(Part 2 of 3)
Psalm 80:13… “The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it” (KJV). Israel had departed from God, and the wild boars wasted the field and devoured the crop. Three tribes are mentioned in this chapter, Ephraim (the name refers to fruitfulness), Benjamin (sonship, son of my right hand), and Manasseh (causing to forget, forgiveness). Israel had been prospering. In their prosperity, they forgot God. Now they were praying, “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved” (v. 7). A sign of being devoured is seen in the meaning of the names–loss of fruitfulness, loss of relationship with God, and lack of forgiveness. The devil has a lot of “boars” waiting to devour you. Repentance will save you. Prayer will restore you, if it is genuine, and if there is a right motive in your prayers. If you have no forgiveness in your heart, the devil lurks near you ready to devour.
Proverbs 30:14… “There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men” (KJV). The poor of the land are devoured by the greed of businesses and owners. When there is a breakdown of ethics and honesty in commercial enterprises, it’s the poor who feel it first. This verse fits the generation prior to Christ’s second coming (James 5:1-8).
Isaiah 9:12-14… “The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day” (KJV). This chapter prophesies of the birth of Christ. It also prophesies of Israel’s rejection of Him. Israel was devoured quickly by a hostile nation. The “Syrians” speak of pride. The “Philistines” speak of wallowing in self. It’s always wallowing in self and in pride that prevents the rising of Jesus within us. Israel thought that because they were the Lord’s people, no enemy could devour them. In one sense that is true, because they have survived after nations had devoured their land. But for two thousand years, they were without a homeland. There are so many things that the Lord by His Spirit wants to do in us, but we are devoured by our pride and our wallowing in self .
Ezekiel 7:15… “The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him” (KJV). Pestilence (sickness) devours people, and lack of nutrition devours people. This happened when the sanctuary was defiled. The sanctuary is more than just the church–it is your physical body too (1 Corinthians 3:15-16, 6:19-20).
Ezekiel 20:47-48… “And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched” (KJV). Rebellion devours people. Israel was reminded of their rebellions in this chapter. When people rebel and refuse to serve God, they will be given over to serve sin (Romans 1:21-32). Some of the troubles in our nation have come because our nation has rebelled against God and God has given the nation over to serve sin. If righteousness is put out, sin will enter and devour.
Ezekiel 34:28… “And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid” (KJV). The Lord had been talking in this chapter about the wrong shepherds who scattered the flock and how the wild beasts outside of the assembly devoured the Lord’s flock. The Lord said in verses 1-6 that the shepherds fed themselves; i.e., they looked after their own interests (visions) first, and they did not feed the flock. They did not heal the sick and the wounded. They were hard on the people. They did not seek or find out the reasons why the sheep left. They didn’t care… They just didn’t care.
Amos 2:5… “But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem” (KJV). Transgression devoured Judah because they didn’t keep the words that God gave them. Many saints and many churches have no trouble with the words of the Lord. It’s the obeying that they have trouble with. Years ago, I was praying over a situation and the Lord spoke to me saying, “It doesn’t embarrass me one bit to shut a church down if it is not doing My will.” God said to Judah, “I will shut you down and your palaces will be devoured.” God will, and has, shut down many pastors and churches. Many saints have been shut down in areas of usefulness because of sin.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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