Speaker: Pastor Brian Naidoo
Series: March 2015
Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:4-16
King David gives instructions to his servants not to deal harshly with Absolom. All the people hear the same words of King David. The Prophet says that when we hear the Message of the Hour, that is not enough. Even if we recognize it to be truth, that still is not enough. It only makes a difference if we act on the hearing and recognition.
Joab heard the same message which David said. Pastor David preached love in his sermon and Joab said amen to that message. But when alone, he practices different things from what he has heard. He does not believe in the ministry. But what makes us to be called Christians is the Life of Christ reflected in us. If we do not reflect Christ, we are not Christians.
At Antioch when people first used the word Christians on the disciples, it was only after seeing how closely their lives matched the example laid by the Lord Jesus Christ. The story is told of a certain preacher who walked into a music store. He wanted to rent musical equipment for the revival campaign he was arranging. The shop owner looked at the preacher and said there was something about his eyes. The eyes condemned the shop keeper. It seemed as if they were saying something to him. Actually, it was God looking at the shop owner through the eyes of the preacher. The shopkeeper refused to charge the preacher for using the instruments. He gave them freely and said please just go and do whatever you have to do with the instruments and bring them back. That is an example of a true Christian life.
A young man in David’s army notices Absolom caught up in the wood. He reports to Joab the captain. The young man overcomes his own self-will to kill Absolom. He even tells Joab about the king’s commandment. But Joab disregards the king’s words. He kills Absolom, anyhow. He fails to overcome his own self-will.
Oftentimes people stumble at because of others when God has made us different. We are different trees growing according to how God has planted us. Some grow slim and tall, while some are shrubs that just go horizontally around. No tree is better than the other. They are just different trees for different purposes. We therefore need to be patient and long-suffering. Joab did not have that kind of patience. God was going to deal with Absolom according to His Own way, but Joab took it upon himself to destroy the rebellious prince against the king’s command.
Our eyes must be able to see beyond the visible. When Moses looked at the slaves from the palace window, he saw God’s people while Pharaoh saw mud-daubers. It was the same people they saw from the same window they looked through. That is what happens in church. The same Word that is preached is taken differently by different believers. Sooner, Moses had to separate from Pharaoh just as Noah had to separate from the unbelievers of his day and go into the ark. While they argued that it has never rained, Noah was busy preparing the ark of safety. They shot missiles to the moon and proved there is no rain. This is what is happening today. They say no one can be holy and righteous but God is busy changing us in the atoms of our body for the rapture.
Noah used gopher wood. He had to overcome his own self-will also in obeying. For gopher wood is the weakest of all woods. It is like a sponge. It cannot keep water out. But God promised to build an ark that keeps water out using wood that takes in water. The wood was simply a symbol of humanity in its humility. We notice how God came down in a carpenter’s house, born in a family where they worked with wood. Then they nailed him to a cross, which is a piece of wood too. That is why the Word is preached behind the sacred desk (pulpit) which is made of wood, and not glass.
But that gopher wood had to take in the sap from another tree’s resin. That resin would make the gopher wood strong as iron, which is a type of Christ coming in the believer through the Holy Ghost baptism. And when the ark was complete, Noah stepped in. but Noah was watching Methuselah. In the very name of Methuselah, the mystery of the flood judgment was held. And as soon as Methuselah dies, Noah enters the ark and God closes the door from inside the ark. It means that God entered the ark first. God was in there first and then called Noah to come in. Also we have to watch our Methuselah in our day. As soon as we see the dead in Christ rise, we will know that it is time for the change of the body. We will know the saints even if we have never seen them before. Like Peter, John and James who knew Moses and Elijah whom they had never seen before, but on Mt. Transfiguration – they knew them. This is due to the change in body that takes place in the believer.
Although King Solomon’s reign types the millennial reign of Christ, his idolatry opens the way for the kingdom to be scattered. Thus when he died, Jeroboam becomes king of the 10 tribes of Israel while Solomon’s son Rehoboam is king over Judah. And Jeroboam had a problem with self-will. Fearing that people will walk closer to God by the annual trip to Jerusalem, he set up idols in Dan and Bethel to divert worship from God to idols. Bethel is the house of God’s bread where Jacob puts a pillar as foundation for God’s house. Dan is the place where the eagle anointing comes from, since the eagle represents Dan’s tribe. Yet Jeroboam’s reasons for setting up idols seemingly sounds considerate and compassionate. He has compassion for the people – travelling long distances to Jerusalem. He is looking at their budget, their pockets. But the compassion has hidden motives. We must not accept such acts of false compassion in the Message of the Hour.
When the young prophet sees Jeroboam making sacrifices, he rebukes the king. The young man of God overcomes his self-will in that case as he withstands the king. But when the old prophet invites the same young man to his house to refresh himself, the young prophet forgets God’s commandment and goes the wrong way. God destroys the young prophet for failing to overcome the will of men through the old prophet who lied to him.
People who are religious like the old prophet are really more dangerous than outright sinners like Jeroboam who go out full-fledged into the world and things of the world. Yet Jeroboam is in the Message today, setting up his own priesthood of flat-nosed priests with facial blemishes and warts, spiritually speaking. These are ministries that lay emphasis on college training for a pastor and turn him into a master of disaster to go to hell faster. There are golden calf schemes which Jeroboam introduces today. Message books are being doctored. Jeroboam knows that the golden calf system works. After all, he has been reading about Korah’s attempts in the wilderness to turn the people back to Egypt. They made a golden calf, forcing Aaron to fashion it in the wilderness. So Jeroboam goes through such kind of literature. The two golden calves cover idolatry both in the old and new testaments; making the sure the system of corruption runs in continuity.
We must therefore watch out our natures. If we are always fighting, it shows the nature of our birth. For Abraham also gave birth to Ishmael, the fighting child who was always against everyone around him. He was the right seed born in a wrong womb. There is no difference with Cain, who was wrong seed in the right womb. When good and evil mix, the result is evil. God hates mixing and hybridization of things.
Jeroboam ordains a feast in the 8th month, which reminds us of the teaching of the 8th messenger in the Message of the Hour today. We know there are 7 messengers in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. The teaching of the 8th Messenger is a Jeroboam doctrine. There is One walking in the midst of the candlesticks, which is Christ, holding the 7 messengers. He alone is the eight, and not another mortal man.