Binding the Strong Man

Matthew 12:22-32
Binding the Strong Man
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we will explore the theological concepts of the reality of the Kingdom of God, the power of the Kingdom of God, the binding of the enemy and God’s unbelievable mercy in forgiveness.

We are in a season of the increase of God’s presence in our Community, and His presence is synonymous with the expansion of His rule and reign in our hearts, and through us, into our realms of influence. As we move into a revival of the Father’s heart, a proper understanding of the Kingdom of God will enlighten us to build a foundation that is immovable in the face of trial or challenge.

This morning we will unpack what it means to bind the strong man and plunder his house.

Matthew 12:22-23
a) The demon possessed man – Should be understood as being under the control of a demon or under the influence of a demon. The Greek word is DAIMONIZEMAI – which means to be under demonic control. Or demonized. When we speak of possession we understand ownership. To be under the control of something, does not necessarily mean possession.
b) The man as blind and mute – The man had no ability to see and no ability to hear. This man can also be understood allegorically that being demonized takes away the ability to see or have revelation from God, and also steals the ability to hear God. Often the natural realm parallels the spiritual realm.
c) Satan and demons steal, kill and destroy in the lives of people. Their assignment is hate based. They hate all people, because we are made in the image of God. Their attack on this man took away 2 senses that mimic the superior seeing and hearing that God possesses. Our glory mimics God’s.
d) Jesus healed him – Greek – THERAPEUO – To render service to, to cure or heal, or restore to health. Regeneration, resurrection, renewal, and restoration are present realities where Jesus is present. As Christ is present, so are His benefits. Jesus restored to this man what demonic influence had taken; similarly Jesus restores to us what the enemy has taken.
e) The Son of David – This is a direct Messianic reference to Jesus being the Messiah. The power ministry of Jesus witnessed to those around Him, that spiritual power is a sign of His authority and rule. Jesus, being the descendent of David, and fulfillment of God’s promise to David, displays superiority as King. First spiritually, then physically at His Second Coming. These verses are introducing us to the reality that the Kingdom of God is a present reality in the Person of Jesus.

Matthew 12:24
a) The Pharisees – The religious class of Jews that had perfected religious ritual, and expression. These men were experienced in the Law and Prophets, but lacked the understanding of God’s heart. They are the expression the of the spirit of religion.
b) Because Jesus was no a military Messiah, or Man of High Standing, they could not accept Him as Messiah. They could not deny the spiritual power coming from Jesus, but they could not receive it as coming from God.
c) Many critics of the Charismatic movement have the same mindset. The spirit of religion has a form of religion, which lacks power. 2 Timothy 3:5
d) BEELZEBOUL – The lord of the house – or another name for satan. The Pharisees imputed that Jesus was using ungodly authority to cast out lesser demons. They were implying that Jesus was partnered with satan.

Matthew 12:25-28
a) “Jesus knowing their thoughts” – Jesus is operating in the gift of knowledge, or word of knowledge. John 8:28-29 – Jesus only does what the Father tells Him and speaks what the Father says.
b) Jesus comments that the idea of a satanic civil war is not only illogical, but ridiculous.
c) “The kingdom of God has come upon you” – Greek PHTHANO – to come before, precede, anticipate, to come to, to arrive at, to reach – to attain to
d) The kingdom of God is a present reality, and is a displacing reality before all inferior dominions. In this case, Jesus simply displays the kingdom of God in the form of delivering this person from his demonic affliction.

Matthew 12:29
a) The strong man – satan – house OIKIA – dwelling place or inhabited edifice – possessions – SKEOUS – vessel – domestic gear, or household utensils
b) Ties up – DEO – to fasten, throw in chains, to put under the obligation of a law, duty, etc. to forbid or prohibit
c) Satan is bound by the authority of Jesus. Not in the literal sense, because a spirit being cannot be bound with chains, and restraints. However the authority of Jesus takes away the enemies’ ability to protect his OIKIA or place of influence.
d) Agreement proves alliance – Depending on which dominion we agree with, we either agree with the lies of the enemy and we are subject to that dominion, or we agree with the kingdom of God and enjoy the benefits of God’s dominion.
e) The people of God should expect to overcome all influence of the demonic realm, because our kingdom is preceding present reality. We are in relationship with the One who robs the strong man. DIARPAZO – Greek for plunder
f) The presence of Jesus is an assault on the dominion of darkness. As the Church of Jesus Christ, He dwells in our midst as the One we worship, adore and love. We also carry Him in our hearts, and He displaces the strong man that afflicts us.

Matthew 12:30-32
a) Our agreement proves our loyalty
b) Every sin and blasphemy is forgiven – This is amazing and freeing to know that to err, to miss the mark, and to slander the Divine, is forgiven. God’s heart to forgive is the ultimate display of His goodness. Confession of sin and blasphemy are forgiven without consequence. APHIEMI – to be divorced from – to send away – expire – to let go
c) Jesus as the Lamb of God, purchased forgiveness by His blood. Revelation 5:9-10
d) To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to slander His work, resist His witness, and harden the heart to His advances. This will not be forgiven, because the one has to yield to the Holy Spirit in order to receive forgiveness. John 16:8 says that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of guilt. The greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the conviction of guilt unto forgiveness and life.
e) “In this age or the age to come” – AION – a period of time – IE the OT age and the NT age are subject to people having to make a freewill decision for God as they are encountered by the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot commit the unforgiveable sin, because a Christian is one who has responded to the call of the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus as Messiah. To discount the ministry of the Holy Spirit today in terms of signs and wonders should be done with caution and humility.

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It’s Your Time Beloved

1 Chronicles 14:8-17
It’s Your Time Beloved
Rob Covell

Introduction –
There times of where we move into a season of destiny, where we walk through the threshold of the purposes of God for our lives. The Greek word that describes this moment is Kairos – a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for – an opportune or seasonable time – the right time. As a Community we have entered into a time where the Lord is increasing us and giving us His presence in amazing ways. There is a convergence where the destiny of a faith community collides with the destinies of individuals. I would say that increased corporate grace gives individuals increased grace and the opportunity to move in the supernatural ways of God. We are at that moment now as a Community.
This morning we are going to discover keys that will build us up, equip us for perseverance of faith and give us a greater confidence in the Lord.

1 Chronicles 14:8-9
a) Philistines – Inhabitants of the coastal region of Israel. Descendants of Mizraim of Caphtor (Crete). The root word for Philistine in Hebrew means to divide, to rollover or invade. The Philistines were the perpetual enemies of Israel, and are an allegory of the enemy in the life of the believer. They represent the forces that resist and fight against the purposes of God in the lives of His people.
b) David – Means Beloved in Hebrew – The youngest son of Jesse. King David the prototype worshiper of God, the weak man who loved Yahweh, despite his failings, and passionate seeker of God. David is an allegorical figure of believers.
c) David anointed King – David had stepped into his KAIROS moment. David had entered through threshold of destiny.
d) When we begin to walk in identity as children of God, we are challenged by the enemy. He is committed to frustrate God’s grace on our lives. In verse 2 of this chapter it says that knew he was established by the Lord. David knew God had guided him, and placed him in the season he was in. When we know we are established by God, often the enemy will come to test that knowledge. It says here that the enemy came out in full force. This was no small attack on David’s calling as King. David did not shrink back from the challenge, but went out to face the challenge.
e) The Valley Rephaim – The Valley of the Giants – Oftentimes the assaults of the enemy seem larger than our ability to defend against them. These are opportunities to step in to faith and let the Lord be our defense. David had faced Giants before and his confidence was in God.
1 Chronicles 14:10
a) David sought the Lord – Sha’al – Hebrew – to ask, inquire, borrow or beg – What is our approach to the Lord in the place of trial? To ask, inquire, borrow or beg. The way we seek the Lord reveals our theology.
b) David receives the directive from the Lord; the Lord speaks to His own. Expect an answer when you seek the Lord. John 10

1 Chronicles 14:11
a) David moves in faith and steps out according God’s word. Faith requires action, and at some point faith and God’s decree kiss and manifest His word. David moved based on His confidence in the Lord.
b) Baal Perizim – “The Lord who breaks out” – As the waters break out – nothing stops a flood or a wave. This is a picture of the power of the Holy Spirit and the power and authority of His Word.

1 Chronicles 14:12
a) Isaiah 40:18-20 – The Lord is the only deliverer. The Philistines abandoned their idols and they were burned in the fire. This is symbolic of the enemy being condemned to the fires of hell, and his pending destruction, and judgment of God.
b) The Israelite never lost a battle when they moved in obedience and confidence in God. How much more the child of God through Jesus Christ who is governed by a better Covenant?
c) The idols in our lives never deliver. They carry empty promises, and do not have the breath of life in them. These are illusions that offer confidence but have no authority in them. They always look like us and always leave us in the place of defeat.

1 Chronicles 14:13-16
a) David’s enemies were not content to leave him alone. Likewise our enemy, satan, seeks to continually frustrate God’s purpose for your life. Spiritual warfare is a continuing test of faith as we travel from glory to glory.
b) Notice that David did not assume that God would use the same strategy against the Philistines. The key to spiritual warfare is finding the strategy of God in the midst of the attack. David did not have his eyes on his enemy, but on the Lord.
c) Notice that all of David’s victories in these verses were by supernatural intervention. We can expect the same supernatural intervention in our own lives. David followed the pattern of listening to the Lord, moving by faith in His word, and seeing the victory that God promised him.

1 Chronicles 14:16
a) David’s fame – Shem in Hebrew means name – This is the same word used for the NAME – This is the reputation attached to one’s name. God’s fame became David’s fame, because God was glorified in David’s life.
b) As we walk in anointing and identity the enemy fears us. In Acts 19:15, the seven sons of Sceva encountered an evil spirit that declared, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”
c) There is time coming when the Church will be walking in the confidence of God, and at that time her voice will be restored as the wisdom of God to the nations.

Live Forever

Live Forever
John 3:1-21
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we will look at 2 theological concepts. The first is the realm of the Kingdom of God and its transcendent reality over the natural realm. The second is the theological concept of eternal life in Jesus Christ. You will be surprised tonight because the reality of eternal life is much deeper, wider and higher than many of us have been taught.

We will also see how building a life on the truth of God releases revelation and illumination that lead to faith action that confirm work of God in your life. As a Community we are in a season of revival and renewal. We have an opportunity to build a progressive and expanding move of God if build it on the truth of Person of Jesus Christ.

John 3:1-4
a) Nicodemus – A Pharisee, the ruling religious elite of that culture. They believed in the strict observance of the Law. They were the doctrinal purists of that time, in regards to their view of the Scriptures, and doctrines of the coming of the Messiah, resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, eternal life, etc. Jesus pronounced the 7 Woes on this movement in Matthew 23 because they were practiced religion, they did not believe that Jesus was Messiah. They missed the very thing they confessed because it did not look like they thought it should.
b) Nicodemus – means “conqueror” – Allegorically speaking, he is representation of the spirit of religion that conquers, rules, and robs faith. He was a member of the Sanhedrin. John describes him as a secret disciple of Jesus. He gives a weak defense of Jesus in John 7:50, when the Sanhedrin had commanded the Temple guards to arrest Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles. Finally in John 19:39, Nicodemus becomes a public disciple as he provided the myrrh, aloes for the preparation of Jesus’ body. Even the weakest disciples of Jesus eventually become bold because they Lion of the Tribe of Judah roars by faith within them.
c) John 3:2 – The Pharisees at this early point in Jesus ministry pointed to the miracles of Jesus as the proof of Him coming from God. Miracles signs and wonders always take people to valley of decision, so that they make a judgment about Jesus Christ. The early church and many accounts in church history show evangelism of Christianity by pointing people to the works of God thru His Church. Even Jesus’ critics and enemies did not deny His miracles.
d) In verse 3, Jesus interjects the subject of the Kingdom of God – The subject is entirely appropriate because the Pharisees were expecting a political Messiah who would rule from Jerusalem, throw off Roman oppression and usher in a glory era for Israel. We are so far removed from the culture we are reading about we miss the significance of this.
e) Jesus describes the Kingdom as a spiritual realm and not a natural realm. The spirit of religion had blinded Nicodemus from seeing the Kingdom because he did not have spiritual sight. In fact Nicodemus clings to the natural realm and even tries to make a logical argument to defend his position. The religious spirit always resorts to logical arguments that deny a spiritual reality.

John 3:5-9
a) Born of water and Spirit – Titus 3:5 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, – The GENNAO – or being born or begotten by God is by the Spirit of God. Faith operates entirely in a supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit.
b) The flesh has no part in the Kingdom of God. SARX in Greek – the unregenerate part of mankind – the inheritance from Adam. Paul describes the work of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, and contrasts them with the work of the Spirit.
c) Verse 8 – The winds of the Spirit that bring life cannot be controlled but perceived.

John 3:10-13
a) “We speak”- Jesus is pointing to the Father and the Law as testimony of 2 or 3 establishes a witness’ message. Nicodemus would have understood this language of the Law and the Prophets that pointed to Jesus as the glorious Son of Man in Daniel 7:13. “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.”
b) Jesus is encouraging Nicodemus to accept Jesus as Messiah by using Messianic language he understood.

John 3:14-15
a) Jesus continues and points Nicodemus to Numbers 21, where the Israelites imputed that God had delivered them from Egypt to so that they may die in the wilderness. This thought is so contrary to the heart of God, as He describes Himself as being merciful, forgiving and showing lovingkindness in Exodus 33.

b) The snake or serpent – the picture or metaphor for sin. The snake on the pole is a prophetic picture of the Jesus, the Son of Man, the Second Adam, becoming a sin sacrifice for mankind. I am sure that as Nicodemus who was present at Jesus trial as member of the Sanhedrin remembered this conversation.
c) Looking to the cross gives eternal life. Isaiah 53 tells us plainly that every aspect of life is redeemed by Jesus sacrifice on the cross.
d) “Everyone who believes” – PISTEUO – Greek – to think to be true. Eternal life can be received by any who have faith. Faith is the great equalizer and transcends class, race, geography, and any obstacle in this life. In John 7 the Sanhedrin believed the masses who believed in Jesus were cursed, because they were educated and their religious pride had positioned them above the people they were supposed to be shepherds over. Their attitude is described in Ezekiel 34.

John 3:16-18
a) For God so loved the world – AGAPAO – To be fond of, to love, to be well pleased and dearly loved, to contend for – KOSMOS – Greek – the entirety of God’s creation – The Father’s heart is completely redemptive and benevolent.
b) He gave – DIDOMI – Greek – to give something to someone – to bestow a gift, to grant – to give in one’s care
c) Will not perish – APOLLYMI – Greek – to destroy – to render useless – to kill – to lose – to be lost or ruined
d) Eternal Like – AIONIOS ZOE – Life without beginning or end that will never end – which always has been and will ever be – ZOE – the fullness of life
e) Condemn – KRINO – Greek – to put asunder – to separate
f) Save – SOZO – to be saved completely – from death, disease, to be made well in all areas of life, to delivered from God’s judgment
g) The Name – ONOMA – Greek – the name is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, i.e. for one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc.

John 3:19-21
a) The light came into the Kosmos – Jesus the revelation and the One who is pure and truthful – shines as the gift and goodness of God.
b) Sin brings shame that keeps people from coming into the light. The fear of being exposed keeps many from eternal life in Jesus. Jesus does not expose to bring shame, but His illumination brings cleansing and freedom to the whole man.

c) Keys for spiritual life – Living by truth expands the amount of revelation and illumination we walk in. The Greek word for live by or practices actually means to construct or to make – POIEO. Truth – ALETHEIA – that which true in any matter of consideration. Truth from God is valid in all areas of life and gives all revelation that leads to life. We begin to construct or make a life based on the heart of God that plainly displays the character of God.

Radically Worship Your God

Mark 14:1-9
Radically Worship Your God
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we will look at how radical and extravagant worship are loved and honored by God. We also see how the Lord defends His own people against the spirit of religion and those with self serving agendas. My hope is that the Refuge Community will continue to war for freedom, honor and love for Christ. If our culture as a Faith Community can stay centered on radical worship, and authentic displays of love for God; then we are limitless in terms of being encountered by God corporately. All that is required is agreement to seek God without a restrained and locked up heart.

I believe that we are in a season where the Lord is going to be more present with us as a Faith Community and that encounters with God will be normative. In the midst of a season like this, I thought it appropriate to encourage us in freedom, worship and faith this morning.
Mark 14:1-2

a) The Sanhedrin plotted to kill Jesus and birthed an agenda to slay their Messiah. We know from the gospels that Jesus was slain during the Passover Feast, and the situations surrounding Jesus death transcended the plans of these men. Jesus’ destiny was never determined by plans of men, but by the Father.
b) Jesus was no victim – The circumstances of Jesus death on a cross was decided from the foundation of the world, from eternity. Jesus submitted to the Father, and became our Passover Lamb at the Feast of Passover.
c) As the blood over the door of the Israelites delivered them from death of their firstborn, the blood of God’s first born over the door of our hearts delivers us from death.
d) During the Passover Feast, Jesus did not stay the night in Jerusalem, but in Bethany, and on the Mount of Olives. The Jewish religious leaders had rejected Him, and Jesus prophesied their destruction and the destruction Temple and as a prophetic act stayed with those who loved Him.
e) Jesus stays close to those who accept Him. He rejects religion but honors relationship.

Mark 14:3
a) Bethany – 2 miles from Jerusalem, close to the Mount of Olives. Its name Bethany means House of Misery – The allegory here, is that Jesus is in the midst of the places of misery and depression, and comes close to those who are brokenhearted. Jesus was also the Suffering Servant prophesied by Isaiah.
b) Jesus embraced the House of Misery to deliver us from it.
c) Simon the Leper – Jesus touched the unclean – Simon was probably not leprous at this point, but had formerly been leprous. Jesus had probably healed him. That is the reason for the occasion.
d) The Apostle John identifies this woman was Mary of Bethany, sister to Mary and sister of Lazarus. Johns’ Gospel tells us that the alabaster jar was about .5 liters. This was probably her inheritance and was to be reserved for her wedding.
e) Mary was offering her future, and giving Jesus everything she had to offer. This was an extravagant act of worship, and it proved Mary’s love for the Savior. Jesus Had raised her brother from the dead and He was truly the resurrection and the life to her. This offering of worship and adoration came from a heart of thankfulness, humility and authentic relationship with Jesus.
f) Pure Nard – This perfume was exquisite and an intimate gift. It was worth a year’s wages. The plant is from India in area of the Himalayas, was considered a very luxurious ointment in ancient and medieval times. It was used in making incense for the Temple as well.
g) Alabaster Jar or Box – Alabaster is cream white and translucent. It was commonly used a metaphor for describing someone’s character in terms of purity. Alabaster in that era was also used to adorn burial monuments and coffins. The allegory we see here is that Jesus the pure and white Lamb, was placed in tomb and from the tomb the sweetness of life came out. Jesus broke out of the tomb.

Mark 14:4-5
a) John identifies the accuser as Judas Iscariot – The traitor whom satan filled and betrayed Jesus to the Jewish rulers.
b) Judas is a picture of the spirit of religion and those with agendas to suit their own purposes.
c) The spirit of religion hates radical, authentic worship and criticizes those who worship in abandonment to God. Religion hates freedom, and is too caught up in a form of religion to allow anyone who does not conform to the model to be legitimized. The spirit of religion rebukes harshly. Godly rebukes always have restoration in view. Religious rebukes take away expression from an individual.
d) Judas served his own agenda and not God’s. The spirit of religion is married to agendas. Judas was described as a political follower of Jesus. There was a movement in Judaism at that time that believed that Messiah would be a political figure that would deliver the nation from Roman occupation. Judas was part of that movement. He became a disciple of Jesus with an agenda in mind from the very beginning.
e) The good news is that the spirit of religion and those with agendas have never prospered. Absalom was hung in a tree as well as Judas. The Reformation defeated the spirit of religion, and opened a way back to the apostolic faith expression of the early church fathers. Gifts of the Holy Spirit were recovered, the Bible is available in almost all known languages, and Christianity is experiencing a renaissance of theology and expression in spirit and in truth.

Mark 14:6
a) Jesus defends His own. Mary of Bethany did not engage her accuser, but Jesus did. He was her mediator and He is our mediator.
b) The authoritative voice of the Lord – leave her alone
c) The question – Why are you bothering her? – Questions from the Lord uncover motives of the heart. Judas was a thief and his heart is being exposed by a question. This could have been a learning moment.
d) She has done a beautiful thing – Jesus recognizes the true sacrifice of weak people and calls it beautiful.

Mark 14:7-8
a) Jesus honors intimacy and relationship over service. There is a ton of ministry to be done around us, and most of it we can do without any anointing or relationship with God.
b) Jesus does not discourage ministry, but uses this situation to defend a lover of God, encourage relationship with Himself, and highlight the fact that He had been telling the disciples He was going to die on a cross.
c) Mary did what she could – Even the most seemingly insignificant acts of honor, sacrifice and love for God, are seen by Him and accepted and loved. Mary had no authority in the context of her culture. But she did what she could and what all of us can do, express faith and worship God; and from that place we receive significance and honor before God and men.

Mark 14:8-9
a) Those who walk in relationship do not lack revelation. The disciples could not see the shadow of the cross looming on the horizon, but Mary could because she sat at Jesus’ feet. The things she heard were certainly not taken away.
b) Jesus gave her honor that will endure the entirety of the church age, because she heard His heart and offered an extravagant act of worship to Jesus Christ.
c) Beloved, our acts of radical worship are remembered in the eternity of the heart of God. He knows your life stories, He wrote them, and gave them life, and gave His Son for them.

Jesus the Original Transformer

Introduction –
Tonight as we continue to build on our understanding of the Mystical Union we have with Jesus, we will look at how faith in Jesus and the anointing of the Spirit bring transformation to our lives and bring change to the world around us.
One of the most profound theological concepts is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Col 1:20 – As we walk thru this season as Community my prayer for us is that we build faith for the filling of the Spirit and from that place find our Community walking in the transforming power of God.

John 2:1-2
a) Cana of Galilee – Located close to Nazareth, approximately 5 miles NW. The Apostle Nathanael was from Cana (John 21:12). It is only mentioned in the Gospel of John chapters 2, 4 and 21. Cana was small village with very little significance to the region. The name Cana means “place of reeds”.
b) Jesus invited to a wedding, probably a relative of Mary His mother.
c) It is important to note that Jesus’ first miraculous sign is at a wedding. This speaks of the theological concept of Bridal Theology. Marriage is the first Covenant that was established by God, and it is appropriate that Jesus would begin His ministry at a wedding because He is the Bridegroom (John 3:29), and He is mediator of a New Covenant as the Bridegroom Godman, who restores intimacy between mankind and the Father. We also see the Bridegroom heart of God in Hosea, Ezekiel, Song of Songs, 1 Corinthians, John and Revelation.

John 2:3-5
a) Jesus gives Mary respect and honors her. The title woman is not disrespectful, as we would take that statement in the English language. Greek – GYNE – a woman of any age, formal word, for a virgin, a betrothed woman or a widow. The Greek does not read “Dear Woman”, but adds the dear to bring out this truth.
b) My time has not yet come – Those who are in close relationship with Jesus can by faith pull something from the future into the present by faith, and confidence in Jesus. Mary knew who He was, she knew Jesus was capable of providing something from nothing.
c) The need was for more wine – Greek – OINOS – wine – metaphorically the Holy Spirit, the Joy of Life, the Joy from the Holy Spirit, and happiness in God – Lastly the symbol of the wrath of God like when one staggers when one has drank too much.
d) Do whatever He tells you – Great advice – Obedience to the voice of Jesus is always the opening to the impossibilities of God for our lives. Obedience proves faith.

John 3:6
a) 6 – The number of Man – The stone pots are a metaphor or allegory of people. The pots were not elaborate, but made from clay, common, and not beautifully decorated.
b) Number 20 – Symbolizes utility or usefulness – it is the age when an Israelite is fit for military service or to a Levite is able to serve in Tabernacle service. This shows that the Lord finds the common person useful for His purposes and useful to worship Him and serve Him. Num & Lev
c) Number 30 – The number of a calling – The Aaronic priesthood began serving at age 30. It is the age maturity of the heart and mind. It is also a number associated with Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus was betrayed for 30 silver coins by Judas as prophesied in Zechariah 11:12.

John 2:7
a) Being filled with water – to the brim – Water a symbol of the Holy Spirit – being filled with the Spirit of God is the first step to transformation by the Holy Spirit. It is from the filling of the Spirit that spiritual gifts are given, and the fruit of the Spirit becomes manifest in a person’s life.
John 2:8-9
a) The servants drew out the water. It transformed into wine as they acted in faith. Faith is the catalyst. Sometimes we just need to believe we have anointing of the Spirit, move in that knowledge and witness the transformation.

John 2:10
a) The wine of Spirit is better than the wine of the world. It is the best taste. When a person is walking in the grace of the Spirit we are righteous real and not the cheap wine or counterfeit.
b) The things that God does are excellent, and the best for people.

John 2: 11
a) The first miracle that was a sign leading to faith. The signs and wonders of God take people to the valley of decision so that they might believe.
b) Glory – Greek – DOXA – the good opinion of someone in regards to goodness, praise on honor – the splendor or brightness of God, the majesty of God and blessedness of His realm.
c) The glory of Christ and the revelation of who He is builds faith. Greek – PISTEO – Believe – to think to be true about someone.

Jesus The Illuminator

Mark 10:46-52
Jesus – The Illuminator
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we will see the deep spiritual allegory of the encounter between Bartimaeus and Jesus of Nazareth, and how it parallels our faith walks with Jesus. As we unpack Mark 10:46-52 my hope is to encourage our Community to seek the hidden revelation and illumination of the Scriptures. Often there is a deeper understanding in the Word as we look at places, names, and history. God intentionally hides spiritual wisdom in His word as an invitation to seek His heart. Beloved, the Lord loves Holy hide and seek with His children.

Mark 10:46
a) Jericho – a very ancient city located on the near the West Bank of the Jordan. It has been inhabited for thousands of years due to the many springs that are around it. It was described in the OT as the City of Palms, and Jericho means “fragrant” in Hebrew. The area around Jericho was known for honey, roses, balsam, and cypress trees. – Symbolizes the pleasure of the world, and spirit of hedonism, the invitation of the flesh.
b) It is first mentioned in the Scriptures in Numbers 22. Joshua obeyed YHWH, and destroyed it in Joshua 6, and cursed the city in Joshua 6:26. “Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, “Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates.” – 1 Kings 16:34 In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho; he laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.
c) Rahab the harlot was an ancestor of Jesus – Matt 1:5 – Boaz’ mother was Rahab.
d) Jericho was associated with sin and judgment. At this point in Jesus’ ministry he was on His way to Jerusalem to become the sacrifice for sin and redeem humankind. It is interesting that the Lord is so intentional, in providing a prophetic allegory, as the Man who knew no sin, to come to the place of judgment for sin, and on His way out of that place, He provides a healing for those who are blind. Jericho being named fragrant, speaks of Jesus being a fragrant sacrifice before the Father as the Lamb of God being offered to satisfy the demand for justice, judgment and wrath of the Father towards the sins of humanity.
e) Blind man – Bartimaeus – BAR = Son – TAME = Unclean, impure morally, religiously, or ritually – Bartimaeus a beggar, an symbol of mankind living in our pre-salvation condition as beggars, unclean and impure, and surviving on the emotional scraps of life. From this place we become Sons of God by grace.
Mark 10:47-48
a) Bartimaeus shouts – He raises his voice over the rebukes of others. This is a picture of passionate prayer before God, over the voice of the enemy.
b) Satan seeks to silence the voice of faith. Faith conquers kingdoms, administers justice, shuts the mouths of lions, quenches flames, delivers from the sword, and turns weakness into strength, routs foreign armies, and gives women back their dead! – Hebrews 11
c) Son of David – Messianic title – Bartimaeus had probably heard about the signs and wonders ministry of Jesus and rightly identifies Him as Messiah. It often the humble who have the greatest revelations of God.
d) Have mercy on me – Greek – E-LE-EEO – to have mercy on, to help one who is afflicted, to experience mercy – This is the righteous cry of the afflicted to the Lord who delivers.

Mark 10:49
a) Jesus stops for the cry of the afflicted – Psalm 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise. Jesus never turns away the hurting. He invites them to come to Him.
b) Jesus calls Bartimaeus – Jesus still calls today for those who cry out to Him.
c) On your feet – Bartimaeus takes a step of faith – Faith actions agree with God heart to heal and deliver

Mark 10:50
a) Throwing aside his cloak – Bartimaeus abandons the covering of a beggar- This is a prophetic picture of the believer taking off the covering of the old man and putting on the covering of the Lord.

Mark 10:51
a) Jesus asks Bartimaeus a question – Jesus stands today with offer of healing, restoration, salvation and deliverance. It is our faith action to receive what is already to our account.
b) This is a picture of prayer. God delights in answering the prayers of the people. God already is aware of the need, but God prefers the intimate ask and answer dynamic as a Father to Children.
c) Greek – To regain sight – A-NA-BLE-PO – to recover sight – This indicates that Bartimaeus probably had sight previously and lost it. This is a prophetic picture of Adam and Eve having unhindered sight or revelation of God and thru the Fall they became spiritually blind. Jesus is the one who restored the ability of spiritual sight. Ephesians 1:18

Mark 10:52
a) Go your faith has healed you – Faith is the genesis for all extraordinary works of God.
b) Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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