Mysteries…

Mysteries are a part of life…

Things which do not make sense to us…

Things which no matter how hard we try we just can’t seem to get “closure” on in our minds…

Things which just do not “make sense”…

Our understanding just can’t comprehend them…

We know they are true but we just can’t understand them…

Why did this happen?

Why did God allow this to happen?

Didn’t God say this? Why hasn’t it come to pass?

I’ve been interested in some of the mysteries or “hidden things” of the bible…

I feel to share a few with you…

Abraham & Isaac

Why did God tell Abraham to go and sacrifice the son who He (God) had specifically promised him – a miracle son – why did God then ask Abraham to go and sacrifice him on a mountain to God?

Elijah & Elisha

Why did God tell Elijah to go and anoint Hazael to be King of Syria, then Jehu to be King of Israel and then Elisha to be Prophet in his place but Elijah – after meeting with God – went instead and anointed Elisha to be Prophet in his place but never anointed either Jehu or Hazael before being taken up to heaven in a firey chariot?

Moses & the Promised Land

Why did God say to Moses that because of his striking the Rock (Christ) instead of speaking to the Rock (Christ) that he would not enter the Promised Land?

These are mysteries which the Lord has alerted me to so far…

He has placed a desire on my heart to understand – I have been seeking and I believe He’s given me answers – maybe not the complete answer but enough of an answer to satisfy my curiousity and to feel “at peace” about those things in my heart…

There’s a scripture which is very interesting…

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 NASB)

When God puts a desire even if it is a questioning desire – a Divine curiousity (I would say) – on our hearts to understand something then we can know as we commit ourselves to seek out the answer that He will answer us with His Wisdom…

And understanding – as He sees fit…

With respect to Abraham & Isaac we see that the Lord was testing Abraham’s heart – even though the Lord Himself had given Isaac to Abraham as a gift and made promises about his future – he was a child of promise – God still wanted to know that Abraham would trust Him even when what He asked Abraham to achieve was “counter-intuitive”, i.e. went completely against Abraham’s mind, i.e. that Abraham would listen to and obey His Voice even when it made “no sense”…

Abraham proved faithful and God was very pleased…

Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead so firmly did He believe the Lord’s promise to him – but the Lord saw Abraham’s heart – his willingness – and didn’t need him to “go through with it”…

Elijah & Elisha

After an amazing victory Elijah ran away from the spirit operating through Jezebel…

God found him and asked him why he was where he was…

Elijah had an answer…

The Lord fed him (twice) and he travelled 40 days and nights in the strength of that food (miraculous) to the Mountain of the Lord (Mount Horeb)…

The Lord again (after having 40 days and nights to think about it) asked him why he was there…

Elijah had exactly the same answer…

Then the Lord spoke to him…

Earlier on Elijah had told the Lord that he wanted to die (before the 40 days and 40 nights of travel)…

The Lord instructed Elijah to do three things in a certain order…

Elijah commenced obeying the Lord’s instruction in reverse order and only completed one of the three instructions before the Lord took him in a chariot of fire…

Elisha saw Elijah as he departed and received a double portion of his spirit…

Elisha then went to Hazael and spoke to him resulting in Hazael becoming King of Syria (through assassinating the present King of Syria)…

Then Elisha sent one of the sons of the Prophets to Jehu and he anointed him as King of Israel (leading to Jehu assassinating the present King of Israel)…

What we learn from this is that the call on someone’s life is transferable…

Elijah’s call (although uncompleted) was transfered to Elisha and the Lord took Elijah home…

Why did the Lord give Elijah what he wanted?

Did He?

Elijah wanted to die…

Did Elijah die?

No…

But did the Lord really give Elijah what he wanted?

I believe He did…

Elijah wanted rest from all the opposition which he’d encountered – life had been very hard for Elijah – the Lord knew this and chose to transfer Elijah’s call onto Elisha – a man who I believe the Lord had been preparing to take Elijah’s place – i.e. a man who the Lord knew would be Elijah’s successor and was preparing to be ready at the time of Elijah’s departure…

The Lord gave Elijah what he – his heart – really longed for – peace in the Presence of the Lord…

I really believe that…

Only the Lord knows what we go through – only the Lord understands…

And understands the depths of our pain…

Moses & the Promised Land

This was the hardest one for me to really get my head around…

I searched the scriptures…

I tried to find where God had actually promised Moses that he would enter the promised land…

I couldn’t find anywhere – I didn’t read the entire bible – where God had actually promised Moses that he would enter the Promised Land…

God had said the people would but never specifically Moses or that Moses would enter the Promised Land…

But when God told Moses off after the incident with the Rock (Christ) He said clearly that the reason Moses wasn’t going to enter into the Promised Land was that he didn’t represent God as sacred towards the people of Israel – i.e. he took credit for the production of the water himself – i.e. he took control and took the responsibility upon himself making it out that man can lead the people of God and not God Himself – he didn’t honour God as sacred and this was a big deal to God…

Did God punish Moses in His wrath?

No…

Moses was a child of God – He had a new heart – it was his old heart which “rose up” in rebellion against the Lord and in pride took credit for what only the Lord could do through him…

Even in his act of rebellion God honoured it by allowing the water to flow out from the Rock but Moses paid the penalty – he was disciplined by the Lord for not considering Him Holy…

Was this discipline redemptive or was it punitive?

It was redemptive…

Moses was in such a “high place” with God – two sets of 40 day fasts in the Presence of God – even beholding the form of God (but not His Face) and being in the Presence of God and responsible for leading an entire nation in a visit across other nations territory and into a new land which would be for their own possession – he was in a high place with God – and God opposes the proud – God had to discipline Moses so that he could “come back down” to that place of humility where He knew for the rest of his life – he didn’t die immediately – that it was God and God alone who was King and Lord and Sovereign…

Moses even had to “live through” Joshua being positioned to “take over” from him as leader…

This humbling experience of being “shut out” of the Promised Land saved Moses from pride and not being able to complete his call in humility – I see it being like Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” to keep him from exalting himself…

It was God’s kindness to Moses and God had already prepared Joshua to take over from Moses to lead the people in – God had been preparing Joshua…

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God – all things…

Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration…

No hard feelings?

It appears not…

And maybe we will see them again as the two witnesses who will minister in the last throws before Jesus comes back to earth…

It seems that those who are given great power and responsibility in God’s Kingdom are treated “harsher” by God but we must remember that even these “great leaders” are loved by God and disciplined for their own good that they may share in His Holiness as Hebrews tells us…

No matter who we are God’s discipline is for our own good – for “no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly”…

Love in the Lord,

Andrew

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Technical Director - Design, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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2 Responses to Mysteries…

  1. Judith says:

    I have always loved Ephesians 3 because I call it ‘the mystery chapter’! Have prayed and pondered many times. It seems that the wonder is that all the mystery is summed up, revealed and displyed in Christ Jesus and God’s intention in all the forerunners you mention in your post, and then finally completed in Christ, is Eph.3:10 – 12. We so need to see the true church that God is building for this reason. Not something that has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof, but is alive and vibrant with His life and love. How our hearts cry out for this. It is all done, we must surrender to being part of the process (clay in His hands) so that His eternal purpose will come to pass.

  2. I was greatly blessed by your response Judith, Thank You Lord… 🙂

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