Conquest and Triumph
It all started with this thought, “and she, Michal, despised him, David, in her heart.” 2 Samuel 6:16. The word of YHVH that blooms into Revelation Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, in the very essence of your being forcing you to take action; either to ignore and suffer the consequences of such lack of action, or to study, pray, meditate and allow yourself to be changed in your inner man by the Messiah’s Revelation Presence.
As I prepare to write this blog entry I am reminded of the story of a young man coming to visit the great saint of God, George Mueller in the last days of his life. Oh, said the young man, you must be so very close to God. Mr. Mueller’s reply was, I have never felt so far away. Over the years I have often been reminded of this story. On my journey from darkness into LIGHT I agree with Mr. Mueller, the closer we draw into YHVH the farther away it seems we are for the LIGHT of His presence illumines things in us that don’t show up in the shadows of darkness. It is only as we come into His LIGHT that we see our stains and wrinkles. The deeper we journey into His presence the more we see. It is our heavenly Father’s desire, want, need for us to wash our garments – making them whiter than snow through the shed blood of YHVH Y’Shua. As you read this entry keep in mind that the closer you draw to YHVH the more illumination you will have to cast off the things that beset and befuddle. Psalm 30:5, weeping may last for a night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning!
We are such immediate creatures of the flesh, we don’t really have time for ‘a thousand years is as a day and a day as a thousand years,’ we want what we want and we want it now! For me, the journey to “the new man” which is seen in Rev 14:12; “Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of YHVH and the faith of Y’Shua,” has been a journey of progressive conquest and triumph somewhat similar to the words of YHVH to the children of Israel in Deut 7:21-24; “You shall not dread them, for YHVH your Elohim is in your midst, a great and awesome Elohim. And YHVH your Elohim will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. But YHVH your Elohim shall deliver them before you, and will throw them into great confusion until they are destroyed. And He will deliver their kings into your hand so that you shall obliterate their name from under the heavens; no man shall stand up to you, until you have wiped them out.”
David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant up to the city of David from the house of Obed-edom with gladness. He was dancing before YHVH with all his might. Leaping and dancing says vs. 16, and with shouting and the sound of the trumpet, every six paces offering burnt offerings and peace offerings before YHVH. When the Ark was settled in its place he blessed the people in the name of YHVH and then distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, both to men and women, a cake of bread, and one of dates and one of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed each to his house. 2 Samuel 6:20 says, “But when David returned to bless his household…” Michal, his wife greets him with contempt. She did not like the way her husband was handling himself before the people, leaping and dancing uncovering himself before his servant’s maids. Scripture says she despised him in her heart, vs. 16.
How many times has this scenario played in your mind, “if only he hadn’t said that, or done this, or made that promise or if he had just handled the situation differently, it would have turned out so much better, if he had only listened to me or at least taken my reputation into account or just let me do it and at least it will get done or said “right.” The Revelation of Y’Shua to me is, every time I am offended by my husband’s actions before YHVH I am “despising him in my heart.” Michal paid a severe penalty for despising her husband in her heart, vs. 23 says, “and Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.” As children of the promise we are commanded to bear fruit for the kingdom – 30, 60, 100 fold. When we despise in our heart the whole-hearted devotion of our mate we don’t bear fruit for the kingdom that lasts.
You might be saying as you read this, “my husband isn’t whole-hearted in his devotion to Y’Shua therefore this doesn’t apply to me, but I say to you that just by saying that, you have despised your husband in your heart, for scripture says that man looks on the outward appearance but YHVH looks on the heart. YHVH knows our mates better than we do. Maybe our loathing, spurning, hatred of our husbands when they do something that doesn’t please us has caused them to hide or run from whole-hearted devotion to YHVH out of fear of our evil tongues. We are told in the book of James that life and death are in the power of the tongue. As wives are we blessing or cursing our mates?
I realize as I write this just how deep the tentacles of this insidious beast go, but praise YHVH it is finally time for the land to be delivered of this pagan king and his nation! Our good heavenly Father does not leave us without hope, as I have been struggling with the truth of this startling Revelation I was taken next to the text in Jeremiah 31:22. “How long will you go here and there, O faithless daughter? For YHVH has created a new thing in the earth – A woman will encompass a man.” This text has caused much discussion and questioning over the years for me, but this time YHVH tied Jeremiah 31:22 to Exodus 15: 20-21, and I began to get a picture of the glorious tapestry the Father is weaving in these days. “And Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing. And Miriam chanted for them: Sing to YHVH for He is highly exalted; the horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.” Moses and the sons of Israel had just finished singing an incredible song of deliverance to YHVH and now Miriam and all the women go out and put an exclamation point on Moses and the sons of Israel’s song to YHVH. They could have stood aloof and found fault with their men’s worship, they could have despised them in their hearts, but they chose instead to praise, to encompass, if you will, the men’s worship, giving a very effective exclamation point to an awesome deliverance, thereby robbing the enemy, haSatan, of even the slightest hint of a victory. If we go back to Jeremiah 31 and read on beginning in verse 23 it says, “Thus says YHVH of Hosts, the El of Israel, Once again they will speak this word in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I restore their fortunes. ‘YHVH bless you, O abode of righteousness, O holy hill!’ And Judah and all its cities will dwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks. For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” This is prophesied for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel as the women realize and begin to live in the place of encompassing their men with exclamation points of praise. Vs. 21 says to “Set up for yourself roadmarks, place for yourself guideposts; direct your mind to the highway, the way by which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you go here and there, O faithless daughter?” For YHVH has created a new thing in the earth – A woman will encompass a man.”
Was the seed, ‘and she despised him in her heart,’ planted when Adam said in response to YHVH’S question (of Genesis 3:11); “the woman you gave to be with me she gave me from the tree, and I ate?” Did Eve think in her heart, “What? You didn’t have to take it, you could have stood up for me, blame me will you at the expense of your wife.” And women have been living with the fruit of this unholy, unrighteous seed ever since. The roots are deep, but once YHVH shines His light on them they are exposed and therefore cannot hide any longer. The question becomes do you want this foul weed, this wild beast, this unrighteous king and his unrighteous nation to continue to abide in your promised land or are you ready for conquest and triumph?
PRAYER: Father YHVH, I see that I am guilty of despising my husband in my heart and I, like Michal, am a barren woman because of this foul seed I have allowed to grow in my garden. Thank you for opening my eyes to the truth of your word and however painful this revelation may be to me I am thankful for it. I am asking that you would search the depths of my being and uproot every bit of this foul plant. Please forgive me for the years of watering and nourishing I have given to this unholy seed. And now please cause to grow in my garden every kind of tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food whose leaves will not wither and whose fruit will not fail.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares YHVH, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…” ”But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares YHVH, “I will put My Torah within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My People. And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know YHVH,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares YHVH, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
SUMMARY: The temptation is strong to “despise our husband in our heart” for the way in which he shows, (or doesn’t show), his devotion to YHVH. When we as wives do this we are condemning ourselves to a life of barrenness, but thankfully we can rejoice with the barren woman of Isaiah 54 when we repent of our controlling, manipulative ways, for that is what despising in our heart is, we want that our husband should have done or said some thing or taken some action that was more pleasing to us. When we repent and become as Miriam and all the women on the shores of the Red Sea and accent our husband with exclamation points of praise we truly are, I believe, helping to bring about a fulfillment of the prophetic words of Jeremiah 31:22 and then Isaiah 54 becomes our legacy, “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says YHVH. “Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your mishkan, spare not; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations, and they will resettle the desolate cities.”
Sometimes I am tempted to think that life isn’t fair to women, but then YHVH drops a revelation in my mind that the restoration of Jacob, Israel’s mourning turned to joy, a new covenant I give unto you, hinges on YHVH creating a new thing in the earth, ‘a woman encompassing a man,’ with exclamations of praise!
Many years ago YHVH spoke these words to me, “As you treat your husband so you treat Me.”
I am putting this at the end of this entry for those of you still reading because some may be thinking that this is all stuff and nonsense, if she only knew my husband. So, I ask you, are the words of Y’Shua in Matthew 10:6-8 reality for you, “go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons, freely you received, freely give.” If not, then I encourage you to take another look at the life of David’s wife Michal and ask the Father for His revelation wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, that you might truly become a blessed woman of Israel.
THE CHALLENGE: To despise means to look down, to have the lowest opinion of, to disdain, scorn; so I am making a challenge to us for the next forty days that every time we are tempted to ‘despise our husbands in our heart’ that we resist that temptation and encompass him with an exclamation point of praise. Let us use the words of Miriam and say, “Sing to YHVH, for He is highly exalted; the horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.” For that is exactly what happens to haSatan when we praise YHVH, he is cast into the sea!
Abba, reveal to me when and/or if I am despising my husband in my heart, or any man for that matter, that I might turn from my unholy, unrighteous ways and become a new thing in the earth – an exclamation point of praise!