Smoking Flax

Let's look at it In addition to bruising a reed, God also sets fire to flax cloth. After God sets fire to the flax, some people throw water on the burning cloth to try to put it out, out of sympathy for the old system. But they should leave it alone and let the smoking flax burn. Do not set fire to it, but once God starts the death process by crumbling and burning of a kingdom (denomination, work, etc.) do not try to keep it from being burned up (destroyed)....

Schoolmaster

The purpose of Moses' law was as a schoolmaster to lead us into Christ. I am not graded by my schoolmaster any more (Gal 3 24). I have learned my lessons from him. Naturally, there are some basic principles of the law which are very valuable. But the letter of the law (of Moses) is now modified by the spirit of the law of love (of Jesus Christ). Perhaps you have been trying to please God by paying attention to Moses, who was your accuser all the time. Jesus clearly shows who the accuser is --...

Today

It might be though, that other members of your family (or society) want to stay -- in that case you will have to decide if pleasing them is more or less important than being well fed yourself. If you are a waiter, you will have to decide if providing your own service to the present community is more or less important than meeting your own needs of being well fed yourself. Your local leaders may not be pleased with your actions as a waiter or waitress. You may soon be...

New Church

Now what if she would tell everybody in her church that magazines are terrible they are sin to her, and sin to everyone else Should they pass a church law that nobody can read them anymore Can they rightly do that Often churches and denominations do things just like that. Just because those magazines are sin to that lady, it does not indicate they are sin to everyone else. Another woman can have them in her home, scan them over, and pick out something that is useful, a good recipe perhaps, and...

Who Is King

It was obvious Saul was losing his popularity, power and anointing, but David waited for God to break the reed (remove him), and did not do it himself. One night David cut off a little corner of Saul's garment and then cried bitterly when he realized he had harmed Saul -- even though it was just a little harm. Saul was in David's hand. It seemed as though God had given Saul to David so he could kill the King. But David knew the lesson about coming into the kingdom and taking over the throne, so...

Bruised Reed

The Old Testament describes the symbol of the bruised reed in a similar way. Now behold, thou trusted upon the staff of this BRUISED REED, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it so is Pharaoh King of Egypt unto all that trust on him (II Kings 18 21). The Assyrian-Hebrew ancients used the BRUISED REED to symbolize one who formerly possessed power, honor and might but who was later deposed and made powerless. Those who thought vainly they would trust in...

PETER and PAUL

God sent two men to lead the spread of Christianity. They were both anointed by the Holy Spirit and they both saw the glory of God. Peter received the gospel of the CIRCUMCISION and took it to the Jews. Paul received the gospel of the UNCIRCUMCISION and took it to the Gentiles. The Bible records arguments between these two men, but both were from God. Denominations have picked up where they left off and are continuing the arguments today. The apostle Paul referred to two different kinds of...

Wool Underwear

Some people keep the law by not eating certain foods. They will not eat some things in an effort to please God but do not mind putting on a wool suit with a linen lining. The trouble is that Moses' law also says you are not allowed to wear clothing made of different fabrics. The same law that says you cannot eat pork says you cannot wear wool and linen mixed. That is the law. So, if you wear a wool suit, wear WOOL UNDERWEAR (Lev. 19 19 and Deut. 22 11) In other words, if a person uses the Old...

Conclusion

If your present church, denomination, fellowship, prayer group, or Bible study will move on into newly revealed Bible truth (confirmed by the Bible), then give them your testimony and pray that they will accept it (or at least not reject it). But if they will not hear you, and your presence in their meetings causes them to be upset, angry, hateful or railing, then do not go there anymore. Leave them completely alone for God to do to them whatever He wills. Find another place or group where you...

God Does Not Change Methods Do

God does not change but His methods of dealing with us do change as we mature. As an example, the law did not come until four hundred and thirty years after Abraham. Abraham was a man of faith and God rewarded him for it. But he sure was not a man of law. If he would have been alive about four hundred and fifty years later -- when people were judged by the law -- he would probably have been stoned for the way he treated his wife and lied to the kings. But remember, there was no law and...

Pharisees Tradition

The Pharisees demanded that every male be circumcised because Moses' law said so. The New Testament says, if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing (Gal. 5 2). Circumcision can be an aid in personal cleanliness, but it will not help in finding favor with God. We can see that this applies to other parts of the law as well. We can see that this applies to other parts of the law as well. Watch out for those wicked men -- dangerous dogs, I call them -- who say you must be circumcised to...

Th Century

The nineteenth century outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Wales, Scotland and Armenia all around 1850 has not received nearly as much publicity as the early 1900 revival in the U.S.A. The Brethren Movement, starting around 1830, provided the ground for the Holy Spirit revival around 1850. The Brethren Movement emphasized the sufficiency of the Bible to provide everything needed for rules governing church affairs. They also developed the concept that the Bible was the final authority. They...

Standards Of Holiness

Matthew 9 14 says Then came to Him (Jesus) the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not Do you see the standard of holiness used by John's disciples to imply they were better than the followers of Jesus They implied, We are doing more to please God than your disciples because we fast and your disciples do not. We have a much higher standard of holiness than your people. The Pharisees were also pleased with their own standards of holiness just...

Come

You have to come out of that old move of God and come into Jesus and His love and freedom. Why do you want to go back into that old structure If you want to help others who are in the burning structure. that is commendable. But spend your effort helping the people -- not saving the burning structure. Let it burn God set that fire for His own reasons. You have further truth. You have more revelation. You are going on in Jesus Christ. Why should you go back to put out a fire God started Do not...

Spy On Your Liberty

Paul wrote about some false brothers who crept into his meetings unawares. They came in to spy out the liberty which was being practiced in Paul's meetings. Paul said that the purpose of the men was to bring Paul's group into the bondage of Moses' law (Gal. 2 4) even though they were Christians. Notice that Paul clearly states he was not subject to those men -- not even for an hour. In other words, while Paul was in charge of the meetings, group, city, etc., he felt he should be led by the Holy...

Leave Mother

In most great courts the Queen Mother produces children. Most of the children become courtiers to their own mother's court. Their whole lives are spent on providing pleasure for their Queen Mother. But one son spends his time in preparation and learning to be the King. I think this speaks to us concerning many church ministers whose only vision is to provide for their own denomination. There are a precious few however who see a new kingdom coming and are making preparation for it.

Law And Prophets

Jesus summarized the law and the prophets when He said, Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them for this is the law and the prophets (Matt. 7 12). We call this the GOLDEN RULE. It allows for all kinds of special circumstances. The GOLDEN RULE does not bind us to the letter of, the law but makes us free to operate, being led by the Holy Spirit. When Jesus entered the picture, the Pharisees were thrown into confusion because they were Moses'...

To Stay Or Not To Stay Waiter Or Customer

If you do not know what to do yet, then ask yourself this question Am I a waiter (waitress) or a customer In other words, when you go to the meeting do you perform a part of the service or are you one who is served For instance, teaching Sunday School, singing or ushering would be acting as a waiter. If you are a customer, then there is not much of a problem -- you are free to leave and go to a restaurant (church) T> 0 NOT POOR WATER OIV SMOKIHTG FLAX

Church Suppers

What about church suppers Some church groups feel that it is wrong to have sandwiches in the basement of the church and others get quite happy over having a party in church. They have different standards of holiness. Our purpose in this study is not to lift up any standard of holiness, neither is it to down any. I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean (Rom. 14 14). Therefore if...

Cousins

The relationship between Jesus and John is more than that of a prophet heralding the Messiah. The two were cousins, with John being several months older than Jesus. Jesus had much to say about John the Baptist, for he was the prophet who paved the way for the Messiah and baptized Jesus at the opening of our Savior's ministry. John, at first, refused to baptize Jesus. But Jesus said, Suffer it to be so for such it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness (Matt. 3 15). We too, must learn the...

John In Prison

Jesus allowed Herod to cut off John's head. It does not seem fair The story is in Matthew 14 1-14. The answer to this dilemma is in Matthew 12 20, a prophecy of Isaiah concerning Jesus. It says A bruised REED (John) shall He (Jesus) not break. This points to Matthew 11 7 which likened John unto a REED. Continuing Smoking FLAX (John) shall He (Jesus) not quench, which is in line with the scripture, Matthew 11 8, which refers to John as CLOTH (flax). SYMBOLS DECODED Thus, it symbolically...

Are You The Christ

John said, Are you the one that should come (Matt.11 3). He should have said, Jesus is the Christ. Even though he was the greatest Old Testament prophet, he did not accept Jesus as His Lord and Savior. He once said, There is the Lamb of God and then later asked, Are you the one we look for or do we look for another You see, John did not understand. His wineskin was too stiff. John saw Jesus doing things like going into the houses of publicans and sinners and John believed...

Stay

Remember, infants need their mothers (and teenagers do too -- even if they do not believe it) but there is a time when a normally developing person decides it is time to leave the security and protection of his home and start one of his own. We are glad to see this development and sign of maturity and often demonstrate our joy with a wedding reception. Our joy over our developing and maturing children who get married and start their own life in no way detracts from our love and care for the...

Jesus Brought A Higher

Moses says when you meet a woman who has been taken in the act of adultery -- you stone her (Lev. 20 10 and John 8 5-11). But what did Jesus say to her Neither do I condemn thee go, and sin no more (John 8 11). By not providing the condemnation and the punishment which the law demanded, Jesus himself broke Moses' law but He fulfilled it with a higher law -- the law of love. Jesus is moving us out from the law of Moses and now He is putting forth judgment unto victory (Matt. 12 20). He is going...

Thieves And Robbers

Jesus said, All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers (John 10 8). All that ever came before me includes the law of Moses and the prophecy of Elijah. The law and the prophets did not lead the people to God. Rather they were a type and a shadow (or a schoolmaster) to point people to Jesus Christ. Because people believed they could get to God through the law (Moses) and prophets (Elijah) they were robbed. People ended up in condemnation and death. Let's leave condemnation and death and...

Law Or Grace

Can you worship God while you eat bacon Not under the Old Testament law because the law of Moses says pigs are unclean (Deut. 14 8). But most Christians keep some part of the law, if not about pork, then something else. They are sometimes called yardstick Christians. To them hair has to be so long, the sleeve a certain length or the hemline no higher than a set place on the leg. In one group a person cannot wear a bow tie, in another ties are outlawed altogether. Some places it is all right to...

Let God Bruise The Reed

After a while the storm of life will blow on the bruised reed and it will break. Let God complete the job -- not you Do not go back and try to hurt or harm that group. Do not say anything against them. You have more important things to do. God wants to pour more wine into you. Take care of your own wineskin, and let God use you. He wants to make you into a king and a priest (Rev. 1 6, I Pet. 2 8-9). You are going to come into your kingship -- you are coming to your...

Ten Commandments Or Four

The following study is a book within a book. It is written for those deep Bible students who want to know the difference between the laws that Jesus Christ gave for Christians to follow and the laws Moses gave for Israel to follow. Jesus told us to teach HIS commandments (ENTELLOMAI, GREEK). The Greek word appears in the New Testament only 16 times (One double reference in Young's Complete Concordance -- which is Luke 4 10, might cause the investigator to mistakenly think there are 17...

Christian Psychos

An acquaintance of mine, who is a famous psychologist, told me that an amazingly high percentage of Christians with mental problems trace their conflict to the fact that they have not been able to live in their present society because their minds have been programmed by their old church thinking. The ideas of right and wrong in some old denominations are so different from present society that sometimes when a person leaves his denomination he develops mental problems. Naturally, his church...