We looked at the congregation of Ishmaelites in the last discussion. And talked about how they are usually constituted. The church of Ishmael is always constituted out or trial and error. She follows natural law and not spiritual law. Don’t be surprised if messages are of worldly things in the name of the Lord. God said such will be wild. Yes, they are, since they are not of the covenant but of the flesh. They are wild when it comes to honoring mammon. They can do anything for money. To them, how you got the money isn’t the issue for as long as you pay your tithe forgetting that in paying tithes and offerings, no lame and corrupt sacrifice is allowed.
Malachi 1:14 “But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.”
Deuteronomy 15:21 “And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.”
This was the reason God requested for Isaac (the good sacrifice) as a sacrifice and not Ishmael (the sacrifice with blemish).
Lot belongs to this church. He blended easily with the world around him. When he was with Abram, he appeared righteous because of his environment. But he didn’t sustain such behavior when he left Abram as he was already regarding the wicked inhabitants of Sodom as his brethren when the Angels of the Lord came to rescue him because of Abram’s plead.
He so much loved Sodom that he was reluctant in leaving the city at the instruction of the Angels. The Angels had to hasten him out of the city.
Genesis 19:15 “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.”
Lot was blind to:
- Spirituality; his lifestyle changed. He started drinking alcohol.
- Spiritual choice of place whilst with Abram
- The iniquity of his environment
- Spiritual help in escaping the woe that was about to befall Sodom; the Angels suggested mountain top to him, he said the valley was better.
- He was blind to the urgency of escape.
With all his choices, he lost one thing or the other. Towards Sodom, he lost his spirituality. On escape from Sodom towards his self-chosen route, he lost his wife. On getting to the cave of fear, he lost his descendants to the curse of a bastard.
The case of Lot was closed as far as God was concerned at the sins of his daughters. There God remembered Abraham concerning His promise to him.
Genesis 19:29 “And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.”
The Lord visited Sarah to fulfill His promise.
Genesis 21:1-3 “And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.”
The arrival of Isaac was the ousting of Ishmael. When the true covenant comes in, the old one is done with
Hebrews 8:6-7 “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:”
This is the essence of the Blood of Jesus; the New covenant to replace the blood of animals.
May the covenant in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ speak for you this year in the name of Jesus. Amen
Keep the fire burning
MFM, Delaware, USA