Today’s Word is very humble indeed. But it is simply this concept. There is nothing that we can do for ourselves. We are purposed for the Almighty’s hands. Not even a single breath or heartbeat that we have is controlled by us. As our God so divinely reminds us, not one of us can add one inch to our stature unless the Most High allows us to do so through the works of his hands in others. The truth is that we must be his willing vessels.
Who do we think we are kidding when we tell ourselves this life we have is ours? Our spirit has taken captive an earthen vessel, and we don’t even know we have done so. When we can wrap our minds and hearts around the concept that nothing happens without the permission of the Most High God for a season so that we can fill and be filled, grow and learn and then grow and learn to love our Creator and one another, then we can begin to know that our journey on this planet that is his footstool has an absolute purpose, even if it is purposely painful.
You see, in order to make the choice to freely serve our Creator, we have to first be given a choice. Those choices are going to be good or bad for us. When we are ready to accept that even our thoughts and our “choices” are not truly and fully “ours,” we’re one step closer to the kind of humility that our King is looking for in those whom he would love to have freely and willingly choose him as our permanent, Heavenly King.
The Most High God creates vessels through the works of his vessel, his heart of mercy, his Son, whose hands belong to the Spirit mind of the potter. We are the clay. The Most High first creates the dust that will be given strength (iron) and water (his Word) and other ingredients in order to shape what is first a slurry and slime into a harder lump that will eventually become some kind of vessel. His loving hands throw the wet lump onto the pottery wheel. But that lump isn’t alone. There is a small amount of clay that is a remnant of the first clay vessel that was ever made. That remnant is from the vessel that became the high priest. That vessel is the Son of the Most High God.
Our Creative Father first made himself a Son, a vessel that takes after his own mind and heart and Spirit, but that vessel was first tried in the fires just like mankind is. That first vessel didn’t break. He remained perfect in the process of being formed from start to finish, and he remained perfect in the firing process. He remained perfect in the filling process where he received his Father’s Spirit in full, and he remains perfect in the process where he pours out his wine into all believers who are willing to receive and drink a cup of that wine.
Now the potter is going to have to add more water to the lump he is fashioning with his hands in order to make that lump pliable. His foot begins to pump the beam which makes the wheel spin. The wheel causes the clay to spin in circles over and over again as he molds and guides the spinning form until the clay becomes the basic outline of what he designs. He imparts some of his Spirit into each piece of clay in the process of creation, along with more water. His hands leave the clay for a moment only to obtain more water to wash the vessel and to continue shaping it. He may pick up a tool to help fashion the vessel or to cut portions of it down or off, that spin out of alignment with his plan.
Next he removes that vessel from the wheel with a wire line. It is a smooth line but to the clay it feels like barbed wire. It cuts the clay asunder. The hands holding the line scribe it from the wheel by dragging the rod across the field. That wire separates the untempered clay pot from the clay that will remain attached to the wheel. He removes it from the wheel upon which it has been spun, and places it onto a bench. Then he works the pot further with his hands and adds things like wire rods for strengthening or more clay for decorations or by cutting into the clay.
For some vessels, he adds a handle or a spout. It all depends on what type of vessel he is creating. Some people hold onto that potter’s wheel for dear life. They don’t realize that they are destined to be separated from the wheel so they can go onto the next phase of their journey of becoming a finished, ready vessel.
When the preliminary work to shape the vessel is finished, there is more work yet to be done. Now he dresses the pot with glaze and paints and then prepares the pot to enter into the firing kiln. Its temperature is exceedingly hot. It’s a proving ground where all things that are nonessential are burned away. There is a shrinking and a drying that takes place. In the heat of the blaze, the vessels endure excessively hot temperatures over a long period of time until they either crack and break or are perfected, standing up to the flames that try the potter’s design.
The potter’s Spirit is with them in the blaze as he watches through the window of the kiln to ensure that the fire remains hot enough to do its job, but not too hot so as to break the vessels he is trying and drying. It is a delicate dance. When the pots are finished, he removes them from the proving ground so that they can serve him the way that he desires.
And yet some pots can still crack in the process of being made. The pots which crack during firing will be removed, broken down and reground into dust to be reshaped into new vessels in another season. There is no condemnation because the pot broke and has to be reformed. There is only a bit of disappointment on the potter’s part that the pot didn’t make it through the firing process. But each time the pot is remade, the craftsman’s skill becomes more refined.
Even the potter is affected by his own creation. We just think he’s off somewhere in some Heavenly place, without any idea of what we are going through. He’s right here with us in every step of our journey. He’s making us to be the person, the holy vessel that he desires us to be. Some of the pots will become hardened and misfired for a reason, to cause us to choose the right vessels with our Spiritual discernment.
Our Creator Father isn’t unaffected by the things which he makes and by which we must endure, or by our limitations. He himself has no limitations that we know of, and yet his limitations are our own flesh because in his grace he doesn’t force us to choose him. So in order for those who have turned away from his voice to hear him, he makes a vehicle through which we can receive him in part (angels) and in full (Angel of his presence, his Son). Because we have limitations (our flesh), over time he adjusts his hands toward the delicate nature of the materials he is using.
He knows all who are dust well because he first made the dust, as well as the first clay vessel he has made to interact with that dust, which is his Son. The Father first took dust from his own body to create the Spirit dust that would eventually become his Son, the works of the potter’s hands. But that Spirit dust had to be tried in an earthen vessel so that the accuser of the brethren wouldn’t claim that the battle for men’s souls wasn’t a fair fight.
Now the vessels that successfully remain after creation and the battle ground of the firing are carefully removed from the kiln and are air-cooled over time until they are ready for use. A few select pots may receive an additional “cold” fire painting as a final decoration. This only requires time to dry and to harden. In order for the pot to dry, the potter picks up the pot and examines it closely. Then he blows on the paint and helps the decoration to dry. His countenance, his face lights up and he smiles at the works of his hands as he puts each vessel to its proper use. Before he sends it out to do its work, he tells each vessel how much he loves it and fills it with the oil of his anointing and the spices of his life’s work.
So in a similar way is the process of shaping the human vessel and its Spirit, by the potter’s hands. Each vessel is unique in its design. Some vessels are used for their express purpose. Each of the vessels has a different purpose. However, the same potter has made each vessel with great care. Just because one vessel is a different color or shape than another, those differences don’t lessen the purpose of every vessel, no matter its age, shape, decorations or size.
The greatest vessels can sing about how they are large in size and shape and can hold tremendous amounts of wine to serve the largest wedding parties. That’s great and it is useful, but if one is seeking to be anointed with holy oil, they are going to seek and find, the smallest and humblest of vessels. They are the ones who are silently sitting on the shelf, overshadowed by the great big vessels that tower over them and that are the most frequently used by the hands of fleshly men. The anointing jars are the ones that are used for the greatest purpose, which is to sanctify all whom their precious contents touch. That oil touches all of the bodies of the dead, and preserves them until they are resurrected unto life eternal.
The good potter loves the humble vessels just as much as the stately.
Why? Simply because they are all the works of his hands.
Romans 9:21 – Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonor?
Love one another as he loves you. All are his. He creates evil and good. He is the one controlling all things. Rest in his very capable hands. Wait on him to reveal your purpose. Then walk in it according to his Word that he speaks to you.
Be humble. Be the vessel of the anointing oil. That oil preserves the body for burial unto the time of the resurrection. The wine vessels were reserved for the wedding feast, but mankind has been partaking of the feasts of the LORD before it has been time to feast. Man has become drunk on his own wine. It’s time to put down your wine vessels and pick up the vessels of the anointing.
Those who make themselves great will be humbled.
Those who are humble will be exalted.
Eat the grapes of wrath and corn from your neighbor’s field. Then open your eyes and see what you are doing. You are stealing. Did you ask permission to enter that field? Were you sent into that field? If you were sent, it was for a season and a purpose. It was to teach the one who owns the field about loving the brethren to allow them to glean and to go elsewhere when that field becomes either drunk on its own wine, or parched from overcooking the corn. If the landowner receives the blessing of the sent one, then the fruit and corn in that field is going to bless the gleaners for a season. But once the gleaning has ended, there is nothing left in that field and the field must be replanted.
That is where we are today in the churches of the body. They need to be replowed and replanted. Man’s harvest season has ended. Consider this:
Deuteronomy 23:24 – When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.
You are allowed to eat the grapes of thy neighbor’s land, but you aren’t allowed to make wine out of it and to get drunk on what you can gather with your hands.
Deuteronomy 23:25 – When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s standing corn.
You are allowed to eat from your neighbor’s field, but you aren’t allowed to harvest from it. Glean only from the fields of men for a season until the gleaning time has ended. The true harvest is found in the hands of the Spirit of Messiah. He poured out his water and his blood upon the ground after his body died.
John 19:29 – Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
The wine vinegar that men serve is vinegar made by a process of fermenting bacteria. The result is bitter to the taste and too strong for people of flesh to drink. It’s offensive. It can only be drunk in very small portions. It needs sweetening. Something is missing.
What people need is a different form of vinegar. They need the wine-like vinegar of the fruit of the vine. That wine has the sweetness and heart of the fermentation and all of its nutrition, its “mother” deep inside of it. It is the richness and fullness of the fermentation process of the apple that cleanses the body from the inside out. That mother is the Spirit of the woman who first partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That woman has the heart of the first mother of Messiah who didn’t know what she was agreeing to when the angel of the Lord came to visit her before a Son was conceived in her and she brought forth her firstborn son.
The virgin is the one who responded to the question of choice and who agreed to do the Lord’s work as a willing vessel. She didn’t know what she was agreeing to, but she did it by faith. The first woman in the garden lacked faith and didn’t know what she was asking. She transgressed by turning away from the spoken voice of the Father, out of ignorance. She didn’t understand choice and its consequences. Adam on other hand, chose his separation. He is the image of Messiah. Remember that the woman, his bride to be, was removed from the rib of his side while he underwent a deep sleep.
Adam knew there were consequences to choices, because he had already had practice naming all of the animals. From one perspective, Adam didn’t protect his wife, so they both sinned. They turned away from the Father’s command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Like us, they didn’t seem to listen. Theirs is a hard lesson for us. And yet we don’t know all that was said or done in the Garden. We are only allowed to see a small portion.
We don’t know if Adam’s choice was in response to his wife’s question or not. He could have allowed her the choice and the consequences of that choice, as a parent does for a child – or as a loving husbandman does to teach his wife a lesson that she would never forget. She would have to forgive him for allowing her to fall, and she would have to forgive even the serpent for tempting her in the first place, and she would learn to do this over time. But from another perspective, it may have been the woman who first volunteered to eat of the tree so that if she died, her husband wouldn’t have to die. Remember that we can’t see or know the things that the Father doesn’t wish to reveal before their time.
What we need is a little apple cider vinegar to purify us. The people have been sleeping. The smell of apple cider vinegar will certainly wake up your sinuses! That apple that they both first tasted in Eden has fermented long in the guts of men across millenniums. What you first take into your hands, you take into your heart. What you take into your body doesn’t defile you unless it has first been defiled by the hands of unloving people. Those who create tools and weapons are defiling the things that the Creator has made perfect when used for their purposes. Some things are clean and some things are unclean. Some things are for our use and other things are not for our use. We need to have the Father’s wisdom, his Spirit in order to properly judge what is good and what is truly evil.
The apples don’t fall far from the tree, and we’re living in a fallen world. When rotten fruit falls, for a season the rotten fruit breaks down and returns to the Earth over time. But the seeds that lie within them, if they aren’t eaten by the foul things below the soil, in the proper season, will begin to grow anew as tiny apple tree seedlings. Those seedlings must be left alone and nurtured by the Father so that they can grow strong and mature. That maturity takes time. But men of flesh want to transplant those trees and eat from them before it is time, before the fruit is fully mature.
When men of flesh don’t get what they want when they want it, they walk away. They aren’t patient or loving or kind. They have no sympathy for the little tree that is struggling to grow without all the nourishment that it deserves and needs. But that’s okay because the Father knows where every apple tree seedling is planted. He is tending his garden personally. Leave people alone to grow and develop as he has designed for them. Give people what you have found and then walk on.
Maybe that rotten apple is like the scroll of John that he was told to eat in the Book of Revelation. It tasted sweet like honey for a moment to him, but it was bitter in his stomach.
Revelation 10:9 – And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
It tastes good to do the work of the Kingdom, but it will be a bittersweet thing, because it is a hard thing that comes with hard lessons and many people will turn away from you. John was a prophet that was not called amongst the thieves and robbers who came before Messiah. He was the only disciple of Messiah who wasn’t killed by the religious and government leaders. He was exiled on the island of Patmos. If we remember that the Most High invented language and word play, we might see this word as peat moss. That isle is Earth, the fallen land, the dung heap into which the seed of the resurrection is first planted in the vessels of dust. The potter’s hands are also the hands of the Great Husbandman of all time eternal.
The good thing about a dung heap is that even rotten bacteria can ferment dead fruit and resurrect its seeds to become a tree in its proper season. The worst works of the hands of man bring powerful lessons for all mankind of every era. Never underestimate the vessels that the Father uses to teach the great lessons of his Kingdom by the power of the Spirit of his Living Son in the hands of the living vessels who serve him, whether they were and are created for good or for evil.
He creates good as well as evil. Did you forget? He says we will forget. He sends his Spirit to remind us of who we are and who he is. Here is what he says:
Deuteronomy 30:15 – See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Psalm 34:14 – Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 37:27 – Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
Proverb 14:22 – Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Proverb 15:3 – The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Those eyes belong to his watchers. They are the accusers of the brethren, the Lord of the flesh. But there are also the defenders of the brethren, who are watching. They are the eyes of the Most High, our risen King who stands before his Father interceding for us.
So returning to our apple, when the children can drink the “wine” that has the heart of the mother and the Spirit of the Father’s Word, which is found in the blood of their firstborn Son, they will be able to see things from a higher (and lower) perspective. They will be made low (weak) and yet strong enough to receive the bitterness of the lessons and yet tenderhearted enough to taste of the sweetness of the blend. Their Spiritual palate will have undergone a taste transformation from the wine of God’s wrath upon their drunkenness, to the mercy and love of the children of the mother who pleads to the Father to be loving and merciful, not vengeful. They’ll choose to put that apple down and to save it for another day. They will only eat from the tree when they are allowed to do so.
What good Father takes out his anger upon his little children? Only the father of the fleshly people who themselves carry anger and wrath. That’s the part that we have forgotten. We have forgotten that the Son said on the cross:
“It is finished.”
The wrath of the Father was borne upon the shoulders of the one who governs all people in the Kingdom of a resurrected Messiah. We no longer must do the Levitical priesthood of the flesh, because it isn’t the priesthood of the highest Kingdom, which is of the Spirit. Those who are called to this priesthood have never left it. They are the ones who were called on to preserve it for the latter season so that the Spirit of the anti-Christ would come. You need to depart from resisting the Holy Spirit and be transformed by the Love of Messiah our Savior.
Step out of the priesthoods of flesh and into the highest priesthood, that of Melchizedek. That priesthood of the Spirit was implemented because man’s flesh is fallen.
Hebrews 7:11 – If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Flesh cannot build a house to contain the Spirit, but that is what men of flesh are doing. That Spirit is not the risen Messiah. It is another Spirit. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love our enemies, because we must, even when we must tell them the truth and that truth will bring their wrath. We must be merciful to those who know not what they are doing, upon pain of death, but we are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. It’s a skill that must be refined before it is tried in the fire, like the hands of the potter.
John 19:31 – The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
The Jews were doing what they thought was merciful and righteous to preserve the kingdom of religion that men had built over time, with its religions and traditions. Now men who could see the error of their ways from the priesthood of men were asking for mercy upon the body because of the coming high Sabbath day. It was a “high” day for men, but that isn’t the highest interpretation of the Father’s high day. That day is the Day of Judgment which is yet to come for all of the living (and the dead).
The fullness of the Sabbath day is our Messiah and the day that we rest in his works, and not ours, Jewish or not. Those who are not Jewish will need to ask for Father’s Mercy upon men who are religious and who are resisting the Holy Spirit and the Messiah who is the Father’s sent one, because they are going to need it. We must pray for all brethren who know not what they are doing. None of us do. We are only doing as we all feel led. Only the Most High knows what he desires to accomplish. Only he knows our heart toward him.
John 19:32 – Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
The legs, the walks of the men who die as sinners and those who die to their own choices as they walk in life here on Earth, are broken. Some part of you must break. That is the love of your own choices. You must die to yourself, to your choices for “your” life, because there is only life in him. Your flesh is already dead. Your walk must be transformed through his, so that you can walk with him, as he carries you through life. Your vessel must be broken in order to be picked up and reshaped into the image and likeness of the Father through the Son.
John 19:33 – But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
The soldiers don’t bother to break the legs of dead men. The LORD keeps all the bones of his beloved. Thieves on the cross had their legs broken to hasten their death. In a way it was actually a merciful blow, because life on the cross in its final hours was devastatingly painful and every breath excruciatingly difficult. In the same sense, dead men can’t walk anyway. Jesus died to himself so that we could live and walk with him. He breaks our Spiritual pride which is that of dead mens’ bones, and heals us so we can walk with him and through him and in him.
John 19:34 – But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, his mother’s heart, her fleshly, and the Father’s Spiritual Son. Our Messiah poured out his blood and water upon the Earth below the cross. Those whom he covers upon the Earth with that blood and water, shall be saved. His Spirit transforms and saves all that are covered with his blood. So if you are wise, then get your heart aligned under the cross, the sign of the crucified Messiah. When you can recognize the King, you will see and fully appreciate those who have been making a zealous effort to preserve the oracles of the Father, but who won’t let go of those oracles before it’s time.
And you will see the hasty fruit of the body who receive the resurrected Messiah but who don’t yet have the Holy Spirit indwelling in them, so they may be somewhat lawless. They are somewhat like the disciples in the Book of Acts who are waiting to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They haven’t yet been fully tried or tested under the power of the Holy Spirit. They can’t speak in the tongues of truth yet because that Spirit of wisdom and revelation hasn’t been provided to them. That day is coming soon. In the meantime, those who are filled at birth from the womb, are crying out in this wilderness that is the Earth and saying “repent” for the Kingdom is at hand. The Kingdom comes by the works of human hands that are directed by the Spiritual hands of the Father.
John 19:35 – And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
The Spirit of the Son is baring the record. It is his wisdom and revelation in his devoted believers through whom he is revealing his truth in the written Scriptures in this latter season. He does this so that before he returns, all can come to know him and recognize him for who he truly is, and whose we are meant to become. We are being asked to choose him now while we still have time, because the greatest battle for our souls is coming soon and it will come with a fantastic deception. It will come first as the Spirit of the anti-Christ and the mark of a beast. We have forgotten that we are beasts.
Ecclesiastes 3:18 – I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Beasts build nests, tunnels, pits, walls, fortresses around themselves and their families to protect themselves from the day of wrath and from the enemy. The only walls we can build are Spiritual walls. But men of flesh are building the walls of an Earthly temple and it is going to come with the mark of the beast. It may come in the form of patriotism and a form of currency, money, that we have also forgotten. Do you remember that your words are your money? Whose words are you pledging an oath to? We are to make no oaths on this Earth. That’s because we may discover that the one we’re pledging to is a deceiver.
Amos 2:8 – And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
Don’t be afraid of words. Don’t be afraid of those who can kill the body with words. Be afraid of the one who kills you body and soul in the resurrection of eternal life or death.
John 19:36 – For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
There is a saying:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
This saying is true in the flesh and in the Spirit. Nothing has power except the power that we give to it. We need to Hear and Obey the Father’s sayings, because they will add years to our lives.
Those who break their own bones of their FLESHLY WALK and who allow the Good Shepherd to pick them up in his loving arms and heal them before he sets them back down again to walk according to his bones, his walk, his ways, are those who will not hurt others. They are the ones whose words are loving and kind. Although they may feel painful and people may throw sticks and stones at them, they will be words of truth.
Those whose bones are broken by other men can nonetheless be picked up by the Messiah by his Spirit of love and mercy upon all, and be healed. And that same Spirit will plead the Father for the souls of those who are wounding his beloved. Some of them will have to suffer the pain of recompense in their lives. It is not a good thing. It hurts. But it is designed to correct all our mistakes.
Truth is painful for people to hear. It is painful to their walk in the flesh. Rather than allow themselves to be pained or hurt by what they hear, they walk and sometimes run away. They will reject people who are sent with the Son’s truth and even cast them out of their congregations! Yes it hurts, and we are often called away from people who are hurtful, yet we linger in an attempt to be merciful and to help and we end up casting pearls before swine! We are to simply speak our truth and then walk away (shake the dust) from those who don’t receive the Spirit of Messiah. You don’t want to be too close to the person who rejects his Spirit in those he sends, even if you don’t know what you are doing but are operating in great faith with what little you do know.
John 19:37 – And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
In the end, people will look upon whom they have pierced in the name of the Father. They may recognize what they have done after the fact, and be repentant, but they may be afraid to repent because they fear the wrath of the people who are their leaders. Or they may be blinded to their own hard hearts and stiff necks. They will have more hard lessons to endure. Men who are prideful will even stand up before the people and give glory to the Father for all the trials they are enduring! If you are enduring trials, then praise the Father, but be at peace with the Son. He will give you a peace beyond all understanding. If you are battling and you aren’t at peace, then your heart might not be in the right place, although your ego thinks it is. In his peace is where your strength can always be found, even when you feel weary in the body.
But if people are truly repentant, then like Joseph and Nicodemus, they will do things secretly under cover of night to rectify the situation to the best of their ability. They may not be able to see the entire picture yet, but they will work to preserve the relationship they had with the deceased and to honor the bride, the body of Messiah in their “burial” however temporary. Then on the third day, which is in the fall season of the true harvest, their beloved will be resurrected because of great faith.
John 19:38 – And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
The word Arimathaea means “heights” or “hill.” Joseph is the father from a high country. This was a man of flesh, a priest who secretly fears the Jewish leaders, the men of authority over him, or so we are led to believe. And yet he faces not only the authority that can kill his body, but also the government that presides over those religious leaders. He faces the authority of a higher government and asks for the body of Jesus. That body isn’t just the fleshly dead body of a single man. It is also the body of Messiah. The government ruler gives him the body. It’s all about saving face here, saving the countenance of the government and the peace and order of the Kingdom over which the Governor prevails. Everyone involved ultimately fears the wrath of the highest ruler, but that “god” is a god of flesh. The Most High God is a graceful, loving Father. Those who think of him as vengeful don’t know the Son.
We can’t see these peoples’ true faces, because they wear masks that cover their heart. But the wrath of fleshly leaders and their idea of “god” brings death to the Spirit-filled body. Many faces are down trodden today because they feel they have “lost” our Jesus in a world that seems so evil, but they “ain’t” seen nothing yet! That “dead” Jesus is about to resurrect all who believe unto a glorious, eternal life.
This model is one of the high priest (Son) coming for the body of believers who die to themselves in the presence of all the religious leaders (and indeed in front of mankind) because they know a great injustice must occur in order that the Kingdom is fully accomplished. The innocent Lamb has been slain by the guilty sinners. But what does the Lamb do? He forgives, and so must we.
Luke 23:34 – Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
But get this.
Deuteronomy 32:9 – For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
Jesus the Son takes all of the sinners, just the way they are. He knows they are broken, and he forgives them for their ignorance. After he dies, his greatness and his forgiveness, his heart of love and mercy is fully preserved by the high priest. Jesus is the Spirit of the Most High, the Son who receives all of those who will believe in him, his sheep. Those who follow the Spirit of the Good Shepherd, are his. Those who are following another Spirit, reject the Messiah the Father sends, and are following the wrath of God upon sinners. They are priests of flesh and fleshly kingdoms, which all will die.
John 19:39 – And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
That oil of anointing is spices to preserve that body of messiah. That hundred pound weight is important to ponder. It’s the currency of the bride, a bride price for the daughter, the future bride who will become the Mother church. The enemy’s bride, the myrrh is a church that serves fleshly leaders. The aloes are the bride of Messiah who serve their Spiritual leader, whose Kingdom is not of this Earth. Theirs is a Spiritual anointing and a Kingdom of the resurrection. There is a battle for the body of Messiah. It’s a Spiritual battle as much as a physical one. The enemy already disputed for the body of Moses.
Jude 1:9 – Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Leave it to the Son of the Father to rebuke those he needs to rebuke. It’s not your job. Your job is to preserve the Messiah’s Kingdom and his people until he comes.
John 19:40 – Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
If you understand ancient burial practices, the body would be laid in a first grave where it would break down to just the bones. Then those bones would be removed and reburied into stone sepulchers. Jesus called the religious leaders “whitewashed sepulchers.”
John 19:41 – Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
There was a virgin sepulcher. It was a tomb that had never been used. Father was setting a precedent for all people with the death, burial and resurrection of Yahusha who would become Jesus Christ of the latter season.
John 19:42 – There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Was the sepulcher the tomb nearby? It probably was, but more than that is this idea. The sepulcher, the burial was nigh at hand. There is going to be a burial of old beliefs and old religious ways and the wrath that comes from their divisions and separations that doctrines of men and women create, which divides the people and the peoples’ hearts from their love of the Most High God, our Father, and their brethren in the manner that we know.
Those who don’t fall away from the true faith may die in the battle, but they will ultimately be saved. Sometimes this kind of division and separation comes about within their own congregations and within their own families. These separations and divisions are caused by the sin of pride. But the good thing about a (re)birth is that the afterbirth that used to feed the babe is removed and destroyed. All things are made new. We are going to be learning how to truly love as the Father first loves us.
Don’t confuse the love of the brethren for the tolerance of prideful people. Pride is a sin. Anything that purposely and deliberately causes division and separation is sin. That doesn’t mean we allow prideful people to join with us and head up our churches. Congregations led by the Spirit of pride will fall and so will all of its congregants.
The “church,” the ekklesia, the assembly of the body of Messiah is not something that is built with brick and mortar, stone, wood or metals. It can’t be built upon pride. The Kingdom is a humble one. The body of Messiah is built down low in the temples of human hearts and Spirits. That is the church that the Father is building.
The pots, the vessels that the potter is creating and making with the works of his hands, are Spiritual vessels. Those are the works that are nigh. The hands of those who do the works of the Father by his Son’s guidance because they have his Holy Spirit within them, are those to whom we should be looking so that they can point us to the way of the Father. That way, that truth and that life is found in his Son. He is the one who will give that woman the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that she can teach her husband mercy and love.
Put that in your furnace and stoke it.
That should be the warmth of your heart. If it is too cold in there, then put another timber on that fire. The timber you can use is the cross of Messiah. Have too much wood and no flame? Then allow the Holy Spirit to blow on the coals and reignite them. Or are you a fire that has been raging out of control? No worries. Allow the Holy Spirit to douse the flames with a little living water.
Allow his Holy Spirit to move you and to move fully within you. It may hurt a little, but it will burn away the things that don’t really matter and what will be left may feel like ashes. But the Maker is the One who can take those ashes and turn them into something really beautiful.
Be well and be loving and fully understand that you are truly and eternally well loved.
Be the righteous vessel of Messiah.