Line upon line........

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    28 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

    (From that time, the Tribe of Ephraim has been counted as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Ephraim is often seen as the tribe that embodies the entire Northern Kingdom and the royal house resided in the tribe's territory (just as Judah is the tribe that embodies the Kingdom of Judah and provided its royal family).

    Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

    The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

    And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

    In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

    And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

    But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

    For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

    Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

    10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

    (line upon line and precept upon precept is how the scripture confirms itself and is why you see some pastors "cherry picking" the scripture.  One should be careful doing that and regard to whom the scripture is speaking and the setting in which it's being spoken.  Perry Stone likes to call this "types" of things or shadows of things.)

    11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

    12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

    13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

    14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

    15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

    My thoughts on this have to do with the curses connected to the law of Moses if they don't follow it, which they never have.  They say they have no temple with which to do the sacrifices and yet the law of Moses did not tell them to build a temple, that was something that King David had done because of his love for the Lord.  My thinking on the lies would be how they believe they are redeemed simply because they are of the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but the scripture says that the Lord is not a respecter of persons.  They are to be saved because of Christ just as everyone else is but the earthly promises about their land has to do with their fathers.  They are separate covenants.  The covenant with Christ is eternal whereas the covenant in the law of Moses was forever, meaning, as far as the eye can see.  It is an earthly covenant and not the spiritual one.

    16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

    Jesus Christ is that foundation and is a fulfillment of the promise to Abraham that ALL nations would be blessed through his seed which was Christ.  John 3:16-17 clears that up.

    17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

    18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

    19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

    20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

    21 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

    22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

    Prophesy regarding the hour of temptation that shall come upon the whole earth........

    23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.

    24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

    25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?

    26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.

    27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

    It is not lost on me that the scripture is describing the different methods of preparing each harvest for consumption and making a difference between them and how they are treated.  I'm sure a clever preacher could prepare a sermon based on this but I'm not feeling profound this morning, still, it's something to meditate on.

    28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.

    29 This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

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  • Apostle Dr. T
    Apostle Dr. T We should study the Word line upon line, because Sis. Roden, we will have our doctrine correct with the Scripture. When we hope, skip and jump at Scripture to make doctrine, we are out of line with Scripture.
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  • Crystal Roden
    Crystal Roden As long as a person considers who is being spoken to and what they are speaking about when they do that it is not necessarily out of context. Jesus is found throughout the old testament but is veiled to Israel. The apostle Paul was well versed in the...  more
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