ALL ABOUT YOU:
GIDEON, CHAPTER 10
THE OLD TESTAMENT CROSS
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6:25) And it came to pass the
same night [of his salvation],
that the LORD said unto him,
Take thy father's young bullock, even
the second bullock [symbol of
fertility, and power in work: the second work of the Lord - judgment]
of seven years old, and throw down [destroy: beat down, pluck down, pull down, ruin, X utterly] the
altar of Baal that thy
father hath [i.e. the apostasy of the
church: perverted doctrine (Sodom),
perverted works (Gomorrah)], and
cut down [to cut (off, down or asunder); destroy, X utterly] the
grove [Asherah, Astarte, Ashtoreth]
that is by it [idolatry: the worship
of other gods]:
AND BUILD AN ALTAR OF SACRIFICE
build an altar [a type of the brazen
altar of sacrifice] unto the LORD thy God upon the top [head]
of this rock [fortified place, stronghold (i.e. “the altar of Baal”)], in the
ordered place, and take the second
bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice
with the wood of the grove which thou
shalt cut down [ME?? – Yup, you,
and me too].
“and offer a burnt sacrifice” = An innocent animal sacrifice of a
bull (fertility, and power in work) “of seven years old” (complete, mature,
full, huios vs. teknon) dedicated wholly to the Lord, representing men who are
wholly dedicated to the Lord, i.e. walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit
– the second anointing, having symbolically and physically presented (offered)
their “bodies a living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1).
“with the wood of the grove” = Herein, the fate of the Midianite host
is symbolically identified with and foreshadowed by “the wood of the grove.”
What is their fate?
A PICTURE OF DAMNATION AND SALVATION
27:1-8) And thou shalt make an
altar of shittim wood, five
cubits long [10’], and five cubits
broad [10’]; the altar shall be
foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits [6’]. And thou shalt make the horns [fig. power] of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns
shall be of the same [shittim wood]:
and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and
his basins, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou
shalt make of brass. And thou shalt
make for it a grate of network of
brass; and upon the net [a net (as catching animals)] shalt thou make four brazen rings in the four corners thereof. And thou shalt put it
under the compass [rim] of the altar
beneath, that the net may be even to the
midst [middle] of the altar. And
thou shalt make staves for the altar,
staves of shittim wood, and overlay
them with brass. And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves
shall be upon the two sides of the
altar, to bear it. Hollow with
boards shalt thou make it: as it was showed thee in the mount, so
shall they make it.
“thou shalt make an atar” = The brazen altar declared that entry into
the presence of God must be preceded by sacrificial atonement for sin [cover;
expiate, cancel: cleanse, forgive, pardon, reconcile].
shittim = Heb: acacia trees [grove];
Shittim, a place E. of the Jordan /// the acacia (from its scourging thorns) ///
(prop. to pierce) to flog; a goad: scourge /// a lash: scourge, whip.
acacia = Dict: A large thorny hard-grained tree with rough gnarled bark.
Acacia or shittim wood was used to build the tabernacle.
brass = Heb: copper; i.e. coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared
with gold or silver): brasen, brazen, brass, chain, fetter (of brass), filthiness,
network = The work of the cross, God’s Word effecting judgment: Isa
28:5-14; Mat 13:47-50; ref. our chapter 8. Refer also to the “work” of the
gate, door, veil, and ten linen curtains.
rings = Heb: a seal (as sunk into the wax – something
hard softened by the heat), i.e. signet (for sealing); hence (gen.) a ring
of any kind /// to sink: drown, fasten, settle, sink.
staves = Heb: separation; by impl. a part of the body, branch of a tree,
bar for carrying; fig. chief of a city; espec. apart, only, besides: alone, by
self, staff, strength /// divide, be solitary.
sides = Heb: 6763. tsela'; a rib (as curved), lit. (of the body)
or fig. (of a door, i.e. leaf); hence a side, lit. (of a person) or fig.
(of an object or the sky, i.e. quarter); timber or plank: beem, board, chamber,
corner, leaf, plank, rib, side (chamber).
(Rom 8:1,2) There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus [i.e. the anointed man] hath made me free from the law of sin
(Rom 12:1,2) I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present [i.e. offer, as a present] your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed
[to the same pattern: fashion self
according to] to this world [aion;
toward Hell]: but be ye transformed [metamorphosed; changed, transfigured] by the renewing [renovation
/// restoration] of your mind
[toward Heaven], that ye may prove [discern]
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Mark 5:15) And they come to
Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion,
sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind [mentally
restored – i.e. born-again]: and they were afraid.
(Luke 15:17) And when he
came to himself [became mentally
restored, i.e. born-again], he said, How many hired servants of my father's
have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
1:1-9) And the LORD called unto
Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation [the Body], saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto
them, If any man of you bring an offering
[a sacrificial present] unto the LORD,
ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock [as
a substitute for his own self]. If his offering be a
burnt sacrifice [wholly dedicated to
the Lord] of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall
offer it of his own voluntary will at
the door [gate] of the
tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his
hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted
for him to make atonement [to
cover; expiate, placate or cancel: cleanse, forgive, pardon, reconcile]
for him. And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the
priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about
upon the altar that is by the door [gate]
of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall flay the burnt offering, and
cut it into his pieces. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire
upon the altar, and lay the wood
in order upon the fire: And the
priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon
the wood that
is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs
shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be
a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
(Isa 9:19) Through the wrath
of the LORD of hosts is the
land darkened [happening now, i.e.
the Midianite host], and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare [have
compassion on] his brother.
(Ezek 15:6,7) Therefore thus
saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees [wood] of the forest, which I
have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem
[the apostatized church, i.e. professing Christians]. And I will set my face
against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall
devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against
(Ezek 21:32) Thou [who are not born-again]
shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the
land; thou shalt be no more
remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.
(Zec 12:6) In that day
[the Day of the Lord] will I make the
governors of Judah [shepherds]
like an hearth [pulpit] of fire among
the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf [of
tares “to burn them” Mat 13:30]; and
they shall devour all the people
round about, on the right hand and on the left [Psa
91:7]: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even
The Beautiful Light is being “taken out of the way” (2 Thes 2:7),
and in its place “strong delusion” (2 Thes 2:11; Mat 24:24; Rev 6:2; Rev
13:11-17) is prevailing. The spreading blanket of Darkness (vs. Light) of the
Midianite host has “entered into the
land to destroy it” (Judg 6:5),
i.e. to cover the land and smother it with darkness, to choke it (Mark 4:19). This
present darkness is being led by the counterfeit false anointing.