Archive for September, 2013

More Precious than Silver

September 29, 2013

1 Corinthians 1:24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

More Precious than Silver
by Lynn De Shazo

Lord, You are more precious than silver;
Lord, You are more costly than gold;
Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds;
And nothing I desire compares with You.

Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God –
More precious than silver


Proverbs 3:13-15Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies{jewels}; nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 2:1-5  … My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Lord Jesus
Seeking You as a precious jewel
To give up I’d be a fool!
Jesus You are my treasure
More precious than silver
More costly than gold
More beautiful than diamonds
–>Nothing I desire compares to You!

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Related:
Hidden Treasure

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There is None like You Lord

September 24, 2013

Jeremiah 10:6There is none like You, O LORD;

Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders? -Ex 15:11

O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart -1Ki8:23

For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You? -Ps71:19

There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there works like Yours. -Ps86:8

You are great, and great is Your name in might.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God, His holy mountain. -Ps48:1

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods. -Ps96:4

 

There is none like You, Lord Jesus. No one else can touch my heart like You do! Let me praise You with my whole heart. Praise the Lord!

 
Psalm 103:1 … Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Psalm 146:1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord O my soul!

Prayer: Habakkuk compared to Honi

September 21, 2013

Ephesians 5:11 … Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them … -Eph5:11;1Tim5:20;2Tim4:2-4;Ti1:13-14

In Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker, Honi is compared to the prophet Habakkuk. Is this a valid biblical comparison?

From: The Circle Maker

Quote:
“I’m sure Honi the circle maker prayed in a lot of different ways at a lot of different times. He had a wide variety of prayer postures. But when he needed to pray through, he drew a circle and dropped to his knees. His inspiration for the prayer circle was Habakkuk. He simply did what the prophet Habakkuk had done:

“I will stand upon my watch, and station me within a circle.”

From The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson:
http://www.thecirclemaker.com/The_Circle_Maker_Sampler.pdf

Honi’s Prayer:

And God was nowhere to be heard. But there was one man, an eccentric sage who lived outside the walls of Jerusalem, who dared to pray anyway. His name was Honi. And even if people could no longer hear God, he believed that God could still hear them.

… Honi stood inside the circle he had drawn. Then he dropped to his knees and raised his hands to heaven. With the authority of the prophet Elijah who called down fire from heaven, Honi called down rain.

Lord of the Universe, I swear before your great name that I will not move from this circle until you have mercy upon your children.

… The people rejoice over each drop, but Honi wasn’t satisfied with a sprinkle. Still kneeling within the circle, Honi lifted his voice over the celebration.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, pits and caverns.

… It rained so heavily … people fled .. to escape the flash floods. Honi stayed and prayed inside his protracted circle. Once more he refined his bold request.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain of benevolence, benediction and grace.

Then … it began to rain in perfect moderation.

Prayer: Habakkuk compared to Honi

Let’s take a look at some key verses in Habakkuk 2.

1 I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart(watch tower), And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.

From NetBible Hab 2 – Habakkuk compares himself to a watchman stationed on the city wall who keeps his eyes open for approaching messengers or danger.

Habakkuk expects to hear from the Lord and is prepared to wait for the Lord’s answer, he also humbles himself for possible correction to his complaints in Hab 1. His complaints center on v4 on how justice seems to be perverted.

*Honi does not hear from the Lord or expect to hear the Lord’s directions, was he really a prophet of God? (Honi the Circle Maker – A Prophet of God?) -Honi also isn’t prepared to be corrected or to receive anything other than what he demanded – rain.

2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. 4 Behold the proud[06075], His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. 5 Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples.

The Lord’s answer to Habakkuk reveals the difference between the proud and those whose faith is in Him. Those who trust in the Lord are willing to submit and wait upon Him and His plan.

From NetBible Hab 2:1-5

  • proud[06075] = swell with pride
    *As for the proud, his desires are not right within him – the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion in contrast to the just/righteous(Isa 40:31)
  • faith[0530] = fidelity, steadfastness
    *the Lord is assuring Habakkuk that those who are truly innocent will be preserved through the coming oppression and judgment by their godly lifestyle, for God ultimately rewards this type of conduct. In contrast to these innocent people, those with impure desires (epitomized by the greedy Babylonians; see v. 5) will not be able to withstand God’s judgment (v. 4a).
  • *The proud are greedy and never satisfied always demanding more

*Habakkuk decides to trust and worship the Lord (Hab 3:16-19) even when circumstances do not appear favorable

*Honi appears to demand rain and isn’t satisfied until he gets exactly what he demands.

Habakkuk puts his complaints before the Lord and expects to hear an answer. He also prepares himself for correction. Habakkuk accepts the Lord’s answer and is prepared to trust in His plan even though circumstances are not the best. Honi does not follow this pattern. Honi appears to demand rain and isn’t satisfied until he gets exactly what he wants. Honi also does not hear from the Lord. Honi seems to look more like the proud than the faithful.

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Faith(The Humble) contrasted to The Proud
Faith Proud Verse
righteous are preserved – they do not faint(Isa 40:31) – they live the proud with impure/greedy desires can’t withstand God’s judgement – they faint Hab 2:4
faithful are preserved the proud are judged by God and paid back in full Ps31:23
blessed is the one who makes the LORD his trust the proud fall away to lies or turn to false gods Ps40:4
the humble are given grace by God the proud are opposed by God Pro3:34;1Pe5:5;Ja4:6
the humble will be honored by God the proud will be humiliated by God Pro29:23
The humble stand firm in faith and endure the proud rebel(do not stand firm) and are devoured by the sword Isa7:9,1:19-20
The Lord’s blessing is on the faithful who trust in Him The Lord’s curse is on the proud who trust in mere human beings and whose heart turns away from the Lord Jer17:5-8

Related:
Honi the Circle Maker – A Prophet of God?
Prayer: Elijah compared to Honi
Quail: Answered Prayer

Matthew 18 Used to Silence Contenders

September 16, 2013

Usually if anyone questions a public teaching by a professing christian they are silenced with Matthew 18. They are told that they must follow Matthew 18:15-17 and go to the person promoting the teaching in private.This passage is also used to silence people from naming names of false teachers. In fact I’ve been criticized for publicly questioning a popular book on prayer recently. Is this biblical?

If you click on the link above you can see this scripture in context. It doesn’t refer to public false teaching. It refers to private sin. A private rebuke is given for private sin.

So how do you confront public false teaching?
A public rebuke is given for public sin.

Jude 1:3-4Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Contend for the faith earnestly –
Be ready, Matthew 18 will be used to try to silence you or
get you to compromise God’s word for the sake of unity.

Quail: Answered Prayer

September 14, 2013

Numbers 11:4-6The rabble who were among them had{yielded to} greedy desires; and so the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.”

From NetBible Num11:4

  • *The story of the sending of the quail is a good example of poetic justice, or talionic justice. God had provided for the people, but even in that provision they were not satisfied, for they remembered other foods they had in Egypt. … God will give them what they crave(answer prayer), but it will not do for them what they desire.
  • *The Hebrew simply uses the cognate accusative, saying “they craved a craving” (הִתְאַוּוּ תַּאֲוָהhitavvu tavah), but the context shows that they had this strong craving for food. The verb describes a strong desire, which is not always negative (Ps 132:13-14). But the word is a significant one in the Torah; it was used in the garden story for Eve’s desire for the tree, and it is used in the Decalogue in the warning against coveting (Deut 5:21).
  • rabble[0628] = mixed multitude, riffraff
  • greedy desires[08378] = lust, intense craving, covetousness
The people were not satisfied with the Lord’s miracle provision of manna. They craved another “food”,  another miracle – “meat”. 

Numbers 11:18-20 … Say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, “Oh that someone would give us meat to eat! For we were well-off in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat and you shall eat. 19 You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”

The people in yielding to this craving for meat actually rejected the Lord and His provision of manna. Manna = Bread from heaven = The Lord’s words (Jn6:31-35;Dt8:3)

Numbers 11:31-34Now there went forth a wind from the Lord and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits deep on the surface of the ground. 32 The people spent all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers) and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague. 34 So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.

From NetBible Num11:31

  • *The irony in this chapter is expressed in part by the use of the word רוּחַ (ruakh). In the last episode it clearly meant the Spirit of the Lord that empowered the men for their spiritual service. But here the word is “wind.” Both the spiritual service and the judgment come from God. *Wind=judgement

From NetBible Num11:34

  • Kibroth-hattaavah[06914] = graves of lust
    *from [06913] = graves and  [08378] = lust, intense craving, covetousness
Be careful of being ungrateful for the Lord’s miraculous provision and demanding more. You may be trading the truth of God’s words(manna) for a lie(quail). You may get what you desire – another “new” food – a delusion that results in death. (Ro1:18-32;2Thess2:1-12)

Related:
Dream Big: Cloudy with a Chance of Quail by Mark Batterson

Quote from: http://zondervan.typepad.com/zondervan/2012/05/seek-and-ye-shall-be-surprised-excerpt-batterson-circle-maker.html:
Having vision beyond your resources is synonymous with dreaming big. And it may feel like you’re setting yourself up for failure, but you’re actually setting God up for a miracle. How God performs the miracle is His job. Your job is drawing a circle around the God-given dream. And if you do your job, you might just find yourself standing waist-deep in three feet of quail.

Beware of carving more than manna(God’s words). Indeed, your prayers for more may be answered, but you may just find yourself “buried” deep in quail!

Beauty for Ashes

September 12, 2013

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. -Ps42:11

This I recall, therefore I have hope

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. -Lam3:21-25

The Lord’s mercies are fresh, new every morning
Because of the Lord’s mercies I am not consumed!
Yet will I praise Him-
Jesus, my Savior, my God, my exceeding joy!
-Ps43

Beauty for ashes
The oil of joy for mourning
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness …

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God! -Is61:1-3,10-11

Isaiah 49:14-16But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.

Don’t be afraid
For I have redeemed you

[ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]
I have called you by name
You are Mine.
-Is43
I will make a way where there is no way -Is43:16
I will turn things around
Beauty will arise from your ashes
Joy will come in the morning
-Ps30
You will shine!
Arise!

Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! -Is60:1

Arise, my dove, my beautiful one and come away with Me! -Song 2:10

Compromise or Stand Firm?

September 11, 2013

Is the word of God being compromised for the sake of unity? Or some other noble ideal? Is the ‘whole’ tolerating the compromise of  ’some’ to preserve ‘peace’?

Compromise or Stand Firm?

From Rev Heather Butler
Ever wondered about the word compromise, I have this week, wondering what it really means when we say that if we cant come into agreement then we compromise, all sounds rather amicable and sensible, but, wait a minate, lets look at that word again.

If something has been compromised it means infiltrated by another party you get the picture. So lets split the word up, there are three parts to it, co which equals more than one person, the m in the middle which we will call me and promise. So now there are two people with one promise that has to be watered down and broken, because one wants to honour it and the other wants to change it, so now the promise is compromised.

See how easily the enemy can creep in, its subtle isnt it, we take the word of God just as satan did in the garden, he speaks and says to Eve “did God really say that” giving her the excuse that she wanted to continue in her quest to bite the fruit, the rest is history. That sneaky snake is still at it today, enabling the church to compromise the word of God to fit in with their thoughts rather than what God really thinks.

Its worth being reminded that no matter who we are, the word says what it says, that God is the same yesterday today and forever, he changeth not, like Eve we are offered a compromise. Serious stuff and food for thought. Night God bless everyone.

Proverbs 25:26 AMP … Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.

From NetBible Pr 25:26

  • “to stamp; to tread; to foul by treading [or, by stamping].” BDB 952 s.v. defines it here as a “fountain befouled.” The picture is one of a spring of water where men and beasts gather and muddy it by their trampling in and out of it.
  • “to give way; to move.” This probably refers to the integrity of the righteous being lost – comparing it to moving [off course]. T. T. Perowne writes, “To see a righteous man moved from his steadfastness through fear or favour in the presence of the wicked is as disheartening as to find the stream turbid and defiled at which you were longing to quench your thirst” (Proverbs, 161). But the line may refer to the loss of social standing and position by the righteous due to the plots of the wicked – just as someone muddied the water, someone made the righteous slip from his place.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 NASB … Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

John 14:23 … Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

From NetBible Jn 14:23

  • keep[5083] = to attend to carefully, take care of, guard

Stand Firm!

Isaiah 7:9 NIV … If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

From NetBible Is 7:9

  • MSG … If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  • the Lord here addresses the entire Davidic family and court. (Verse 4 was addressed to the king.) There is a wordplay in the Hebrew text, designed to draw attention to the alternatives set before the king (cf.1:20). “Believe” (תַאֳמִינוּ, ta’aminu) is a Hiphil form of the verbאָמָן (’aman); “endure” (תֵאָמֵנוּ, te’amenu) is a Niphal form of this same verb.

There are only 2 choices:
Stand firm in your faith and endure

Be careful, keep calm, don’t be afraid or intimidated -Is7:4
Be willing and obedient
Listen to, keep/guard My words -Is1:19;Jn14:23,21

Or
Don’t stand(compromise) and fall

Rebel and be devoured by the sword
From NetBible Is1:19-20

  • The wordplay in the Hebrew draws attention to the options. The people can obey, in which case they will “eat” v. 19 (תֹּאכֵלוּ [to’khelu], Qal active participle of אָכַל) God’s blessing, or they can disobey, in which case they will be devoured (Heb “eaten,” תְּאֻכְּלוּ, [tÿ’ukkÿlu], Qal passive/Pual of אָכַל) by God’s judgment.

Revelation 2:12-17 …     Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in *Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

13 I know where you live–a place where Satan sits enthroned. [Yet] you are clinging to and holding fast My name, and you did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) in your midst–where Satan dwells. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice]. 15 You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate. 16 Repent [then]! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

17 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.

From NetBible Rev2:12

  • Pergamos[4010] = “height or elevation”
    *from purgos[4444] = watch or high tower
    … and gamos[1062] = marriaae wedding
    —> Pergamum = married to the high tower
For the sake of unity the whole tolerate some and compromise the Word. Perhaps the high tower is unity – unity without truth is an idol and myth!
Stand firm!

It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be united in error with the multitude!

Related:
Married to the ‘High Tower’

As the Deer

September 9, 2013

Psalm 42:1-2As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

From NetBible Ps 42:1-2

  • The psalmist recalls how he once worshiped in the Lord’s temple, but laments that he is now oppressed by enemies in a foreign land.
  • pants[06165](with thirst)= to long for, to cry for
  • thirsts[06770] = parched, suffer dryness
    *A future thirst is coming due to the lack of hearing …
    “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. -Amos 8:11
  • “When can i go meet with God?” = When will I go and appear [to] the face of God- in His presence?

As the deer pants for the streams, O Lord
So my soul pants for You
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty
My soul yearns, even faints for Your courts
My heart and my flesh cry out for You, the living God
O to sing for joy before my King Jesus!

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. -Ps84:4

Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere! -Ps84:10

As the deer, O LORD, my soul longs
Even faints for Your courts
O to dwell in the joy of Your presence -Ps 16:11,21:6,43:3-5,46:4
I long to be ever praising You
Jesus my King!
-Ps84

Psalm 43:3-5 NASB
3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre(harp) I shall praise You, O God, my God.
5 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Prayer: Elijah compared to Honi

September 4, 2013

Ephesians 5:11 … Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them … -Eph5:11;1Tim5:20;2Tim4:2-4;Ti1:13-14

From The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson:
http://www.thecirclemaker.com/The_Circle_Maker_Sampler.pdf

Honi’s Prayer:

And God was nowhere to be heard. But there was one man, an eccentric sage who lived outside the walls of Jerusalem, who dared to pray anyway. His name was Honi. And even if people could no longer hear God, he believed that God could still hear them.

… Honi stood inside the circle he had drawn. Then he dropped to his knees and raised his hands to heaven. With the authority of the prophet Elijah who called down fire from heaven, Honi called down rain.

Lord of the Universe, I swear before your great name that I will not move from this circle until you have mercy upon your children.

… The people rejoice over each drop, but Honi wasn’t satisfied with a sprinkle. Still kneeling within the circle, Honi lifted his voice over the celebration.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, pits and caverns.

… It rained so heavily … people fled .. to escape the flash floods. Honi stayed and prayed inside his protracted circle. Once more he refined his bold request.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain of benevolence, benediction and grace.

Then … it began to rain in perfect moderation.

From my previous post The Legend of Honi the Circle Maker it was seen that the technique of drawing or visualizing a circle is a pagan technique used by Wicca and ritual magic. This made me wonder about Honi’s prayer itself. He addresses God as “Lord of the Universe”, I wondered is this a pagan title for God?

A quick google search for “”lord of the universe” god names” reveals that this is a tile used by Moses for God(Lord of the Universe). However, “lord of the universe” is also a tile used in Wicca circle casting. It also reveals that combining this title and circle technique is a way to build an altar to this Wiccan god. This “lord of the universe” tile is also linked with other gods from new age, mormonism, islam, kabalah … etc.

So how do we know which god Honi was demanding rain from? Notice in the above excerpt Honi is compared to Elijah – maybe a good place to start is by looking at Elijah’s prayer(1Kings 18).

Prayer: Elijah compared to Honi

Take a look at some key verses from 1 Kings 18.
1 Now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.”

Elijah does not act until he hears from the Lord. There is a condition on the Lord sending rain – Elijah must show himself to Ahab.

*Honi does not hear from the Lord.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals.

Elijah is accused of causing trouble or conflict. The real reason was because of not listening to the Lord and following other gods.

*False or mixed teaching causes conflict.

36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

Elijah prepared an altar and offering according to the Lord’s instructions. The main point of his prayer was that the people may know the Lord and turn their hearts back to the Lord.

Hosea 14:2 … Take words(repentance) with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips”(sacrificial bulls).

Hebrews 13:15 … Through Him(Jesus Christ) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to(confess) His name.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 … Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances[do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;22 abstain from every form of evil.

*Elijah’s offering before prayer can be compared to giving a thank offering now through Jesus Christ – a sacrifice of praise = the fruit of lips that give thanks – confess His name.

*Honi displayed the opposite of thankfulness in demanding more than a sprinkle.

*Elijah did not demand fire.

41 Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. …  45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 

*Elijah did not demand rain, but instead by following the Lord’s instructions, the Lord sent rain as He promised.

Elijah’s prayer clearly followed the Lord’s instructions.Honi’s prayer is not a prayer that follows the same pattern as Elijah’s prayer. Since Honi did not hear from the Lord, it makes you wonder what pattern of prayer he followed and what foundation his prayer was built on.Maybe, just maybe this is why Honi and his prayer are not in the bible.

James 5:16-20Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

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