Last post we used opposites to crystallize Gods Word and get a better understanding of what God meant by what God said. The scriptures we looked at were very sobering and in your face, (we have a now, immediate God). Any time we look at any rule book it can be shocking as to our expectations to make changes immediately to be in compliance. Rules are designed to promote order, fairness and safety.
However you want to sum it up, rules and regulations are what proper productive citizens follow, agreed…
We have a God (Father) that is specific. He knows exactly what he wants and is always conveying to man his standards and requirements. They are never hidden, man just is usually to busy to find out. I see some that are too proud to follow true anointed leaders of God and listen (their own pride exposes that they are not anointed and they covet) or just some that lack understanding as to what is needed. Lets look at some examples of how specific God is.
Exodus 12:20-22 (King James Version)
20Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
21Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
We see God is directing exactly what to eat to the leader and his family. We see God communicate through his chosen leader (who spoke to all the other leaders) to pick a particular lamb and sacrifice it. We even see God as descriptive to the type of bush to use “hyssop” to apply the blood and where to apply it. His final instruction is not to go out until the morning. This is the backdrop to the final plague of Egypt where the firstborn shall be killed. The angel of death shall pass through and kill EVERY firstborn male child, but for all those who have followed the specific instructions of God, all will not meet peril but be sparred! Quick thought– what do you think happened to everyone who did not listen to Gods chosen leader? (for what ever reason they can come up with).
Genesis 6:13-20 (New King James Version)
The Ark Prepared
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of gopher-wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17And behold, I Myself am bringing flood-waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.
Now talk about being specific! You will use a certain type of wood, why not pine or oak? Why not use what we think is best? Because that’s it not what God said to do and he knows best! We find so many churches operating this way, God says do it this way specifically, but man has chosen his own method. Man does not see the importance of doing things Gods way and man will suffer greatly because of it. This is a sign of immaturity, lack of respect and trust in Gods word and of reverence for God. I won’t belabor the point, but God goes on to give exact measurements to build this ark. Oh and for all that did not listen and scoffed at Noah it was God who closed the door to the ark. Noah was continually saying please listen, the flood is coming, judgement is coming. When God closes a door, no man can open it, he was tired of self pride, evil and rebellion. Genesis 7:16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; AND THE LORD SHUT HIM IN.
Exodus 40:2-17 (New King James Version)
2 “On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 3 You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil. 4You shall bring in the table and arrange the things that are to be set in order on it; and you shall bring in the lamp-stand and light its lamps. 5 You shall also set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the Testimony, and put up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 6 Then you shall set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 7And you shall set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 8 You shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen at the court gate.
9 “And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy. 10 You shall anoint the altar of the burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar. The altar shall be most holy. 11And you shall anoint the laver and its base, and consecrate it.
12 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of meeting and wash them with water. 13 You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. 14 And you shall bring his sons and clothe them with tunics. 15 You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
16 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
17 And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.
The Tabernacle. this is a section that we could spend ten post on and still not get it all in. We will probably bounce back to it in future studies as it shows what God is looking for in his sacrifice specifically. We see a great amount of detail given to Gods chosen leader and we see God choosing others as leaders now too. Moses didn’t get puffed up in pride and say only me Lord, he listened and did what was expected (as any good servant, soldier or friend would do). We see due to obedience, the Tabernacle being raised up just as God wanted. There is a lot of detail here (Two years to construct). If you ever side study and google tabernacle and see the great detail of things built for the outside and the detail for the things placed for within this structure, exactly as specified, it would astound you. Well over 50+ specific directions given to make this happen. Yet all true followers of God listen and follow. Exodus 40:16 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
These are some examples of how specific our God is. He is ALWAYS specific. He knows exactly what he wants. If we could just do what ever we want why would he go out his way to leave an instruction manual and ministers to help you learn it. Look at this:
Ephesians 4:11-15 (New King James Version)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
God has left you leadership to help guide you. You just have to point out the false from the true. He has communicated effectively to all his chosen leaders as to his specifications. He still communicates effectively to his leaders as to his specifications. What we see today is people not listening and disrespecting Gods elect. I personally have seen tremendous disrespect and Apostasy to Gods word and for his called Prophets and chosen leaders.
We live in a society that says, ”How do we know you are sent of the Lord?” “Why should we listen to you?” We have our own freedoms”. They said that to Noah, they said that to Jeremiah, they said that to Jesus!
God clearly tells us to check the fruit on the tree, and judge every spirit to see if it is of him. Another way is to see if a so called Pastor is reading and expounding (not interpreting) Gods word. Interpreting is having an opinion (what you think). Opinions are usually wrong (because it is generated by flawed man), remember Gods Word is always right (perfect) it does not need mans interpretation.
So you can start to spot false teachers by listening to what they teach. Are they teaching Gods word or are they making things up, doing what they interpret (what they think, not what the word says). It’s called adding or subtracting from the specific instructions given (I just showed you how specific God is). God even warns us of this practice in:
Revelation 22:18-19 (New King James Version)
18 For[a] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[b] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[c] his part from the Book[d] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Who are these false teachers?
1 Timothy 1:7 (New King James Version)
7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
This is showing that they want the stage, light and offering plate but have no concept of what God has for them to do. They teach the law (self effort) and do it in forms of “Six things you need to do to overcome” or “Four ways to get what you want from god”. These methods and formats don’t work for the preacher and they won’t work for you. Beware of such Pastors which preach self effort.
God even takes it farther and explains who these false teachers will target.
Isaiah 28:9 (New King James Version)
9 “ Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
These false teachers establish churches that prey on the new converts. The ones that are just coming into the faith. These new converts know no scriptures whatsoever but are looking to be “good” people. Most believe that if a man is standing at the pulpit he must be called of God and speaking his word. These false teachers will also do everything possible to get the experienced ministers out of their church (that will expose them) so that they can continue to keep the self made image, stage and light that God did not give them. Their authority does not come from God this is what makes them false.
Another thing to watch closely is entertainment in the Church. The Holy Spirit was not sent to entertain but to empower and deliver. How many shows did Jesus perform? How many “sets” did he do? I didn’t say how many miracles or teachings did Jesus perform. Under the topic of God being specific, entertainment in his house is something else to be suspect of. Anything other than truth in worship had Jesus turning over tables and chasing people out of his Fathers house.
Once you really start to follow Gods Word you will get discernment. Many of you have discerned already that I am sent of God and will not deviate from his Word. I have been called to bring truth to a rebellious generation. I have also been called to point out that which is not of God and is false. I don’t have to be liked to bring you the truth. You don’t have to like me to follow Gods Word either (you probably will though). If you see what is being said is true (the Bible) then it is wise to follow those instructions. Remember, it is not my instructions, I am just the messenger sent.
It is very easy to see false teachers as you learn more of Gods word and less of mans opinion. Unfortunately we have a society more attached to people than truth. People develop loyalties to man and bypass the loyalty they are suppose to have to their Saviour. It is Jesus who said “I am the door” It it Jesus who says “I am the good shepherd” It is Jesus who says “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Your Pastor cannot get you into Heaven, Jesus can. A good Pastor will lead you to the source though. That is why this blog is designed specifically for those who want Gods Word which will lead to your freedom.
Wow, that was a bunch of information to drop on you. All true but still a lot to absorb and understand. Let’s break here and pick up later.
More to come…