One of the latest crazes is taking photos of oneself and uploading them onto social media sites. It’s called “Selfies.” Being obsessed with our looks and outward appearance has become a major thing in today’s world where everybody can pull up anybody via the internet. I want to talk about things that seem to have an outward appearance but are spiritually dead. Jude talked about men who were blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—TWICE DEAD.
1 Samuel 4 tells us that when the ark of the LORD’s covenant came into the camp of the Philistines, all Israel raised such a GREAT SHOUT that the ground shook before the Philistines, but it was an empty shout, void of power.
Have you ever been in a church service or meeting where the music was loud and the people were shouting, but the spirit seemed absent? The Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us!
The Philistines defeated ISRAEL and Eli’s sons were slain along with 30 thousand footmen. Israel had The Ark, but The Ark was silent that day. The blessed Holy Ruach Manifestation of Yahweh was inside that golden box but NO AMOUNT OF SHOUTING could cause it to stir. We know The Holy breath of Yah, was still inside it because when the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon their god, they arose early the next morning and Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. 1 Samuel 5:2. Yes, He was and is very much alive.
Eli, the high priest, had a daughter-n-law who was in labor when she heard the Ark had been captured by the enemy and that her husband had died. She gave birth to a son and “She named the child Ichabod, saying, “THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM ISRAEL;” because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.” 1 Samuel 4:21.
The people Yahweh had put in charge of His house and His most Holy things had made it about them. They had become Narcissist. His church today can look and sound identical. We can make a loud noise but remain mostly weak and unable to fight. I have a friend who said, “Tekoa you can’t fill a football stadium with a message about picking up a cross and dying on it. Sadly this may be true, but the glorious spirit of The Lord God Adonai will cause people to come out in droves and huddle around fishing boats and hillsides if it’s the real thing. His Spirit will cause us to study Torah and be obedient.
Eli, the high priest, died when he heard that the ark of the covenant of The Lord had been stolen by the enemy. His sons, who had been wicked and committed many sins, even adultery right there in the tabernacle of the Lord Adonai, now laid dead as well. The sons of Eli had lived like the devil while wearing the holy priestly robes. They had fulfilled every pleasure of their flesh with sex, food, and money. They grabbed the Ark and just expected HaShem to show up. They were counting on GRACE–grace they didn’t deserve. The Ark of the Covenant was taken with the children of Israel into battle. The Ark was where the Holy power of God lived. He now lives in born again believers, but He can be grieved and He can depart. You can take a selfie and look good on the outside but be dead on the inside.
Let’s ponder a few verses and notice the definitions below.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 NIV.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, “Quench not the spirit” NIV.
- Quench= extinguish (a fire).
- Grieve= cause great hurt
“Yet they rebelled and GRIEVED his Holy Spirit. So he turned and BECAME THEIR ENEMY and he himself fought against them.” Isaiah 63:10 NIV.
“How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE?” Hebrews 10:29 NIV.
I fear we as a Body have INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE TODAY.
I was thinking about a song I used to sing in my youth, it went like this. “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place, I can feel his mighty power and his grace.” As the song rang in my spirit I remembered a time when the Holy Spirit seemed to be stronger in the assemblies. Is it just me or is the bride sleepy? There were 5 foolish virgins and 5 wise and all 10 had something in common, they all fell asleep waiting.
The maiden in the book of Songs of Solomon doesn’t fall asleep, no she does the opposite.
“ALL NIGHT LONG on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him BUT DID NOT FIND HIM. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I WILL SEARCH for the one my heart loves.” Song of Solomon 3:1-3 NIV.
Are you searching for Him or just going through a routine of making a loud noise? There is a type of flower called Narcissus. These flowers have a distinguishing characteristic, they have in the center of the plant a corona or also known as a CROWN. It arises at the throat of the bloom and looks like a TRUMPET.
We can blow a lot of hot air like a trumpet and brag on The Holy Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh and still grieve Him. We can shout and make a great roar, a shout so loud the earth shakes, but if it doesn’t shake us out of our drowsiness we will end up just like Eli and his sons, “dead.” Narcissist make things all about them… WE MUST DECREASE, HE MUST INCREASE “It’s All About him.” His Torah and His Light.
photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl