Not So!

Not So!

Not So!

“And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.”
Luke 1:59

Convention and tradition are the nemeses of every generation. Without the impetus of the fresh inspiration of God, men would cling to the forms and methods of previous generations. We see Elizabeth’s strong reaction to the assumption of their friends:

“Not so;
but he shall be called John.”
Luke 1:60

To which they replied:

“And they said unto her,
There is none of thy kindred
that is called by this name.”
Luke 1:61

The “coming ONE” brings change to everything that would bear witness to His Name. Even the forerunner must of necessity break with tradition. Christ alone is the new order and by the power of His life men undergo revolutionary transformations. No man can touch Him and remain the same. Tradition and stagnation are the very tombstones of a generation out of touch with the scope and atmosphere of His life.

Those who bear His nature within are aware of the lethargy of our current condition. The status quo is the means by which the “business” of Christian interaction is carried out today; the sheer lack of the wonder and majesty of His being should compel us to a heartfelt seeking of Him.

The verdict on our generation could be summed up in one simple, succinct statement.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

The Church today is not in need of new methods or programs. She is not in need of more technology or stratagems. Her ONE NEED is to be IN Christ. It is in Him that the dynamic of His life is known. It is in Him that the selfish ambitions of men are crucified. Pride, unforgiveness, jealously, envy, and the “works of the flesh” are consumed in the fire of God!

“Not so”

This is the declaration of one who carries within her own womb the touch and call of God to higher things. “Not So” is the cry from one who knows and feels deep within heaven’s fresh and invigorating breath. “Not So” has graced the lips of all those who sought nothing on earth and have become pilgrims of the same faith which inspired their father Abraham. For he sought out a city whose builder and maker is God. He was a sojourner even in the land of promise because his heart had been captured by heavenly realities; he could not and would not settle for the buildings and cities of men. Long he tarried in the plains of Mamre (Vision) not having the slightest inclination to join his nephew in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. His vision was clear and his heart resolute in the pursuit of this “one thing”.

How little our generation perceives that revelation follows sacrifice. Abraham, in the offering up of his own son of promise, “sees” the true offering of God and declares “Jehovah Jireh”! “God will provide”! Such a name had never been known in the earth nor had there been such an obedient heart. The two are inseparable.

“Not So” is the declaration of all who bear within their hearts the effervescence of the living Christ. While men still work and sweat to raise up edifices and organizations in the name of God, the verdict of God stands.

“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:
what house will ye build me? saith the Lord?”
Acts 7:49

The man who uttered such things was stoned to death by the malice and hatred of the religious people of that day. Living truth is ever an antagonism to the religious. Past and future truth may be acknowledged; present truth is what is ignored and disregarded. They who bear His Word must also bear His reproach.

The Cry of the Spirit of God has ever been…

Today if you will hear his voice,
don’t harden your hearts”

Hebrews 3:15

See: Doing the Truth

Brian Troxel

(updated excerpt from previous writing)

 

MAMRE The Place of Seeing

MAMRE

THE PLACE OF SEEING 

PART ONE

“And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it;for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD”
GENESIS 13:14-18

Abram “came and dwelt” in the plain of Mamre* (vision).  Men of faith are men of vision and purpose.  Life is no longer a string of unrelated events and meaningless experiences.  Faith gives birth to vision and vision becomes the defining purpose of a man’s life.  Mamre is located within Hebron*, the place of fellowship and intimacy.  It is from here that we see God, we see His purpose for our lives and within the scope of this ministration we are drawn out of this world into His.  It is in seeing this heavenly land that we are freed from this world.  It is in hearing His voice calling us to “arise and walk” that we are constrained to leave the bondage of this world and the paltry offerings of a religion that has Ichabod written upon it.  While the Lots of faith choose to settle down in Sodom and Gomorrah Abram dwells in the land of vision and fellowship with God.  No man is truly lonely if God is His friend.   With all of the activity of the religious world racing on with no real impact or purpose there are those who find sitting at the feet of Him who is “the way the truth and the life” a ministration beyond compare.  Abram dwelt here, pitched his tent, built an Altar and lived to see the birth of his Isaac.  This land is not earned; it is given to those who make it their home.  But it is incumbent upon us to “arise and walk” within its borders to know and feel the length and the breadth of it.   We make it ours by moving our tent into the very center and dwelling there.  For it is here where we meet with Him, commune and learn of Him.

Abram’s journey in God (as is ours) is one of being and walking in the WAY.  It is a life of obedience and submission to God Himself.  How beautiful and comforting are the words spoken here unto Abram…

“Lift up now thine eyes,
and look from the place where thou art…”
GENESIS 13:14

The place where Abram now stood was confirmed by God as His Will.  Though barren and a prisoner of HOPE we see God’s word of the divine approval “look from the place where thou art!  Vision has to do with location.  Where we are determines what we see.  Mamre is a portion of our inheritance of the land of Hebron; it is a life of vision that arises from intimacy with the Most High.  It is here that the promise of God of the long awaited Son is confirmed and made definite, the barren womb is given hope and Sodom is judged.  The birthing of the ONE must necessitate the judging of the other.  As a friend with God, Abram is now brought into the place of knowing God’s moving in the earth and the necessity of his priestly portion in it.

“And the LORD appeared unto him
in the plains of Mamre”
GENESIS 18:1

*NOTE: Mamre
ראה

The root-verb ראה (ra’a) primarily means to see or look at or notice (Genesis 6:2, Isaiah 6:5), and, much as in English, came to also mean to understand (Jeremiah 5:12). This verb’s derivatives are:

  • The adjective ראה (ra’eh), meaning seeing (Job 10:15 only).
  • The masculine noun ראה (ro’eh), meaning seer (1 Samuel 9:9, Isaiah 30:10).
  • The identical masculine noun ראה (ro’eh), meaning prophetic vision (Isaiah 28:7 only).
  • The feminine noun ראית (re’ut) or ראות (re’ut), meaning look (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
  • The masculine noun ראי (re’i), meaning mirror (Job 37:18 only).
  • The masculine noun ראי (ro’i), meaning sight or appearance (Genesis 16:13, Job 7:8).
  • The feminine noun מראה (mar’a), meaning vision as means of revelation (Genesis 46:2, Numbers 12:6).
  • The identical feminine noun מראה (mar’a), meaning mirror (Exodus 38:8 only).
  • The masculine noun מראה (mar’eh), meaning sight or appearance (Exodus 3:3, Isaiah 11:3, Ezekiel 8:4).

*NOTE: Hebron
חבר
“Hebron” = The Binding Friendship Place

The conventional interpretation of “Hebron” correctly identifies its main, and most obvious, meaning.
“Hebron” = heth-bet-resh-vav-nun = XBRWN = XBR + WN = “Binding Friendship”
[XBR = “association”, etc.] “place” [-WN]

The root-verb חבר (habar) means to join

Brian Troxel