Walking in the Center of God’s Will in Spite of Adverse Circumstances

As the people of God, we enter periods of time in which Jesus Christ, as the living Word of God, enters our time in order to meet us in uncertain circumstances with the power of His prophetic Word and the promise assigned to us by the Heavenly Father.
This kind of visitation is similar to the situation with the blind man from birth whose eyes Jesus smeared with His saliva and mixed it with the sand of the ground (cf. John 9:1.5-7; i.c.w. Revelation 1:15b; Revelation 19:10e).
John 9:1.5-7:
1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. …
5 While I (Note: Jesus Christ) am in the world, I am the light (Note: enlightenment) of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Revelation 1:15b:
… 15b and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters (Note: saliva).
Revelation 19:10e:
… 10e For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
The Word of God and Prophetic Knowledge
There are periods of time in our lives when we approach the Word of God but also time frames when Christ, as the Word of God, enters our realm of time in order to contribute prophetic knowledge and instructs us to take action in faith. Taking action involves uniting His prophetic revelation with the truth of God’s Word in order to be encased in revelatory truth and to go forward with a mandate as a ‘sent one’ (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ephesians 5:26b-27 i.c.w. James 2:17).
2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:26b-27:
… 26b cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
James 2:17:
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
From this it is clear that it is not enough to merely receive a personal prophetic word in connection with the promise given by God, but to position ourselves in the center of the truth of God’s Word and undergo the circumcision of the heart in order to go into the future with enlightened eyes of the heart in steadfast confidence.
This helps us to reveal the presence of the ‘I AM! - YAHWEH!’ to the people and to call them on His behalf. This call results in the renewing of the mind (cf. John 9:8-9; Exodus 3:14 i.c.w. Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23-24).
John 9:8-9:
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
Exodus 3:14:
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”
Romans 12:2:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:23-24:
… 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The Offense of David’s Messengers
In the context of ‘being sent’, the Lord led me to the Bible passage from 2 Samuel 10:1-5, where it talks about the affront of David’s messengers, whom he sent to Hanun, king of the Ammonites, to show him his condolences and kindness because of the death of his father Nachash, who showed kindness to David during his lifetime.
We, as God’s people, are in a time when the LORD is ending times of governmental rule and remembering our spiritual inheritance to do us good (cf. Jeremiah 29:11).
Jeremiah 29:11:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
This is the reason why the adversary brings up all his arsenal worldwide to block the way of the ‘Ekklēsia – the called out ones’ in Christ Jesus, respectively to decimate them in their quality to make them stand there ashamed and seemingly powerless.
Satan has made use of the weapon of ‘false counsel’ to have governments make wrong decisions that go contrary to the standard of God’s will.
It is said in 2 Samuel 10 that the Ammonite princes overheard David sending his messengers to their king Hanun, whereupon they advised their king wrongly, which later had devastating consequences for them as Ammonite people.
They caused their king by two questions to consider David’s messengers as enemies because, according to them, they had an evil intention, namely to spy on the land in order to destroy it, which was not the fact.
The chiefs of the Ammonites looked through their defiled minds, which led them to incite king Hanun to do an unjust deed by having the beards of David’s messengers half shaved off and their robes cut off to below the girdle, and then letting them go.
When David heard of this without seeing his delegates, he sent messengers to meet them to tell his humiliated servants to stay in the city of Jericho until their beards had grown back.
2 Samuel 10:1-5:
1 In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king.
2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s men came to the land of the Ammonites, 3 the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?”
4 So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.
5 When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back.”
God’s Knowing of the Circumstances
Behind this story from 2 Samuel 10:1-5 is a mystery of God that contains direction for us as ‘Ekklēsia – the called out ones’ in Christ Jesus at this time.
We may be sure that the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can see all humiliating interventions and knew that they would come. In this time, the first priority is to have favor in the eyes of God and not to look or to seek favor in the eyes of the world. If we have favor in the sight of God, He will also give us favor with those whom He chooses (cf. Luke 2:52).
Luke 2:52:
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
It is necessary that we always be aware of the love of the Heavenly Father with which He surrounds us in all circumstances, as revealed by the name ‘David’, which means ‘the Beloved’.
We move through the instruction of God’s love, which is Jesus Christ, into the time and assigned field that Father sends us to, without being intimidated by any kind of communication, false information or mistreatment.
Even if there are shameful or humiliating situations, they must serve us for the best, because we love God and are called according to His counsel (cf. Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Jericho and High Worship
This means based on 2 Samuel 10:1-5, it hides a redemptive strategy that indicates that despite the enemy’s resistance, we pay attention to God’s impending instruction in order to enter into the center of the best, for which the city of ‘Jericho – place of fragrances or city of the moon’ represents, to which David’s delegates, were instructed by him to go until their ‘glory’ was restored.
Jericho was the first city conquered by the people of Israel under the leadership of Joshua. It was consecrated to God in the form of a ‘first fruit’, since all first belongs to the LORD (cf. Joshua 6:17a.19).
Joshua 6:17a.19:
“…17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. …
19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
In a prophetic context, ‘Jericho’ indicates high worship, which is a pleasing aroma to God. High worship includes, among other things, worship of the Father in spirit and in truth (cf. John 4:23)
John 4:23:
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
Understanding this dimension of praise and knowing the positive effect it has on the spirit and soul of the particular worshiper, namely, to bring forth confidence and boldness in the spirit man, David had the time of ‘reproach and shame’ removed from his delegates in Jericho by the time of their stay in Jericho causing their beards to grow again.
It is equally reasonable to assume that David had them clothed in new garments to cover their disgrace. David’s instruction includes the increase of greater wisdom and glory in the truth that is already present. (Note: girdle => cf. Ephesians 6:14a; The garments of David’s messengers had been cut off below the girdle by king Hanun.)
The Hebrew root word for ‘beard’ is ‘sāqēn’ and means ‘to have grown old, to grow older’ and is a reference to the communication of God’s wisdom. (Note: word explanation taken from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number 2256).
Jericho, in the context of 2 Samuel 10:1-5, represents God’s call to each saint to enter into His presence (Note: fragrance) as well as His time to be enabled to discern God’s timing in order to continue to move forward at the proper time with godly wisdom, understanding and spiritual maturity.
God’s time cycle is a lunar cycle (note: linked to the moon) that announces and indicates the time of the biblical months.
Speaking in a prophetic context, David’s messengers entered the ‘clockwork of God’ at the command of their king in order to return to their king David with greater wisdom and understanding about God’s time.
It is the desire of Jesus Christ that we, as His ambassadors, understand the time of the Heavenly Father as He understood it when He lived on earth.
Revealing Truth, Creative Power, Greater Wisdom and Glory
The movement of David’s delegates is akin to the advancement of the ‘Ekklēsia’ in Christ Jesus in the present time, which is put in a false light by the society of this time.
Yet God encourages us as His people to go forward in the revelatory truth of His Word in order to point out that a time is complete. This makes it necessary to go forward in His creative power and to receive the wisdom as well as the glory of God for the time to come. This enables us to move forward in a greater glory and wisdom of the LORD in the world so that His light of truth is seen and known by the people.
Behind the humiliation of David’s delegates, we as God’s people at this time can see an instruction of the LORD, which implies that Jesus Christ, our king has established a place where we grow even more in wisdom and understanding by forgiving and not allowing the bitterness that can arise from negative experiences to take any kind of root in us.
Even if we do not see Jesus Christ literally before our eyes, He sends us helpers who position us in the center of His will for this time to continue growing toward Him who is the head (cf. Ephesians 4:15).
Ephesians 4:15:
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
This help and orientation in this time will be given to us in the right alignment, which is necessary to have as saints of the Ekklēsia for the coming period of time.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm