The mystery of understanding
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Note: This lesson is an extension of the principle introduced in #154. Please read #154 if necessary.
There are two types of understanding. In Hebrew, understanding is "to-boo-naw" and "bee-naw". To-boo-naw is the inner form of truth, the blueprint. Bee-naw is the outward symbolic form of truth. Please read Revelation 22:19. We are given a warning not to alter the inner blueprint of truth, the Word. Adding to or subtracting from the Word would be forms of altering the truth. Adam male and female altered the Word, the inner blueprint of truth. Their glory fire that accompanied the blueprint disappeared and the outward symbol was dramatically changed from its original purity.
Please read Exodus 31:1-5. Bezaleel and Aholiab were given "understanding" to bring the inner blueprint inside them, given by God, to the outward form and symbol. As they labored to produce this transformation from inner to outer, fire and glory guided their hands to ensure the product would be an accurate depiction of the blueprint. Glory and fire are companions to the production of the outward symbol. Adam male and female received a glory fire covering when the blueprint was made manifest in the Garden of Eden. The Father commanded and the Son created man from the blueprint the Father gave Him. When the blueprint was altered, the glory fire disappeared and a new inferior form of man was introduced. The symbol of the blueprint was recast in an inferior form.
Please read Matthew 7:21-23. In verse 23, the LORD reprimands those who claim a relationship with Him by calling them workers of iniquity. Put another way, He is rejecting the ones who used iniquity to alter the truth and the symbol of truth. Iniquity is a small, subtle bending to serve the intents of the heart. He is excoriating those who recast and remade the inner blueprint of truth through iniquity. Separation from God is caused by iniquity.
Please read Matthew 4:3-11. Here we read about the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. What was the temptation? It is revealed in all His answers to His arch enemy. The devil used scripture in subtlely altered forms to tempt Jesus to accept the altered form (iniquity) and be guilty of changing the outward symbol. Jesus was having none of it! He consistently responded to the altered truth with the full, real, and given blueprint of truth. He threw the blueprint right back in the devil's face! What happened? Verse 11 says, "then the devil leaveth him." We can learn a lesson here. By quoting the truth, the scriptures, in their pure form, we can face down the enemy whose goal is to entice us to bend the truth.
Please read 2Corinthians 11:14. The word light is "ore". Satan comes to us with counterfeit ore light to tempt us to vary from the blueprint. He seeks to lead us into a "higher revelation" with this light so we bend the truth, thus recasting it in to another form. Glory fire accompanies the blueprint. From there we are encouraged to do good works . True works include the fire of God's glory that shoots out and affects those involved in the good work. Legitimate works are attached to the blueprint by the presence of the fire. Why do you think Nebuchadnezzar wanted to throw the 3 Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego into a fiery furnace? He wanted to overcome and subdue the fire that was shining off them when they obeyed the truth and refused to bow down to his image. Their fire overcame the natural fire of the furnace and they remained untouched. They produced a work that was attached to the blueprint of truth to not bow down to idols!
The answer is the Cross, the blueprint of Truth. Trying to make sense of outward circumstances is futile. Getting changed is the objective. When we go to the Cross and repent, we are embracing Truth. The natural consequence of that is having light and fire emanating from our being that will consume the wood, hay and stubble in the old man. In addition, the glory will make an imprint on those around us as we perform legitimate good works.
Building on the craggy point of a rock!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Opening comments: Never scare a child. A child learns to process information through the normal sequence of input, process and analyze, react. When a young mind is scared and frightened, it is forced to delete the process step and go straight to react. Scores or deep marks are left in the mind that cause damage to the normal sequence. If a child is forced to react to input enough, they can grow up without the ability to adequately process information and give a correct response or reaction. This causes the child to immediately react to a situation without formulating a correct response. Scaring a child is wrong in any situaltion, even if the adult thinks it to be amusing.
Opening comments: When Bezaleel was given all the materials to make the Mosaic Tabernacle, the Bible says that he used badger skins for the outer covering of the tabernacle of the congregation. These "badgers" were not actually the animal we think of in modern times. The LORD found no animal on earth that could accurately depict the humility of Christ so He created one that had long, black hair. Their skins were used to make the "badger" skin covering for the Tabernacle. After they were used for this specific purpose, He made no more. There is now no animal on earth that can portray the humility of Christ. They were specially created for a specific purpose, then disappeared.
Opening commens: The Name of the LORD is referred to as a "secret" Name. The Name LORD is infinite; it can not be understood. We will never know all the attributes of the Name LORD. That's why it is secret - - - it is boundless and limitless.
Please read Matthew 7:24-27. We read about two people who decided to build a house. One was built on rock, the other on sand. The man who built on a rock was wise, the one who built on the sand was foolish. Despite them being very different, they both had similarities. Their first similarity is that they both heard the message to build. They heard "daw-bar" Word. This is Word that is given with no understanding and explanation. A command is given without the reason(s) why it should be obeyed. They both heard. Second, they both saw a need to build. Stated another way, they both obeyed the command to grow and build a stature, as it were. They shared and embraced the truth to grow up. Thirdly, each of their structures was exposed to the test. The rain, flood and wind tested the integrity of each house. Lastly, each builder believed in the house they had built. Both were convinced that they had done the right thing; both believed their house was built right.
The difference between each builder is that one built his house on the rock (selah) and the other on the sand. The one who built on the rock built on the selah rock, Christ, accepting His Headship and Authority. The other built on his own headship and authority pictured by the instability of the sand. The rock is the capstone, the very point of the tower of LORD's Name. The wise man, in reality, built his house on the craggy, point of a rock. God's Headship, many times, is a point, an uncomfortable place. Some times we, as Christians, don't see why we have to go through such uncomfortable circumstances and events. We don't like the craggy point of the rock of His Headship. Yet, that is exactly where He wants us to build our house (stature). Erecting an edifice on the point of a rock is impossible, naturally speaking. A builder normally smooths out a level surface before he builds. Building on a craggy rock is a testament to the miraculous power of God! It is His Headship and Authority that keeps our house (stature) balanced on the pointed rock of Christ. Building on our own headship guarantees failure - - - even though we truly believe in what we are building and its integrity and strength. Christ, the Rock, guarantees success as we are precariously balanced between His Headship and Authority.
Jealousy and zeal will cleanse the "temple"
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Exodus 20:5 and Deuteronomy 4:24. In this lesson, we will be learning about jealousy. Jealousy originates with the LORD (in an uncorrupted form). Being jealous can be a good thing, conversely, it can be a bad thing. The word jealous in both of the preceding scriptures is kaw-naw - - - to be jealous, envious, or ambitious. Jealousy is a strong desire and can be a holy emotion. It can be used for good to further our spiritual progress. In the case of fallen mankind, his entire being ( and all his emotions ) are going in the wrong direction; toward self. Everything that is wrong now used to be right and flowing in the right direction; toward God. Because of Him, our jealousy, being influenced and cleansed by the Blood, can be a good thing. When He steps into our being, all of our emotions come to a screeching halt and begin to roll toward Him. All things exist ( cleansed jealousy ) because of Him. As a result of His disgraceful and ignominious death, His claim of being the Owner of mankind is undisputed. As Owner, He demands His rights and takes away ours. He first created and then bought man; double ownership. He wants us to be dependent on Him and independent from the world and our own forms. The Bride said in Canticles, "I am my Beloved's", meaning, "I am dependent".
The LORD is a jealous God, also, a consuming fire. He wants to burn up all our plans and forms of independence and surrender to His Headship through dependence.
Evil fear and ambition is zeal in reverse. Both of these accompany corrupt jealousy. Zeal to make your name known and ambition to project self are traits of fleshly independence from God. Corrupt zeal is doing something where our name is attempted to be made known. Please read 2Samuel 18:17-18. Absalom, a picture to us of ambition, erected a pillar in honor of his own remembrance. His claim was that he had no son who would honor his memory. Please read 2Samuel 14:27. It is recorded that he had 3 sons. Absalom was saying that he had no sons who were worthy to project his name. Projecting self is at the core of ambition. Zeal can be cleansed to make His Name known.
Please read John 2:13-25. Jesus was jealous of the Father's house and His Name, so He displayed zeal to cleanse the Temple. He desires for us to do the same with our own "temple". Zeal to keep our temple clean from the soiling of the world. He wants us to guard, protect and watch, with zeal and jealousy, the temple of the Holy Ghost - - - our own bodies.
Just like Bezaleel, we can build a Tabernacle!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please Exodus 31:1-5. We read in verse 3 that Bezaleel was given not only wisdom and knowledge to construct the Tabernacle, but also understanding. There are two forms of understanding related to this verse. The first form is the Hebrew word "to-boo-naw". This understanding has an association with the inner form of truth. Great sculptors have experienced the ability to see the form within a block of granite and simply release the form to be viewed by God and man. They have "understanding" to perceive a hidden object in a rough-hewn state. Bezaleel was given this type of understanding regarding the furniture of the Mosaic Tabernacle. The second form of understanding is "bee-naw". Whereas the first type was related to the inner form, this second understanding has to do with the outer symbol. First, inner form of truth (to-boo-naw). Second, the outer, symbolic form of truth (bee-naw). The outward form of truth is an expression, a representation, of the inner blueprint. The LORD gave Bezaleel the inner blueprint, the ability to perceive the shape and form of the blueprint. He was given baskets of gold, silver, brass, and stones and was able to "see" the inner form. Then he was able, through understanding, to fashion, build, and construct a Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a symbol, a picture, shadow, type of the Son of God.
The LORD wants to build the Stature of the Son of God, our own personal Mosaic Tabernacle within us. To do this we are presented with situations that provide the blueprint. Within every circumstance and personal event there is truth that will allow, if perceived and received, the building of this structure in our hearts. Truth is veiled in any number of situation that have to do with love, loss of love, the house, the car, money, relationships, etc. As Bezaleel looked at all this metal, he must have wondered how he was supposed to build a tabernacle out of all this chaos. Like as we, he might have imagined his own plan and "better way" to produce this stature. He very easily could have added to or subtracted from the blueprint. We do the same thing. If we could build a tabernacle minus any pain and discomfort the New City would have to be increased exponentially to hold all the residents. Our "plans" and "better way" are not part of the inner truth or understanding. When the inner blueprint is altered, the symbolic form is also changed. Try to imagine what the Mosaic Tabernacle would have looked like if Bezaleel struck out on his own, relying on his interpretation of the truth. Would it had been an accurate depiction of the Son of God?-?-? The LORD had a blueprint of truth regarding Adam male and female in the Garden. They added and subtracted and the outer, symbolic truth was vastly altered. They lost their glory and became mortal.
The LORD wants to give us understanding in both forms so we can look at the chaos in our lives, perceive the truth, and build a Tabernacle within our hearts. The objective is to allow the new man (Jesus) to grow in full stature so He can present us to the Father. We must be just like Jesus in order to have a relationship with the Father. No one comes to the Father, except through the Son. This means a Tabernacle (Jesus) must be built out of all the chaos around us. Bezaleel made a Tabernacle out of chaos - - - through understanding we can do what Bezaleel did! He was able to "see" the Tabernacle before it was built. He used the metal in its confused, disorderly arrangement and produced a stunningly beautiful representation of the Son of God. God has the blueprint for how the Tabernacle should be built in each one of our hearts. Through understanding, we can allow the LORD to build that Tabernacle.
There is freedom and life in restraint.
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read John 8:30-44. We have learned in previous lessons that if one desires a marriage union with the LORD (as the Bride does) the relationship with God will be one of restraint. He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. He is the emeth TRUTH, restraining and fencing in the carnal headship and authority of man. In verse 40, Jesus explains that He has told them the truth (emeth). In verse 41, they throw an insult in His face regarding his parents, Mary and Joseph; that He was the product of fornication. Jesus, in verse 44, goes on to say that He was born in the image and likeness of God - - - male and female. Their father, the devil, abode not in the truth; he didn't want to be restrained. He cast off the restraint of the truth, turning the truth into a lie (no restraint). He murdered the truth. Truth then became a lie, unrestrained, no fence. He accused them of casting off the restraint of the truth as Lucifer did (in other words, rejecting Him). They became enraged.
Adam male and female were restrained within the boundaries of the Garden of Eden. The serpent wanted them to cast off their restraint and murder the truth (which they did). Truth is restrained, a lie is unrestrained. Lucifer cast off the truth while at his position in heaven. He wanted to ascend and be like the Most High. He was summarily expelled from his position and heaven. By his action, he changed the truth into a lie by craving unrestraint. Adam male and female (as well as us) were given the same choice: be restrained or not. In order to be unrestrained, one must first cast off the truth and murder it. They were told that they would be as gods - - - unrestrained. They were convinced that being restrained was not the best for them.
Please read Romans 1:18. "Who hold the truth (emeth) in unrighteousness"; not allowing the truth to restrain. When a Christian agrees to be a candidate for the Bride and the New City, when he agrees to be in the personal presence of Jesus Christ and the Father throughout eternity, he is also agreeing to an earthly life of restraint. To be a child of God is to live in a fence, a boundary, restrained from carnal authority and headship. The restraint is directed at the old man; freedom and preservation of life is found in restraint.
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