THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
THE FRUITS OF THE ANOINTED ONE
TEXT FOR PRAYER
Willing To Be Made Willing
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," beginning on page 204, the first paragraph:
"The victory is not won without much earnest prayer, without the humbling of self
at every step. Our will is not to be forced into cooperation with divine agencies,
but it must be voluntarily submitted. Were it possible to force upon you with a
What are we to pray for this evening? -
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THE FRUITS OF THE ANOINTED ONE
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MAY 17, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
We shall study the sixty-
Isa. 61:1, 2 -
These are the two verses which Jesus read as He stood in the synagogue of the city of Nazareth, the place where He was brought up. He read these verses and then sat down without making any comments. As His listeners were still in a stupor as to why He had read and then had sat down without adding a word, Jesus arose again and said, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
The reason given for the Spirit's power upon Him is that the Lord God had anointed Him to preach good tidings unto the meek, implying that if the Lord had not anointed Him to preach, the Spirit of the Lord would not have been on Him. Moreover, He was anointed to preach to the meek, to those who are not
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Simply because the Saviour preached these two verses, however, we must not conclude
that the whole chapter was then fulfilled or that the fulfillment of these two verses
could not again be fulfilled at the time the rest of the chapter is fulfilled. As
the same Spirit was also upon the Apostles -
The duty of those who proclaim this chapter's message is:
Isa. 61:3 -
The burden of the Spirit is to improve the spiritual conditions of those who mourn in Zion, the church: to give them beauty for ashes (for repentance and humbleness), oil of joy for mourning (Present Truth that hopefully lightens the rest of the way) and garments (character)
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of praise so that they be as living ornaments of righteousness, a new creation of God, that He be glorified.
Here is seen that the original creation of God which has been lost through sin, is to be restored. Now is the acceptable day to open your heart, to take in present Truth, to recreate and restore that which was lost through sin.
Isa. 61:4 -
Those who are made glad and beautiful, who are clothed with praise and who become
trees of righteousness -
Isa. 61:5 -
The strangers and aliens here mentioned, are of course not strangers and aliens to the Kingdom of God, but to the nation not a blood relation to Judah and Israel, not of the stock of Jacob, not of the 144,000 who first stand on Mount Zion, but with them.
Isa. 61:6 -
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In the forthcoming antitypical Kingdom of Judah, therefore, there shall be two
groups of people -
From these scriptures we see that the Kingdom of God, the church purified, free from "tares" is a real thing. It is not something imaginary, not something foamy floating and lost in space, but right here on earth.
Isa. 61:7 -
These ministers of God are to have double because of the shame which they have endured, all such rejoice in their portion. Are you disposed to suffer for Christ's sake? Are you like or unlike those who seek joy and friendship from the world and who sooner or later are to find themselves in great disappointment? Believe! that is all.
Isa. 61:8 -
Judgment and justice is God's motto for all His creatures. The statement, "I hate robbery for burnt offering," implies that such unbecoming things are now practiced among His people. In this connection, some years ago I heard a certain member of the church say that in some kind of gambling he had won a little money and as his conscience hurt him to keep it, he gave it as an offering to His church! Also, I have heard several say that they work on the Sabbath, but
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that they turn the Sabbath's earnings over to the church! These incidents may serve
as samples of how foolish, how uneducated in the things of God are the people of
God. By bringing such offerings to Him they are making God a gambler and a Sabbath-
God's promise to His people is: "I will direct their work in Truth." Are we then to question His ability to perform and at the same time expect Him to give us a home in His Kingdom?
Isa. 61:9 -
What a blessed hope! What a power to save both the young and the old and to make
their names known world-
Christianity is to become a real thing, so real that the Gentiles will acknowledge that such Christians can only be the planting of the Lord, and that only the power of God can bring such a change in the human heart, and cause His saints to say:
Isa. 61:10 -
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This chapter of Isaiah the prophet is indeed to bring "revival and reformation" such as has never taken place since the beginning of sin. God forbid that any one of us should miss the experience and the blessings that come through this revival and reformation.
Isa. 61:11 -
Through the seed of Truth in the heart this experience will come to God's people as naturally as does the earth cause the seed sown in it to bud and bring forth fruit. This is indeed the "righteousness of Christ," not the might of men.
Summing up this study, we learn that the fruits of the anointed One are these:
That Jesus was anointed to preach the good news, news that He was to open the prison door of sin, to bind up the wounds of God's people, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to comfort those who mourn, and to give all an opportunity to escape "the day of vengeance"; that because He was thus anointed He was fitted to comfort them that mourn in Zion, to bring beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the gift of praise in place of heaviness, that they might be called "trees of righteousness," and that God might thereby be glorified; that through the gift of the Spirit His people shall be enabled to build up the desolated places of many generations; that those who are called now are to be ministers of God "and they shall eat the riches of the Gentiles," and glory in them, and "strangers and aliens" shall be their shepherds and
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"vinedressers"; that then their shame and confusion will be changed into everlasting joy; that as God hates robbery, He will direct the work in Truth and make an everlasting covenant with them that know Him; that then their seed shall be known to the Gentiles and among the people and they will acknowledge that God has blessed His people; that because the anointed One clothes His people with the garment of salvation, and the robe of righteousness, the testimony of His children will be, "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord"; and as a bride adorns herself with jewels so the spiritual adornments, given through these gifts will bring on the "revival and reformation"; and that, as nature brings to fruition the seed sown in the ground, so the anointed One will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations.
"Ample provisions have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully
set about the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Strength, grace, and
glory have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to the
heirs of salvation. None are so low, so corrupt and vile, that they cannot find
in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if they will put
away their sins, cease their course of iniquity, and turn with full purpose of heart
to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their garments, stained and polluted
by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright robes of righteousness; and he bids
them live and not die. In him they may flourish. Their branches will not wither
nor be fruitless. If they abide in him, they can draw sap and nourishment from him,
be imbued with his Spirit, walk even as he walked, overcome as he overcame, and be
exalted to his own right hand." -
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THERE'S A WIDENESS IN GOD'S MERCY
There's a wideness in God's mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour
There is healing in His blood.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man's mind
And the heart of the eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His Word;
And our lives should be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.
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