(Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

The LORD swore by Himself (because there was none greater) to make His glorious Name known to His creation.  It is His desire for creation to understand Who their Creator is.  As His creation, we have the opportunity to assist Him in displaying the attributes of His Name by having our old nature transformed into His.  We have been assigned to be emissaries, ambassadors, doorkeepers that project Who He is by having our own fallen nature replaced with His.  For the Nature of His Name to be developed in our heart, we need to have an experience.  Specifically, our sin requires exposure so it can be seen and taken to the Cross.  Sin is the vehicle through which the transfer of His Name is brought to the new heart.  As a fireman needs a fire to practice his skills, we need the enviroment to manifest the attributes of His Name.  We are the Bride, first and foremost, above everything else, that demonstrates the mercy and grace of the Name.  This is what we do, who we are.  Displaying His Name should be the primary goal in every encounter that includes human beings.  When we give His Nature, He replaces it with more.  Giving and receiving His Name should be the "business" of the Bride!

We will be studying the Sonship of Jesus Christ.  In the yod corner of the LORD's Name, Jesus is known as the Son of David.  At the first hay corner, He is known as the Son of God. In the vau corner, He is known as the Son of Man.  Lastly, at the corner of the second hay, He is known as a carpenter's son.

1.  Son of David

David was a King over Israel having been given the kingdom after the death of Saul.  David ruled and reigned with kingly power and was most noted for his mercy toward his enemies.  Please read Mark 10:47-48, Matthew 20:30, and Luke 18:38.  In these scriptures we see that mercy was always included in the cry of each person when they addressed Jesus.  They knew David was a merciful king.  When presenting a request, they called Jesus "Son of David" because they knew He was (is) merciful as well.  Mercy means to push back what people deserve.  In our darkened understanding, we think many human beings deserve to be tongue-lashed, castigated, and criticised.  By withholding our judgement of others, we practice mercy and push back what they deserve.  We can choose to show mercy to tacky people thereby displaying the nature of the Son of David, or, kingly power.   

2.  Son of God

The Son of God is known for His divine grace and power.  Grace ushers in what we don't deserve.  All benefits given to mankind that emanate from the Son of God are not earned; they are freely given because of His Nature.  He is a gracious God, freely giving to a fallen creation what they do NOT deserve.  Please read Ephesians 2:8 and 9.  Proceeding out of His Gracious Nature is the opportunity to be saved by His Blood.  He has given us grace, which we don't deserve and taken away the penalty of Death and Hell, what we do deserve.  

This second half of this lesson is discussed in #134.




                                                                                (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10.  We see in these two verses the word "beginning".  In Psalm 111, beginning in Hebrew is "ray-sheeth".  In Proverbs, it is the word "tek-il-law".  Ray-sheeth has to do with theory and tek-il-law relates to experience.  

Please read Genesis 1:1.  Here we see the word "beginning" again; it is the Hebrew word "ray-sheeth".  The LORD is the theory, the declaration, the cause, the seat of movement and motion.  He is the beginning, the Eternal Cause of all things Who puts into motion His Plan and Purpose.  He is the Head with all creation, natural and spiritual, abiding under His Feet.  He is the Author and the Finisher, the Divine impetus propelling His thoughts and purpose into the hearts and minds of His creation.  He is the Beginning Cause of all creation through which is displayed His Beautiful Nature.  The existence of man is for one purpose:  to help Him pay His debt by making His Name known!  We have been given a blessed privilege to exhibit and display the nature of God in every situation.  If we are caustic, impatient, angry, jealous, cruel, we are displaying the luciferic nature of the carnal, old man.  EVERY situation is an opportunity (many times by cold choice) to give His Nature to some grateful recipient who is expecting a raging flood of darkness and death.  The Bride chooses to make His glorious, perfect Name known to all, great and small.  

The LORD is also the Beginning Power.  The power of His Name is unleashed after we acknowledge the Cause.  The power will beam out of the heart and cause a change in the behavior of those around us.  We have a plan, most times, but we don't have the power to implement it.  Anger is the result when we want to control people, places, and things while lacking the power to enforce our carnal plan.  He has the Plan and the Power to enforce it in the lives of His people. 

The LORD is also the Beginning Strength.  Please read Deuteronomy 21:17.  The subject in this verse is Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.  He was the beginning of strength to Jacob; ruling strength.  The LORD rules by His Strength.  He has the Strength to maintain what the Power and Cause have made.  Through blaming, we elevate a creature to God's Throne by saying they are the cause.  We take the Name in vain by not acknowledging Him as the Divine Cause of all things.  He knows we will not be able to stand before Him with a heart steeped in carnal sin at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  It is His goal to expose this sin in Time, by His Strength, so we can exchange it for His Nature and help Him make His Name known.  Internally, we are a 24/7 Halloween party, but by His Strength, we can be transformed into a vessel that shows forth the lovely attributes of His Precious Name.  He is the Cause, He has the Power, He has the Strength to finish what He has started in a believers' heart.  It can assist Him in making His Name known---that's awesome!


                                                                              (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Genesis 12:1-7.  The LORD had great plans for Abram but he was living in the wrong place.  To implement His Plan, it was necessary for Abram to leave the land where he was living and follow God to another location.  God's Plan was not benefiting Abram where he was.  Part of the Plan for Abram and his family was for them to move to a distant land, believing by faith that God would direct their way.  Sometimes the LORD wants to uproot us, as believer's, and take us to a new location so His Plan can come to pass in our personal lives.  Spiritual growth will happen if we are in the right place and surrendered to be there.  To be in His personal presence and experiencing spiritual growth is all that really matters.  Abram actively made a choice to participate, calculate, arrange, and implement God's Plan.  He wouldn't be mysteriously transported to a new country.  It took planning, making tough decisions, arranging and lots of preparation to leave Ur.  Read verse 2 again.  Look at these 4 encouraging promises that he embraced.  He knew all the planning and arranging would be worth having God near and blessing him.  Read verse 6 again.  Notice where the LORD told him to go:  the plain of Moreh.  Specifically, Abram travelled to Mt. Ebal in Moreh.  This was a barren, dead, unfruitful mountain.  The LORD gave Abram 4 wonderful promises if he would travel to Mt. Ebal and look what he got---a dead, unfruitful plot of mountainous land!  You might think that God could have rewarded him with a lush, green oasis with vast vineyards and oliveyards to reward him for all the effort he made to obey.  Instead, he got barren and dusty Mt. Ebal.  Look at verse 7 again.  Not one peep of complaint came out of Abrams mouth in resistance or rebellion.  He BUILT AN ALTAR!  He didn't want to change Mt. Ebal or complain that he was worthy of more.  He wanted to change first by offering sin, whole burnt, and peace offerings.  He  kept his attention and focus on what really mattered:  getting cleansed from indwelling sin.  The old man presents himself to us in many different ways.  The barren, dead deeds of the body of sin give us the opportunity to build an altar and offer sacrifices.  Instead of focusing on the death of the old man, we can build an altar and be changed!  Our inheritance is Mt. Ebal; the old man.  The LORD desires to transform and renew the old man and use it to build a new man: Christ!    There are two salvations:  one for the sinner and one for the saint.  The sinner is saved from death and hell and the saint is saved from the world, the flesh, and the devil or, Mt. Ebal.  To be a saint, we must be presented with Moreh and Mt. Ebal.  He wants us to wash the inside of the cup first and then he will make the land fruitful and bountiful.

Exposure of sin comes for two reasons:  1. for Him to convert us and 2. To prove Who He is and that His Word is Perfect.  In verse 2, the LORD says, "I will, I will, I will..."  He exposes sin so He can prove what He said He'll do.  We must see the old man (Mt. Ebal) so he can change Moreh into a fruitful plain (the new man).  It is all for one purpose:  "that you may know Who I Am".  Confessing a desire to know Him in a greater way is to say, "expose the sins of my old man".  He wants to convert Moreh and Mt. Ebal into a fruitful plain.  


                                                                                  (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Canticles 8:5.  The LORD wanted everyone to look at this spectacle:  a woman coming up out of the wilderness!  He pointed her out, He acknowledged her presence, He drew attention to, noticed, discerned this person coming UP out of the wilderness having the victory.  He said, "Who is this that has the victory"?  There are two meanings for wilderness:  1. unrestrained growth and 2.  barreness.  "Who is this that is ascending up out of unrestrained growth and barreness"?  "Who is this coming up out of the unrestrained growth of feelings and emotions"?  Notice what she was doing---leaning!  She was bending, not standing upright, exhibiting little strength.  In her wilderness experiences she had learned that she could not depend on the barren, dry, parched earth of her sinful nature and its wild emotions but only on her Beloved.  Self and others had let her down too many times.  She knew that only her Beloved could offer her the strength to have victory.  She experienced the weakness of self and others and learned not to lean on anybody.  She learned dependence by leaning.  Notice too, that she brought no attention to herself; no boasting in her own ability.  She was taught that the wilderness was a place not for what she could do, but what she could become through Him.  What is the lesson of a "wilderness"?  Learning to lean!  

Please read Exodus 4:22-23.  This was what the LORD told Moses to say to Pharoah.  Now compare Exodus 5:1 to Exodus 4:22-23.  This is what Moses actually spoke to Pharoah.  Moses failed to convey the preponderant message intended for Pharoah.  The word "serve" in verse 23 has the meaning of serving because this is what you do, this is your way of life, this is what you have committed to be and do.  The message to Pharoah was diluted.  It meant to him that they just wanted to go offer sacrifices.  The LORD wants our relationship with Him to be a commitment.  He wants Him to be our all-in-all.  Paying partial lipservice to the existence of God is good for some (minus much of the responsibility of being a Christian) but He asks us to know Him so well that we learn to lean on our Precious Bridegroom.  He wants us to experience the failure and weakness of the old man and others.  He wants Himself and His Son to be our way of life, what we do!  He wants all other things to revolve around our personal interaction with Him!  He desires the carnal head to relinquish its commanding interference with the Head of Christ.  He also desires for us to find strength only in Him when the unrestrained growth of our wild emotions swirl violently and captivate our minds.  We are the Bride FIRST; all other things in our lives are only tools to make us a Bride!  It is not the importance of the journey but what we become through the journey.  The journey is provided to allow us the chance to be His Bride.  God is what we do!  

Please read Matthew 5:16.  As we travel toward the High Places and  become more like Him, He pours into us His attributes to replace the caustic behavior of the old heart.  We find ourselves more merciful, compassionate and kind.  If He is our way of life, we pour out to others what He has poured into us.  The more we pour out and exhibit Him, the more He is faithful to pour His nature into us.  Verse 16 does not give any conditions upon which we are to let our light shine.  Just let it shine---EVERYWHERE!  Pour out His nature in whatever situation is at hand.  He pours in, we pour out.  By displaying His nature we are helping Him fulfill His commitment which He swore to do:  make His Name (nature) known.  We have been offered the chance to help Him make His Name known to a dying and dark world.  We are the Bride first, God is Who we are!


                                                                                     (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

God's plan for the new man is that he grow into the image and likeness of the LORD.  Conversely, the old man is condemned to decrease and yield his power, authority, and influence to the new man.  It is God's plan for the old man to lose his ability to control the believer.  We will always have the old man with us, but his influence and control should be severely curtailed.  The new man "feeds" off the old by being renewed.  We must see how unlike Christ we are so we can take it to Calvary, get it washed in the blood (renewed), and expand the new man.  Exposure is an answer to prayer.  We have prayed, "Jesus, I want to be more like you, I want to be in the Bride, I want to love you more!"  When He exposes our carnal nature (answering our prayer) we sometimes get mad at the vehicle or utensil Jesus has used to show us our problem.  It is so easy to get sidetracked from what is really happening.  Exposure is a blessing, an indication that Jesus is still attempting to get us to the Bride.  He has heard our cry to be in the Bride and He will not relent; exposure means He is still fulfilling His part of the bargain!  If we want to love Him more, He must show us where we are loving something else that is preventing our heart from fully loving Him.  If we want to love Him more, He must crush the idolatrous loves of our heart!

Please read Exodus 37:1.  It is revealed here that Bezaleel made one of the two arks possessed by Israel.  Reading further in verse six, we see that this ark had a mercy seat placed over it.  Now read Deuteronomy 10:1-3.  Here we find that Moses also made an ark of wood that did not have a mercy seat.  In verse 2, we read that Moses broke the original set of tables for which Moses was never reprimanded by the LORD.  In verse 3, Moses makes a second set of tables.  The original, broken set of tables went into the ark made by Bezaleel.  The unbroken, second set of tables were placed inside Moses' ark.  The ark of Bezaleel was carried upon the shoulders of the priests, the ark of Moses was lifted up by the LORD Himself.  Please read Numbers 10:33-36.  The ark of Moses would rise into the Cloud and Fire, minus a mercy seat, and scatter Israel's enemies.  Their enemies were shown no mercy by the unbroken law, yet, Israel carried an ark with the broken law concealed inside, covered by a mercy seat.  The LORD was concealing Israel's sin of breaking the law from her enemies.  The Father was dealing privately with Israel regarding her sin, at the same time dealing with her enemies with no mercy.  He did not show the sin of Israel to the other nations---it was private.  

Please read the story of Peter in Acts 10:1-22.  Note in verse 17 that Peter doubted in himself what the vision should mean.  In verse 34, he seemingly gets a "revelation" and determines that God is no respecter of persons.  God was trying to reach Peter privately, regarding a sin in his own heart, by showing him the various animals in the vision.  Peter did not recognize his own sin privately, so the LORD went public.  Please read Galatians 2:1-14.  The LORD used Paul to publicly (verse 14: "before them all") reprimand Peter for his hypocrisy.  Peter separated himself from those who were not Jews.  Spoken another way, he considered non-Jews to be unclean which demanded him to not eat with them.  In verse 11, Paul "withstood him to the face" for his hypocritical behaviour.  Peter's action also caused other apostles to sin because they followed him in his behaviour.  Peter misinterpreted the vision and did not see, privately, that he was calling other nations unclean.  The LORD had no choice but to reveal his sin publicly through the Apostle Paul.  Peter did repent and in later epistles refers to Paul in endearing ways.  God does not expose our sin publicly if we accept his reproof and chastisement privately.  He will conceal our sin from our enemies while encouraging us to humble ourselves and repent privately.  This is a "Way" of just Him and the individual believer.  He loves us all one-on-one, just Him and me!