Accounting of the leaders
Jeremiah 34:19, 20 -
The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf; I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.
In the worldly system we have yearly or half yearly book keeping wherein the financial books are needed to be updated and submitted to the authorities. Sometimes these books undergo scrutiny and even small matters are highlighted.
In the spirit world too we see in the history of the Bible there were times when people went through scrutiny and paid heavy prices for the wrong they did.
Let me give an example the Lord exercised judgment on the people of Sodom and Gomorra in a disastrous way for the evil that they did. Archeologists have found volcanic rocks and tar (salts) on the site which is adjacent to the Dead Sea. Ironically it is this very salts / volcanic tar of Sodom and Gomorra which makes the Dead Sea water dense and people swimming in it claim skin healings (example of testimonies changing lives on the surface, but Word does from inside; therefore testimonies and Word both need to go together).
But when you read the words which Jesus spoke it will cause a person to think. Jesus rebuked the people of the towns near Galilee that if He had done miracles like He did among the people of Sodom and Gomorra, they would have repented of their evil and changed. Judgment did get executed on the people of these towns which Jesus rebuked after about 30years when the Romans Emperor Nero / Vespasian (son Titus) looted and brutally executed every Jew that existed in these towns hanging them alive on poles outside the city so much so that there was no wood found in the city.
God does not act without reasons. We are witness to an era of scrutiny of spirit world and we see many Christian leaders falling due to this scrutiny. God's timing does not depend on worldly time but on the state of the hearts of his people.
In today's message the Lord tells us why He is doing this and the reason given is 'passing between the parts of the calf'.
We see in scriptures people passed between parts of a blood sacrifice as a solemn oath. In today's world people of God do not perform any blood sacrifice yet the Lord speaks of them 'passing through parts of a calf'.
Understand that all the sacrifices of the Tabernacle were shadows of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, similarly the abominations done during those days was just manifestation of the wickedness of man's heart.
A cow as an animal symbolizes fertility and therefore worshiped in many religions. A calf (little one of a cow) symbolized worldly prosperity (bodily, financially etc.) and thus were made statues of and worshiped. Walking between parts of a calf means people who have made prosperity their god.
How is this relevant to Church leaders?
We see today's Church leaders are so taken up with expansion of the Church and being blessed, so much that they have put God aside and this agenda on their thrones. It is like a wife so taken up on satisfying the needs of her husband that she has no time for her husband and thus throws him out of her live. You may find it funny but that is the really of many Churches and Church leaders today.
God does not give importance to quantity but emphasizes on quality. No doubt the Gospel has to be preached to the whole world but where is the making of disciples happening?
A person becoming a Christian does not become a disciple, but a person living as a Christian does.
In today's date if we even land up producing a hand full of true Christians the whole world will know God and repent from their evil ways. It is an irony that even though we have many anointed men and women of God yet all of us fail to shine as true Christians. It is only when we as a body concentrate not only on preaching to the world but also build each other in the Lord, that we would soon have real Christians having authority in God living among us.
Let us people called in the Lord become one body and put the glory of God seated on our thrones and work towards it being manifested in us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, the Gospels recorded are proof that everything that You did was for the glory of the Father. The Spirit of God was glorified in You and You are called Christ. We have also received the Holy Spirit in us but people do not see Christ in us because we are not concentrated on glorifying the Father. Many among us put ourselves or our needs before the Father. Holy Spirit, we pray You open the hearts and minds of our leaders that they set things in its right order in the Church which is build on You...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
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