Chapter 30


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(Isa 11:1-5)  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem [“stock” Amplified Bible; “stump” NIV] of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (1) And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, (2) the spirit of wisdom and (3) understanding, (4) the spirit of counsel and (5) might, (6) the spirit of knowledge and of (7) the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the [“reverential and obedient” Amplified Bible] fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity [Heb: uprightness] for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle [Heb: belt] of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins [Heb: (in the sense of strength); only in the dual; the loins (as the seat of vigor)].

1.      (Exo 4:1-5)  And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod [a symbol of power; a shepherd’s wooden rod used for correction and punishment, but whose rod was it?]. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground [i.e., he separated it from himself], and it became a serpent [a visual manifestation of his own sinful nature, evil power]; and Moses fled from before it [Moses recognized its evil nature]. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail [i.e., do not confront it face-to-face, head-on, but do control it (exercise self-control)]. And he put forth his hand, and caught it [Heb: seized it, restrained it, conquered it], and it became a rod in his hand [i.e., controlled power; tamed (obedient) things exercising self-control, such as us, have a way of becoming useful to God and powerful in God’s kingdom]: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

a.      Commentary: your exercising of self-control (“temperance” Gal 5:23; 2 Pet 1:6) over your sinful nature allows God’s supernatural power to flow freely through you because there are no obstacles or hindrances. Moses’ rod was hereafter used as an instrument through which God did miracles. If you exercise self-control over your sinful nature, then God will do miracles through you, too.

b.      (Gal 5:22-26)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance [Gk: self-control]: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh [“the Godless human nature” Amplif.] with the affections and lusts [“with its passions and appetites and desires” Amplif.]. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain [Gk: self-conceited] glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

2.      (Rev 2:27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers [Gk: crushed completely, shattered: broken in pieces]: even as I received of my Father.

3.      (Rev 12:5)  And she [the church] brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne [at present, but soon to return].

4.      (Rev 19:15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations [on His return]: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

5.      (1 Cor 14:32)  And the spirits [good and bad spirits, or only bad spirits] of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

a.      subject = Heb: to subordinate; reflex. to obey:--be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.

b.      (1 John 4:1)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [Gk: test; by impl. to approve:--allow, discern, examine, try] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world [Gk: kosmos; cosmos (universe)]. [God has many enemies, that’s why we are being trained as soldiers]

c.      (1 Cor 6:3)  Know ye not that we shall judge angels [spiritual beings]? how much more things that pertain to this life?

d.     (Amos 3:7)  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth [Heb: disclose, tell, uncover] his secret unto his servants the prophets.