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The Call to Stay in the House of the Master

11.05.2019, Daniel Glimm

Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of the Torah and the prophets, shows us the importance to read the Word of God from the view of His accomplished work of redemption.
Doing this in this way means that the truth of the Word of God is active in a redemptive character, leading us deeper into His freedom (see Matthew 5:17, John 8:31b-32.36).

Matthew 5:17:
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (note: Torah) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

John 8:31b-32.36:
… 31b “If you hold to my (note: Jesus Christ) teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” …
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

The Hebrew Servant in the House of his Master

In connection with this, the Lord led me to Exodus 21:1-6, which deals with the principles and law of Hebrew servants.
Exodus 21:1-6:
1 “These are the laws you are to set before them: 2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’
6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
In this regard, the Holy Spirit emphasized the person who purchased a Hebrew slave and brought him into his house to serve him there.

Since Paul spoke of the fact that not the one who is outwardly circumcised is a Jew, but the one who has been circumcised at heart, we as Gentile believers can recognize a reference to the Hebrew servant (see Romans 2:28-29).

Romans 2:28-29:
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.

On the basis of this principle it was revealed to me, that there is a connection between Jesus Christ and us as faithful believers who are preciously redeemed with His blood and set into the administration of authority and divine relationship (see Revelation 1:5-6).

Revelation 1:5-6:
… 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

True Discipleship

True disciples are people who not only believe in Christ, but have the heart of a true disciple. This means that these believers do not consider their own life, family and possessions as their own, but as serving potential for Jesus Christ and the Heavenly Father (see Matthew 10:37 i.c.w. Galatians 2:20; Exodus 21:5-6).

Matthew 10:37:
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. …”

Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Exodus 21:5-6:
5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

True discipleship means to be fully submitted to the authority of Jesus. This implies an absoluteness of ‘discipleship’ going far beyond any traditional understanding and standard. A disciple of Jesus Christ must be willing to leave everything and anytime behind for the sake of the beginning dominion of God (see Luke 9:57-62; Luke 14:25-27).
=> True disciples of Christ are disciples/students who always learn, grow and search more for the knowledge of their callings and goals as well as implement what Jesus instructs them to do. This way of life is an expression of love towards Jesus Christ (see John 14:23).<= (note: The text set in “=>” is based on a quotation by Rick Joyner).
Jesus Christ made clear which persons He considered His immediate family members. They are the ones who do the will of His Heavenly Father. Jesus made this statement while in the midst of His sermon He had been interrupted by the earthly relatives and by a comment from a person belonging to the crowd He was addressing (see Matthew 12:46-50).
Matthew 12:46-50:
46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
It was the plan of the adversary to prevent Jesus Christ from talking about deep revelatory correlations regarding the deliverance from unclean spirits tormenting people. The adversary did this by first trying to prevent Jesus from preaching by placing people with religious mindsets in His path to challenge Him by demanding a sign from Him. These were the scribes and Pharisees.

Jesus revealed to them their heart attitude instead and referred to signs through the life of the prophet Jonah and that of the Queen of Sheba as already existing. Furthermore, Jesus drew attention to the presence of His coming victory on the cross, His resurrection and His greatness of wisdom (see Matthew 12:38-42).

Matthew 12:38-42:
38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.
42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.
After Jesus spoke of his triumph and the wisdom bestowed upon Him by His Heavenly Father, He spoke of the actions of an unclean spirit and of the man after his deliverance. Jesus referred in this context to the necessity of the inner filling of a delivered person with the presence of God (see Matthew 12:43-45).
Matthew 12:43-45:
43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
And exactly after these revelations the adversary attacked again by interrupting Jesus in His speech, by making some of His relatives appear, as mentioned before, who wanted to talk to Him.
This situation is an indication of the attack of the adversary by the influence of ‘familiarity’. If the enemy cannot stop the flow of revelatory truth by the influence of the religious spirit, he will try to do it with familiarity.
What is “familiarity”?
=> Originally a spiritual term that defines the breeding ground of contempt. From this perspective, it deliberately spawns disrespect and rebellion. Familiarity has its roots in the familiar spirit – the old Greek Pytho spirit and the ancient work of Satan’s ancestral spirit network in human genealogy – their family lines.
Familiarity is the perverse extreme of friendship and relationship that seeks to promote the undeserving and diminish authority. Familiarity operates with the attending forces of slander, gossip, abuse, slight, neglect, criticism, or judging. Attending is an original Latin form of the word familiarity.
These are known weapons in the arsenal of Satan. Prophetically, familiarity may be seen as the calculated onslaught of Satan taking place in the life of a minister or servant of God. It manifests ultimately as an impending warfare set to wage against the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and all established authority in general. <= (The set text in “=>” is a definition of the word “familiarity” from the Prophet’s Dictionary by Paula A. Price Ph. D.; word number 501, page 212)
This familiarity is a scheming attack set by the adversary to undermine the release of the wisdom and revelation of the Son of God with the aim of preventing it.
Therefore, it is important to stop this influence in its beginnings by not allowing oneself to be distracted from one's goal of speaking the revelatory truth which the Holy Spirit reveals and to consequently live in discipleship.
Following Jesus and Servant-hood
The sincere following of Jesus is a healthy form of “slavery” (note: in servant-hood), which has its seat in the sonship of Jesus and is connected to the tender yoke that leads to inner rest (see Matthew 11:29-30).
Matthew 11:29-30:
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Time of Spiritual Testing
We cannot avoid being tested by the Spirit of God at different times as to whether we are really serious about our relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is similar with the Hebrew servant of Exodus 21 and the disciples whom Jesus, after speaking about His flesh and blood, asked if they would also go away, which they denied, because they recognized Christ by Peter's statement as the Holy One of God (see John 6:55-56.60.66-69).
John 6:55-56.60.66-69:
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. …
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” …
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Through Peter's statement the disciples of Jesus decided in some way to remain in the “house of their Master” and thus continued to be part of His family in order to reveal Jesus Christ as the door leading to the presence of the Heavenly Father (see Exodus 21:5-6 i.c.w. John 10:9).
Exodus 21:5-6:
5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate (note: door); whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
It is the blood of the Lamb that is connected to the "door" and guarantees divine protection and freedom for His people into the God given promise (see Exodus 12:23 i.c.w. Galatians 5:1).
Exodus 12:23:
23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
Galatians 5:1a:
1a It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. …
It is essential to clearly note that each individual human being has a free will to decide for something or against something.
However, each individual must be aware that the decisions made have consequences. Everything in life has consequences. Ultimately we decide by our decision in which house we want to live (see Galatians 6:7-8).
Galatians 6:7-8:
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm