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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

O God ... Thine Enemies # 7

Beloved, Hebrews tells us that the only thing which can keep us from entering into God's rest is unbelief, unbelief in God's Word (Hebrews 4:3, 4).  God's Word says that God rested when He finished His work - And Christ is the finished work of God - GOD'S REST IS ALL THAT CHRIST IS AND ALL THAT CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED!

In the Book of Hebrews, which is only a portion of God's Word, God's Word says that God hath fully spoken and fully expressed Himself in His Son: Christ is 

The Captain of our salvation (2:10);
The Apostle (3:1);
The High Priest (4:14-160;
The Forerunner (6:20);
The Mediator (12:24);
The Author and Finisher of Faith (12:2);
The Great Shepherd of the sheep through
The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant (13:20);

"He is the sole expression of the Glory of God - The Light-Being, the out-raying of the Divine - and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty Word of Power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the Divine Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3).

Yes, Christ is the place of God's rest -
Christ is God's rest forever!

And so, beloved, let us cease from our own labors, and "let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter into that rest [of God] - to know and experience it for ourselves - that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]" (Hebrews 4:11).

Now we know that those who fell in the wilderness because of the spirit of Amalek did not lose their salvation, however they did lose the privilege of moving and living and having their being in All that Christ is and All that He accomplished. Amalek did not fear God, but the edge of the sword overwhelmed him! And so let us remember that Amalek represents that which could stop us from being strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and Amalek represents that which could stop us from entering into God's rest by causing us not to submit to the two-edged sword, which is the Word of God. So let us believe and let us submit to God's Word, for the Scripture says this of Amalek: "Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it."

We can enter into God's rest which is Christ, and in Christ there is no Amalek, not even the remembrance of him!

O God ... for, lo, Thine enemies make a tumult: - They are Confederate against Thee" (Psalm 83)

(8) The Philistines: The Philistines: The Philistines represent the strength of the natural, adamic man: they represent the strength of the natural man which is ruled and empowered by that old serpent, called the devil and satan. In the Word of God, we find the strong, natural man, which the Philistines represent, challenging and defying the government and rule of God over, and within, the lives of God's people.

In 1 Samuel, where God is moving to place His chosen king, David the son of Jesse, on the throne (David being a type of the King of kings), we find the Philistines mentioned over 150 times as they attempt to conquer and make the children of God their servants. Also, in 1 Samuel, chapter seventeen, we find that the Philistines were embodied by their champion, Goliath; and Goliath, the uncircumcised Philistine, defied and challenged the armies of the living God.

Goliath was a descendant of the giants spoken of in Genesis six; he was a descendant of the giants, the monsters of iniquity, who were the seed of the serpent. The Word of God marks Goliath with the number six, in order that we might not miss his significance: he was 6 cubits in height; he had 6 pieces of armor; his spearhead weighted 600 shekels of iron: 666! 666 is Goliath's, and the Philistines he represents, mark of infamy.

Six is the number of secular or human perfection; and 666 is the emphatic and concentrated expression of it. Therefore, 666 is the trinity of human perfection; it is the perfection of imperfection; it is the culmination of human pride in independence of God and in opposition to His Christ. 666 represents the strength of the natural man, humanism in fullness, as it defies and intrudes into the Holy things of God. Do not look for this mark to be the mark of some man as Hitler, or some nation as Iran, etc. No! this mark is the mark of the natural man who is inspired by satan to try to produce that which God has purposed in Christ.

God instituted circumcision in order to remind His people that they could not, of their own natural strength, produce His purpose in Christ: "for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh ..." (Phil. 3:3).

So, Goliath the uncircumcised giant, who is the champion of the uncircumcised Philistines, represents the strength of the natural man under the rule of the seed of the serpent; and this alliance produces that which defies and challenges and opposes the Sovereign Rule of God in the lives of His people. But remember, a young David, who knew by experience that the battle was the Lord's, who knew God works all things after the counsel of His Own Will, who ran to meet this giant not in his own strength but in the strength of his Lord defeated this uncircumcised Philistine!

O God ... for, lo, Thine enemies make a tumult: - They are Confederate against Thee" (Psalm 83).

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 8)

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