Isaiah 32 by Pastor Don Moore

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Isaiah 32 by Pastor Don Moore

Bible study from 5/14/10

Think about what you are singing. We all sing the old song, “When we all get to Heaven.”  The truth is that we don’t have to wait until we die and go to Heaven to get the promises of God. They are available here on earth.

Isaiah 32:1-2 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

This is a Messianic vision of Christ. Isn’t Jesus all of what this is?

Isaiah 32:3 The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

I got eyes, I got ears.

Isaiah 32:4-8 Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly. The foolish person will no longer be called generous, nor the miser said to be bountiful; for the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error against the LORD, to keep the hungry unsatisfied, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.  Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; he devises wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks justice. But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.

The evil one will be unseated by the King of Righteousness. The enemy tries to destroy the poor, sow seeds and destroy the poor with lying words.  Wanting us to spend extravagantly, instead of helping the poor and needy and doing the work of the Kingdom.

Isaiah 32:9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.

Women, don’t be complacent, hear the Word of the Lord and obey.

Isaiah 32:10-11 In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women; for the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you complacent ones; strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists.

Why women?  God has special warnings for men and women. They are different. In the family there is division of labor, and that brings order to the world.

Isaiah 32:12-13 People shall mourn upon their breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.  On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city;

God did not design men and women to compete in the market place or start taking authority over and against the family. Women are not to be demeaned for their desires to do. Men can open their eyes and see – David got in trouble when he saw Bathsheba. The feminine nature can pose a problem for women, if they fall into feelings and error. Eve saw the fruit and it appeared good to her. Together women and men can help each other to not be deceived.

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

She should have said it in reverse.  I ate, the serpent deceived me. If the desire was not in her, she would not have done wrong. The serpent would not have targeted her if she wasn’t looking at the fruit.

The problem begins in verse 1 of Chapter 3. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

The devil targeted the woman, not the man. What did he see that caused him to target her?  The woman had to have given a sign or something about her that caused the devil to conclude that he could get a toe-hold in her life.

Genesis 3:2-3 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

She has the right information – don’t mess with the fruit on this tree. Did she have full revelation?  No.  She functioned under presumption, did not know that there were different facets of death. God asked her to be obedient even if she did not have full information. Presumption will eat a relationship alive. The devil figured it out, watching her behavior and realized he could affect her behavior. He watched her behavior in the garden. She didn’t have the information and fell to presumption.  Emotions cause you to be presumptuous, you have a feeling.

Genesis 3:4-5 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The devil always tells the truth, but adds in a lie. Our emotional presumption cause us to believe him. Gossip is not such a problem with men because guys will put it down saying, “I don’t want to hear it.” The devil gets Eve to react from her emotions rather than obedience.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

To solidify her position Eve manipulates. She plays Jezebel and gives some of the fruit to Adam to eat. Jezebel would not have been effective in enticing Ahab if he had told her to stop. But he wanted that vineyard. Jezebel wanted Ahab’s power and attacked the head. Ahab needed to set the woman down and tell her, “No.” Adam should have set Eve down and told her, “No.” Adam saw the conversation, was aware of the serpent. He sees her eat the fruit and should have stepped on the serpent’s head. He should have told the serpent to be quiet. When Jesus (the seed of the woman) comes he will bruise the serpent’s head, but Adam could have taken care of it early on in the Garden.  Adam could have added his dominion and protected his wife against the lying serpent. He should have been able to say, “I didn’t eat the fruit, the woman did. But I will die for her.”  Make a sacrificial offer.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Shame has entered the world. The devil beats women in the realm of the emotions and feeling real feelings which are not accurate or the truth. Not based on what you do. Our emotions can lie to us. Eve did not respect her husband. If a man is respected he can put up without love. A woman can’t live without feeling loved.

The serpent told the woman a half truth and a half truth is a lie. Both Adam and Eve feel shame. No matter what door is opened, sin is sin. Adam did not obey God, he chose to obey his wife. What she had Adam do was wrong.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

They hid, as if you can hide from God.

Genesis 3:9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

The Lord SAID to Adam, an order. Ahab, even with weak backbone and not standing up to Jezebel, was still responsible for what went down in his hose. Adam should have told Eve, “Don’t eat the fruit. I have a better plan.” God wants to teach the man to be in charge. God asks Adam a question, not because God doesn’t know the answer. He knows. He wants Adam to take stock of what happened. He wants to get us to the truth.

Genesis 3:10-12 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Adam should have replied, “Yes, I ate.”  Instead he threw the blame back on the woman and also on God who gave Adam the woman.

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

She opts out by blaming the serpent who deceived her.

Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

God curses the devil.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

God explains the curse. This is the prophecy of the Virgin Birth, for a woman does not have “seed.”  But for Jesus, God cannot use a mortal man to produce seed, he will use the Holy Spirit. Between your seed (satan) and her Seed (The Messiah).  There will be no sperm to fertilize Mary’s seed.

Pastor Don spoke of visions and dreams. What we see with our eyes is compelling.  The Glory of God captivates us, and no one who truly sees the Lord can describe Him. Every time we make a decision on appearance we are wrong. King Saul was tall and handsome, but he had no character. Jesus is beyond our comprehension.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

In the Garden Eve would have popped out babies with no pain, but now her birth will be painful.  Her desire is for her husband and her husband will rule her – that is a curse, not a blessing. A woman would rather have the power of the man, she is going to want to rule, but the man is in charge. She will need to yield to him. He will be the decisive one in the family and that will be a problem for the woman. That is why we ended up with the women’s lib movement, women were frustrated, and are still frustrated today.

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.”

Adam put Eve in position over God, and heeded his wife. Because of that the ground will be cursed for Adam’s sake. Man cannot base his decisions on the beauty and sexiness of his wife. When sex is cut off, unholy relationships will emerge. Porn is worshipping women as an idol. The eye is the window of the soul.

There is a warning in 2 Timothy 3:1-4 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

This should bring admonition and fear to man. We are seeing these sins becoming rampant.

2 Timothy 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Its basis is demonic, for it is a FORM of godliness.

We are seeing some of this even in the Church. Churches are denying the total Word of God, saying what they believe the Holy Spirit can do and can’t do. They are claiming that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer in effect.  They are denying the power of God. We need to rethink our traditions and line our faith up with what the Word of God tells us about God. If the gifts of the Spirit ceased with the disciples we have to ask ourselves why they were still in effect 100 to 400 years after Christ.  The power of God brings us to repentance where we say that we need Jesus in our life. The power of God can set people free, protect marriages.  We need more than religion, we need truth. Pray until God shows up, until the revelation and power of God is released.

Pray to God to have Him reveal the truth in His Word. Shouldn’t the Word release power off the page to us?

Psalm 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

We are told to meditate on the Word of God. Meditate is not what the New Age is telling us. It means to mutter over and over the Word of God. Not emptying our mind so that any spirit can come in and take root. Rather, we fill our minds with the Word of God, the Truth of God. .

Jesus will not manifest Himself and leave you in your mess. When you are ready and reach out to Him, He will pull you out of your mess, but only when you are ready for this to happen.

Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

This is not saying that you never pray the same request, but rather it is the heart of your prayer. Are you believing that because of your diligence in repeating a prayer over and over that you will make the miracle happen?  That is a vain repetition. We do things that we deem will produce spiritual outcome by our doing of them. Jesus wants your heart to participate in the prayer, not just mindless repetition. To cleanse and sanctify yourself is Biblical. To ask for forgiveness of sin, was hands, clean, etc does not produce sanctification, but we do these things out of respect for God.  We must repent of our sins before going to the altar, but when we repent, we know that He has forgiven us.  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We can repeat and it is not always a vain repetition. If we are repeating a prayer, building our faith in God by doing so it is not a vain repetition. For example if you are hurt and asking for healing, you may repeat over and over, “By His stripes I am healed.” Repeat it over and over until you believe it in your Spirit, knowing the truth of it.  We aren’t repeating it to work on God, but rather repeating it until we fully believe it.

Psalm 4:7-8 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

God will meet us in our distress and we won’t have to worry. We can lie down and sleep in peace.

Pastor Don pointed out that Psalm 4 is a good Psalm to read when you are stressed out and can’t sleep. Keep reading it out loud, silently, fill your mind with the Psalm and it will help you to sleep. He pointed out that we need to shut down our mind, for we can worry over situations endlessly, and our mind can stress us to death.

2 Timothy 3:1-5  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

These sinful behaviors will only increase in the last days, and they will hurt us as man beats up on man.

2 Timothy 3:6-7 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Gullible women. This points back to Genesis and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve believed the lies of the serpent. She could have rejected those words and held on to what God had told Adam. She wanted wisdom to be like God, and we still see this kind of wisdom creeping into households today. People are seeking knowledge, but it is not knowledge of the Truth. That is what the new age and other false doctrines are, knowledge, but not knowledge of the Truth. They listen to what they FEEL is the truth, they end up trapped in lies, captive and gullible.

Written to the Elect Lady, 2 John gives a powerful warning against deceptive teachings.

2 John 7-11 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

Isaiah 32:9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.

Women, please listen up. This is a prophetic scripture right before the Messiah comes.

Isaiah 32:10 In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women; for the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come.

In a year and some days the vintage will fail.

Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you complacent ones; strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists.

Repent, get hooked up with God again.

Genesis 3 => Isaiah 32 => 2 Timothy

mentally causes us to observe complacency.

Pastor Don spoke to us that Y2K was practice for what will be coming. We want to be ready to be Jesus’ Bride (male and females are His Bride). DO NOT BE COMPLACENT.

How do we spend our time? Get ready for Jesus coming and reach out to others so that as many as possible are prepared.

Pastor Don pointed out that 70% of church membership is women, generally. At Living Word Chapel there are more men attending than the norm.

We need to build up communication and retake the airwaves – have a good Christian presence on Facebook and blogs.

Be selective about what we choose to entertain us, TV, Movies, Books. Don’t let garbage in.

Take every opportunity to evangelize and reach out to others to share the Lord.

I pray you are blessed by this teaching.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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