THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
THE SPOILER'S SPOILS TAKEN BY THE LAME AND THE WEAK
TEXT FOR PRAYER
Come To God As Little Children
This afternoon we shall continue reading from "The Mount of Blessing." We shall take up where we left off last week, page 191.
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"The gifts of Him who has all power in heaven and earth are in store for the children of God. Gifts so precious that they come to us through the costly sacrifice of the Redeemer's blood; gifts that will satisfy the deepest craving of the heart; gifts lasting as eternity, will be received and enjoyed by all who will come to God as little children. Take God's promises as your own, plead them before Him as His own words, and you will receive fullness of joy."
Let us pray for realization that our relationship to God is as a child's relationship to its parents; that we trust God in all things as a child trusts its parents; that we know that if we give ourselves wholly to do His will and work, then we may ask and receive; that He has in store for us gifts to satisfy the deepest craving of the heart, gifts lasting as eternity; and that if we only go to Him as little children and take Him at His word, all these promises in His Word shall be ours.
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THE SPOILER'S SPOILS TAKEN BY
THE LAME AND THE WEAK
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MARCH 29, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This subject is found in Isaiah 33. We shall begin our study with-
Isa. 33:1 -
Taking into consideration what follows in this chapter and in the next two chapters
(for chapters 34 and 35 are a part of the subject that is in chapter 33), it becomes
clear that the one upon whom "woe" is pronounced is the church preceding "the great
and dreadful day of the Lord," the day in which the sinners of Zion perish, the day
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The church is especially pointed out by the fact that, unlike the Old Testament Church, she has been spoiling but has not been spoiled; that she has been dealing treacherously but she herself has not been so dealt with. Inspiration, however, goes on to forecast
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a reverse of this situation: The church shall be spoiled and dealt with treacherously. His faithful ones in the midst of her, however, shall find grace, for they plead:
Isa. 33:2 -
This verse shows that while the pronouncement of woe (Isa. 33:1) is being made,
at the same time a deep-
Isa. 33:3 -
This verse reveals that when God manifests His power among His people, the world will feel the effects of it.
Isa. 33:4 -
The spoils which the church has acquired, He gathers as the gathering of the caterpillar. Then it shall be said:
Isa. 33:5 -
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When these things take place, then Zion (the church purified) will be filled with judgment and righteousness. Moreover, God's faithful ones have this assurance:
Isa. 33:6 -
But concerning their unrepented mighty ones, Inspiration declares:
Isa. 33:7 -
Here we see that those who are proclaiming peace rather than the day of God, shall "weep bitterly."
Isa. 33:8 -
In the language of today this verse would read: The missionary routes lie waste; the missionary himself ceaseth; he has broken his contract; he has despised the cities; he regards no man.
Isa. 33:9 -
The nouns in this verse being profoundly figurative, and the time of fulfillment yet future, we are unprepared to make any comments.
Isa. 33:10 -
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At the time the conditions here described materialize, then it is that the Lord will arise and be exalted and lifted up. But to those that are at fault He forewarns:
Isa. 33:11 -
Turning to the sinners and hypocrites among His people, those upon whom the woe of verse one is actually pronounced, God reveals that the fruit of their doings shall be chaff and stubble, that their own breath shall devour them as if it were fire. Moreover, concerning their followers He adds:
Isa. 33:12 -
Having commenced His purifying work in Zion, He declares:
Isa. 33:13, 14 -
When the righteous Judge rises to sift the people, then the hypocrites will not be boasting that they "are just as good Christians as any." Neither will they say anymore, "We do not need more Truth." Instead, fearfulness and surprise will overtake them. The greatest and most honorable question will then be, "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?"
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And here is the all-
Passing from this expression of Divine care and scene of beauty, they are next told:
Isa. 33:18 -
Terrifying indeed is the realization that those who are found without the wedding garment (among whom are those who hold the highest church offices, secretary and treasurer) are cast out to weep and gnash their teeth. But the remnant, those who are left, shall be exalted. To them the Lord says:
Isa. 33:19 -
The guests who pass the Master's inspection are actually to be made great. Be it in comprehension of a deep speech, or be it in understanding of a stammering tongue, none shall be greater than they. The eyes of the faithful are next directed to the city of God.
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Isa. 33:20 -
After the troublemakers have been removed, then God's people will be seen to stand steadfast and sure, standing not even the slightest chance of ever being disturbed. And the saints shall be full of joy. Even now they exclaim:
Isa. 33:21, 22 -
All these things shall be ours if we are but faithful to the end. Again addressing
the church that is approaching the great and dreadful day of the Lord, He declares-
Isa. 33:23 -
They that obey not the voice of the Lord, are here fore-
Isa. 33:24 -
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Just think! In a little while, if we be faithful, no longer will any of us need to say, I am sick.
Now to review a few of the high points of our study:
Upon the unfaithful who are approaching "the great and dreadful day of the Lord," God pronounces a curse: The church is to be stripped of the spoil which she has acquired and is to be dealt with treacherously just as she has dealt with others.
Very obviously, at the time this pronouncement is made, a deep-
When God manifests His power among His people, even the world will feel the effects of it. The missionary routes lie waste, the missionary himself ceases; he regards no man. God reveals that the fruit of the sinners and hypocrites among His people, shall be chaff and stubble; their own breath shall devour them as if it were fire. Fearfulness and surprise shall overtake them.
Then it is that Zion, the church purified, is to be filled with judgment and righteousness. God is at that time to be exalted and lifted up. His people who have walked uprightly, shall be blessed with His Divine care. Their eyes shall see the King and His beauty; the church shall be steadfast and sure, never to be
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disturbed; the spoil which the denomination has acquired, will be taken by the lame
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