Knowing Immunity from Immunity
There are certain scriptures in the Bible that we hear so often, that if we are not careful, we can become immune to their power. Proverbs 3:5-6 is definitely one of those verses. It’s important to remember that we only know that which we have become one with. In other words, we only know that which we habitually personify. Our school system tends to foster a mindset that because you can merely select the right answer via multiple choice you actually know something. But just as Yeshua/Jesus was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, 1 so he wants to make his Word become living flesh in us. 2
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There’s a proverb among the Asaro tribe of Indonesia that says, “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.” May the Word of the Living God live in our muscles, permeate our innermost being, transform our thinking, and revolutionize our lives. 3
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart… Yes, easier said than done! Truly trusting God is to fully embrace him as our Master, our King, our Creator. It is he who has made us and not we ourselves. 4 He is the potter and we are the clay. 5 We surrender our identity into his 6 and we take on his name. To trust in the Lord is to not only understand the reality that he is Lord 7 but to proactively lay down our rights to run our own life 8 and to surrender to his Lordship not just once and for all, but actively and intentionally everyday. There is something about being a living sacrifice, 9 in that, as a living sacrifice you have the ability to get off the altar, but as a living sacrifice we have to make the daily choice 10 to stay on it.
Where’s your Ladder Leaning?
And lean not unto thine own understanding… The Hebrew word for lean in this passage is Sha’an. 11 A short definition would be: to support one’s self; lean, lie, rely, rest (on, self), stay. This is the same word used for Samson leaning upon the pillars supporting the party house of the Philistines, 12 and in Isaiah “Woe to them that…rely on horses and trust in chariots…but don’t seek God” 13 It’s impossible to trust God and to rely or lean on our own understanding at the same time. 14 His ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We must relinquish our own understanding 15 in preference to his understanding, his wisdom, 16 and his thoughts. 17 If we prefer our own thoughts over his thoughts, we are leaning on our own understanding and not trusting in him who sees the end from the beginning, 18 orchestrates all things in alignment with his will, 19 and upholds everything by the word of his power. 20 By his grace, we draw 21 our next breath. 22 It is in him that we live, move, and have our being. 23 To know him is to trust him. 24
The Fool and His Fables
We tend to look at the Scriptures and super-impose 25 our own pre-existing understandings 26 upon them. We are so far removed from true Biblical culture and a Hebrew mindset, yet we presume 27 to know the truth, we presume to know what is right and wrong, 28 not recognizing that our own thoughts, our own paradigms, and the lenses through which we view the world have polluted our minds. 29 Fainthearted Beware: Try bringing up polygamy in just about any modern church today and note the attitudes that quickly surface wanting to excommunicate the majority of the patriarchs of Scripture and possibly even you as well because you dared to mention it. I don’t know about you, but I would love to have David along side of me in a worship service. Something tells me that I could learn a thing or two. Why is it that we often times feel so bolstered and arrogant in our modern worldview that we’ll stand in judgment of God’s Word 30 rather than actively pursue to being transformed by it? 31
2 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
When the above verse was written the only Scripture known was the Hebrew Scriptures. The Body of Messiah was yet to be immersed in Hellenistic Greek and Roman thinking, yet today, we virtually know nothing else. We must trust in God with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. We must recognize that if there’s anything in the Scriptures that runs cross-grain with our thinking, it is our duty to intentionally choose to put our thinking on trial 32 before God and his Word rather than to put God and his Word on trial 33 before the pride and arrogance of our thinking. We must recognize that anything that is in us that stands in judgment of the Word or in criticism of God’s judgments, is the fruit of a haughty spirit corrupted by the world 34 or simply our carnal mind which is enmity before God. 35 May we all be soft and moldable clay in the hands of the Master Potter. May we all be vessels of honor fit for the Master’s use. 36
The Secret to Real Change is Yada, Yada, Yada
In all your ways acknowledge him… Yada, yada, yada. No, I am not mocking Scripture but rather bringing out one of the most important purposes of our entire existence. We were created to know and be known by God. The Hebrew word for ‘to know’ is ‘yada’.
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- John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
- Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
- Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Psalms 100:3 – Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- Isaiah 64:8 – But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
- Ephesians 3:14-15 – For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
- James 2:19 – Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
- Mark 8:35-36 – For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
- Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- Luke 9:23 – Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[fn] and follow Me.
- Strong’s H8172
- Judges 16:26, 29, 30 – And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 29. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 30. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
- Isaiah 31:1 – Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
- Joshua 24:15 – And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
- Isaiah 5:21 – Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
- James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
- Isaiah 55:7 – Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
- Isaiah 46:8-10 – Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
- Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
- Hebrews 1:2-3 – Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- Isaiah 42:5-6 – Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
- Acts 17:24-25 – God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
- Acts 17:27-28 – That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
- Psalm 9:10 – And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
- 2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
- Jeremiah 16:19 – O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
- Romans 1:22 – Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
- Isaiah 5:20 – Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
- Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
- Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
- Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- Isaiah 29:15-16 – Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
- Isaiah 45:9 – Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
- James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
- Romans 8:7 – Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
- 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.