"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
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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The Compassion of Jesus: Luke
Lesson 6: Jesus Is The Compassionate Healer
Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Mark 2:27-28 (KJV)
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
This verse simply reiterates the fact that since man is more important than some day of the week, so is God’s compassion for man.
Some of us have had jobs, many of us for years that have required us to occasionally work on Sundays. While I used to be upset by that I don’t worry about it anymore. If God wills for me to have a job where I do not work on Sunday, He will give it to me. That day isn’t right now so I do not need to concern myself with it. Whatever the Lord wills is what I want for my life.
That is the theme behind this whole story: The Lord’s Will (We will come back to this later)
It wasn’t the Lord’s will for this lady to be in pain and suffering as she was. What kind of God would Jesus have been to ignore that pain, honor the Sabbath over her, but fail to honor the people of God’s covenant (His Own Creation By The Way) by not showing compassion upon her?
The Scripture states that she was afflicted by a “spirit of infirmity”, now we know that God’s children can’t be possessed by demons, but we can be oppressed. Many Christians today have found themselves oppressed by demons.
Another version says she was “Crippled” by the Spirit. She was bent over and could not stand up straight at all…….
Imagine walking around for 18 years bent over looking at the ground. That should have given her depression as well.
Verse 12 says, “Woman, thou art loosed form thine infirmity.”……You are set free from your infirmity!
Verse 13 says, “He laid his hands on her”---We have to remember to lay hands on the sick and those in need…. We will come back to the laying on of hands again in a moment.
13b) says, “immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Notice, her healing was immediate and while this is always possible, this does not happen every time someone is prayed for. Don’t lose hope if your healing doesn’t happen immediately, soon, tomorrow, next year, or ever. Some sicknesses may be due to oppression, some due to the fallen state of man’s body. What every may be the cause, its ok to ask God to take it from you, but always let Him know that you want His will to be done. His will should override anything in our life, even sickness and death.
Does anyone remember the story of Jephthah and his daughter? He vowed to God that if he were to win the battle that his daughter not bare children and remain a virgin. That ended his family line
Remember Hezekiah, who had his life spared 15 more years from sickness only to have a son born three years into the 15 who would be wicked at heart and allow Israel to be taken.
These are huge examples of what happens when God’s will is not sought.
That is why the Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
There are 5 major reasons this woman was instantly healed:
Verses 14 says,
“And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.”
What’s funny is how the ruler exposed his own hypocrisy with his own words!
Verse 15-16 states:
“15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
Pay close attention to the phrase: “whom Satan hath bound”
Did you know our bodies were never designed for sickness nor death?
What does the two Scriptures addressed here today and just about every healing story of Jesus tell us, except the one where the person being helped had great faith that required Jesus not to have to go to the place to help them…..They are all centered around Jesus touching the person. The laying on of hands.
Look at verse 13 again where it says, “He laid hands on her”. Even 14:4 says, “He took him”, which means He touched the man.
God’s Spirit is the only thing that I have encountered that can hijack my voluntary muscles. You might have muscle spasms, but that is nothing compared to the Holy Ghost. It reminds me that the body is nothing but a shell housing my spirit, a temple. And like all the matter and elements on earth, God controls it all.
This is significant, because it means if He made it, He can control it, He can destroy it, He can also fix it. And if He can fix and infirmity of 18 years such as this woman’s, He can fix mine if He so chooses.
Verse 13 states, “immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Notice her healing was immediate and while this is always possible, I believe there were a few reasons God made sure it was an immediate healing:
Mark 2:1-12 KJV
2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Let’s go back and wrap up Luke 13, Verse 17:
“17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.”
Luke 14:1-6 (KJV)
14 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?
4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
6 And they could not answer him again to these things.
Jesus approaches the next healing different and appears to be almost using their silence and lack of understanding as a teaching opportunity. He understood from the previous experience that there was obviously a piece of the puzzle missing for the Pharisees and leaders of His time that did not apply the mercy, grace, compassion, and love of God to the law.
Reflect on Ephesians 4:11-32. In Ephesians 4:24, what does Paul mean when he says we are call to "put on the new self" (NIV)? In your own faith context, what is the greatest challenge in helping people to put on the new self?
To understand what it means when Paul says we are called to “put on the new self (man),” we must first know who the old “man” was and how we can be changed. This old “man” is explained briefly in verse 17 as how the “gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” In other words, it is the person we were before conversion in our hearts. I like how the King James version says it as, “in the varity of their mind.” We are to surely be different post-conversion as this so-called “new man.”
When Jesus saves us, our sins are washed away and our blemishes rendered invisible. We are made pure, holy, and righteous before God in judgment again because of the witness of Jesus Christ in our life. Perfection may be impossible for us, but the Word is clear that we should at least strive for it. However, what happens when we fail to put on our “new man”? Knowing god and going back out into the same sin and activities we were involved in prior to knowing Him is equivalent to a mom dressing her kids up in their “Sunday best”, only for them to run outside and jump in a mud-puddle. While we were once as verse 18 says, “darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” We should now after conversion be new creatures or a “new man, which after God is created in the righteousness and true holiness.” We are to now be, “putting away laying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” We must turn from our wicked ways and as Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11)!
From my experiences across the board in ministry, the hardest part about helping people to put on the new self is helping them realize that the “new self” even exists. There is a false-gospel being spoken out there in the world that it is alright to maintain our sin and walk with God. However, this is a heresy from Hell. Without repentance, there is no salvation and without salvation, there is only death. Many are being taught a lie which is to maintain how they live, maintaining their unhealthy lifestyles wallowing in sin, until it is too late before they realize what they are doing isn’t working. This can only be combatted by displaying to them the full gospel regarding righteousness and sin. The bad has to be preached with the good and that is the only way for the Gospel to be effective. Jesus rebuked sinful lifestyles where it was needed and nowhere do I see that He embraced a person’s life who was in sin, but rather He instructed them on how to be saved and then live sin free. Babes in the faith may need some help, coaching, and time to unlearn negative behaviors, but somewhere in their spiritual growth they will begin to shed that “old wineskin” and develop the new.