Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. Proverbs 21:22
ON VIDEO [new notes- verses- links below]
.See C.C.
.More ‘Sodomy’
.Drugs planted
.They fought their own
.Civil war
.12 body parts
.Seat of authority
JUDGES CONCLUSION [verses at the bottom]
I did not plan on covering the last 2 chapters of Judges- but did it ‘on the fly’ [or drive?]
But there is some good stuff there- as I have been teaching the book, I want you to see the ‘spiritual’ truths behind the actual history.
The apostles in the New Testament were unfolding how Jesus is seen/prophesied thru the Old Testament.
So- we saw Samson and the Lion parable- and the Jaw bone.
To me- the ‘honey in the lion’ that he ate- was a type of Christ’s death.
Because Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah- and it was thru his death [Samson slew the lion- and later found the honey- dead lion gave life- see?]
I showed you how the jaw bone was a type of a prophetic [speaking] gift.
[Jaw- not foot bone]
So Samson killed the enemies- with it.
Then- when he threw it away- was famished.
God opened up a hole in the jaw bone- and he drank water out if it.
This is a symbol of ministry in a way- we often ‘preach’ or do war with the sword of the Spirit- then ‘throw it away’.
Meaning we can see the bible as a tool- to just preach to others.
Yet- when we are tired- God says ‘drink from the jaw- the word’.
So- I kind of talked about these symbols in the book of judges the last month.
To spark you own interest- for you too to ‘drink from the jawbone’.
We saw the Levite [a type of law] take a bride from Judah [a type of the church].
Yet- she was unfaithful- he still pursued her- but he [the law] could not change her ways.
Just like the law- the apostle Paul taught that the law was unable to save us.
Yet- when the wicked men of the city had sex with the woman all night- she died at the doorstep of the home where the Levite was staying.
The man took his ‘bride’ now dead- and cut her up into 12 pieces- and sent them to the 12 tribes.
The tribes were shocked- and all came together to war against the tribe of Benjamin- because they were the tribe that killed the woman.
So- the Levite [law] simply revealed the sin of the other tribes- just like Paul the apostle taught.
Samson was a great deliverer [savior] at the end of his life- he put his 2 hands on the pillars of the building where the enemies were having a great party.
He destroyed the building- and ‘killed more of the enemy in  his death- than life’.
Jesus- at the Cross- destroyed him that had the power of death- that is the devil.
Gideon defeated the enemy as ‘one man’- a type of the Body of Christ- the Midianites had a dream that a barley loaf [bread] rolled into the camp.
13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.
Judges 7
What kind of dream is that?
Bread defeating the enemy?
Yet- in the New Testament we are the Body- bread- of Christ.
Jesus said he was the bread that came down from heaven- and we are part of his body too.
The Midianites- after dreaming of a loaf of bread- said ‘this is the sword of the Lord- and Gideon’.
Bread- then a sword?
Yes- Jesus is the Word- the sword of the Spirit- and the bread of life.
Jephthah came from the wrong side of the tracks- his brothers rejected him because he was an illegitimate son.
Yet- he turned out to be the one who God sent to be there deliverer.
Much like Jesus in the New Testament.
His brothers [Jews] rejected him- yet the ‘stone that the builders rejected- was the corner stone’.
Jesus was born of the virgin Mary- and we often do not see how ‘unbelievable’ this story was to the people of his day.
What do you think others thought- when they heard Joseph was going to put away Mary- because he too thought she was unfaithful.
We know- today- that the angel appeared to them- and truly Jesus was born of the Virgin.
Yet he bore the stigma- much like Jephthah- of an illegitimate son.
Jesus came thru the line of David- when we trace his roots- from Solomon- the son of King David.
Solomon was born from Bathsheba- a woman David committed adultery with- and schemed to have her husband killed!
And I could go on- but like the writer of Hebrews says ‘time’s running out’.
Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Hebrews 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

The last few months as I have posted- angrily- about the Gaytan case- or news articles where you saw corruption in our city.
I have also criticized the church- particularly Pastors- for not being concerned with local [or world] injustices.
Many of those I criticized are friends of mine- they mean well- they have ministries.
The normal response [I think] is along these lines-
‘I am called to preach the gospel- and to deal with injustice- is not my calling’ or ‘I deal with injustice by preaching the gospel- only’.
When Jesus said ‘43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.’ what was he saying?
Who were those ‘in prison’ that he was speaking about?
If you reject the concept that he was talking about the guilty- fine.
But what about the Black man that was on death row for 30 years- and the DA still wanted to ‘kill him’ even after they knew he was innocent?
Jesus was not just talking about a ‘jail ministry’ here.
To ‘visit’ is to be active- concerned.
If Pastors think ‘But John- I didn’t know about it’.
Look at Jesus response when they said ‘when were you in prison’ [passage below]- they were counting on ignorance as an excuse.
Jesus said that was no excuse.
And he was talking about those ‘in prison’.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Look- listen ‘when saw we THEE’- Jesus was an innocent man- condemned to death.
If you are not concerned about the guilty- then for sure those who are on death row- and have been later declared innocent- surely these fit the bill.
Yet many in ministry even seem to not care much about their plight.
Yet- we are required to be concerned.

 I comment on our local media a lot. But wanted to send my condolences to the Terhune family.
Matt was a beloved local media personality- he had a wonderful family- and sadly passed away this week.
May God bless his wife and beautiful children.
http://www.kztv10.com/story/32092673/mosquito-spray-demand  Ok- I’m going to do something that I swore I never would! I’m bowing- ‘Please spray our city for mosquitoes’- The stores are on the verge of selling more repellant than water.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/world/belgium-russian-plane-intercepts/index.html  Notice how the article says ‘NATO policing mission’.
NATO was supposed to simply be a defensive force- The U.S. has brought Turkey and other nations into the umbrella.
NATO has deposed leaders of countries- backing up protestors in these countries.
The U.S. is moving forward with new troops- and rockets in former USSR states- on the European/Russian border.
Putin has warned- if we keep doing this- he will respond.
‘what can we do to avert war’?
It’s not hard- keep our word- and stop expanding NATO’S ‘Policing mission’ on the Russian border- like we promised.

As a listener of all sides- I’m aware that many on ‘the right’ blame this violence on the Obama ‘crack down’ on cops.
That the police in Chicago- and other cities- feel ‘under attack’ by the feds.
Ok- I actually think this is true- that some cops have pulled back- because they are afraid that some video will go viral- of them doing their job.
And then they will be prosecuted for murder.
But the cases that have sparked outrage- are the ones- like in Chicago- that the police lied about.
The case that stirred people up was a black kid that was shot- 16 times- while walking away. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Police-Release-Disturbing-Video-of-Officer-Fatally-Shooting-Chicago-Teen-352231921.html
The police cars had their dash cams purposefully damaged- by the cops- and the audio/video from the other cars at the scene were muted.
The official reports said the kid was shot once- while going after the officer.
Then- after a year or more of protests- they got the Department to release the one video they had- and sure enough the kid was shot- 16 times- even after he was down.
The city of Chicago pressed charges against the officer- one hour before the video was released- after more than a year of not only having the video- but knowing they lied.
The problem is not with all cops- but the departments have a systemic problem- they simply go by the reports of the others on the scene.
And many times they lie- even in the murder of a person.
The country does have a problem with this- and to blame the crime in Chicago on ‘the left’ or ‘the right’ is a mistake.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH- https://youtu.be/Zfuz7cTDNeI  Gorilla video
I saw the tragic incident where the child fell into the gorilla cage- and they decided to shoot the animal.
When I watched the video- I said ‘it seems like the gorilla was actually trying to protect the child’.
But- the zoo people made the right decision- the gorilla drug the kid- even though it seems he didn’t intend to harm him.
But the zoo keepers could not risk the child being killed.
It was sad- but the right call- in my view.
Judges 19:29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
Judges 19:30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.
Judges 20:2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.
Judges 20:3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?
Judges 20:4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.
Judges 20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.
Judges 20:6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
Judges 20:7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.
Judges 20:8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.
Judges 20:9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;
Judges 20:10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
Judges 20:11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.
Judges 20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?
Judges 20:13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel.
Judges 20:14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
Judges 20:15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
Judges 20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.
Judges 20:17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
Judges 20:18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.
Judges 20:19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
Judges 20:20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.
Judges 20:21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.
Judges 20:22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
Judges 20:23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
Judges 20:24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.
Judges 20:25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
Judges 20:27 And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,
Judges 20:28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.
Judges 20:29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.
Judges 20:30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
Judges 20:31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
Judges 20:32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.
Judges 20:33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.
Judges 20:34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil was near them.
Judges 20:35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.
Judges 20:36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.
Judges 20:37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.
Judges 20:38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.
Judges 20:39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
Judges 20:40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.
Judges 20:41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.
Judges 20:42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.
Judges 20:43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.
Judges 20:44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.
Judges 20:45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
Judges 20:46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.
Judges 20:47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.
Judges 20:48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.

Judges 21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.
Judges 21:2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;
Judges 21:3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?
Judges 21:4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
Judges 21:5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.
Judges 21:6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
Judges 21:7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?
Judges 21:8 And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.
Judges 21:9 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.
Judges 21:10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.
Judges 21:11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.
Judges 21:12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
Judges 21:13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.
Judges 21:14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.
Judges 21:15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
Judges 21:16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
Judges 21:17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
Judges 21:18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
Judges 21:19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
Judges 21:20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;
Judges 21:21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
Judges 21:22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.
Judges 21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
Judges 21:24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance.
Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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