pacify his own rebellion, against God. 

He resorts to consulting the witch at Endor a familiar spirit. Consulting by means outside of God. Saul only needed to humble himself and repent to open the door that would usher him back into the presence of God. He was still operating in self. Stuck in rebellion and stubbornness. 

We see this in 1 Samuel 28:6 

6And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

In other words, God was giving him a message by not speaking to him. His glorious presence had departed from him and God allowed it to instigate repentance. 

WAS SAUL SEEING HIMSELF FOR WHO HE REALLY WAS???

Was Saul oblivious to the fact that he was in disobedience?

It’s very possible to be so stuck that we deceive our own selves.

Saul was in total denial that God had departed from him and was insistent on getting a word from the Lord.

So, Saul is going to create his own message.

So often this is what happens when the body of Christ becomes susceptible and tempted with witchcraft in the competition of fellow servants of Christ. 

It begins with denial toward the truth.

And wanting to imagine God is saying something he did not say and is not saying. And that is exactly what happened to Saul in this instance. 

2 Samuel 1:1-27

FIRST there is a concept to take note of here…

When GOD gives you an assignment, AND you know what it is AND you are not confused about the instructions. You perfectly understand…  

Know this:  The assignments that you fail to accomplish when it comes to the enemies of God, have a way of resurfacing.  

In other words, you can send yourself back around the mountain, because you failed to accomplish the task the last time!

Except this time you are contending with spirits that are stronger (because you have made them stronger by your rebellion and disobedience).  They’re objective was always to remove you from your place…now even more so!

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice.

The Amalekite King that Saul did not destroy in one of his moments of disobedience, believing he knew what was best on his own accord, instead of following the orders he was given by God.

HE THOUGHT HE HAD A BETTER PLAN THAN THE PLAN GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD

His actions caused the Amalekite’s to resurface in the book of Esther. It was also an Amalekite that finished him off after he fell on his own sword. What sword? The very disobedience he walked in took his own life. 

Remember that Prophet Samuel asked King Saul, “Did you do the Lord’s commandment?”, and King Saul replied that he had done the Lord’s commandment. 

Saul had not completed the assignment the way he was commanded to do. Saul did it his way and opened the door to a spirit that every generation continues fight. 

Every child with siblings has learned the hard way, that their disobedience/rebellion has the potential of causing the same behavior in their siblings.   Every rebellious friends goal is to get you to participate in their wicked behavior.  Point being: this type of behavior leaves another to have to pick up the bondage and fight the same battle again.

Someone has to slay the dragon!  If it’s your assignment, and you refuse to do it or you only do the part you want to do, then you leave another to finish the job.  You may even subject them to more spiritual dangers and stronger enemies because you chose not to finish your spiritual assignment.

The spirit of Amalek.

2 Samuel 1:1-27. The consequences of cooling off in one’s service to God.

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

1 Samuel 30:1-31 Ziklag had been attacked by the Amalekites. David pursues them across the Negev Desert and defeats them –and rovers all, including his two wives.

Meanwhile, King Saul fights the phillistines in Mt Gilboa 1 Samuel 31:1-3

It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

A prisoner of Israel – from the battle with the Amalekites.

Consult your bible maps. note the position of Jezreel vs Mt Gilboa

And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

And David said unto the young man that told him, how knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

The spirit of Amalek always insist everything happens by chance… there is no design, destiny or providence of GOD.

Note: King Saul was fighting the Phillistines on Mt Gilboa 1 Sam 28:4, David was fighting the Amalekites at that time.

And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, here am I.

The Amalekites were generational enemies of Israel. This Amalekite wants King David to believe he “just happened to be passing through a battle with Israel and the Phillistines?” Is he just waiting in the cut to see how the battle will turn out?

And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

And I am proud to declare and will not hide the fact that “I am Amalekite”. (Grandson of Esau, ever present enemy to Israel, known for their audacity) Ex 17:14 GOD will blot out the name of Amalek, Deut 25:17 Amalek did not fear GOD;

He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

…”and Saul asked me to kill him

Amalek’s primary tactic is to sneak up from behind, to attack the weak, the lame, the young, the aged, the infirm, when they are too weak to lift up their own hands in defense… Deut 25:17, Ex 17:8-16

10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

… so when Saul is weak, you can stand up..

so I did as he asked, and then I took his crown and bracelet. (If I meant to do you and Israel honor, wouldn’t I have brought back his body for burial?

Note: This Amalekite who was being held by the Israelites is somehow at Mt Gilboa with King Saul on the battlefield, just passing through?

Was he escaped from the camp of the defeated Israelites at Mt Gilboa and heard about the defeat of the Amalekites before David?

Was he an Amalekite who just happened to be passing by the battlefield of King Saul & the Phillistines?

Was he an Amalekite who heard about the defeat of his people before David and went to the battlefield of King Saul and the Phillistines in order to cut off the weak and injured? Collecting the spoils of war?

Why is an Amalekite on the battlefield with the Phillistines?

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:

(So, here you are David…a gift for the next King of Israel that we will destroy)

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

I am ger… one who will sojourn in your land..inhabit the land, dwell here, abide (with hostile intent?), bring fear, remain in the land… ger (guwr) someone without original rights; Amalek had a lot to lose when Israel came out of captivity. They were occupying Israels land during their 400 years in captivity. They were not interested in seeing Israel set free.

an Amalekite – stated for the 2nd time Scripture repeats itself twice when we are supposed to be paying attention. (there is a bit of pride in this declaration)

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?

GOD was internationally known for anointing his people, especially His Kings, Priests and Prophets…. there is no way a person in the bloodline of Esau would not know that Saul was anointed by GOD). Amalek did not fear GOD.

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

David was not deceived. He saw, heard, perceived what was going on. The Amalekite was mocking GOD, the Children of Israel, the Kingdom and everything they stood for… David recognized the enemies of GOD and Israel. Would you know when the enemy is mocking GOD in your life?

Do you know when someones story does not add up?

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord’s anointed.

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

YOUR PRAYER LIFE IS… YOUR STRONGEST SPIRITUAL ASSET

While here on earth, Amalek sought to destroy the Israelites with a vengeance. His baseless hatred for Israel was shrouded in fear of Israel. Amalek never attempted to confront Israel face to face. That would have meant, taking on the tribe of Judah head-on (Ex 17). Why take on a lion when you can sneak up from behind and challenge the a cub… The Tribe of Dan…(whom they thought was a weak link).

The Tribe of Dan was the rearguard. Their job was to protect Israels treasures; the old, the young, the weak. 11 Tribes mounted the frontal defense and protected the flanks. Dan was the rearguard.

Note: When the children of Israel left Egypt, they were no way in the path of the territory of Amalek. Amalek pursued them when they had already passed by… a completely different path to Mt Sinai. And when did they attack? Right before the children of Israel were about to get their Word from GOD… Right before they were scheduled to receive their Word about their destiny.

If you find out who you are in GOD.. the enemy has a big problem. If Israel figured out that all of this territory that Amalek illegally inhabited really belonged to the children of Israel AND if they (the Children of Israel) ever got their fight back and remembered who they are/were…

Judah was already leading them to their promise… and Judah was not to be trifled with.

What they did not know is that Dan, was a Lion’s whelp… and if you have ever seen a lion’s cub play you would recognize that they are severely underestimated, have no idea that they are the smallest, love to wrestle and are always ready for the battle. Dan was quick like a viper and strong like a lion. Add prayer to the fight and they were unbeatable!

The spirit of Amalek continues their attempts to take out GOD’s Anointed. They are relentless. If they can get you so frustrated that you come out of prayer, curse, get angry, hold grudges, act out in rage, jealousy, nurse wounds, throw your hands down ( they have sufficiently weakened your hands in prayer).

If they can just poke at your heels, drag you down to a level where you are spiritually and emotionally broken, despondent, hopeless, feeling entitled and justified in your own behaviors… If Amalek can get you to operate in greed, pride, envy, strife, etc.

If they can get you to pick up the worlds weapons and put down the weapons of your warfare, then they have you in a headlock. Your hands become weak, you have no prayer life and you are subject to the enemy’s devices.

Prayer makes your hands strong… and in GOD’s Kingdom we need strong hands to war with in prayer! Hands Raised + Praise + Humility + GODs weapons= Power in Prayer ; means you win the battle!

Hands locked down and immobilized + use of the enemies weapons+ pride, lies, deceit etc.= no strength in prayer – You lose.

Rephidim ( Ex 17) means weakening of the hands. The children of Israel propelled themselves into a spiritual condition of Rephidim through all of their complaining, moaning, chiding- the sapped up their own anointing with their own mouths.

There was no water = there was no anointing. Why do we expect the anointing to flow in our lives, on our prayers, on our vision and dreams, when all we did all day was whine, moan and complain? Why do we expect the anointing to flow when all we did all day was point the finger, ridicule, blame, lash out, criticize our leaders, friends, brothers and sisters?

THE WORD OF GOD IS CLEAR ABOUT THIS POINT:

Negativity does not release the anointing. Frustration, complaining, etc does not release the anointing. Pointing the finger, blame, ridicule, etc does not release the anointing.

The Prayer of Faith releases the anointing.

You can’t be on both sides of the equation. You can not do both and expect your prayers to break through. There is no middle ground here. You can’t be double minded and expect power in prayer.

When I began this teaching I made a statement…the Spirit of Witchcraft- One of the Works of the Flesh. What I am saying is that, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking that witchcraft is happening somewhere from outside, being performed by someone else, directed at us through someone else.

I am showing you another side to the coin. The witchcraft of words can come from us… from within us, from our own actions, our own flesh.

We deceive ourselves in double mindedness, when we operate in disobedience, rebellion or in any of the activities described. We allow the spirit of Amalek to operate in our lives and only we can shut it down.

Saul wanted to operate in the things of GOD and the things of the world, as it suited him. It doesn’t work like that, and it cost him everything.

Reading Assignment: Read it all in context Starting at 1 Samuel 9 – 1 Samuel 15

PART 2 The Spirit of Witchcraft –One of the Works of the Flesh by Rev. Y Malveaux

continued from Part 1 of this message

Rebellion damages a person and it never travels alone. Rebellion travels with jealousy, anger, resentment and a host of bedfellows that creep into the soul and does its worse to its host.

The deception is vengeance, the delusion that your paying someone else back for their actions toward you. But, in reality your are only damaging yourself, hurting your own soul.

Saul’s disobedience and disrespect for GOD’s Word was losing him the kingdom. No amount of pointing the finger and blaming David was going to get him back into position.

He is the anointed of GOD, and yet he turns to the weapons of the world to regain spiritual territory.

I Samuel 15:23

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.

From that point on Saul would not listen to the instructions given to him through the authoritative figure the prophet Samuel who had brought the anointing upon King Saul and anointed him. The culture at this time in Israel is dominated by the prophets in the Old Testament. (Hebrew scriptures)

Saul’s refusal and act of rebellion to obey the prophet Samuel was a refusal to the authority that gave the instruction. God Himself gave the orders, and it made Saul open to the spirit of witchcraft. 

Saul had become hardened and took no regard for disobeying the Prophet Samuel.  What he did not realize was, that he wasn’t actually disobeying Samuel… he was disobeying GOD.

We find in 1 Samuel 16:15 following in the context, that after Samuel sights Saul’s sin as the sin of witchcraft in 1 Samuel 15:23.

1 Samuel 16:15 says…

15.  And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 

The author of the book of 1 Samuel is the Prophet Samuel himself.

2 Samuel is written by Samuel, Gad and Nathan.

In 1 Samuel 16; Samuel the prophet is very careful to articulate to us an evil spirit from God.

Does God send evil spirits?  

No.

Why did God allow the one who is anointed by Him at one point in time; but is no longer His anointed, to be troubled by an evil spirit? 

This verse justifies how the evil power had domination over someone who was once anointed.

I Samuel 28:3-7

Saul visits the witch of Endor.

3. Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.

4. And the Philistines gathered themselves together and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. 

5And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 

6.  And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Saul and the Medium of Endor

7. Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

It was the spirit of witchcraft that took his life.

Witchcraft cleverly presents itself as a solution…illumination, even wisdom. It is not.

Saul sought out the woman with a familiar spirit. He said, “that I may go to inquire of her.”

That very spirit of witchcraft took his life because within a 24-hour period he was dead after consulting with the witch of Endor.

The Almighty God allowed this incident before his death to manifest. It was a manifestation of a hidden spirit that was dominating his life.

Throughout the whole scripture we find that an evil spirit troubled him, but we do not have the identification of that spirit till just before his death.

Hebrew Word Study:  pah-neem

pah-neem in Hebrew means ‘face’

Because who better than our own maker knows that we have more than one face!  Our faces are multi-faceted, filled with expressions- even expressions that leak out…ones that we try not to project!

pah-neem is a very interesting Word in GOD’s Hebrew Language.

In Hebrew, words ending with “eem” are in plural form.  To say face in Hebrew, GOD set the word for face in plural form, not singular.  Why?

We are creatures of many dimensions and levels.  We have the face we show our families and the face we show our enemies.  The face of kindness, love and respect and the face of contempt, unhappiness and apprehension. We have the face for all occasions, the one that masks our true face underneath.

Saul wore the face of a King. The face of an obedient servant of GOD. The face of disobedience, jealousy, friendship and deceit. (among others).

Our faces are pah-neem, because we are not one-dimensional beings, and sooner our later, our true face reveals itself for who we really are in our hearts.

And just before his death, Saul’s true face manifest. 

How does it manifest?

Through his desire to consult with the witch at Endor.

So, this spirit was hidden even though it was upon him. 

His true identity, that the spirit of witchcraft was hidden within him. Perhaps, even unbeknownst to Saul was his hunger to maintain power and control. Coming face to face with what he was willing to do to maintain that control. His level of desperation.

The spirit of witchcraft does not make itself obvious.  The spirit of witchcraft is very clever, very patient, subtle and subdued in our life, until we are crushed by it and suddenly destroyed.

If we do not recognize it, the spirit of witchcraft begins to creep in and take up a seat. It presents itself as control, manipulation, jealousy, rebellion, stubbornness, baseless hatred, anger, vengeance, etc.  

When this spirit is upon a person, they will not fully follow the instructions of God the way He has given them.  Yet, time and time again, they will redress and justify their actions, blame and point the finger, and rearrange their words as if they have done exactly what GOD has instructed. 

Saul operated in all these wicked character traits that eventually lead to his destruction, before going to the witch at Endor.  He became Jealous of David, after David’s fight with Goliath.

1 Samuel 18:1-30 —The Roots of Saul’s Jealousy

1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?

And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.

13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the Lord’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?

19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

20 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.

23 And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?

24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired.

27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

28 And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.

29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

In 1 Samuel 28:8b

Saul disguised himself and put on other raiment.

This is a prophetic insight into what is happening here.

Because often, a spirit of witchcraft does not look like a spirit of witchcraft because it is hidden and disguised as something else. (masking itself behind another face).

This is why Saul was so susceptible to this spirit of witchcraft that took his life.  He opened himself up to it through jealousy and rebellion.

But we see here what the motive is for consulting the witch at Endor. King Saul was not satisfied with the answer he was getting from God. –so he became determined to go around GOD!

The answer God gave King Saul was silence, and there is a reason for that silence. Silence meant God’s spirit departed from him.

That silence meant you are not going to hear from me until you repent.

But Saul, like so many of us have experienced a moment when God is silent. 

We should never attempt to create (or obtain) the Word of the Lord on our own when we do not like the answer (or the silence) that we get from God.   Even when God may tell us things that are hard to accept or when His silence is difficult to understand. 

We do not reinvent the will (The Instructions) of GOD.

When Saul did not get the answer that he wanted from God, this was the very springboard to Saul consulting the witch at Endor.

(Saul wanted an answer from GOD. God gave his answer through total silence. God answered with silence in order to instigate repentance.)

In Part 3, we will take a look at how Saul responded to silence...

Introducing… TalkTorahToMe.Cafe

A Special New Series I am introducing for my students containing brief insights regarding scripture passages that cross our paths during individual study times that can be shared and may be beneficial with all students.

SOME THINGS ARE JUST TRUE!

I especially like this example found in Psalms 110:4 which does quite a few things:

  • It demonstrates that passages we have read for years in the customary translations say much more than what we first thought they said… or much more than we were first taught.
  • There are so many gems to be found beneath the pages of scripture that a literal (p’shat) reading of the text will never reveal.
  • The depth of historical information that is often glossed over a fable, myth or impossibility..are actual fact with sign and manifestations that exist in the world today, we just aren’t aware of them.
  • The tendency some might have to relegate what seems impossible on the surface to our special internal compartments of faith (“I believe GOD anyway!”) is nice and sweet and beautiful… but completely unwarranted. GOD has just been Completely Amazing for a very long time! So much so that Faith isn’t even required, it’s just true!

Why do we need to know these particular facts about Melchizedek?

#1. Oftentimes we can present new information to our study groups that some students will invariably want to dispute or have multiple question with, for instance discovering that ancient commentaries reveal to us that Shem was born circumcised. “How do we know?”, “Where does it say that in the Bible?”, What does it mean?”, “Why does it matter?”

The 1st two questions I’ll answer right now. There are many facts in the scripture that are not spoken of multiple times, or proved int he sense that we may want proof. They don’t have to be.

There is no reason to dispute information such as “Shem was born circumcised” simply because we only have to look at what occurs in the world today. Our evidence is in today.

Mechizedek was born spiritually advanced, embracing the priesthood of GOD. Some say he misspoke and caused his priesthood to pass to Abraham because he was not careful with his words. That’s one possibility.

More intriguing to me, is that the verse doesn’t even say, “after the order of, or after th manner of” that’s poetic spin.

The verse actually reads, “Upon/after the Word of My Righteous King, a.k.a Melchizedek”

Whether the Angel of the LORD came and spoke these words (prophecied) unto Abraham on behalf of Our Righteous King, or YHVH (Adonai) came and prophecied these words by way of Melchizedek to Abraham…

The Priest of GOD passed his mantle to Abraham by prophetic utterance and Abraham caught it! Words ordained by GOD for you to speak, move faster than the speed of thought! This was not a ninety year old man talking to another ninety year old man. 400+ years in the LORD, Melchizedek was not a novice given to mishaps in prophetic utterance.

A 90 year old man in the LORD is not a novice, let alone a Man of GOD 400+ years in the LORD, in a time when the Glory of GOD was closer in the earth than today.

Besides, have you even known a healthy 90 year old man not to say what he means? Is that even possible?

Abraham was well qualified for the Priesthood, out of all those in his bloodline. (Genesis 11) and Melchizedek was sharp as a tact! He lived long enough to see Abraham & Isaac through their lifetimes, and to know Isaac’s sons.

Who has GOD sent to cover your lifespan with His Word? To call those things that be not in your life? To cover you while you travel the path of destiny? May they proclaim you to be the seed of Abraham, by the Word of My Righteous King!

Amen.

STRENGTHEN THE WEAK HANDS….Part 3

CONTINUED FROM PART 2 – Includes Full Recap of Exodus 17

How do you strengthen the weak hands? What makes your hands weak?

17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

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 Jehovahnissi:

16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

GOD, led the Children of Israel out by their Armies

Scripture does not specifically list the tribes in the marching orders until we get to the Book of Numbers, chapter 10. Yet, scripture does provide us an enormous amount of information that we can draw from to obtain a larger view. Scripture uses the same language in teaching us that they were led out by their armies.

When Joseph presented five of his brothers to Pharaoh (Gen 47:2), we can deduce that he presented his eldest brothers to Pharaoh first; Rueben, Simeon, Judah, Dan and Nephtali, (Levi had dedicated his household to the Priesthood).

When we consider the prophecy and blessings Jacob spoke over his sons, noting both their strengths and their weaknesses, it is Judah that arises as the most qualified to operate in power, authority and with the highest integrity as rulers over Pharaoh’s cattle.

This is extremely important to understand because Judah continued in their posts as the most highly skilled warriors.

Later, when the children of Israel succumb to the temptations of their neighbors lifestyles, and become slaves, it is only Judah and Levi that the warriors and the Priest that remain strong enough to remember who they were before 430 years in slavery.

In fact, it is only Levi that remained exempt from slavery, dwelling in Goshen. (While this is a teaching for another time, suffice it to say, that this was only because they remained “dwelling in their tents”). It was the anointing…the fact that they drew near to GOD…that protected them.

The anointing was present because of their separation and consecration. This is what preserved them and kept them out of the enemies hands.

Send Judah First…

Also, remember when the children of Israel left Egypt, they were 600K on foot, plus the numbers of the mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37). Nearly 1 million souls estimated.

“But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed (left like an army ready for battle) out of the land of Egypt.” Exodus 13:18

Exodus 12:51 reminds us that, “the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.”

The Book of Numbers, Chapter 10, provides information on the formation of the Tribes (in their ranks and orders) as they left Mt. Sinai, confirming Judah was assigned the lead position.

13 “And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 14 In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.”

Dan was the Rear Guard

25 “And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, which was the rereward of all the camps throughout their hosts: and over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.”

You will recall, it was the tribe of Judah that guarded the cattle and all of the treasures and goods of Pharaoh.

Although the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, Judah were still warriors.

Attacking from behind meant you did’nt have to fight Judah. (One tactical advantage).

Actually, even the Egyptians forces strategy was to attack from behind and drive them into the sea. GOD flipped the script, of course.

Remember, their ranks and orders from which they marched out of Egypt.

The Tribe of Dan was their rear guard. Judah was in the forefront.

By this time, EVERYONE had heard of what the GOD of Israel had done to the Egyptians, Everyone!

The GOD of Israel was internationally known.

The Spiritual Audacity of Amalek…

Of all the possible nations that could have come out against them to prove their might, prove they were better than the Egyptians, prove they were better than Israel, prove they did not fear the GOD of Israel…

It was family! Amalek, grandson of Esau, great Nephew of Jacob that came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Amalek came against the children of Israel when no other nation would dare.

We tend to read the scripture as if no other nations were around. Egypt was a resource for every nation around them, keeping many people alive through the famine. There’s a high probability that the nation of Amalek was even fed in the famine by the wisdom of Joseph.

Pull out your Bible Maps again. Notice that Amalek is occupying the territory that will belong to the Children of Israel, once they remember who they are in GOD!

Amalek has been living it up while the children of Israel were in captivity! They are occupying land GOD never gave them. GOD made it clear that Esau was to serve Jacob, not the other way around.

If the children of Israel make it to Sinai and receive their prophetic Word and the blessings of GOD, their next move is to come for the land GOD gave them.

The children of Israel remembered their names (Exodus 1:1). This was practically the only virtue they had left when in captivity.

What they had forgotten was, their spiritual identity, their prophecy, their ability to decree and declare a thing… they forgot how to call out in prayer, they forgot about the power of agreement, they forgot about their strength in unity…

They forgot how to operate in the power of GOD!

Your Prophecy is The Enemy’s Biggest Threat!

This is the enemy’s dilemma. “If you remember who you are, you will know that I am illegally possessing your land. If you ever get your mind back, and remember who you are in GOD, I will have to vacate your territory!”

Amalek is like that kindred spirit, that familiar spirit, that knows exactly who you are, while you may be oblivious to who they truly are! You don’t see their jealousy, their envy, their flat out audacity to provoke GOD, while they try and keep you from everything that GOD has for you.

Scripture is calling the place, Rephidim… to clue us in to the fact that this fight with Amalek is due to a lazy spiritual condition…lack of prayer which causes a weakening of the hands.

Your hands are not just a symbol of strength in prayer…

Your Hands Contain Your Strength in Prayer.

Lack of prayer leads to bickering, bitterness, argumentation, anger, contention, strife… the works!

lack of prayer – Weakens the Hands… How do I know?

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.

yad = hand

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

  • held up = room (H7311) to exalt, to be high, rise up
  • let down = noo-akh (H5117) to rest, allow to settle
  • prevailed = gaw-bar (H1396) to be strong or mighty, to be magnified, strengthened, to be made firm…

Raising our hands up..only looks like a surrender in the natural. In the spirit, we are pulling down strength… we are reaching up and pulling down the glory of GOD.

When we raise our hands, we are exalting GOD, in the midst of being raised and lifted up!

When we lower our hands, and keep them down at our side, we are allowing our enemies the opportunity to rest, gather their strength–against us! allowing them to settle in our land and in our territory.

In the words of Rev. Rita, “That’s not good!”

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.

  • heavy = כָּבֵד kaw-vade (H3515)
    • from the root word כָּבַד kaw-vad (H3513) to become fierce, filled with glory, glorified, filled with honor, weighty (with glory), rich, respected,
      • glorious = כָּבוֹד kaw-vode (H3519) glory, honour (-able), weight, honored, abundance,
        • its root is also (H3513)

Moses hands became filled with the Glory. Moses hands became Fierce! Moses hands became filled with the weight of the Glory!

Moses hands became filled with glory, honor, respect, filled with the abundance of GOD!

Are you seeing what happened with Moses’ Hands?

All we need to know at this point is….

Do you want Your Hands filled with the Weight of the Glory!

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.

  • steady = emunah (H530) em-moo-naw firm, steadfast
    • from the Hebrew root word אָמַן aman (H539) trust, faith, firm, support, belief
      • ref: (H540) אֲמַן trust
      • ref: (H541) אָמַן trust, see Isaiah 30:21 (appears only 1x in scripture) “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand (aw-man), and when ye turn to the left.”

“Moses Hands Became Filled with Faith & Trust…”

Moses hands became firm, steadfast, filled with faith and trust in GOD

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.

AMEN.

13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

  • discomfited = khaw-lash (H2522) to become weak, to prostrate oneself, to be overwhelmed
    • appears only 3x in scripture, Isaiah 14:12, Job 14:10
      • ref: use in Job 14:10 = to waste away

Did You See What Just happened?

Amalek became weak and overwhelmed through the power of Moses’ prayer!

and let’s make note of the significance of the agreement of Hur and Caleb… as well.

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.

Write this in Your Book!

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.

Rehearse this in Your Ears!

How do you think Lucifer weakens the nations?

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12

This happens whenever we listen to the voice that tells us not to pray!

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.

All of their moaning, and complaining brought them into a place of dryness and desolation. A place where they will never find the anointing.

And Then Came Amalek…

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:

Strengthening the Weak Hands is a Priority: Isaiah 35:3-5, Job 4:3-4, Zeph 3:16, Heb 12:12

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