Deliver Us From Evil, Part 14
May 31, 2019
Last week, we started off a bit differently than we have in the past, and this week’s Coffee Break is no different. Last week, we dealt with the effect of curses, and the non-effect of causeless curses. This week, let’s talk about deliverance from the need to compromise.
In Psalm 122:6, David writes, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good."
Then Ezekiel prophesies, "Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.
"Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 11:14-21)
Brother! What a mouthful! Now, before we get too far along in this and you begin to wonder where I'm headed in this discussion, let me lay a clear foundation.
Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods."
OK. That ought to be a good start. You DO understand, do you not, what we're talking about here?
God made it absolutely, abundantly clear that the nation of Israel was NOT to compromise with, make covenants with, nor co-habit the land of their inheritance with the seven nations whom He had pronounced His judgment upon. Let's not forget that the judgment against these seven nations actually goes back many hundreds of years even before Israel was in captivity in Egypt. It began with a homosexual act committed by Ham against his father, Noah, while he was in a drunken stupor.
think I'm off on some wild hair, let me take you back to
clear about this. Noah didn't pronounce this most incredible of curses
because Ham had simply pulled his robe off to look at him while he was
drunk. Verse 22 of the same chapter tells us (
Gesenius, in his Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, tells us that the phrase "saw the nakedness of" is a metaphor for engaging in an illicit sexual act -- regardless of whether it refers to male or female.
The fact that Ham committed this act was horrific enough as it was, but to commit it upon his father was an unspeakable act of treachery and betrayal, never mind the fact that he subsequently laughs and brags to his two brothers. I know it seems like I'm going around a 40-acre field, but bear with me for a moment.
Thus Noah pronounced a curse upon Canaan, the firstborn son of Ham, along with all of the seed to follow in that lineage. The Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites and the Girgashites were all descendants of Canaan. God specifically promised the lands of these nations to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob/Israel; and He subsequently told Moses that HE would drive them out of the land before Israel. Israel, however, was NOT to covenant with them, not to compromise with them in any way, not to intermarry with their sons and daughters.
In fact, they did just that. Only one of the seven nations actually disappeared -- the Girgashites. Both Scripture and history tell us that they fled from the land before the oncoming Israelites. Joshua began the compromise with the nations when he failed to check with the Lord concerning the Gibeonites. Had he done so, he would quickly have learned that they were Hivites who were using their deceptive and manipulative skills in order to survive and avoid their destruction at that moment in time.
forget that this tactic of the Hivites was already well established when the
sons of Hamor -- and particularly Shechem -- sought a covenant with Jacob in
the matter of Jacob's daughter, Dinah. The story unfolds in
We see Shechem and Hamor talking with their fellow-Hivite elders and saying, "These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us."
The picture is quite obvious. Once they've intermarried with the descendants of Jacob, their intention is to gobble up everything they've got. It was a spirit that ruled the entire nation of Hivites. Deception, trickery, lies, false promises, manipulation, using sexual seduction -- you name it -- all were characteristics of these people.
And the Hivites were not alone in these characteristics. Those these traits were the dominant traits of the Hivites -- and each of the other seven nations had their own specific traits, cultural identities and characteristics -- the use of deception and trickery in order to gain control of their enemies was common to all seven nations.
Hence, the Lord gave Moses a direct order to kill, to destroy every last man, woman, child, cattle and beast of the field belonging to these nations: not to save alive any portion of their existence, but to blot them out.
Got the picture?
Let's take this the next step. Most of those people who call themselves "Palestinians" are, in fact, descendants of one or more of these accursed nations. The present-day Gaza Strip is the old stomping grounds of the Philistines, who were an Amorite tribe. Palestinians occupying the so-called "West Bank" historically are descendants of the Amorites and Hittites, along with a mix of Ammonites (present day Amman, Jordan [and one of the oldest cities in continuous existence for thousands of years] gets its name from its Ammonite forbears). The name, Palestine, actually derives from its origin in Philistia (the Philistines).
Here's a problem. Israel's old – and now imprisoned -- Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, announced his intention to divide the city of Jerusalem and give away -- unilaterally, if necessary -- half the city to the Palestinians. That ultimately cost Olmert his Prime Ministership, and eventually saw him tried for fraud and corruption.
If memory serves me correctly, it was Winston Churchill who once said, "Peace at any price is no peace at all."
Olmert's efforts to gain peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians were doomed before they ever got off the ground. He sought, once again, to compromise with a people who have made it abundantly clear (and have never renounced this) that their ultimate purpose is the control of and eradication -- if necessary -- of all Jews in Israel, along with the expunging of the name of Israel from the lands and territories they want to call Palestine. Olmert, in fact, was simply repeating the mistakes made by the leaders in Israel more than 3300 years ago. His labors and efforts -- in ignorance, I am sure – could have brought a curse upon the nation and the people.
With Hamas now in control of the Palestinian people, their intentions have become very overt, whereas before they were more covert. Before I go on with this, let me make something very clear. We are not talking about a people, even though we make reference to the Palestinians. There are many Palestinian people who would just as soon live in peace and prosperity with the Jews. There are many of them who don't care anything whatever for a so-called nation of Palestine. There are many of them who actually are committed Christians.
What I am referring to is a spirit in control of the leadership of these people. It is the same spirit that Israel needed to overcome that was in control of the nations that occupied that region prior to its being given to the descendants of Israel by the Lord God. This is a "principality," a "ruler of the darkness" of the region. Once again, we see this spirit seeking the elimination and annihilation of God's people, Israel, just as it did when the Lord gave the lands to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by divine covenant.
And once again, we saw the leaders in Israel seeking a compromise in order to bring an end to the perpetual conflict that has plagued the region. While it isn't hard to understand the desire for peace, peace at any price -- including the giving away of one's inheritance, and especially half of a city that has the most incredible history of any city in the world: a history of God's purposes and His covenant with a people who have chosen a relationship with Him -- results in no peace, and ultimately the destruction of those who capitulate to compromise.
David well knew the history of Jerusalem before he wrote, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," and then prophesied, "they shall prosper that love thee."
That said, one of the purposes of today's Coffee Break is to alert Christians to a conspiracy of Satan -- actually a conspiracy that has existed for millennia -- and call the body of Christ to prayer and intercession for Jerusalem, and for the nation of Israel. I believe it is incumbent upon us as believers to pray the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy, to wit:
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. "
Let's make it clear. The Palestinian inhabitants (under the control of this evil spirit), "The inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession." The gathering of the people, as prophesied by Ezekiel, began many years ago. The assembling out of the countries where Jews have been scattered for centuries has been taking place since the 1940's. What has not yet manifested is "a new spirit" and God's promise that "I will take the stony heart out of their flesh."
In the coming days and weeks, I call upon all of you who read this to join us in concerted prayer and intercession for Jerusalem, and for Israel. God has a purpose here, and I will not stand idly by knowing that purpose, and fail in my responsibility to cry out on behalf of the city, and the nation.
There's a whole lot more I could say on this, but hopefully, this will adequately spur you to prayer, to intercession, to praise, to High Praise, to worship, to "battle worship."
This is a warning to those who would compromise with the Enemy. Beware, my brothers and sisters! Compromise leads to destruction!
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Regner A. Capener
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