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His Holy Covenant
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
[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:
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.
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
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
[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.
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.
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
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.
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
[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.
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.
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
[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
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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?