Flesh and Spirit – Passage #2 Lesson 6


Flesh and Spirit Passage #2 Lesson 6 

3-24-2011

MY WORDS ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE

Ezekiel 11:19
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:18-20 (in Context) Ezekiel 11 (Whole Chapter)

 Jesus the Stumbling Block [In Flesh and Spirit]*

Jesus is the Standard Over Which Many Men will Fall

Written by: Amy Miller

The prophet Isaiah knew the Lord well. He had a keen ear to hear the voice of God and the tenacity to speak the words to God’s people. That’s not to say that he always found great pleasure in it. In fact, many times the words he spoke were saturated with the promise of gloom and destruction for the rebellious nation of Israel. Nonetheless, Isaiah faithfully announced God’s messages.

 Yet one message that Isaiah received from God included more than just future destruction; it was a message of hope for the oppressed and spiritually enslaved. God had not forgotten His promise for a Redeemer, and through Isaiah He reminded the people of this promise. There was One coming who would be called Immanuel, “God with us.” This was a prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ the Son of God.

COME UNTO ME ALL WHO ARE WEAK AND HEAVY LADEN I WILL GIVE YOU REST

While Jesus was certainly going to bring light to God’s people, and while He was to be the Prince of Peace and have all power and rulership, His ministry was also going to be marked with a very distinct conflict. It was this conflict that Isaiah spoke of when he spoke the message: He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:14)

There were two significant truths of Jesus’ ministry that created the conflict: the lack of His militaristic triumph over the Roman Empire, and His pattern of spiritual conduct that contradicted their existing religious system. Both in the flesh and in the Spirit, Jesus did not measure up to the Messiah that the people were expecting. Jesus literally became a stumbling block in all areas for many of the people of Israel.

The Israelites had preconceived ideas of who God was and what His plan was for them. Then, in the midst of their distorted beliefs came the Truth. Many of them didn’t believe that Jesus could possibly be the promised Messiah, since He didn’t fit the bill. They thought, since He was the Son of David, that He was coming as a king to re-establish the kingdom of Israel in the physical realm. This was true. Yet the way in which Jesus conducted Himself went against everything that the people expected. Even though Jesus literally fulfilled the Scriptures, and manifested God Almighty to them, the nation of Israel did not readily accept Him.
Word of God made flesh. This was what Isaiah meant when he spoke of Jesus being a rock of offense and a snare for the people of Jerusalem.

Jesus was a very purposefully placed, spiritual roadblock for those who thought they were on the path to righteousness. Jesus was in their way, so to speak, and they could not understand that He was the Way. Their unrighteousness blinded their spiritual eyes. They could not see that Jesus came as the only way to righteousness. His teachings were founded in both truth and mercy, two things about which the religious leaders of Israel knew nothing.

They laid heavy religious demands on the people, keeping them in absolute subjection to their mostly manmade and incredibly faulty religious system. Jesus came to set Israel free from this unbearable yoke of bondage. But because He spoke against the hypocrisy and unfruitful works of darkness of the religious leaders, the people of Israel violently refused their right to spiritual freedom in the name of religious piety and preservation. How sad that many individuals today can stumble over this same trap.

The apostle Peter referred to Isaiah’s prophecy in his letter to the Christians who were dispersed throughout Asia Minor. These believers were suffering from persecution because of their obedience to Christ. Yet Peter exhorted them, stating that just as Christ was rejected by Israel because of the truth that He represented, so were they rejected by the world because of the truth in which they walked. “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient — a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (I Peter 2:7-8)

For believers today, there is no guarantee of acceptance by the world. In fact, Jesus promised that those who followed Him would be hated by the world. Instead of being a source of contention, it should be a source of great joy. If one is hated by the world, it means that they are walking faithfully in the truth of God’s Word. It is guaranteed that the standard of holiness they set will be the stumbling block for many, just as Christ was.

"A WORLDLY CROWN FOR A HEAVENLY ETERNAL KING"

Jesus moved in wisdom, truth and healing. He cast out spirits, and healed all that were oppressed of the devil. While some marveled and praised God, others vehemently opposed Jesus, questioning if this was really what the Messiah was supposed to do. They couldn’t reconcile their expectations for a king with the

 *Added by Glen Reid author of Gods Words Immortal Blog

Flesh and Spirit Passage #2 Lesson 6 

3-24-2011

MY WORDS ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE

Ezekiel 11:19
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:18-20 (in Context) Ezekiel 11 (Whole Chapter)

 *Yesterdays post for God’s Words Immortal Bible study covered the subject of Israel’s “heart of Stone.” The amazing hostility of Israel to God was outlined and their resulting punishment was predetermined by God in the second millennium before Christ’s arrival at the virgin birth.

*God predetermined that Israel would remain hostile to Him until the last of the gentile populace had come to repentance. He warned Israel that their punishment for continued hostility to him would result in a series of an original, plus four sevenfold increases in the intensity of their suffering.

 Present day Israel and the end time punishment of a yet future hostile Israel can be found in verses 36-46 of Leviticus Chapter 26.

 36. ‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a wind-blown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall even though no one is pursuing them. 37. They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not beagle to stand before your enemies. 38.You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away. 40 “‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers—their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. 43 For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees. 44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God. 45 But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD.’” 46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the LORD established on Mount Sinai between himself and the Israelites through Moses.

 

  1. Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Psalm 73:25-27 (in Context) Psalm 73 (Whole Chapter)

The Levite in this verse realized that his lifestyle, that is his fleshly sustenance, was supplied from the tithes of the temple worshipers.

More importantly the Lord was his portion his whole heart including his flesh or his body both spiritually and physically was dedicated to God from birth.

This Levite confessed to know even more: he declared the Lord as his life inclusive of his whole physical and spiritual being.

God had removed his heart of stone and replaced it with a heart of flesh.

   

Psalm 84:2
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

This Son of Korah, like the Levite above announces his entire spiritual desire and his physical being, body and soul, heart and flesh desire to summon even shout for God to be his dwelling place; both in the courts of the beloved temple and within his heart of flesh.

Jeremiah 17:5
This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
See Lesson 5 which discusses a Heart of stone or cursed heart and the punishment it brings to a person with a hostile attitude toward God.

Ezekiel 11:19
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
See lessons 1-6

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh

See lessons 1-6

Ezekiel 44:7
In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant.
See Lesson 5 which discusses a Heart of stone or cursed heart and the punishment it brings to a person with a hostile attitude toward God.

Ezekiel 44:9
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites.
See Lesson 5 which discusses a Heart of stone or cursed heart and the punishment it brings to a person with a hostile attitude toward God.

Thank you God for giving us your son and grant us the wisdom to overcome our hearts of stone remove our hostility to you.

Give us undivided hearts personally and collectively as newly created, forgiven, eternal followers of your words.

Put our newly created spirit within us; send your comforter the Holy Spirit of God to reside within our new heart of flesh thank you for your son who became flesh and dwelt among us; and now resides within us.   

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