Pharoah and his army sank twice!
#227 (2/3/19 evening)
Note: Please read #226 to get a greater understanding of this lesson.
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Please read Exodus 14:26-30. Take note of verse 27 how the "Egyptians fled against it". Instead of fleeing away from the waters as they began to return, they ran headlong INTO them. Turning and trying to flee back to the Egyptian side of the Red Sea would have been an act of repentance, which Pharoah and his army were not interested in. Also take note in verse 30 that "Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore". Now read Exodus 15:5 and 10. In verse 5, they "sank into the bottom as a stone". In verse 10, the Egyptians "sank as lead into the mighty waters". Interestingly, they sank twice, yet, Israel saw them dead upon the sea shore. The Hebrew word for "sank" is two different words. They fled against the water as it returned once Israel was on the wilderness side and sank (verse 5) the first time. The LORD miraculously floated the dead Egyptian army and deposited them on the wilderness side of the Sea where Israel was safely watching. This is where Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. The waters of the Red Sea are a picture of water baptism. The LORD wanted to baptize the instruments of war and wash them in His Name to sanctify them for another use. He baptized the swords, shields, spears, etc. first then moved them on to the sea shore on the wilderness side so Israel could retrieve them. These instruments of war were necessary to have to assist in upcoming battles. Weapons that were used against them, after baptism, were now weapons to defend them. The LORD brought the dead Egyptians to the shore so Israel could strip the bodies of these weapons. After Israel claimed the weapons, the LORD miraculously made them (Egyptians) sink again, this time as lead in the mighty waters. The waters of the Red Sea had the Name, Death, and Life of the LORD within them. When Pharoah and his army sank the first time, the LORD put His foursquare Name around each man which caused him to resurface on the wilderness shore. Israel was a nation of slaves, ignorant of the art of war. They soon would be needing Pharoah's weapons in the wilderness for not long after the LORD had them fight the Amalakites. Joshua fought this rebellious nation while Moses was upon a mountain lifting up the rod (the Name) with the help of Aaron and Hur. Where did a nation of slaves get weapons of warfare? The LORD provided what was necessary for them to reach the Promised Land; a land flowing with milk and honey!
Faith allows the LORD to make His Name known!
#226 (2/3/19 morning)
During the great exodus when the nation of Israel was released from Egyptian bondage, the LORD lead his people to the Red Sea. Geographically, they went in a certain direction but had to backtrack a short distance in order to make it to the shore of the sea. Pharoah was in hot pursuit. When he saw Israel turn around and come back a short distance toward him, he determined that he and his army should surround Israel and take them back to bondage. Israel ended up trapped by mountains on either side, the Red Sea in front, and Pharoah behind. Moses lifted up his rod over the Red Sea and an east wind began to blow. On the rod was the Name of the LORD. When the Name is lifted up, the Spirit (wind) began to move. The pillar of fire (the Spirit of God) moved to the rear of the Hebrew nation and provided protection. During the night a strong east wind blew. Notice that it was an EAST wind. They were traveling east. The Hebrew nation moved forward into a headwind that miraculously parted the water as they moved forward. The water wasn't parted all at one time; as they walked east, into the wind, in the night, the water would part as far as they traveled. In other words, the water parted and provided a way of escape as long as they were willing to walk, by faith, in the darkness, battling a strong headwind. When they walked, the water parted. In order for the escape route to be made clear, they had to actively engage themselves in the situation by choosing, in faith, that the LORD was capable enough to get them to safety. They could have chosen NOT to walk forward and NOT witness a great deliverance by the Name of the LORD. They could have had second thoughts about the perils of their night season and surrendered to Pharoah. By choosing to walk forward, in the night, against a strong headwind, they put God to the test. He acted mightily in their behalf because they chose to walk by faith! Against insurmountable odds, they reached safety through faith in the Name of the LORD and the Spirit of God! Sometimes, modern day Christians choose not to walk. They choose to remain in Egyptian bondage rather than experiencing a miraculous deliverance. The night is too dark, the wind is too strong, my faith is too small. . . it's easier to return to Egypt! Faith is never too small. As long as it is as large as a grain of mustard seed, believer's can walk in the night against a strong headwind and see the salvation and deliverance of the LORD. We must be engaged in our circumstances and choose the Name of the LORD and the power of His Holy Spirit! Faith excites the LORD because it is an opportunity for Him to prove Who He Is! Faith allows Him to make His Name and Nature known to the believer. Peter had faith to walk on water and he did . . . for a little while. He presented to the LORD Jesus an opportunity to prove Who He Is!
Jesus shares His coat of righteousness with us!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Opening comments: Fasting is the same as a 24-hour prayer. Those who fast experience what they will feel in hell. When an evil soul is comdemned to hell, he/she take their wicked desires with them. They still want a cigarette, a shot of whiskey, and any number of vices that carry with it evil desire. They are angry and frustrated because the desire cannot be fulfilled. Those who fast are denying the desires of the body that feels the death and darkness of unfulfilled pleasure. Those in hell will feel what its like to have unfulfilled pleasure.
Please read 2Samuel 22:221-26. Jesus paid a dear price to purchase the old man and his obstinate sin. He purchased sin and the old man; they are His! When the LORD goes through such great pains to expose the sin of a human heart, what is exposed He wants! Sin is legally His - - - He purchased it. By not repenting of what is exposed the human heart becomes a thief and a robber, denying the LORD regeneration of the exposed sin.
In verse 21, Jesus was rewarded for His righteousness. The Father begot His own kind. When the Begotten Son was revealed he was rewarded with righteousness for being Who He is - - - GOD. When Jesus walked the earth, He fulfilled the law with the judgements of the Father always before Him (verse 23). Please read Romans 8:2-4. He received an additional robe of righteousness by fulfilling the law. Please read Matthew 5:16-17. An extra robe of righteousness was given for fulfilling the law that He did not need; He already had one because of Who He is. This "new" robe is a robe of righteous works. This new righteousness He now shares with regenerated man who choose to follow in His footsteps. Luke 3:11 requires the LORD to impart this extra "coat" to us who have none.
Please read Romans 1:17. This imparting of righteousness is done by faith. Likewise, by faith, righteousness is revealed to the believer and those in his orbit through good works. Faith makes the righteousness of good works visible, for all to see. We should not be moved by outward things but by the robe of righteousness and let our works shine before a dead and dying world of sin.
Leprous judgements are unclean, unclean!
#225 (1/20 and 1/23/19 combined)
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Please read Leviticus 13:40-46. In verse 45, the leper was to cover his mouth with a cloth and proclaim, "Unclean, unclean". Leprosy has the potential to make a person unclean on the outside as well as the inside. The leper was proclaiming his uncleaness inwardly and outwardly. Leprosy on the forehead is invisible to the one infected; they can't see it. It can only be revealed by another person or by looking into a mirror. Leprosy is judgement. The sinful, human race has a tendency to pronounce leprous judgements. When such a judgement is verbalized a spot of leprosy rises on the forehead. Saul is an example of someone with leprous judgements regarding the slaughter of the Midianites. Samuel to told him to execute everything and everybody, but Saul held back the best of the animals and the Midianite king. Uzziah, along with his leprous judgements, intruded into the priesthood by burning incense in the tabernacle. Eighty priests could not withstand him as he pushed and shoved his way into the Holy Place. He became a leper as a result. Lastly, the laborers in the vineyard (according to Jesus' parable) falsely accused the owner for paying the same to them as the 11th hour workers. Their leprous judgements determined they deserved more for working so long in the vineyard even though they agreed on a wage at the outset. It's not how long you work in the vineyard, it's what you accomplish while you're there. Man's sinful judgements shout, "The rules apply to everyone but me!" Leprous, blaming judgements point the proverbial finger at God and reject the truth. Please remember this: everything the believer does comes under the Headship of God or his own headship. We delight (sometimes) in pitting our leprous judgement against God's pure judgements. Please notice in verse 45, the leper was do four things: 1. rend clothes 2. bare head 3. cover upper lip and 4. cry unclean, unclean.
1. Rend clothes. This was an outward act that was an expression of sorrow and an inward rending of the heart. When Job saw his leprous judgements at the end of the book, he rent his heart for sorrow at his hasty accusations against the LORD God.
2. Bare head. This is an act of forsaking earthly headship and leaving it unprotected. This act says, "I am guilty and will not justify myself".
3. Cover upper lip. This provides protection from the spread of disease. Spewing on someone else leprous judgements causes others to be infected with doubt and anger against God. Cover the mouth!
4. Unclean, unclean. This is a proper confession (truthful) that allows healing to come when the truth is spoken.
Please read Hebrews 13:10-12. Jesus suffered "outside the gate" on a hill called Golgatha. We are to confess our uncleaness at the Cross of Calvary where healing comes to leprous judgements.
The Battle of the Soil!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Reminder: January's Daniel's Fast begins 1/3/19 and ends 1/24/19; everyone please fast from something!
Please read Matthew 13:24-30. A man sowed good seed in his field but soon came to realize that an enemy had sown tares in the same field. When asked by his servants if they should remove the tares, he denied their request and insisted that the good seed and the tares share the same soil. Soil is defined as strength, emotional and mental substance, capacity to absorb. With good seed and tares occupying the same soil, together, there will be a battle for control of the soil. Both will battle for dominance of the strength, the substance, and the nutrients of the soil. At salvation, man receives a new heart that is "planted" (as good seed) in the field of the old heart (tares). There is a constant struggle between the two for dominance and control of the soil. The battle involves who will be dominant over the strength, emotional and mental substance, and capacity of the believer. The man insisted that they grow together. A battle was necessary to get the good seed to grow strong and healthy. The believer has the option (choice) to feed the new man or the old man. He can use his capacity to absorb for evil or for good. The battle never ends: who will dominate the mental capacity and the emotional substance of the mind and heart of man?
Please read 2Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8. These two scriptures give us examples of how to feed the new man thereby allowing him to dominate the demeanor of a believer. There is only so much capacity to absorb every day. Feeding the new man to "full absorption" should be the goal of every believer on a daily basis. There are many things that can be done to feed the new man. Regretfully, every heart has a tendency to feed the tares. Earthly eyesight and imagination, drawing wrong conclusions from idolatrous images, stymies the growth of the new man and invigorates the tare. Every day is a new day to dedicate mental and emotional capacities and strength to the growth of the new man. When the believer feeds the good seed he/she is justifying the Cross, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and the Will of the Father. The Battle of the Soil!
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