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The Stone in the Wall and the Wood

26.04.2019, Daniel Glimm


In connection with the weighty presence of God, which is also called “kābôd” dealing with “honor, dignity, glory, majesty, prestige” and “heaviness” (note: partial excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Hebrew word “kābôd” with the word key number 3593), the Holy Spirit is emphasizing Habakkuk 2:11.

Habakkuk 2:11:
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

Even if this biblical scripture is about the warning call due to the burden of the unrighteous path and its consequences, Jesus used it against the Pharisees after He had entered the city of Jerusalem as king and had been proclaimed king by His disciples and the people (see Luke 19:35-40).

Luke 19:35-40:
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.
36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
 
Based on Luke 19:39 we can see that some Pharisees asked Jesus to silence His disciples as they were proclaiming Him king.

Personally, I believe that Jesus' disciples discerned the timing correctly and felt the weighty presence of the majesty of God. Therefore, they were unable to remain silent about the truth of Jesus Christ as king.

In response to the Pharisees' demand to Jesus to instruct His disciples to be silent, Jesus used the content of Habakkuk 2:11 against them in a positive context, by codifying the weight of the movement of His kingdom. The disciples were led to announce Jesus Christ as king in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

How the Pharisees were behaving, who in our day represent the influence of the religious spirit, shows clearly that they intended to stop the movement of the kingdom. It is the religious spirit that tries to forbid the advancement of the Kingdom of God or Heaven.
 
Kingdom of God
 
=> The Kingdom of God is the dominion of God within the believer through the way of the Holy Spirit.
It is the presence of God that dwells in a person as His holy habitation. This presence releases to the recipient the Godhead's embodiment which includes all the benefits, provisions and power characteristics of the Creator God and His eternal kingdom.
The embodiment releases the hand of God to move and exercise His authority wherever a believer is present. <= (The text set in “=>” is based on the definition from the „Prophet`s Dictionary„ of Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; Seite 298, word number 737)
 
The Kingdom of Heaven
 
=> The Kingdom of Heaven is the dominion and power of God's orders, systems, rules, and ways in the affairs of men. It is the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ in the world and what imposes the authority of Jesus Christ upon the world as the ruler of the Kingdom of God and His heavens. <= (The text set in “=>” is based on the definition from the „Prophet`s Dictionary„ of Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; Seite 298, word number 738)
 
Pharisees
 
=> The term “Pharisees” means “the separated ones”. They have been the strongest religious party since the time of the Macabean wars. They were eager to honor the inheritance of Israel, the Torah and the traditions of their fathers. Not only the writings in the Law of Moses, but also the verbally transmitted detailed and strict rules of application, the “Statutes of the Elders”, i.e. the older teachers of the Law (see Matthew 15:2), had to be observed in daily life. Their danger was legalism, which leads to self-righteousness, pride and loveless hardness. <= (note: The text set in “=>” is a part excerpt from the Luther Bible 1984 No. 03/07, dictionary word number: 15)
 
The Religious Spirit
 
=> The religious spirit is a demonic power, which wants to stop with all force the transformation process of the church. This approach or attack is carried out by the religious spirit through all ages.
When one considers the literal meaning of “religion”, the word means “to think about divine things”.
 
Furthermore, the word “religion” has three meanings in the Word of God:
  1. external religious acts, such as prayer and going to church;
  2. the feeling of absolute dependence;
  3. and the observance of moral laws as a divine institution.
James 1:26-27 defines “religion” from the Christian point of view:
 
If someone thinks he serves God and does not keep his tongue in check, but deceives his heart, his worship is void.
A pure and immaculate worship before God the Father is that of visiting orphans and widows in their tribulation and keeping themselves immaculate from the world.”
 
Religion is associated with worship, and when it is pure, it is very powerful. However, religion is also defined as an organizational system of doctrine with a cheap pattern of behavior.
 
This means that behavior has to demonstrate a proper form of worship. This is where we move from pure and unpolluted religion into rituals and traditions. Demons of doctrines rob people of their freedom to worship the holy God in purity through institutional rules and regulations of worship.
 
The religious spirit especially resists the apostolic and prophetic anointing because demons hate God-given revelation and pioneering nature for the church. They (note: people under this religious influence) resist the gifts in the body of Christ which bring revelatory freedom to the members of the body.
 
They try to stone the revelations of the apostles and prophets because their revelatory words establish God's foundation in the church for this age.
1 Corinthians 12:28 establishes an order of ruling gifts in the church for victory in the world. This order is:
 
Apostles and prophets.
 
Religious spirits try to resist the order of God and His initiated change. It is the Spirit of God who helps people's thoughts and thought processes to implement change and transformation on earth. However, it is the carnal mind of man that opposes this and is in enmity with God (see Galatians 5:17).
 
Galatians 5:17:
17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
 
Religious spirits try to block strategic thinking for the future. They can bring people into a routine, or into a rut, so that they do not want to go into a change associated with victory. In the New Testament, the disciples of the Lord should have a revelation about how He is, who they are and who their enemies were.
 
Through Jesus Christ, the Pharisees or scribes were given the choice either to oppose the divine nature of the Son of God or to align themselves with Jesus. It was up to them either to observe the rules of worship at the place where changes in behavior took place in worship, or to begin worshiping in spirit and truth. <= (note: The text set in “=>” is an analogously excerpt from the book “God's Now Time for Your Life”," pages 113-116 by Chuck D. Pierce, ISBN: 0-8307-3834-7)
 
The Cry of the Stones

Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees by saying “the stones will cry out” that He had already established a unified way of thinking in the hearts of His disciples, so that they proclaimed the truth of God as living stones (see 1 Peter 2:4-5).

1 Peter 2:4-5:
4 As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

The disciples of Jesus have already been under Jesus' apostolic guidance, so that they joined together like molecules or atoms in the stone of the wall according to Habakkuk 2:11 as one unit and therein began to proclaim the revelatory truth about Jesus Christ.

The Power of the Magnet

The call to the discipleship of Jesus and the subsequent discipleship of the disciples can easily be explained by the power of a magnet.
When Jesus Christ (note: symbol for the magnet) called His disciples to discipleship, He drew them into discipleship with His presence. Using this example of a magnet, it means that Jesus Christ as a “magnet” drew the not yet magnetized iron pieces (note: His disciples) to Him.

As the disciples followed Him, they developed the same pulling power, so that the people to whom the disciples were sent came into contact with the power of Jesus (see Mark 3:14-15).

Mark 3:14-15:
14 He appointed twelve (note: apostles) that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

This clearly shows how essential it is to be in a true apostolic alignment with saints.
 
=> To explain the discipleship of Jesus using the example of the magnetic power, it can be said that the magnet can have the same size and weight as a piece of metal and even be made of the same material. Chemically, they are identical, but the magnet possesses powers that the normal piece of iron doesn't carry.

The difference between these two pieces of iron (note: the magnet and the average piece of iron) is that in the non-magnetic piece of iron the molecules are not properly connected. They are all present in the iron part and have their own magnetic fields, but they do their own thing and go their own way. The result of such a process is that there is no magnetic power.

However, the non-magnetic piece of iron can become a powerful magnet if it is brought into a strong magnetic field for a certain time, causing the molecules in the piece of iron to align properly, so that the force of the alignment is evident.

Similarly, God led His people to Sinai and brought them for a year into the strong magnetic field of His glory to bring them into the right alignment. He even connected them physically by positioning the Tabernacle in the middle and having all tribes camped around it.

To the east He positioned the tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. In the south He positioned Reuben, Simeon and Gad. The Levites set out with the revelation tent. In the west He positioned Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin. In the north He positioned Dan, Asher and Naphtali.

Each of the tribes of the people of Israel were placed in a certain place by God in a certain wind, so that His power could move accordingly correctly. First, the tribes were all in alignment.

God knew that they were all different, which meant that each tribe had its own calling and destiny. Everyone had their own gifts and abilities.

For example, Judah understood warfare and worship (see Genesis 49:8-12; Judges 1:1-2). Issaschar understood the times and seasons (see 1 Chronicles 12:32). Zebulun knew how to be successful in business (see Genesis 49:13; Deuteronomy 33:18-19).

God took the tribes of Israel and aligned them together in such a way that all had the opportunity to walk in prosperity. And in exactly the same way Jesus has aligned His disciples (see Mark 6:7).

In 1 Corinthians 12 we can read that God put His body together on earth, indicating that He has a plan for each individual saint in His body to put him together with the right tribe so that he may succeed and flourish like a flower would.

Not only were the tribes connected, but they were also in link with the ark of the covenant, suggesting that everyone was in touch with the glory of God. When each tribe was properly aligned, there was a place for the glory of God to come down and dwell among them. <= (note: The message set in “=>” is based on a revelatory teaching of Dr. Robert Heidler of Glory of Zion Ministries, which he wrote in the book “A Time To Advance” on pages 173-175.)
 
Conclusion

In connection with Habakkuk 2:11 God shows that when He comes upon us as His people with His weighty presence, it is required to remain as living stones according to God's standard in His intended apostolic alignment for us (note: stones in the wall), so that we can proclaim as one the revelation of God.

In all of this, it is important that we carry the green wood (note: cross of Jesus => the simplicity of Christ; see Luke 23:31) in the center of our community, which means having a humble heart in order to understand correctly the groaning of the Spirit in us and the speaking of God (see Romans 8:26).

Romans 8:26:
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

The result is that through the revelatory knowledge of God we can respond to people in comprehensible words, whether they want to hear the truth or not (see Habakkuk 2:11 i.c.w. Luke 19:39).

Habakkuk 2:11:
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

Luke 19:40:
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
 
It is time to get rid of our own ideas and disappointments from the past and give ourselves fully to the Holy Spirit in His sovereign guidance in order to glorify Jesus Christ and the Father who sent Him out of love with what is assigned to each one of us.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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