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The Doctrine of the Open Door, Prt 30. The Open Doors Provided by God in Time of Disaster.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Point 10,
The Mechanics of the Open Doors, God’s system of Open Doors in times of disaster.

This scribe, more than likely a man called Ezra, was also a prophet who had seen all sorts of sufferings and disasters and Psa 119 is his description of his story.

equivalent to our letter “t” =
the principle of relationship,
the main definition means to knot or knit together, to twist into each other, here it refers to the relationship between the Lord and this man.

The ninth letter, Teth, also indicates “new life.”
The Hebrew tradition says that Teth represents a woman giving birth, or a place where something new is brought forth.

That which was in the darkness coming forth into light like a seed bursting from the earth.

To the Jews, the image of the letter Teth
also illustrated the coiling of a serpent. It represents potential power, like a serpent just before striking.
The serpents power has been built up, is contained, and then is released.

The power here is the spiritual awareness which builds up in man, and is then released to create an heightened awareness in order to remind him of his divine origin.

So basically, with all of these definitions the letter teth suggested the strength of a believer’s relationship with TLJC in time of disaster.

The letter teth was also known for looking like a little vortex or spiral. The power we are speaking of here is spiritual awareness which builds up in man, and is then released to create an heightened awareness in order to remind him of his divine origin.

The word “well” is the first word in the sentence which is the Hebrew word towb which means the production of divine good.

Human good is corruptible, because mankind has a sin nature and commits acts of personal sin and then performs good deeds or works relying on human power and not divine power.

Many believers do good deeds because they are motivated by guilt and human power, not grace and divine power. Many believers do good deeds because they are motivated by fear and human power, not grace and divine power. Many believers do good deeds because they are motivated by power lust and a desire for power.

They are motivated by approbation lust and human power because of a desire to be recognized and not grace and divine power.

MAT 23:5, “But they [the Scribes and Pharisees] do all their deeds [good works] to be noticed by men.”

MAT 6:1, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”

LUK 16:14-15, Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things, and they were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

JOH 12:42-43, Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing {Him,} lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Human good is never acceptable to God, ISA 64:6 “All our righteous deeds are like menstrual rags.”

Solomon spoke of this principle in
ECC 3:10-12, I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

ECC 3:11-12, He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. I have known that there is nothing better for them than to possess inner happiness [which comes from doctrine] and to manufacture divine good in one’s lifetime;

This principle is all in view in PSA 119:65, which does not say, Thou hast dealt well with Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word.

Towb, which in the Hebrew language is the first word in the sentence and therefore it is the word being emphasized and towb is a reference to the good God produces and therefore literally divine good.

PSA 119:65, Towb or Divine good you have produced with Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word.

This means that under horrible disastrous conditions, through the open doors that God provides, God manufacturers divine good.

Sooner or later, if not now, you are going to run into some maximum disastrous conditions.

The only way you will be ready for it is by living and remaining inside of the divine plan of God for your life.

Out of disaster,
PSA 119:65, Thou hast dealt well or [produced divine good] with Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word.

ROM 8:28, And we know to those who love God, He (God) causes all things to work together for good, to those who are called according to His purpose.

He is saying in effect,
Lord, You have taken these disastrous conditions and you have made something good out of them.

If we knew what was best for us we would realize that it’s just what God is doing for us.

It is the “word” that reveals to us how good God is to us.

This is the teth file, which means every believer has a relationship with God but very few utilize that relationship according to His word.

Minus doctrine is to be minus appreciation of this relationship.

ROM 8:31-36, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

ROM 8:37-39, But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is towb, again starting off with the letter teth, and teth represents the strength that comes in time of disaster from having a personal relationship with God.

Here that strength is said to be from being able to be taught or have revealed to the believer in time of disaster good discernment and knowledge.

PSA 119:66, Good discernment along with knowledge is what I need to be taught in time of disaster, For I believe in Thy commandments. The Hebrew verb for “teach” is the piel stem of lamadh which means to learn in an intense manner or the hard way, the discernment and knowledge I need to handle the disaster.

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