Chapter One, Part 2
(cont. of Part 1)
So, then, what are we to make of the foregoing (in Part 1)? What does “…enter into the land in order to possess it,” mean? What if we translated the terminology by figurative means? Like, as in the idea that we (you, I and all believers) are the land (i.e., each individual is an erthemn vessel, 2 Cor. 4:7). What if we “enter into” that “earthen vessel” by the method of going within ourselves (into our center) via a form of meditation/prayer)? Is this what it REALLY means? We are doing this in order that we can take (possess/own) the earthen vessel from the present tenants (demonic forces). Thus, by doing this in such a manner, one isn’t violating Yahweh’s commandment not to murder; instead, one is dispelling evil forces from their earthen vessel, even the little/minor ones, because if you do not get rid of them, as well, they will grow to be problems you can’t handle later on.
Our Lord and Savior, Yashua Messiah, conveyed this very same point in the N.T., at Mat. 7:24-27, Lk. 11:20-26; and the young minister, Timothy, also spoke on it. They conveyed the importance of having a cleaned house (earthen vessel), that was filled with good/appropriate furnishings and accoutrements. When this earthen vessel is ready, then it is prepared for Yahweh’s use (2 Tim. 2:21). We read: “Then if anyone purifies himself from these, he will be a vessel to honor, having been sanctified, having been made meet for the Master’s use.”
Matthew 7:24-27 reads: “…everyone who hears My words (teachings) and follows (practices) them, I will compare him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rains came down, and the waters came up, and the winds blew and fell against that house; but it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock….everyone who hears these words of Mine and who does not do them, shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand; and the rain came down, and rivers came up, and the winds blew, and great was the fall.”
Then Luke 11:20-26 reads: “…if I cast out demons by the finger of Yahweh, then the kingdom of Yahweh HAS come upon you. When the strong one has been armed guards his dwelling (earthen vessel), his goods are in peace. But as soon as one stronger than he comes, he overpowers him; he takes away his armour on which he relied, and deals out his arms. The one not being with Me is against me, and the one not gathering with me scatters. When the unclean spirit goes out from the man (earthen vessel), he goes through dry places seeking rest. And not finding (such) says, ‘I will return to the house (earthen vessel) from which I just came out. And coming (the demonic force) finds (the earthen vessel) swept clean and decorated (Greek #2885 Kosmeo, fr. #2889 Kosmos, meaning “put in proper order; harmonious order). Then the demon goes and takes 7 other deadly spirits more wicked then himself, with him, and entering that earthen vessel he roots (dwells fixedly therein). And now the last state of that man became worse than the first.”
I’d like to note here something about ‘building’. Let us go to 2 Chronicles 2:9(b): “…for the house I, Yahweh, am building ( will be great and wonderful (Heb. 1129). The Heb. “banah,” pronounced “baw-naw,” means to “build,” “set up,” “establish,” and “construct” — with the express understanding that one is manufacturing something in such a fashion as to “add to already existing materials so as to alter or fashion a new object, as in the sense of maturity (i.e., each successive state of existence adds to, or builds onto, the one before); to have a dynasty in that construct. See also Samuel 7:27-29, which reiterates the point that Yahweh is the one building or constructing the house, and we are merely His tennants and servants.
So, ask yourselves, have we personally participated in the construction of a house that, according to Sam. 7:27-29, Yahweh is building? Have we, as yet, gone through a journey/pilgrimage, as the wilderness of sin, that brings us to an initial “states-of-existence” in which we are proved, so that Yahweh will know what is in our hearts, whether or not we will really obey? Have we?
Well, in order to answer that, we need to look at other references, etc., and continue to build a comprehensive construct that is based on REAL wisdom. Let’s look at what our Lord and Savior, Yashua Messiah, conveyed. According to Him, we are incapable of even “…entering into the kingdom of heaven unless we be converted, humbling yourselves as little children” (Mat. 18:3). Ah-ha? Here we are back to humility. This concept, as a starting a point of our journey, via The Way, whereby we must be humble first, can’t be stressed enough! Time and again the Bible conveys the overall idea that we ought to think and act ONLY in terms of humility, in order to “enter the kingdom of Yahweh, and be honored and accepted by Him. Following are several references to this fact:
* 2 Chronic. 7:14 – “And my people, on whom my name, Yahweh, is called, shall be humbled, and shall pray, and shall seek my face, and shall turn back from their evil ways, and then I shall surely hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (i.e., earthen vessel).
* Prov. 15:33 – “The fear of Yahweh is instruction in wisdom, and before honor is humility.”
* Prov. 24:4 – “The reward of humility is the reverence of Yahweh, riches and honor and life.”
* Prov. 29:23 – “…the humble of spirit take hold of honor.”
* Isa. 57:15 – “For so says the High and Lofty One, Yahweh, who inhabits eternity, and His name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, even with the contrite and humble of spirit; to make/enliven (enlighten) the spirit of the humble and to revive the hearts of the contrite ones.’ ”
(Chp. One, Part 2, will cont. in Part 3. See you there, praise Yahweh)
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