Many of us wonder at times why we are in such trials. “Why are things so seemingly against us in our lives, and our walk with the Lord”? All we really want is to do what He would have us to do. Right? Clearly we can see throughout the Bible that we as individuals are not exclusive to such spiritual storms, wilderness, and droughts of growth. We have numerous examples in the lives of others used in demonstration for us within the pages of the His Word. Parenthetically, as previously noted, most of those characters we think of as super-saints, or heroic, so, why are we so surprised when things like this happen to us? Amazingly, the Holy Spirit brings the words of Peter to my mind as I’m writing this, and, though I had not intended to interject other verses here, I feel I must:
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. 1 Peter 4:12
So, anyway, back to the point I was trying to make before the Holy Spirit so beautifully, thankfully interrupted. A good Biblical example of God working in others lives by allowing adversity is of course the Israelite journey through the wilderness after being delivered from the clutches of Egyptian slavery. Although, I should probably point out that though many of us already understand when reading the Bible there is much symbolism transposed into our own lives and situations, some of you reading this work may not realize this as of yet, therefore, we will take a closer look.
The encounters, and lessons of numerous individual characters and parallels in the word of God can help us to see ourselves, and our walks in a more demonstrative example than we can from just reading it as if He were only talking about those characters used in the stories. For example; .1 Egypt, throughout scripture is mostly used when He is speaking to us about bondage (Worldly) 2. Gil-Gal is the place of deliverance. (Rolling away of the stone) in fact. A good example for that truth is as black and white as it can get in :
And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gil-gal unto this day. Joshua 5:9
Of course, you will have to either take my word on the fact that the Hebrew meaning of the word actually is “Rolling away of the stone”, or , you can check me on it with your Hebrew concordance.
Next, (and I am pulling this example out of many parallels in the Bible) after we have been delivered by the Lord from the bondage which has held us captive in our own lives, which is (Sin), regardless of what particular symptom it produced, we will certainly want to baste in His love and fellowship. Now where would we most likely be able to do that? .3 The house of God, of course: Bethel ( Whether that be ones prayer closet, or the local church) I propound a personal relationship with the Father is the number one key, but realize Jesus certainly wants us to fellowship together in His Kingdom, here and now. I strongly recommend becoming active in a local church where sound Biblical principles, and Bible truth is taught. You will know it when you hear it, and the Holy Spirit will witness with your spirit.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Genesis 28:17
And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. Genesis 28:19
( Checkout 2nd kings 2 as a study guide step for looking into and marking these key words)
Now, after we have learned to trust God in many ways, or at least bought the Tee- shirts, and bumper stickers that show our love and devotion to Him, (at least it’s a step), where do we go from here? We know we love Him. We know that He knows we gave up mother, daughter, sister and brother. (Meaning that regardless of what anyone else thinks about us, we are believing what He has taught us, and not the world) We know that He knows we are not practicing the habitual symptoms that the Sin nature, (He delivered us from) had once manifest in our lives. Or, does He really know that ? Can He see it in our lives and actions? Going one better as far as questions, do we know it? If not. How then can we know? Wait, now what is that city I see up ahead in this spiritual walk with my Lord? Uh oh, that’s got to be .4 Jericho. Now Jericho can represent (and does in many Biblical accounts) our personal spiritual battles. The place of testing, if you will, and a place for resolving issues within our own battle filled hearts and minds. We know the Bible clearly says the flesh is always at war with the spirit. And this is true, but God offers us a much better way to overcome the flesh through the power that we are given from the death burial and resurrection of JESUS Christ our Lord. And of course Jesus Himself even gives many warnings that we should heed, whereby letting us know that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, therefore we need to be aware, and most certainly prayed up and knowing who we are in Christ. And who are we in Christ? If we learn to “Rest Secure in “His” Finished works on the Cross for us, we are a brother of Jesus, plain and simply explained and very Biblical. We can find much about this truth in Romans 8, and 9, also Galatians, and many other books of the Bible including Ephesians:
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
So, as we move along in our “key” word study I should point out that there are some words that are not necessarily recognized as “Key” words by any Biblical committees or Bible Study Guides, but are absolutely etched in our personal “Key” word sensory systems ( If you will.) More accurately explained, these words will certainly become “Key” words in your personal Bible studies, once the Holy Spirit speaks to you through them in a certain situation in your life. Here’s an example:
When reading Joshua chapters 6 and 7, we will see that God promised Joshua and the children of Israel a victory over their “Jericho” And, just as in any of our personal spiritual battles, or commands from God, they too had to not only obey God by taking the precise steps He gave them to be able to win the battle, but, they also had to follow “Every” detail He gave them to get it right. In other words. The walls of Jericho did fall after doing everything that God had instructed them to do, but, by one of the Israelites cutting corners, and taking something from the city that God had cursed, the entire camp of Israelites was accursed.
But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. Joshua 7:1
So, as I was once in a spiritual “Jericho” in my life, I just could not seem to advance any further from a particular sin, or symptom that was still hidden under my metaphorical tent floor, therefore, the Lord soon led me into the book of Joshua, where immediately after the Israelites took “Jericho” , they came upon a small hill called “Ai.”
Now, Ai, seemingly to the Israel camp should have been a cake walk battle to win in comparison to all the other conquest they had been so successful in achieving, but as they soon found out, it proved to be the toughest one yet. Until that is, they listened to God, and got rid of the accursed thing under the tent.
How this all relates to you as the reader is how it affected me in my walk with God. The case in point, is that this little word “Ai” is now a permanent “Key” word in my personal studies until this day after nearly a two year battle with this symptom , or accursed thing in my life. I admit, had I just taken the words of God in the book to mean exactly what they said, and that being:
Joshua 7: 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
I would have advanced much quicker onto another level, or another spiritual testing, or what ever He had in store for me than the two years it took me. Although, as He had me searching and studying not only the book of Joshua, but also many other books of the Bible where that “Key” word “Ai” was used, I may not have grown as much in my Faith, and certainly wouldn’t have learned as much about the Bible, or the key words which now automatically drawl my undivided attention to themselves wherever, and whenever I run across one of them in my studies.
Now, without going into detail of Joshua and the children of Israel’s geographical location at the time during the Joshua 6 and 7’s depiction, I need to say they were nearing the place of ” Vision” or the .5 “Jordan” river, which is certainly a major “Key” word throughout scripture, and metaphorically in each of our individual quest to enter into our personal “Promised Land.”
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his Hebrews 4:10
This now gives me an opportunity to go back and re-examine an earlier mention of “Moses” and the Israelites journey after being delivered from “Egypt” , only to be lost and confused in the .6 “Wilderness” for 40 years. Not so surprisingly, the Bible tells us right off the bat that it was normally an 11 days walk:
There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.
See. Had they only accepted, trusted, and rejoiced in the Lord and His guidance and instructions they would have crossed over into the “Promised Land” into the 12th day. Now I will leave the Holy Spirit and your personal studies in these areas of the Bible to express to you whatever conclusions or messages are due, and will certainly not get any deeper in Biblical numerical significances, (unless the Holy Spirit Leads me to of Course) than to just make note here what the number 11’s usage in the Bible normally tends to equate.
(11 = “Confusion” or “Disorder” )
I will explain how we arrive at this conclusion.
The number 10, is always the number which represents “Divine Order” throughout the Bible. Examples of this are many: Ten Commandments, Noah’s was the Tenth Generation from God, Tithes = 1/10th..and so on.
Therefore, if we add anything to the # 10 making it # 11, there is no longer “Divine Order” but disorder and it also is no longer considered one of the (Perfect) Biblical numbers.
Also, the #12 (a product of #3 the perfectly divine and heavenly number) is always used in the Bible representing “Governmental Perfection”. Examples, Biblical, as well as natural surroundings and Governing bodies terrestrial, and celestial are inexhaustible but include: The Sun and the Moon rule the day and govern night in twelve hours each, as well as they pass through the 12 signs of the zodiac to complete the great cycle of the heavens..wherein, 12..one of the (Perfect) Biblical numbers, Multiplied by 30, another of the perfect numbers, based on ten = 360. ( the perfect circle) There were also twelve Patriarchs and twelve sons of Israel. Also, we find The twelve Apostles, The twelve foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem,The twelve gates, twelve pearls, twelve angels..The list goes on. At any rate, if we take anything away from the #12, making it the #11..then we no longer have the perfect number, or the perfect governing system, but total “One World Disorder” …
Sorry, that’s a different topic for a different time. Although, if we study today’s governments, and world systems we would find some striking similarities and parallels to the 40 years the Israelites ‘s wandered in the “Wilderness” aimlessly. They were always murmuring, always complaining, intent to make and live by their own rules and never coming to the place of “Rest’ in the finished works God already laid out perfectly for them.
There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.) Deuteronomy 1:2
And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month , on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, Deuteronomy 1:2-5
How long will you stay on this side of your Jordan?
.7 Rest Secure in His Finished Works @ the Cross for you, and begin to let His fruits grow through your life.
Here are some “Key” Verses to rest in: And may God Bless you with them.
©paul willis -2010
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 2 Corinthians 8:12
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10
10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Hebrews 4:10