In Romans 15:2, Paul encourages "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." Often, good leaders naturally like to please people. How can we best ensure that we are doing so for their good and to truly build them up?
To understand the application of Romans 15:2, we must first understand the previous verse which states, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves." That phrase “obligation to bear with the failings of the weak” carries with it the whole moral of the story which is, to help or prevent the fall of another brother/sister. The same word “neighbor” used in verse two is the same type of reference used in Luke 10:36, which points out that this person is not just a worldly neighbor, but one who shares a common bond with us such as a fellow church member. Our “obligation” here is to remind our fellow brethren of the love of God in their life. We are to remind them of the grace and mercy of God which allowed them to be saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. This “obligation to bear” carries with it a responsibility, not how we have seen modeled in the churches around our country today, but to walk with this fallen comrade through the trenches of their spiritual warfare and restoration.
“Bearing” with the failings of our brothers and sisters requires us to have our walk with God in order. Our lecture mentions that, “Importantly for the Christian leader, each model must be approached with Christian ethics and a Christian worldview firmly in place.” The same principles are required when dealing with the restoration of a fallen comrade or the assistance to avoid their fall. We must be rooted in the Word and live a lifestyle worthy of our testimony in order to assist others who have fallen. The following verse two tells us to “please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." When we see this word in this context today, we assume that this means to make our neighbor happy or to satisfy them by their flesh desires.
I am sure our neighbor would be happy and pleased for us to throw them a backyard cookout. However, this is not the context in which this phrase is used in this verse. If our brother is having an issue with sexual immorality, throwing him a backyard cookout and inviting many friends to come over wouldn’t be the solution to his problem. This phrase is meaning to make them spiritually “pleased” by assisting them to get out of their backslidden state. In this context, to please him would sound something more like inviting him to a twice a week men’s Bible study focused on the topics of what it means to be a man for God’s will and purpose. Whatever the situation and your means of being a good “neighbor”, it should assist with restoring that person’s relationship with God and set a Christ-like example for them to follow.
In 1 Timothy 4:16, Paul warns his young protégé Timothy, "Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” Out of all the things that a young leader could be concerned about, why do you think Paul focused a watchful eye on self and teaching?
Paul warned Timothy to keep a watchful eye on self and teaching for several reasons. One of the hardest tasks to accomplish as a Christian leader is too remained focused on our calling. In ministry it can become easy to be distracted by many elements. When we take our eyes off the “mission” God has given us, it leaves us susceptible for other attacks as well. When a leader is “mission” minded fulfilling the calling of God, the enemy loves few things more than to be able to distract and interrupt God’s work.
From the beginning of chapter four, Paul has been given spiritual and moral guidance regarding how to be the best Christian leader and Minister Timothy can be. Paul is warning Timothy to be on guard for false teachers, doctrines, to warn other Christians of their sin, and even how to “train yourself to be godly” (v.7). Verses 11-14 instruct Timothy how to be a good leader and example, free from moral failure. Verse 16 only continues this trend by telling him as another version of 1 Timothy 4:15 says to, “Watch your life and doctrine closely.”
Paul, being the great mentor and leader that he was had a vast knowledge of what it took to be a spiritual leader. Now, since his conversion he was a Christian leader who also knew the Judaic laws, customs, and traditions. He knew the commandments, character, and moral expectations God had for His people. Paul was a perfect Christian Leader’s mentor as he came from a formerly educated Jewish and Roman background. From his conversion experience and his educational background he could understand what it was that people saw and expected different from the Christians than the Jew. Paul understood the value of not only looking good (the Jewish method), but also being good at heart (Christ’s way). Paul knew that if Timothy could be distracted by all the false doctrines and temptations that come with leadership, he would also soon be teaching these beliefs as well. This would not only lead to his inevitable demise, but also that of all those believers under his leadership. These things are easily crept in when there are distractions all around, however if we stand firm on the Word of God we can stop these things in their paths before they ever arrive.
The Bible: Where It Came From, How It Was Made, It's Various Parts, and Why It Is The Holy Book of Christianity
Lesson: Facts about our Faith
II Timothy 2:15
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
The Bible (from Koine Greek , ta biblia “the books”—a paper or scrool) a collections of sacred texts or scriptures that was Christians considered to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. The word Bible means a collection of writings or library of books. II Timothy 2:15 “Righty divide His word.
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The Septuagint , or the LXX, is a translation of the Hebrew Scriptures and some related texts into Koine Greek, began in the late 3rd century BCE and completed by 132 BCE, originally in Alexandria, but in time it was completed elsewhere as well.
The oldest extant copy of a complete Bible is an early 4th –century parchment book preserved in the Vertical Library, and it is known as the Codex Vaticanus.
Major Division of the Old Testament
The Pentateuch - five scroll-cases, (Commonly the first five books of the Bible) – The Hebrew –speaking Jewish community referred to these five books as “The Law,” “Torah,” or “The Law of Moses.” Torah – means “teaching” or “instruction.”
Gospels (Gospel by four so called by Eusebius) or (Synoptic Gospels)
Pastoral Epistles (All three are letters from an old man at the close of his ministry who is concerned for his successors in the pastorate. As such, the letters concern the things that would be crucial for the young pastors to understand—church organization and discipline, including such matters as the appointment of elders and deacons, the opposition of rebellious members or false teachers, and the maintenance of doctrinal purity.)
Prison Epistles (The Prison Epistles refer to four letters in the New Testament written by the apostle Paul during his time under house arrest in Rome between approximately 60—62 AD. The first three of these epistles were written to specific local groups of Christians in the cities for which the books were named. Ephesians was written to the believers at Ephesus and covers areas of doctrine (chapters 1—3) and application (chapters 4—6). Of great importance is this letter's emphasis on salvation by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), church unity (Ephesians 4), and spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18).
What did Thomas Jefferson believe?
The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus were divine. Jefferson cut and pasted his arrangement of selected verses from the King James Version of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in chronological order, putting together excerpts from one text to those of another in order to create a single narrative.
This Bible Study Was Written And Taught By Rev. Jesse Adams (M.Div.), Senior Pastor of Oak Level Baptist Church in N.C.
Sunday School Lesson
Kings of Judah: Rehoboam The Arrogant
2 Chronicles 10-12 (KJV)
10 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.
12 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.
2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous.
7 And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lord, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.
13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.
2 Chronicles begins with the successful building of the Temple. It was filled now with all the marvelous items for God such as golden vessels, altars of brass, bronze basins, pillars, and was dedicated to God by Solomon. The glory of God so filled the temple after Solomon’s prayer that the priests could not even enter….
I sure would love to see the glory of God fill the church so strongly that we couldn’t enter the sanctuary without allowing Him to first cleanse our hearts. I pray that His conviction would be so heavy in the service today that we would be convicted of our unclean thoughts, acts, and deeds. The presence and glory of God is missing in His houses across the world today.
At the same time the temple was built, a palace for Solomon was built as well. In all it took 13 years to complete all the construction that Solomon had ordered.
We see in 2 Chronicles 7 that God makes a covenant with Solomon and the His people:
2 Chronicles 7:11-22 (KJV)
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
God had already blessed Solomon with great wisdom, wealth, and material things.
However, Solomon also married many foreign women, which was confusing considering his dedication to God at the time, however 2 Chronicles 8:11 shows his early intentions to be faithful in the beginning to God:
2 Chronicles 8:11 (KJV)
11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come.”
Eventually, these outside influences and pressures from these many spouses would prove to be to much of an influence for Solomon.
Solomon began to turn to idols and we see that God became angry at him as he turned to idolatry away from god.
Let’s look at 1 Kings 11:1-14
11 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lordhis God, as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon……..
11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
14 And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.
Solomon and Rehoboam then try to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt
Now Let Us Flash Back To 2 Chronicles 10:1-19
What Is Significant About Jeroboam’s Rise To Power?
Rehoboam’s Rejection Of The Elders Advice Sheds Some Light On His Character.
Our Text Points Out That The Israelites Were Getting Exactly What They Asked For
The 10 Tribes Now Rebel and Claim Loyalty To Jeroboam As King
Rehoboam Strengthens And Refortifies Judah
So Where Did Things Turn Around For Rehoboam?
Rehoboam’s Pride And Arrogance Had A Cost:
Nobody Wants That
1 Samuel 4:5-11 KJV
5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp.
7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.
This is a sad story, with a better ending. A story about God’s chosen people who turn their back on the Lord.
When Eli was getting older and Samuel was now grown, sin began to take hold in Israel and destroy the good within the land. God had warned Eli through Samuel that their day was coming when God would no longer defend them. The people had decided they didn’t want the presence, conviction, and standards of God anymore. As a matter of fact, they didn’t even need the Ark of the Covenant anymore.
Listen To This Poem Written By: Robert L. Hinshaw
It has stood for decades along the county gravel road.
Skittering mice and barn owls now call it their abode.
What was once a stately building is now a shambles,
Surrounded by barren fields and prickly brambles.
Where once its weather-boarding was a bright cherry-red,
Due to the ravages of time, they're now a silvered-gray instead.
Yet can be seen a faded Mail Pouch Tobacco sign on its weathered side,
And a rusty weather-vane twisting in the wind, though a bit cockeyed!
Seasons of howling gales have striven to raze its sturdy oaken beams,
But they've held the old barn together though straining at its seams.
Its cavernous lofts once abounded with fragrant alfalfa hay,
That provided children a playground on many a rainy day.
It sheltered horses, sheep and cattle on frigid winter nights,
And for lack of electricity, it was lit by flickering lantern lights.
It was built when neighbors helped neighbors who were skilled,
At wielding hammer and saw and cherished great pride in their guild.
Now those great days are far gone
Nobody wants that old barn around their home
Life will most likely never be the same again
One day we will wish we could get back to how things were back then.
Isn’t this a lot like how we treat the presence and our relationship with God? As a country and people, we have decided that sanctified, holy living for God is something of old. “We no longer need to live that way” they say. “That was for the old people and a different time!” But, are we really better off today economically or spiritually? These things are said and thought in the hearts of man until the time comes when you need his presence, protection, prayer, guidance, conviction, and anything else that is beneficial to man. We have driven God out of our homes, schools, and all facets of life. Just as the barn represents an old and phased out economy, now we wish we had both back. They both represent a better time and lifestyle.
The Israelites had forgotten about God and the need for His presence and holy living. They didn’t need that old stuff anymore. As a matter of fact, His presence convicted them and made them uncomfortable so they moved him out yonder somewhere.
This was until the Philistines had raised up an army and invaded the lands of the Israelites. It was then that they decided that somehow because God gave them this land and that they were His people that He would defend them against this enemy.
It turns out that the Philistines knew the God of the Israelites better than they knew their own God. They had remembered the plagues of the Egyptians, the crossing of the Red Sea, the capturing of the Promised Land. They remembered these events and remembered the God who made them possible. The Philistines believed more in the God of the Jews than the Jews themselves.
The Philistines were afraid, but that was not necessary because the presence of God was not with the Israelites any longer. Just like the Jews, if we do not change… one day God’s presence will not be with us any longer.
The enemy fought and captured the Ark. Eli and his sons now lay dead, their sin and corruption representative of what was happening in Israel as a whole. Complacency had set in the people and they allowed sin to begin to take hold, which led to idolatry and violations of God’s law. Nobody wanted that old relic, that old chest that was said to hold God’s power, that old Ark anymore. That was just an old piece of furniture/relic of a past time that collects dust. Nobody needs that old stuff anymore.
Once the Philistines got it, they soon learned that they did not really want it themselves. They took the Ark containing the old remnants of God’s blessings (really supposed to hold God’s presence) and placed it into a temple of their idol God. The next morning they go back to find their stone God down before the Ark as if it were worshipping the Lord.
Soon after, many people die due to the curse that God places on them for having possession of the Ark. It gets passed around until one day they decide they have had enough death and devastation and they send it back to the Israelites.
They send it back with two cows, but without any direction. The cows are guided all the way down the road to an Israelite area where they receive the Ark with joy and gladness. That old washed up relic, that old box collecting dust, that old Holy Ghost presence that they once disregarded was now back.
Unfortunately, there were very few in the land that was righteous or qualified to take care of the Ark of the Lord. No one wanted that old, doomed, cursed relic around to weigh them down.
To keep that Ark meant they had to be serious about God. They had to give up that unsanctified life. They had to give up sleeping with whoever they wanted, they had to give up going to the bar, talking with poison tipped lips, and start living according to God’s law.
It may have seemed like there was no hope or no man left who could handle God’s presence in the end, but then there was Eleazar.
Eleazar said, daddy I will take it.
I will live how God wants me to live, I will do what God would have me to do, and I will say what God would have me to say. I will live a holy and sanctified life. All these things I will do to keep the presence of the Lord safe.
I must ask you today, are you keeping the presence of the Lord safe in your heart? Is your life and heart clean enough for God to stay with you or is his presence like that old barn, that old relic the Ark… collecting dust and being a hindrance to your lifestyle and desires of the world.
Maybe you been faithful just about all the days of your life and you are more like Samuel. I want to congratulate you because that is an achievement, however are you doing what is necessary to maintain that relationship over time or are you becoming complacent as the Israelites did with Eli?
We have to maintain our salvation as the Scripture tells us:
Philippians 2:12 (KJV)
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
So I must ask, are you ready to meet the Lord? If today were your last, are you prepared or have you set that old barn/ark/relic/past-time aside?
The Word of God is clear that we must be willing to do what it takes in order for the presence of God to dwell with us once more. Are we willing to do what it takes?
Inside And Out
Genesis 6:14 (KJV)
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
1.) Noah’s Ark Was Pitched Inside and Out, Something That Would Be Required In The Flood to Come In Order For The Wood To Keep Water Tight And Resist Impact
Pitch is a sticky substance that is water resistant in the right consistency and is commonly made with elements such as tar or coal, which is where the state of N.C. earns its name of the Tar Heel State and this is where the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives credit to their nickname the “Tar Heels”.
According to the UNC General Alumni Association, The Tar Heel Legend Is:
“A story that at best must be considered folklore states that when Lord Cornwallis's troops forded the Tar River in early May 1781 en route to Yorktown, they emerged with tar on their feet. This marked their passage through North Carolina as tar heels.”
Pitch can be manufactured and also happens naturally. It was used commonly in early days of shipbuilding as a protective barrier against decay and rot in the ship hull’s wood.
When water begins to seep into the wood, it breaks down and allows bacteria to begin to eat away at the wood. Ships for the most part in the western world do not require the natural kind of pitch anymore, but manufactured watercraft usually have some sort of barricade or liner in between the sheets of metal to form the hull of the vessel.
Isn’t it amazing how God knew exactly how to build this ship in such a way that it would resist the coming storm, the turning of the waves, and the instability of the battering winds and rain?
Studies have been performed that show it is nearly impossible to sink a ship built in the scale model of the ark with waves because when it turns over, it flips back upright by default of its design. The only other safety measures needed outside of its physical design was a method of water proofing its hull.
The Ark would also suffer possible blows and bangs up against floating debris, the pitch would have provided a protective (explosive) barrier.
Hasn’t the enemy dealt you many blows in your lifetime. I know he has in mine.
The Scripture tells us that in Revelation 12:15 KJV
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”
Our Vessels MUST BE PITCHED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, Lest the beast consume us in the last days. He spews lies, deceit, curses…. the harmful water of death upon us all.
If our vessels go un-pitched, we will surely be consumed in these last days!
If we go on un-pitched, we risk spiritual and moral decay of our vessel. We risk losing our vessel to the ocean of death and suffering.
So why was the ark pitched within as it was without?
The ark was pitched from within as a double layer of protection in the event that the outer layers began to wear away. Many times, we as believers have an outer appearance that is finely pitched without, appearing that we “have it all together”. The truth is, many of us are falling apart from the inside because we lack that inner pitch. Even further, we need a stronger pitch within than we do on the outside. The wood of our vessel may become saturated with the water outside, but we can burn warmly for God inside knowing that we are kept by Fire of God.
That same word used for “pitch” in the Hebrew form also refers to the term “covering” or “atonement”, and as the pitch covered the ark to protect it, God has covered us with his atoning love.
2.) So How Do We Become Pitched?
The Answer Is Simple, But For Some May Not Be Easy
a.) First we must get on the boat: our faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior is our symbolic act of getting on that boat. We walk through the door a changed person, now saved by grace and given a new life.
b.) When we allow ourselves to be humbled, repent, and profess faith in Christ, we open up the windows of Heaven to our soul. The Spirit then comes to reside in our hearts, but unlike many Christians are told, this is not the final step. For many Christians, this is where they stop, but they are only halfway done. You can make into Heaven this way, but you have left your boat half-pitched. At this point our vessel is only pitched from the outside, but what about the protective barrier on the inside?
c.) To become pitched on the inside, we need the anointing of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is protector and sealer from the inside. He is our conviction, source of strength, prays for us unceasingly, guides us, and protects us from the slippery slope of sin decay.
d.) In order to achieve the Baptism, we must seek to be sanctified which is achieved by confession, praying through, and maintaining a sanctified walk.
Sin, like the damaging water and bacteria that eat at the ship’s hull, will rot us from the core. We will suffer a slow fade and death from the inside out.
Many Christians today are pitched from without, but far fewer are pitched from within. It is great to look the part; I will never tell you that it is a problem to look sanctified
The Ark Was A Perfect Picture of The Coming Christ and the Pitch Was The Symbol For The Holy Spirit Who Acts As Our Protector, Comforter, Sealer, Sanctifier, to keep us safe from the tricks of the enemy who wants for us dearly to fail in our faith.
I pray today that the Lord will pitch us inside and out! I pray that my pitch never become dry, crusted, and fall away. I pray that each day, that God would add a new layer of pitch inside and out, that we would mature and grow as believers together. I pray that as He brings life to “dry bones”, and that His life would choose to continue to burn in me providing that ever-lasting life, protection and fire.
So I must ask you today, do you have that inner pitch? Do you have that holy ghost fire? Have you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
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