A message by Jim Putney.
The Living Word is active; it separates the false from the true, provides discernment, and reveals the Lord. In this we find His ever beckoning call to “Come to Me”, to “Come up here”. His calling is always into Him, to embrace His Lordship, and to see life from a new and ever deepening perspective, His.
Isaiah 43: 18, 19 provides a key into this vision, a way to see the Lord.
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
We are by our nature creatures of habit, we learn from the very beginning that life is a process; we must learn to walk before we run, and we must learn the basics before we move into the more complex.
Yet here we see a new way being expressed, and this is vital in our walk in the Lord.
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.”
We are to embrace the Lord in a new way, He is doing something new, it defies the way we think naturally, “Now it will spring forth;” When something springs forth it happens in a way that is outside of our human based thinking, it comes forth in a new way, “Behold, I will do something new. We must seek Him with an open heart to behold this something New.
If we try to process this in our rational mind we will miss it, “Will you not be aware of it?” This can only be seen through the eyes of Spirit.
The Lord goes on to express what will happen, this is expressed in mystical language, yet it displays something that from our human perspective is unnatural, “I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
This can be seen as His life coming forward within us, clearing a road or a path for us inwardly so that His life comes forward, and also clearing a path outwardly for us to walk on through the days of our life here on earth.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6.
The second expression of this newness of life the Lord is opening to us is expressed “Rivers in the desert.” This again is mystical language depicting Living Water flowing from parched earth.
In our embracing the cross we are emptied of our perspective, and learn to trust in the Lord with all our heart. He overcomes us as we submit to His Lordship; the principle of displacement takes place in our spirit. Our lives are transformed by His presence. This is symbolically depicted in the law given to Moses as Israel came out of Egypt. The Sabbath days are outlined in Leviticus 23; they too depict a spiritual sojourn from Passover to the Feast of Tabernacles. In these days we can find a process of moving forward in our relationship with the Lord. They open our eyes to see the Lord in each of them, and are building blocks in a way. What is very intriguing is in the Feast of Tabernacles, we find they are comprised of eight days.
The number eight has spiritual significance;
“As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth.”
~ E.W. Bullinger ‘Number in Scripture’
Leviticus 23: 36
“’For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.”
Genesis 17: 12
“He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised…”
The Feast of Tabernacles mentioned in Leviticus 23 is for seven days, culminated by the eighth Day, often called the Last Great Day. This Day points us to the moving from the process realm, into eighth Day, the realm of Spirit. In this realm we find everything is New, the old order is but a shadow of this realm, therefore we are warned not to use our old way of thinking in this New realm of Spirit. “Will you not be aware of it?”
This was exactly what the Lord was expressing in John’s account of the gospel;
John 7: 37~38
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to Me, and let him keep drinking”
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
This is an open invitation to move from the process realm, into the realm of Spirit, in this realm life unfolds on a level far beyond what our physical senses can perceive. In this realm we can be deeply engaged in the work of the cross, and at the same time the impartation of the life of Christ.
Paul addressed this in his letter to the church at Corinth.
1 Corinthians 2:
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
Paul also stated a key principle for us to abide in;
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 2:5