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His Holy Covenant

[Matthew 7:6]

I take dogs and swine (Numbers 18:17) as saved that do not and cannot appreciate things that are holy.  One of the things that is holy is the Holy Covenant made to Abraham with an oath.  This holy covenant made to Abraham took place in Genesis 15 and it concerned the inheritance of Abrahamís heavenly seed.  The heavenly seed would be called through Isaac and not through Ishmael.  We are told in Matthew 7:6 not to give this truth to those who have not been called to the heavenly inheritance.  Dogs and swine have not been called, only sheep.  Dogs and swine (dogs are Gentiles and swine are vicious) will turn against you and trample these pearls under foot.

Dogs and swine can be taught the way of righteousness and they can escape the pollutions of the world by responding to what they have learned, but they will turn from the way of righteousness, which is the holy commandment. 

[2 Peter 2:20-22]  The dogs and the swine go back to what they have been used to when they cannot handle the pearls. Notice that a reference is made to the holy commandment.  It would be better for the dogs and swine not to be taught that which is holy because their latter end would have been better than to have knowledge of that which is holy then turn from it.

There are some words in this verse that is not to be taken literally.  Dogs are not to be taken literally, neither are pearls nor swine.  These are used in a figurative sense.  Obviously we do not take our jewelry to the pig pen and dump it into the trough.  That would be pure foolishness.

The dogs, swine, and pearls are to be taken figuratively and applied in a spiritual sense.  That which is holy can be taken in a literal sense.  Pearls represent that which is holy.  Dogs and swine represent that which is unclean.  The unclean in this context is not the lost person but those who are saved and have become defiled by a sinful lifestyle.

The pearls and that which is holy represent spiritual truths.  We are told not to give that which is holy or pearls, spiritual truths, to those who cannot appreciate or use them.

[Colossians 4:3-5]  Those who are defiled are without the camp under Mosaic Law.  We find a reference to those who are without in Colossians 4:3-5.  Holy pearls deal with the mystery of Christ. When it comes to sharing the mystery of Christ we are to walk in wisdom toward them that are without, not wasting time trying to get them to appreciate that mystery.

This is not talking about withholding the message of salvation from anyone.  Who is the message of salvation for?  Itís for everyone!  The message of salvation is not to be denied anyone and it is not a mystery; itís laid out in a simple, straightforward manner.  Holy pearls do not deal with the plan of salvation, because that message can be given to anyone who is not saved.

Pearls and honey have something in common.  Pearls are created layer by layer.  Butter is created by one piece of butter fat sticking to another piece of butter fat.  Bible doctrine is built line upon line and precept on top of precept.  I look at pearls as being the butter that is used to discern between good and evil.  Isaiah 7:15 says, "Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good."

[Luke 1:72-73:  Holy Covenant]  We have a reference to a covenant that is holy. This holy covenant made with Abraham is part of that which is holy.  This holy covenant that was sworn to Abraham was concerning his seed and the inheritance that would enter into.  This holy covenant was not to his earthly seed, Ishmael, but to his heavenly seed Isaac.  See Galatians 4, which deals with the two covenants.  Galatians 4:24 says, "Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar."

Letís look at Godís holy covenant.  [Genesis 15:5-6]   The holy covenant made with Abraham had to do with his seed that are referred as the stars of heaven. Abrahamís seed that are called stars are those who will have a heavenly inheritance in contrast to His seed that is numbered as the sand of the seashore.  The seed of Abraham that is numbered as the sand is a seed that will have an earthly inheritance.  [Stars:  heavenly; sand:  earthly.]

God told Abraham to look toward heaven and count the stars.  These stars are a reference to the seed of Abraham that would have a heavenly inheritance.  Reference is made in verse seven to the earthly seed and their inheritance.  It was believing in Godís covenant about his heavenly seed that provided Abraham with the righteousness, which came by faith.  Keep in mind that the stars in Abrahamís day were countable, so we are looking at a smaller number than the sand of the sea which his seed would also be numbered.  Psalms 147:4 says,  "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."

We also see that the children of the children of Israel were referred to as stars as they prepared to enter into the land flowing with milk and honey.  These stars were those who would have a better inheritance than those that were counted as sand.

[Isaiah 7:15]  I quoted this a moment ago, but I want us to take a closer look at it.  I want to look at the significance of butter and honey as referred to in Isaiah 7:15.  This verse is a verse that makes reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Verse 14 refers to his virgin birth and verse 15 gives us his diet so that the good would be preferred over the evil.  The nutritional values of butter and honey will not make it possible to make distinctions between the good and the evil, so these terms are figurative terms. Figuratively speaking, butter is doctrine.

Proverbs 30:33 says, "Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, Ö"  The Bible is the milk that all can feed on and use.  The milk of the word is for the babe to help him to begin to mature.  Milk does not have to be cooked nor prepared before it can be used.  It is predigested food, which makes it easy to assimilate.

Butter is different.  You have to work the milk so that the butterfat in the milk begins to stick together.  For this to happen one must churn the milk.  Usually cream is churned because it makes butter faster than churning milk.  The Lord used milk to illustrate that it would take a long time of churning milk to get the butter to use to discern between good and evil.  [Insert story here.]

[Isaiah 28:9-10]  When is butter churned?   This verse in Isaiah is a prime example of how butter is produced. Notice that there is a weaning from milk to solid food.  Knowledge is butter fat but doctrine is the bringing together precepts and building line upon line.  Why would anyone want to spend the time required churning milk to make butter?  The reason it is worth all this effort is that it will help you to stand approved in the presence of the Lord.

It takes a long time to churn milk to produce butter, but butter is not enough to help you to discern between good and evil.  It takes honey as well.

[1 Samuel 14:27]  Honey is enlightenment.   This verse in 1 Samuel gives us some insight into what the honey does.  As Jonathan put honey to his mouth, his eyes were enlightened.  Butter alone is doctrine without insight on how to use it.  This insight into doctrine comes from the Father as shown in Ephesians 1.

[Ephesians 1:17-19:  Epignosis Ė butter or knowledge]  The word translated here as knowledge, comes from the Greek word that means knowledge upon knowledge.  This is the precept upon precept and line upon line doctrine that comes churning the milk of the Word.  Paul prayed that the Father would give this enlightenment.  To apply the knowledge in this verse, it takes the spirit of wisdom and revelation from the Father.  This knowledge has to be revealed and after it is revealed it takes wisdom to apply it.  What is enlightened, it is the heart of our understanding that is enlightened.  Before this enlightenment can take place we have to demonstrate faith and love.  [Ephesians 1:15-16]

This enlightenment is for those who are believing in the present tense as found in verse 19 of Ephesians 1.  What is the difference between believe in the present tense and believe in the aorist tense?  When you believe in the aorist tense it is for the purpose of salvation.  To believe in the present tense is to please God.  Believe in the present tense is equivalent to faith.  Believe in the present tense is something you can stop doing.  When you stop pleasing God you will lose your part in the heavenly inheritance.

The enlightenment will allow us to have insight into the hope of our calling.  The hope of our calling is glory as found in Colossians 1:27, which says, "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Our calling is to a heavenly inheritance and not to salvation.  Salvation comes before the calling.  2 Timothy 1:9 "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."  This calling was according to the Fatherís plan for those who He chose from before the foundation of the World out of those who he had foreknowledge would be saved.

God has given us types.  [1 Corinthians 10:11] "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition (warning), upon whom the ends of the world are come."  Biblical types will provide the enlightenment we need to apply to the butter of the Word.  If we resist types from the Old Testament, we are resisting the spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of his word.

Psalms 147:4 says, "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."  This verse shows us that the stars of the heavens are not to be considered innumerable.  Abraham was looking at the night sky with his naked eye.  Looking at the night sky you can see about 6,000 stars.  The Lord knows the number of the stars and he calleth them by name.  This is in contrast the sand of the sea.  The number of the sand of the sea is an innumerable number and they are not named.

[Hebrews 11:12]  The fact that the sand, which by the sea shore in considered innumerable number is found in this verse.  Some may say that the stars also are an innumerable host in the sky.  One word used in this verse will help us to see that they are not without number.  That word is the word multitude.

[Acts 28:3] "And when Paul had gathered a bundle (multitude) of sticks, and laid them on the fire, ..."  Paul was in Malta and they were wet and cold and the people built them a fire so they could be warm and begin to dry.  The word multitude is found in this verse and it is the word bundle.  When Paul gathered a bundle of sticks to put on the fire, the number of sticks could be counted.

[Genesis 15:5]  The first covenant that God made with Abraham was with his heavenly seed, as the stars of heaven.  He will confirm that covenant later and add the second covenant, which was to Abrahamís earthly seed, as the sand upon the seashore.

[Genesis 22:17]  This passage in Genesis 22 again confirms the fact that Abrahamís seed is two, stars and sand.  There is an allegory of Abrahamís two seeds in Galatians 4:22, which says, "For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman." Then, Galatians 4:25 and 26 says, "Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all."  The word gate is a reference to the place where the affairs of state or city were conducted and the place where the leaders of the state or city could be found.  Lot sat in the gate of Sodom and was part of their government.  When Boaz redeemed Naomi and Ruth, it was in the gate of the city of Bethlehem-Judah.

Deuteronomy 1:10 says, "The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude."  The children of Israel were considered stars in Deuteronomy. Those who were 20 and older were not considered stars.  Exodus 32:13 says, "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever."  It was the land flowing with milk and honey that the stars were to inherit. These were the ones who would be going into the land.  Stars are not a reference to a great number of people because they were few in number.  Deuteronomy 7:7 says, "The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people."  Stars are used figuratively.  They are used as types of those who are in the heavens.  Those of the nation of Israel that were getting ready to enter the land flowing with milk and honey are referred to as stars.  It was stars that entered into the land flowing with milk and honey.  Entering into the land flowing with milk and honey is a type of entering into a heavenly inheritance.

Stars enter into the land.  [Nehemiah 9:23]  Who was it that entered into the land flowing with milk and honey?  It was the children of the children of Israel.  They are the ones who were given jewels of gold, jewels of silver, and raiment before they left the land of Egypt.  What they were given is significant in that it was the same items that were given to Rebekah when she left her home and went to meet Isaac.

Numbers 14:30 says, "Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun."  There were two who were in the exodus that were over 20 years of age that did enter into the land flowing with milk and honey and they were Caleb and Joshua.  These two, in type, are prophetic in that Caleb, translated dog, is a type of gentiles that will be counted as the stars of heaven and Joshua, which is a Jew, would also have an heavenly inheritance as well.  Joshua and Caleb were stars and Moses was not considered a star.  Moses represents Mount Sinai, which was of the seed as the sand on the seashore.

[Isaiah 14:12] "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [morning star], son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"  Did you know there are two morning stars?  In Isaiah 14:12 we see a reference to Satan who is named Lucifer.  When you translate the word Lucifer it is translated morning star.  Satan is the star that is over this earth and is known as the god, or judge, of this earth.

Jesus Christ is also known as the bright and morning star in Revelation 22:16 which says, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.  I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

[Isaiah 14:13]  When Satan set in his heart to set his throne above the stars of God, these were Angels that God had created, and not a reference to celestial stars.  Not only did he want to have his throne above the stars of God, but also he wanted his throne above the throne of Jesus Christ.

[Job 38:7]  The angels are also referred to as stars.  This passage in Job refers to the morning stars that sang together.  Associated with the morning stars are the sons of God.  These sons of God are angels that are ruling in the heavens today.  Satan was among them!  [Job 1:6]  This passage is given so that we can see that Satan is among the sons of God and these sons of god are before the LORD.

The fallen angels under Satan are ruling over the earth as principalities and powers.  The angel that came to Daniel was hindered by the prince of Persia, a more powerful angel of Satan. Satan has an angel under his control ruling over each nation on the earth.  I believe that there is one nation that he does not have an angel over and that is Israel.  The angel that is over the nation of Israel is the angel Michael.  Daniel 12:1 says, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: . . . "  Satan does not have the power over Israel that he does over the other nations, so Satan is stirring up the other nations against Godís chosen people Israel.

[Revelation 12:4]  Some of the stars will be removed.  Revelation 12 is in the middle of the tribulation period. This passage in Revelation tells us what will happen to the stars of heaven that are under the rule of the dragon Satan today.  They will be cast out of heaven to the earth.  [Revelation 12:7-8]

Mark 13:25 says, "And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken."  This verse in Mark is a reference to the time when Satan and his followers will be cast out of heaven.  We donít need to be looking for a sign of a star hitting our planet.

[Daniel 12:3]  What does the phrase, ďas the stars meanĒ?  Daniel tells us that the wise that turn many to righteousness will shine as the brightness of the firmament as the stars for ever and ever.  This verse should not be taken as turning many to salvation.  The word wise can be translated teachers.  It is the teachers that turn many who are saved to righteousness.  They will be stars.

1 Corinthians 15:41 says, "There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory."  Those that will have a heavenly inheritance will not all be the same.  Glory and position go together.  The sun has a greater glory than the moon and stars.

First-born children are named.  Numbers 3:40 says, "And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number (tally) of their names."  Because stars have names and Moses took the tally of the first born by name.  The first-born have to do with the birthright.  The birthright has to do with the better inheritance.  The better inheritance is the heavenly inheritance that God promised to Abrahamís seed in Isaac.

Sheep are also named.  [John 10:3] says, "Ö the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out."  This is an interesting passage of scripture that points out that sheep are called by name and he leadeth them out. The sheep are the ones who hear, present active, His voice.  Not all of the saved are sheep, but all of the sheep are saved.  Sheep are those who believe in the present tense and they are the ones who hear and follow the Lord in the present tense.  We find this in [John 10:25-27].

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed [present active] not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26. But ye believe [present active] not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27. My sheep hear [present active] my voice, and I know [present active] them, and they follow [present active] me:"  Jesus tells us that the ones who believe in the present tense are his sheep.  Verse 26 says that ye believe not, present tense, because ye are not of my sheep.  Jesus tells us that his own hear his voice continuously.  He further states that his own follow him continuously.  In the middle of those two phrases we see that He knows them continuously and He knows them by name.

There are sheep that start believing in the present tense, but stop. We find this in John 6.  [John 6:64-66] "But there are some of you (disciples) that believe [present active] not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed [present active] not, and who should betray him. 65. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."  Jesus is talking to his disciples in John 6:64 and following. [John 6:60]  You cannot be a disciple and be lost.  These were saved people that said they could not hear what Jesus was teaching and they left.

These disciples in John 6:60-65 are like the dogs and the swine referred to in 2 Peter 2:20-22 which hear what the Lord has been teaching but murmur against it.  I think it is more than just the doctrine of the eating of his flesh and drinking of his blood, it goes back to verse 35 and continues to verse 58.  They could not handle the doctrine because it was not given to them by the Father to receive it.  John 6:45 says, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of [from] the Father, cometh [present middle indicative] unto me."  Jesus said that he knew from the beginning who would be believe in the present tense and who would not believe faithfully in the present tense.  Only those who believe in the present tense can come to him, and only those whom the Father has given him will do this.  Many of the Lordís disciples believed, present active, not.  The reason they did not believe in the present tense was because it was not given them by the Father to believe in the present tense.  Will we believe in the present tense?