“Moses Chooses His Replacement” Num. 27:12-14


“Moses Chooses His Replacement”    Num. 27:12-14

“And the Lord said unto Moses, get thee up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.” Num. 27: 12-13

 

Why? Verse 14, because he rebelled against God’s commandment in the desert of Zin at the waters of Meribah (strife, quarrel, provocation) #4809 in Ex. 17:7; Moses struck the rock and water came out to give the children of Israel water, but in Num. 20:7-13 Moses was to speak to the rock and he struck it not once but twice, v.11. He is also taking the glory unto himself v.10, “must we fetch you water out of this rock?” God doesn’t share His glory with anyone, not even Moses! Note also v.9, where I believe, “Moses took the rod from before the Lord;” from the face or the presence of the LORD, out of the ark, the rod that budded, this is no ordinary rod. Paul writes about this ‘Rock as being Christ’ in 1 Cor. 10:4 ff. Forty years in Egypt, forty years in Midian, forty years in the desert and one act of rebellion, one incident of self-glory, one act of yielding to that temper or ‘Tempter’ under the law and he blew it! Almost! Webster says, almost is very nearly but not completely, not quite there; 2,930 characters in the Bible and less the 100 made it to the ribbon and the vast majority fell out in their later life after the age of 60! Talk to David when you see him! Almost, but not quite there, will you finish like Paul, and finish strong? II Tim. 4:7; I am so thankful for the New Covenant, for the blood of Jesus, for grace, for His forgiveness, for eternal life, and for His reconciliation and intercession right now!

 

Aren’t you glad if you blow it you don’t have to stand on a mountain and see what you missed! Now you may miss some blessings here because of sin but He is waiting for you in heaven with open arms because He paid for your ticket already, in full! What is encouraging to me is the LORD spoke to Moses first in v. 12, “The LORD said to Moses,” is the LORD speaking to you? How would you know if you are Not in His word on a regular basis? He can speak to you through an audible voice but it would probably scare your pajamas off, and nobody would believe you, not your pastor, spouse, psychologist or even me probably. Or He can speak to your heart or mind, or through a vision or dream, Baptists call them ‘D.M.I.’s’ “Dynamic Mental Impressions.” We are a little squeamish on dreams and visions. Or He can speak to you through His creation, or a message or a messenger, that’s why I like His word the best and so does He. Do you have one, then read it; it’s His love letter to you!

 

So, God speaks to Moses first, He is looking for those to worship Him in spirit and in truth right now, are you ready? Then in v. 15 “Moses spoke unto the LORD saying, ‘Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation.’” Notice, Moses doesn’t plead for another 40 years, he could have, most of us would have. After all, his strength was not diminished, nor his eye-sight, Dt. 34:7, he was as strong as an ox. However, his major concern was for his people, his congregation, v.16. Notice what he asks for in v. 17; is this what your search committee looks for in a shepherd? Someone to ‘go out before them’ to lead them by example; someone to ‘go in before them;’ not just to lead them out but to bring them in!

So, they won’t be as sheep that have no shepherd. Notice there are two words here, ‘go out’ (yatsa) to go forth, before (paniym) their faces, their presence, in front of them, leading them, “follow me!” And to ‘go in’ (bo) come in, bring them in, Jesus talked about the ninety and nine in Matt. 18:12-14 and how the shepherd left the 99 and “went out” and found the one who went astray to “bring him in.” Why don’t we see our shepherds doing this today? Jesus told Peter in John 21: 15-17 twice to feed His sheep and once to tend His lambs, two times feed and one time tend. There is a lesson here for those who are reading between the lines. Feed My Sheep and love them, care for them, nurture them, they belong to Jesus. We are just under-shepherds. Trench and Vine have lessons for those who want to pay attention to the Greek and listen to the masters.

 

So, the LORD answers Moses’ prayer in v. 18 and tells him to “Take Joshua, the Son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit and lay his hand upon him.” Then set him before Eleazer, and the whole congregation and give him a charge (tsa-vah) #6680, a commission, an appointment, ordain him – a divine act; put some of your honor Moses on him that the congregation may obey him. Eleazer shall ask counsel for him of the ”Urim” (Uwriym) lights, stones kept in a pouch in the high priest’s breastplate, used to determine God’s decision on certain questions and issues. The other stone was a “Thummim” (Tummiym) perfection, these stones were used to achieve a sacred lot (Ex. 28:30; Lev. 8:8; Dt. 33:8; Ezra 2:63; Neh. 7:65) Possibly a black stone and a white stone, exactly the same size and shape hidden in his pouch. Eleazer would pray and ask God if it was right to go and fight their enemy today, reach inside and if the white one was picked they went out if the black one was picked they stayed home; that is my contention, what’s yours?

 

Whatever it was they needed a man like Moses to go out before them and to go in before them, to lead them out and to bring them in. In other words they needed a leader they could follow, someone to follow in the heat of the battle, not just someone who stayed by the baggage and told them to go, but someone who said, “Let’s go!” Those were the kind of men we respected in combat, the kind that risked their lives with us. That’s the kind of leader Joshua was and Moses’ commission was to encourage him and strengthen him, Dt. 3:28. I think there is something missing in our commissioning services today. There is no challenge, no importation of power, no (Tsa-vah) no divine act, no importation of power! Many times it is just a ceremony and we end up with too many ordained used car salesman. If God has really called someone, and commissioned them, then they will serve Him with every fiber of their being because they can’t out swim that whale!

 

The lesson we learn here is that when we ask the Lord for something, “be specific!” God doesn’t like to answer general prayers, He likes to answer specific prayers! Look at his prayer again in Num. 27: 16-17, “Let the LORD – set a Man over the congregation;” and he gets specific in v.17. He didn’t say, “LORD we need a pastor, anyone will do, you keep him humble and we’ll keep him poor; we just need somebody to fill our pulpit, we can run our church, sound familiar?” The average length of time of an Independent Baptist Minister in America is 18 months.

Why is that? My first church was 18 months to the day, my second assignment was nine months, then 2.5 years and four years at my home church and four years at my next church and 13 years with FOI and now 10 years with OMI. Altogether almost 40 years and He has never failed me once!. What have I learned, “Be specific in your prayers,” and wait patiently on the Lord, He is never in a hurry. I wear a watch, God doesn’t. Time waits for no man, but it does wait for God, make sure He sends you the right man, “Be specific and wait on the Lord.” Ps. 27:14, “And he laid his hands on him and gave him a charge, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.” Num. 27:23. Till next time, I’ll see you, “…Between the Lines…” and make sure you spend some extra time there.

 

“Moses Chooses His Replacement”         Num. 27:12-14          10/12/16

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“The Daughters of Zeloph’ehad” Num. 27:1


“The Daughters of Zeloph’ehad”     Num. 27:1

 

“Then came the daughters of Zeloph’ehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh… the son of Joseph; and the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.” Num. 27:1

 

It almost sounds like ‘Fiddler on the roof’ with Tevye the milk man who had five daughters and no sons. That was Zeloph’ehad, who had five daughters and no sons to pass on his inheritance too, no son to carry on the family name, no son to care for his wife and daughters. Sons were very important in the Hebrew lineage and families, it was a sign of God’s blessing. So, what are the daughters to do? Mahlah means disease, so she was probably very sickly, Noah meant motion, quiver, shake, so I get the idea that the lot fell on the next oldest to be the spokes person and she was very nervous, wouldn’t you be? Hoglah meant partridge, probably flighty, Milcah meant queen, the prima-donna and Tirzah meant favorable, probably she was beautiful and knew it. So, the lot for speaking out fell on the second born, Noah the trembling one and why was she quivering and shaking? Oh, she is going to have to bring their cause before Moses, Eleazer the ‘High Priest,’ the princes of Israel and the ‘Shekinah Glory’ of YeHoVaH in front of the congregation, that’s all! Wouldn’t you be a little nervous and quivering and shaking? And probably losing your morning bowl of manna as well!

 

So, they are all standing before the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, all five sisters together. Now they didn’t all talk though I believe they all stood there, only one talked and I believe it was the second in the birth order, Noah because she is trembling. In Gen. 5:29 ‘Noakh’ which means ‘rest’ is sent to rescue mankind on the earth from God’s catastrophic flood and here ‘Noah’ quivering, is chosen to rescue the family of Zeloph’ehad from extinction. In Hebrew the letters “ah” on the end of a word are a feminine ending changing a word like ‘Sar’ which means ‘Prince’ Isa. 9:6, to ‘Princess or Noble Woman’ by adding the “ah” making it ‘Sarah’ Gen. 17:15. Each one of the five daughters of Zeloph-echad has an ‘ah’ on the end of their name. The name Zeloph-‘ehad is made up of two words, ‘Zeloph’ is from an unused root and the closest word to it (tsalah) means beam, plank, timber etc. and of course (echad) means ‘one’ or a compound unity of one! So, these five daughters of Zeloph-echad were one, inseparable, like an ‘I-Beam’ they were united in their cause, they put up a strong united argument, they were in total agreement, and they were the “Daughters of Zeloph-echad!” They said our father died in the wilderness and he was over 20 probably as well as their mother and none of them were married as of yet. Also their father was not in the company of those that rebelled against the LORD with Korah but he died in his own sin, Num. 26:64-65, not that sin, and he had no sons, just five daughters.

 

 

Now here comes their plea to Moses, Eleazer and the Princes, “Why should the name of our father be done away from his family because he had no son? Give unto us therefore a possession/property among the brethren of our father.” Num. 27:4. Pretty bold request wouldn’t you say, seeing the inheritance only went to the males. But without a change families in the tribes would become extinct. The key to this and to every problem is in Num. 27:5, “And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.” So, Moses brought, (ka-rav) he approached, he drew near, he entered into the ‘Holy of Holies,’ before the “Presence of the LORD.” WOW! The word before in v.5 is (paniym) for face, presence, in front of, or face to face! He took their cause, their (mish-pat) their judgment, their litigation, their case, before the ‘face of God.’ We too have that privilege to enter into the ‘Holy of Holies’ by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:19-22) but do we? DO WE? Do we take our causes, our (mish-pats)before the LORD? We have the ministry and the privilege of interceding for one another, standing in the gap, making up the hedge, repairing the breech, being a ‘Tikun O’lam’ but are we? Moses immediately took their cause to the LORD. There are only three individuals with the ministry of intercession, ‘The Son,’ Rom. 8:34; ‘The Spirit,’ Rom. 8:26; and ‘The Saint,’ I Tim. 2:1; and when you enter into that ministry you are in total unity with the Tri-Unity of the God-Head and only at that time. You pray to the Father, through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit, in fact when you say, “God” three persons say, What?

 

Immediately in v.6 the LORD spoke to Moses; the word spoke is the Hebrew word (amar) to say, speak, utter, audibly or in one’s heart or mind. However, I think Moses and YeHoVaH had an intimate audible relationship going on. Then God answers the daughters of Zeloph’ehad and sets up a new rule for inheritance. If a man dies and has no sons only daughters, she or they shall get an inheritance, and so on and so forth, so the inheritance stays in the family or tribe. Then the last chapter of the book of Numbers, chapter 36 is dedicated to inheritance and Moses uses the five daughters of Zeloph’ehad as an example. In Num. 36:6 they had to marry in the tribe of their father so the land would stay with Manasseh and not move from tribe to tribe, v.7. Not only did the Jewish people have to marry Jewish people at this time, but tribes had to marry within their own tribe to keep their inheritance within their tribe, so one tribe’s inheritance would not be transferred to another tribe. V.9. If it did, in the year of ‘Jubilee’ v.4, it was transferred back, to the original tribe, Lev. 25:10; WOW! Did we get that messed up in 2015, Amen?

 

Then in Num. 36:11 the daughters of Zeloph’ehad are listed in reverse, Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah last and they were all married but not until the question of their inheritance, or their “Cause” was brought before the LORD, and probably on the banks of the Jordan River. They married their father’s, brother’s son’s or their cousins with Noah, I think holding out till last. The order listed in v.11 is probably the order of their marriages since that is the context. Interesting, they stayed on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River with Reuben and Gad, they were considered the ‘Half Tribe of Manasseh.’ They actually inherited the land between Gilead and Bashan, Josh. 17:3-6, ten portions, and they are always referred to as the ‘Half Tribe’ the other ‘Half Tribe’ is Ephraim, Joseph’s other son. So there is a lot going on with these ‘Five Daughters’ who stuck together like super-glue, and were united like an I-Beam before God. However, here is our ‘Principle For Prayer’ just like Noah the quivering one who took their problem before Moses, who took their cause before the LORD, we need to handle our problems just like that whether in the church, home, work place, on the street, or wherever! Amen? If you have a problem, or a situation, go to your pastor or spiritual leader in your congregation and let them take your “Cause” before the face (paniym) of the LORD, if you feel you can’t handle it yourself. Sometimes it’s bigger than the both of us, right Noah? Don’t share it or blab it on face-book or the internet or prayer meeting until you or your spiritual leaders have had a chance to take it before the LORD’s (paniym) face. Amen? That was a little weak but I’ll take it! Till next time, I’ll see you, “…Between The Lines…”

 

“The Daughters of Zeloph’ehad” Num. 27:1 – 10/13/16

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“Balaam – The Praying Mantis” (Part #-2) Num. 22:8-9


“Balaam – The Praying Mantis” (Part #-2) Num. 22:8-9

“And God’s anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary (satan – #7854, accuser, opponent) against him. Now he was riding upon his donkey and his two servants were with him.” Num. 22:22

 

Now the angel (mal-ak, #4397 – messenger, angel or supernatural representative of God) of the LORD goes before Balaam with his sword drawn to hinder his way, He is ready to kill Balaam. Can Satan do this, if in fact this is Satan? Talk to Job when you see him! He does this three times and Balaam smites his donkey with his staff three times. Then the LORD open’s the donkey’s mouth so he can talk. Other than the serpent in the ‘Garden of Eden’ this is the only other time in the Bible where an animal speaks to a man. Although animals pray to God, praise God, fast, cry, sing, can be demon possessed, and even have souls (nephesh) Gen. 1:24, a God consciousness, not eternal life or a sin nature. They only speak twice, here and in the “Gan/Garden of Eden/Paradise” a walled garden with a gate. I have a section in the back of my Bible called, ‘Animology’ with over 20 references to animals, so far. Then again in Num. 22:34-35, the angel, messenger of the LORD reminds Balaam to speak only the words God gives him. I can’t help but wonder all the way back there in Num. 22:20, was that Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ for God with a big ‘G’ or a little ‘g’ in the original manuscript? If it was a little ‘g’ then it would make more sense, if it was Satan or one of his demons that came to Balaam at night and told him to go with Balak’s men, after all he may be in v.22, because he usually moves around in the dark. Like indwelling Judas Iscariot in John 13:27-30, “It was night (nux);” (nux) is the Greek word for night, darkness, time of death, time for moral stupidity and darkness, or the time for deeds of sin and shame. But let’s leave it with a big ‘G’ for now and deal with God’s permissive will, because I can tell I’m making some of you nervous.

 

The angel of the LORD stood in the way of Balaam and his two servants, with His sword drawn three times, once by the field, v.23; once by the vineyard wall, v.24; and once in a narrow place, v.26, where Balaam fell down and the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth and opened Balaam’s eyes as well! So, Balaam falls down flat on his face, v. 31 and bows his head, to an angel? No, to ‘YeHoVaH!’ This (mal-ak) this messenger of God, tells Balaam in vv. 32-33 that his way is perverse (yarat #3399 – reckless, figuratively – of going down a steep ravine, to a bottomless pit), contrary to God and if it wasn’t for the donkey, He would have slain him and saved the donkey alive. So, who was the God or god in v.20 who told Balaam to go if YeHoVaH says his way is perverse and reckless? (Go ahead I’ll wait, read v.20 again!) So, Balaam tells the angel of YeHoVaH in v.34, “I have sinned, for I knew not that Thou stood in the way against me, now therefore, if it displease thee, I will return again.” So, back to my question, who is the ‘god’ in Num. 22:20? I’m still a little confused, God’s not confused, Roger is! Then the angel of YeHoVaH says to Balaam, in v.35, “Go with the men, but only the word that I (GOD, YHVH) shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak!” If God said that in v.20, why is He repeating it again? God never gives a command and contradicts it! Then in v.38 when he finally meets Balak he says, “The word that GOD, (YeHoVaH) puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.” He got the message, you can’t curse what God has blessed, “B.D.S.” or no “B.D.S.” (Boycott, Divestment & Sanction). Look it up on the Internet, you will be glad you did.

 

 

Balaam proclaims at least three or four major prophecies and blessings on Israel for God instead of curses for Balak; Num. 23:7-10, “Who can count the dust of Jacob, and number the fourth part of Jacob?” So, Balak takes Balaam where he can only see; “The uttermost part of the people,” Num. 23:13, which refers to the end of the encampment or the fourth part of Israel, the hinder most part. His thought being so Balaam can’t see the sea of the Israelites and be overwhelmed, but it doesn’t work. Balaam’s second blessing is in Num. 23:18-24, WOW! What a blessing, what a prophecy read all of it; “God is not a man that He should lie, neither the Son of man that He should repent. Has He said and shall He not do it, or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” When God makes a promise, He can never go back on His word, NEVER! The third time Balaam prophecies he does not seek enchantments, he just sets his face towards the wilderness, towards Israel’s encampments and the “Spirit of God” comes upon him, Num. 24:2-9, “He crouched, he lay down like a lion, and like a great lion, who shall stir him up? Blessed is he who blesseth thee, and cursed is he who curseth thee.” (speaking of Israel) What is real interesting in this prophecy by Balaam is the name ‘Agag’ in v.7; Ezekiel 38:16-17 mentions ‘Gog,’ “spoken of in old time by My servants, the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days, many years that I would bring thee (Gog) against them (Israel)?” You can’t find ‘Gog’ anywhere in the O.T. prophets, so was Ezekiel mistaken, dreaming or did somebody add some vowel points to the Hebrew leters, “Gimel, Gimel” in Num. 24:7? In the Hebrew manuscripts there are no vowel points, Hebrew is a consonantal language, we add them for pronunciation so we can make it ‘Agag or Gog’ however you want the story to flow. I have a scholarly paper written by a doctoral candidate at ‘Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’ on this subject claiming the Masoretes blundered on this one making it ‘Agag’ because of the reference to Amalek in Num. 24:20 and I would have to agree. Balaam’s prophecies are much more prophetic than it first appears, he is truly a ‘Praying Mantis.’ This is the only place in all the prophets that could possibly fulfill Ezek. 38:16-17 other than I Sam. 15. So there is more to this ‘Praying Mantis’ than we give credit many times.

 

Then Balak freaks out, smites his hands together, and tells Balaam to return home empty handed. So, Balaam said, “Let me show you what Israel will do to you and to your people in the later days, and he goes on in chapter 24 with four more prophecies followed by his evil doctrine in chapter 25, that cost the lives of 24,000 Israelites. The word parable (masal #4912) is found seven times in Numbers 23 & 24, it means, a proverb, a short pithy saying, an oracle, a brief story with a symbolic meaning, or a discourse type of prophecy. You will find it in Num. 23:7, 18; 24:3, 15, 20, 21, 23. There were seven parables and four major prophecies, the first was in Num. 24:15-19, “A Star shall come out of Jacob and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel.” The second is in v.20, “Amalek was first among the nations, (The first to attack Israel that is, Ex. 17:8) but his later end shall be that he perish forever.” The third is in vv. 21-22, “The Kenites who dwell in the rocks, shall be wasted when Asshur carries them away.” The fourth is in vv. 23-24, “And ships shall come from Kittim/Cyprus and afflict Asshur and Eber and he shall perish forever. And Balaam rose up and went and returned to his place and Balak also went his way.” Balaam was also the soothsayer who made the prophecy which the ‘Wise men’ followed in Matt. 2:2, to find Jesus in Bethlehem. Num. 24:17, “I shall see Him but not now, I shall behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and smite the corners of Seth (appointed).” Gen. 4:25.

I don’t know if I ever realized it was Balaam who made all these wonderful prophecies before he was executed, Num. 31:8, concerning the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Was he a believer in JeHoVaH? Maybe not in a way that he trusted in Him for his salvation but he must have believed that He was the GOD of gods! You can’t have that many encounters with ‘YeHoVaH Elohim’ and ‘The angel of YeHoVaH’ and the ‘Spirit of God’ the ‘Ruach ha Kodesh’ and not become a believer in some way. The advice he gave Balak which caused Israel to falter with the Moabite women was wrong and comes out in Num. 31:16; Jam. 4:4; and Rev. 2:14. He was still a sinner like you and me and needed to be saved. Did he ever turn to God for salvation? I guess we won’t know for sure until we get to glory, but I kind of doubt it. But there is a ‘Principle For Prayer’ we can learn from this “Praying Mantis” – Don’t follow every man’s advice who claims to be a prophet of God, he may turn out to be a ‘Preying Mantis.’ Follow God’s word and listen to His voice alone, John 10:27; I Kings 19:12-13; And remember, not every prophet is profitable! Till next time, I’ll see you, “…Between The Lines…” And remember to read between the lines, not just the lines, Jesus said every jot and tittle is important, so pay attention to the dots and dashes, you’ll be glad you did.

“Balaam – The Praying Mantis” (Part # 2) Num. 22:8-9 – 10/5/16

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“Balaam – The Praying Mantis” (Part #-1) Num. 22:8-9


“Balaam – The Praying Mantis” (Part #-1) Num. 22:8-9

“And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. And God came unto Balaam and said, “What men are these with thee?” Num. 22:8-9 KJV.

 

Balaam is a prophet for hire, or a “Prophet for Profit!” However, God can still use him for His perfect will, plans, pleasure and profit. Amen? “Man proposes, but God disposes; Man devises, but God designs; Man imagines, but God creates; Man plans, but God completes!” God wants Balaam to go to Balak for His glory but Balaam is going for his own personal gain, he is a ‘Prophet for Profit!’ Doesn’t the Bible say, “The LOVE of money is the ROOT of all evil.” Not money in and of itself, money is amoral, it is neither good nor evil, it is the ‘love of it’ that gets men into trouble. Balak the ‘Son of Zippor or Zipper’ is the king of Moab. That name should have thrown up a flag, ‘The son of the sparrow’ a small bird, known for its twittering, and fluttering about.

 

“Behold there is a people come out of Egypt who cover the face of the earth, come now and curse them for me, perhaps I shall be able to overthrow them and drive them out.” Perhaps, he says in, v. 11; God tells Balaam in v.12, “Don’t Go, and Don’t Curse Them! Because, “They Are Blessed!” v.20; They are My people and I love them, Dt. 7:8. How do you curse something or someone that God has already blessed? You don’t, you can’t, and Balaam is learning that lesson; Why can’t our leaders learn that principle? This dialogue continues between Balaam and God for four chapters, Num. 22-25.

 

Balaam was a typical hireling prophet much like the ones we have today on T.V. only seeking to market their wares. This is referred to as “The Way of Balaam,” in II Peter 2:15 and characterizes false teachers, “Who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but was rebuked for his iniquity…” The error of Balaam is seen in Jude v.11, where he could see only the natural morality of humanity because he himself was unspiritual, unsaved, and unregenerated. Therefore a holy God seeing evil in Israel, Balaam felt God must curse such a people as the Israelites. Like all false teachers he was blind and ignorant of the higher morality of God’s vicarious atonement, whereby God could be ‘Just and Justifier’ of a believer at the same time, Romans 3:26. The reward Jude talks about in v.11 doesn’t have to be money, it can be popularity, fame, fortune, or just applause to feed your ego and pride. Then there is the “Doctrine of Balaam” seen in Rev. 2:14; He couldn’t curse Israel so he got Balak to corrupt them by getting them to inter-marry Moabite women, commit fornication, and defile their separation from the world, to God. That is what has happened to the church today. The church has united with the world in spiritual un-chastity and you can’t tell the difference anymore. Balaam, whose name means, “not of my people” (Bala-am) the son of Beor (burning);

Or the king of Edom, to Pethor (soothsayer) one who professes to foretell the future, or a mantis, (I hope you are getting the picture!) So, Balaam was a soothsayer, a medium, a fortune-teller, and not one of his people, one of Balak’s or Moses’. He was the son of Beor (burning) and could have been connected to Molech the fire god of the Ammorites or Chemosh the fire god of the Moabites who offered their children alive in the fire.

He is referred to as a “Mantis” in Greek or I guess we could call him “The Praying Mantis” for our blog today, because we are trying to focus on his prayer dialogue with God even though he is not a true believer. You mean unbelievers can pray to God and He will hear them and even answer them? Watch my lips, YES! Psalm 65:2 says, “O Thou Who hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.” All means all, and that’s all, all means! What about those pagan sailors on Jonah’s ship, did God hear their prayers? YES! Wait till we get to Balaam’s donkey, oi vey! So, we have, “The way of Balaam:” “The error of Balaam;” and “The doctrine of Balaam;” We can sure learn a lot from, ‘The Praying Mantis’ who is not of this people, then where is he from? Or should I spell it “The Preying Mantis?” Webster says a mantis is a diviner or a prophet, and it comes from the Greek.

 

So, the ‘LORD God in vv. 12-13 tells him, “Don’t Go and Don’t Curse these people because they are blessed;” and he sends Balak’s messengers home. So, Balak sends more messengers, more honorable, and with more treasures, v.15 than the first ones. Balaam answers correctly in v. 18 when he says, “If Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God (YeHoVaH my Elohim) to do less or more.” WOW! Powerful statement, wouldn’t you say? Forget chapters 22-25, don’t write them, just put these words on your ice-box and go home. (If he had ice in his box). It seems in v. 20 something strange happened, it says, “God or a god came to Balaam at night and told him to go; but speak only what I tell you.” Then in v. 22, YeHoVaH God is very angry, in fact He is wroth with Balaam because he went; the word wroth in Hebrew means His nostrils flared out like a stallion in anger pawing the ground! There is a lot of discussion here between God’s ‘Directive Will’ and His ‘Permissive Will.” In other words, ‘Don’t test God!’ Don’t keep asking Him after He has told you His will in a certain matter and revealed it to you. “Don’t keep asking after He has told you, NO!” (That’s one way of looking at this dilemma)

 

Forty-seven times in ninety-six verses Balaam uses the word YeHoVaH or JeHoVaH the (YHVH), the TETRAGRAMATON, the holiest name of God’s Oneness and Self Existence. He mentions El Shaddai twice, the All Sufficient One, who not only enriches but makes fruitful. Job uses this name 31 times and God introduces this name to Abraham in Gen. 17:1 when He changes his name from Abram to Abraham. He also uses Elyon the ‘Most High God’ possessor of heaven and earth. A name used by Melchizedek in Gen. 14, King of Salem when he met Abraham. He also used ‘Ruach ha Elohim’ the ‘Spirit of God’ referring to the ‘Holy Spirit of God’ the “Ruach ha Kodesh.” Then he talks about;

The ‘Angel of the YeHoVaH’ the messenger or theophany of the LORD which is a Christophany. So, we have the whole Tri-Unity of the God-Head appearing in these three chapters to this soothsayer who uses God’s name in every other verse. Thirteen times (13) we have YeHoVaH, The YHVH, a very special number to God and 11 of those are referring to the Christophany and then 18 times he uses ‘Elohim’ or ‘El.’ Elohim is a plural intensive form but it is singular in meaning and he uses it mainly in chapter 22, ten times. “El, which is singular can mean, god, god like, a mighty one, a false god, a demon, or ‘The One True God,’ so it has many meanings.

 

Forty-three times we have God or Elohim used in the Bible with a little ‘g’ 43 times! Over 220 times the word Elohim gods is used with a little ‘g’ and who decides this, the translators! Look at Exodus 20:2-3 in the ‘Ten Commandments,’ we have the exact same word ‘Elohim’ translated in v. 2 with a big ‘G’ and in v. 3 with a little ‘g’ and there it is plural in both verses, and the list continues for 260 plus instances. Then you have Exodus 7:1 in the KJV where you have the word Elohim translated with a little ‘god’ but in the NKJV it is translated with a big ‘God.’ Who made that choice, the translators. All I’m saying is it seems strange to me that God or a god shows up in the night and tells Balaam to go in Num. 22:20 after the ‘LORD YeHoVaH’ told him not to go, and we know who that is, no mistaking Him, and He is very angry, wroth in fact, His nostrils are flared out, His wrath was hot, He was really, really angry! Why? v. 12, He said, “Thou Shalt Not Go With Them!” That is pretty plain, pretty pointed! Wouldn’t you say?

 

So, who is this God, or a god in v. 20 who said, “go with them?” I may be Polish, and not have a doctorate and only have 40+ years of ministry experience, so don’t pay any attention to me, just read His Book, and you tell me who showed up in v. 20 and changed His mind and then did it again in v. 22? Permissive Will vs Directive Will – Go, Don’t Go, Go! I don’t know about you but I would begin to question God’s will period! There is something wrong here or something missing, or something someone isn’t telling us. But to throw the Calvinistic will of God at me to answer this dilemma doesn’t sit well with me or solve anything. Besides, God never gives a direct command that He contradicts! This is either a fickle God who throws Balaam in a pickle barrel about to be slaughtered or it’s a demon disguised as God coming in the night as an angel of light – anyway!… The angel of the YeHoVaH stood in Balaam’s way with His sword drawn in His hand ready to kill him in v. 23. Does that sound like His permissive will? He is finally going to go in v. 35, Balak is not going to be very happy, Israel is going to be blessed to high heaven, Balaam will make some profound prophecies about Jesus Christ, and he will come back home broke where he will eventually be killed in, Num. 31:8.

 

So, what you do with this dilemma in Num. 22:20, with the word God or a god who came to Balaam at night and told him to go, is entirely up to you, Permissive Will vs. Directive Will or a demon, I don’t know if it can be solved, so let’s move on and see what the context has for us. However the key to remember is this when praying; When you get an answer from YeHoVaH, anchor it in His word with a verse and don’t listen to any other voice or advice, from angels, demons or man. If God says Go! Then Go! If He says, Don’t Go! Then Don’t Go! When He speaks to you in prayer find a verse, put your name in it and throw your anchor overboard and wait on Him and His Word, Period! Till next time, I’ll see you,”…Between The Lines…”

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“The Prayer For (mayim) Water” Num. 21:16


 

 

“The Prayer For (mayim) Water”   Num. 21:16

“And from there they went to Beer that is the well whereof the LORD spoke to Moses; “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” Num. 21:16

 

Remember, back in v.5 they were complaining against Moses and God, because their soul loathed the light bread (manna) and because there was NO water, NO (mayim). So God said, “Gather the people and I will give them water.” Now, where are they? Somewhere in the desert wilderness below the Dead Sea, below the borders of Moab and the Arnon River, wandering, fighting serpents, which are nocturnal by the way and picking up (manna) on their knees in the dark before the sun comes up so they can eat, one quart for every member of their families. They complained to God, so He decided to send some poisonous snakes along to make the journey and (manna) picking a little more meaningful for them!

So, now He gives them some water, a lot of water, enough for 2.5 – 3 million people so they decided to sing Him a song instead of complaining, v.17 & 18: Then Israel sang this song- “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it- the well the leaders sank; Dug by the nation’s nobles; By the lawgiver, with their slaves.” Wow! What a different attitude a few snake bites will give you, Amen? That was weak! From a bunch of grumbling grump-bumps to a praising choir of angels, singing the Hallelujah chorus for a glass of (mayim) water.

Now, where was this well, “whereof the LORD spoke unto Moses?” The word ‘Beer’ only appears twice in the scriptures by itself, here in Numbers 21:16 and also in Judges 9:21 where Jotham fled and hid himself from his brother Abimelech. Both of them are referred to as places or towns, and are capitalized, ‘Beer.’ In my humble but accurate opinion (tongue in cheek) I believe Moses may be referring to the well where he met Reuel’s daughters and protected them from the shepherds. He had run away from Pharaoh after killing an Egyptian for smiting a Hebrew one of his brethren in Exodus 2:11-13. In Exodus 2:15 he is in the land of Midian, Northern Saudi Arabia, “And he sat down by a well.” When the seven daughters of Reuel the priest of Midian came to water their sheep. It sounds very much like Rebekah in Gen. 24 with Eliezer. If this isn’t the occasion or the ‘well’ where the LORD spoke to Moses and they had prayer, then you will be hard pressed to find me another. This well is also west of Hebron just like Judges 9:21 tells us.

Some think it is “Beer-sheba” (The well of the seven fold oath) in Gen. 21:31. Here Abraham and Abimelech made a covenant for a well and Abraham gives him ‘seven ewe lambs,’ seven young female lambs, to seal the covenant, v.30. So, from then on ‘Beer-Sheba’ was known as, “The Well of The Oath.” Then Abraham planted a Tamarisk Tree and called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God, El Olam, the God who watches over everlasting things; So a covenant with God is everlasting! That is why in our marriage covenant we say, “Till death do us part!” At least we used to say it, now they are marriage contracts.

When Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away in Gen. 21:14 they wandered in the wilderness of Bath-Sheba, it was the area. Isaac was three years old when he was weaned and a party was thrown for him, and Ishmael was 17/18 and he was mocking (tsa-khak) laughing, jesting, making sport, v.9, so they were run off. They ran out of food and water in the wilderness and Hagar put Ishmael far away from her, a bow shot away as not to see him die and lifted up her voice and wept or wailed. However, God heard the voice of the lad, who was praying to YeHoVaH. Abraham taught Ishmael how to worship, sacrifice and pray; he taught him about the one true God for 18 years before sending him away and God heard his voice and sent “the angel of God” to Hagar “saying, “what aileth thee Hagar?” “For God has heard the voice of the lad!” And Notice v.19, “And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.” The well of water was there the whole time, but prayer opened her eyes so she could see it and benefit from it. Just like the ram on Mt. Moriah in Gen. 22, it was already there waiting for Abraham and Isaac, but prayer opens our eyes so we can see God’s provision right in front of us and drink from His cup. Hagar gets Ishmael a wife from Egypt and Ismael becomes a ‘Great Archer’ v.20 (rabah– to grow great; kash-shath, bowman, archer) In fact he became the greatest archer in the Bible as far as I know

The spiritual order here in Numbers 21 is beautiful: You see the atonement in v.8-9 as it is fulfilled in John 3:14-15 in Jesus Christ; Then you see the water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit bestowed on the children of Israel in v.16, fulfilled in John 7:37-39 on ‘Hoshanah Rabbah’ the last day, the great day of the Feast of Tabernacles; a day of Joy in v.17-18, with Israel singing to the LORD, this is seen in Rom. 14:7, “For the kingdom of god is not food and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” And last of all we see power in v.21-24 with Sihon king of the Amorites who refused to let them pass through his land and was wiped out and became a meaningless proverb! After that they took on Og King of Bashan, the remnant of the giants, Dt. 3:11, 2:10-11, 20-21; 3:4: The ‘Bulls of Bashan’ show up in Ps.22 at the Cross on Calvary, huge, demonically possessed spirits. No, I am not going to try and figure all of this out along with Isa. 14:9 and the Rephaim in the Netherland, Prov. 9:18; Job 26:5-6, This is the ‘Nether World’ and its not where Peter Pan lives but its where I prefer not to let my mind wander. I asked a Rabbi friend one day in a Synagogue, “what happens to you when you die?” He said, “we go to the Netherland, the under world with the Rephaim.” That sent chills up my spine. But here is Moses fighting Og the king of Bashan, and the bulls of Bashan the last of these half man, half demon beings.. or are they the last? Till next time, I’ll see you, “…Between The Lines…” 

“The Prayer for (mayim) Water” Num. 21:16    –   8/3/16

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“Prayer Against Fiery Serpents” Num. 21:4-9


“Prayer Against Fiery Serpents” Num. 21:4-9

“And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and many people of Israel died.” Num. 21:6

They just saw God do a wonderful miracle for them and destroy king Arad and his people and Hormah and now they are discouraged because the road is a little rough, it wasn’t paved! How is the road God has given you to travel, a little rough today, some pot holes in the way, maybe a few ruts, maybe some roadblocks or construction or even a detour. Why do we feel that when God sends us on a journey it has to be a smooth ride? I am reading a book by Nik Ripkin entitled, “The Insanity of Obedience” it’s a follow-up to his book “The Insanity of God.” Those two books will change your life or your outlook on life, I guarantee it! God tells us to ‘GO!’ He doesn’t necessarily tell us to come back. The Jewish people were tired of the ‘Manna’ they said, “Our soul loathes (kuts – abhors, a sickening dread, to the point of vomiting and gaging) this light (kel-o-kal, contemptible, worthless, despicable) bread (lech-em) bread, food, grain.” I can’t even imagine uttering those words to a spiritual leader, let alone to God for His provision!

Now look at Num. 21:5, “And the people spoke against (Elohim, the God of creation) and against Moses (their prophet, lawgiver, and leader) (God first, then Moses) Why have you brought us up out of Egypt (Mits-rah-im)to die (muth – to be executed) in this wilderness (mid-bar, uninhabited land) for there is no bread, nor water and our soul (neh-fesh, life, the inner-man, life’s blood) loathes this light bread (manna).” Talk about being ungrateful, and how did the LORD respond? Did He tell Moses, “You better talk with your people!” NO! The LORD sent fiery serpents, v.6 and they bit the people and many died. How many, (rav – much, many, numerous) exceedingly abundant, a great many. So, how many serpents did God send to the 2.5 to 3 million Jewish people, 100, 200 or 500,000? We don’t know, but we do know that a great many people died and many more were bitten.

“Therefore,” v.7 – “The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against thee! Pray unto the LORD, that He take away the serpents from us, and Moses prayed for the people.” Why couldn’t they pray for themselves, maybe that’s why the LORD didn’t take away the serpents. In fact there are many poisonous vipers in Israel and the Sinai desert today. The ‘Burrowing Asp‘ whose venom ranks as the 3rd most toxic in the world and has a side stabbing fang to hit you, so it doesn’t even have to open its mouth; The ‘Palestinian Viper‘ is nocturnal and rather placid during the daytime and strikes very quickly; The ‘Horned Desert Viper‘ is nocturnal and burrows in the dirt and usually strikes when it is stepped on; The ‘Puff Adder‘ is nocturnal, hiding from the sun and heat, is not shy when approached and will strike quickly; The ‘Saw-Caled Viper‘ is small but extremely dangerous and attacks any intruders, many deaths are attributed to this viper; The ‘Desert Cobra‘ is entirely black, and very aggressive, its venom is highly toxic, it will raise its head to strike but has no hood; The ‘Field Horned Viper‘ its venom is more like a cobra than a viper, and no anti- venom exists, so if you get bit you will die and it’s not pleasant. That’s seven the number of perfection, want to go for a hike in the Sinai peninsula next time we go to Israel? I don’t think this is all of them either, then you have the scorpions, spiders and lizards and most of them are nocturnal, meaning they come out at night while you are sleeping.

So, the LORD tells Moses to make a fiery serpent (sa-raf) poisonous serpent, fiery from the burning effects of the venom, and set it or mount it on a pole (nas) an ensign, standard, signal pole, something lifted up, a rallying point, or token to be seen far off. Then when someone is bitten, when they look at it or behold it with faith believing, they will be healed. There is the key, with faith believing or saving faith! You could look at that serpent all day but if you didn’t believe, the venom would kill you. It is the same with Jesus on the cross, you can look all you want, but unless you look with faith believing, the venom of sin will kill you. It’s one thing to look at a bridge, it’s quite another thing to believe the bridge will hold you up, so you must step on it to prove it! You see without faith it is impossible to please God, but without risk, faith is impossible, so you have to step out!

The serpent here is a symbol of sin judged, bronze speaks of the divine manifestation in judgement as in the brazen altar. Now it must be noted that brass is an alloy of ‘copper and zinc’ and was not introduced until the 13th century. So what is referred to in the KJV Bible is bronze an alloy of ‘copper and tin’ but don’t get hung up on semantics. It’s still a sign of God’s divine judgement whether it is bronze or brass. So, let the knit pickers pick nits and let’s pick some fruit, O.K.? It also speaks of self-judgement as in the laver or basin of bronze or brass. The bronze serpent is a type of Christ, “Made sin for us” in bearing our judgement on Calvary; John 3:14-15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” The key is found in II Cor. 5:17-21 and the word ‘Reconciliation’ (ka-tal-la-gay) the exchanged life, translated ‘atonement’ in Rom. 5:11. “He took our hell so that we might have His heaven!” “He took our sin and gave us His righteous standing before His Father.” “He took our rags, our (shamatahs), and gave us His robes of righteousness.” Can you fathom all of this? I can’t! Historically, this moment of time is recorded in His cry, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani – My God, My God, why have you forsaken (abandoned) Me?” Matt. 27:46. Because at that moment the ‘Son of Man’ became the ‘Sin of man’ and God had to look away because, “He is of purer eyes than to behold evil and cannot look at sin.” Hab. 1:13.

The serpent, Satan’s tool in Gen. 3 is cursed in v.14 and becomes God’s graphic warning in nature of the effects of sin, from the most beautiful and subtle creature to a loathsome reptile striking at your heels. The deepest mysteries of the cross of Christ are strikingly pictured by the serpent of bronze ‘Nehushtan‘ a type of Christ, “Made sin for us” in bearing the judgement we deserved. God never took away the serpents in Num. 21, He gave them a cure. Interesting, today doctors use the same symbol to identify their profession, a serpent on a pole, and sometimes two on one pole. The ‘W.H.O.’ and the ‘A.M.A.’ logos and even the ‘Star of Life’ on the ambulances have one snake wrapped around a pole. The pole is an (asklepian) or the rod of Asclepius, the son of Apollo, the god of medicine. The snake symbolizes rejuvenation, getting a new skin, or healing from snake bites, a very common ailment, or anti-venom, or the medicinal properties of snake venom. The ‘Caduceus’ with two snakes and wings is often used in the USA since 1900. However, the oldest symbol we have is Num. 21:8 with Moses and the nation of Israel.

Over 700 years later under the reign of King Hezekiah who reigned over Judah, a revival broke out and he destroyed the ‘Brazen Serpent’ Moses made which the children of Israel worshipped and burned incense to. He called it “Nehushtan – A thing of brass or bronze.” II Kings 18:4. By then they actually had a serpent cult in Israel and Hezekiah had to destroy it. So, we have to be careful with tradition, symbols and order that they are not worshipped as ritual. We need to search our lives and churches to see if there are any bronze things,  ‘Nehushtans’ that need to be broken in pieces. Till next time, I’ll see you, “…Between The Lines…”

“Prayer Against Fiery Serpents” Num. 21:4-9

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“The Vow Of Prayer To The LORD” Num. 21:2


“The Vow Of Prayer” Num. 21:2

“And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.” Num. 21:2

Why? Because King Arad the Canaanite fought against Israel and took some of their men prisoners. So, he had some ‘P.O.W.’s’ and Israel had a policy like the Marines today, “Leave no man behind!” However, our country left over 2,500 M.I.A.’s and P.O.W.’s in Vietnam and I have a list of everyone of their names and where they are from. But Israel made a vow to God for those “P.O.W.’s” and God honored it in v.3, “And the LORD hearkened (shema – listened intently) to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities, (kha-ram, to mutilate, exterminate, completely destroy) and He called the name of the place Hormah (destruction or waste).” WOW! God doesn’t look to kindly on those who take His people captive whether they are principalities, powers, things present or things to come; things human, or things demonic; things in heaven, things on earth, or things below the earth. Those that belong to God are God’s so I wouldn’t mess with Israel if you know what’s good for you or His church! Amen? So, listen up, “B.D.S.” Movement!

Now concerning this ‘Vow’ (na-dar) for a ‘Vow’ (neh-der) or votive offering. You see, they made a “Vow for a Vow!” Did you catch that? If you read over this to fast without your concordance or lexicon you will miss the difference in spelling of the two different words for ‘Vow.’ So, don’t miss the forest for the trees. Who are they talking to, GOD! So, they are ‘Vowing’ a ‘Vow‘ to God in prayer saying, “God if you will do this for us, we will do this for You!” Have you ever made a ‘Vow’ to God in prayer like this before, of course you have! We all have! Well if you made a vow to God it was in prayer. Now a promise is not a ‘Vow’ it’s just a promise, “I promise you I’ll be there on Friday.” A pledge is not a ‘Vow,’ “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…” people say that to become citizens and then we see them burning them in our streets. Swearing is not a ‘Vow,’ “I swear I never cheated on my taxes,” really Joe! The word “VOW” comes from the Latin word, “Votum – to vote” to caste your ballot; it’s a solemn affirmation or assertion to God or to your marriage partner; to declare emphatically, earnestly and solemnly, like your marriage vows. “I declare before God and these witnesses to love and to cherish, till death do us part!” They have taken the words, “I covenant before God and these witnesses” out of the marriage vows today, why? They are too binding, too permanent, too committed, too permanent and too restrictive, really. I think God meant, ‘One wife for life’ sorry, if that offends you but He said He hates the putting away, Mal. 2:16, but it happens.

The wisest man that ever lived, other than Jesus once told us we need to be careful with our vows, with and before God; Solomon said, “Better is it that thou should not vow, than that thou should vow and not pay.” Ecc. 5:5. Why? There again as I said in Num.20:16, God’s angels are listening to our prayers and either they carry them to God or carry the answers back to us or are involved in answering them in some way; but either way we need to guard our lips, “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin neither say thou before the angel that it was an error. Wherefore, should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? ” Ecc. 5:6.  The context is our vows to God.  Now I know that, “there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus.” 1 Tim. 2:5; and I know that Christ ever lives to make intercession for us, Heb. 7:25, but I also know that the angels are involved in our prayer life to God in some way.  Now, are they carrying our prayers up to God, or carrying the answers down to us or are they involved in the answers? I don’t know, but I do know one is standing right next to me right now and he is here to minister to me for God because I am an heir of salvation. Heb. 1:14; And I do know their were angels in our Church Sunday watching the service, and you and me and the pastor; 1 Cor. 11; Rev. 2&3.

The first time we find the word vow or the phrase “vowed a vow” (na-dar, neh-der) is in Gen. 28:20 with Jacob fleeing from Esau for his life and he stops in Bethel (the house of God) and the stone he used for a pillow, he made a pillar out of it and “vowed a vow” to God and promised to give Him a tithe of all he received if God would protect him and bring him back to his father’s house in peace.  Tithing 700 years before the Law, and where did he learn it from?  Abraham his grandfather, and where did Abraham learn it from, Melchizedek in Gen. 14:20 and from Noah who was still alive while Abraham was alive and Shem outlived Abraham, check out the genealogies.

However, here we have the “law of first mention” or the ‘Science of Etymology;’ which ever you prefer.  The word vow, vowed, vowedst, vowest, and voweth is used over 90 times in the Bible.  It is only found twice in the Newer Testament, Acts 18:18; and 21:28.  So, Jacob has a dream in the night of a ladder going from earth to heaven, with the angels of God ascending and descending on it, and the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD God of Abraham, thy Father, and the God of Isaac; the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed (singular).” Gen. 28:12-13.  Then Jacob set up a pillar, poured oil on it and “vowed a vow” (na-dar, neh-der) to the LORD God of Abraham his grandfather and Isaac, his father, but He really won’t become Jacob’s personal God until the river of “The Face of God” in Gen.32:30 when he wrestles with “the angel of the LORD” and He dislocates his hip and Jacob the supplanter becomes Israel the ‘Prince with God.’  Both names are applied to the nation characteristically, Jacob is the name for the natural descendants; Israel is the name for the Spiritual descendants.  “The LORD sent a word into Jacob and it hath lighted/fallen (na-fal) upon Israel.”  (see Rom. 11:26) “For they are not all Israel, who are Israel.” Rom. 9:6.

So, Jacob ‘vows a vow‘ to God and we have to carry this concept out, throughout the Scriptures and always remember to Whom we are making this vow.  In John 1:43-51 when Jesus calls Phillip and he goes to get Nathanael, Nathanael questions if any good thing can come out of Nazareth, and Phillip says, ‘Come and see.’  Then Jesus told him, He saw him sitting under a fig tree meditating and Nathanael was impressed but that wasn’t enough.  Jesus goes on in v.51 to tell him what he was meditating on under that fig tree, Gen. 28:12, “Jacob’s Ladder” and the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of God.  How did Jesus know that, because He is Omniscient, (All-Knowing) John 2:24-25,”He not only knows all men….He knows what is in men.”  That means He knows what you are thinking right now, as you read this!  It’s time to think about any vows you have made to man and to God and to rectify them in light of Ecc. 5:1-6. Amen?  Till next time, I’ll see you “…Between The Lines…”

“The Vow Of Prayer To The LORD” Num. 21:2

 

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