|"FOOTSTOOL" 16 times total: twice in Matthew, in Acts, and in Hebrews: once in Mk Lk Jas - 7 times in O.T Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5> Ps110:1 (Melchisedek psalm) also Matt 22:44 -- The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Isaiah 66:1 -- Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me?. . .|
ANOTHER INSTANCE OF TWO -- ("By two it's established", Gen41:32.)
In the Old Testament, the word "Faith" is found only
twice. The first place is by Moses in Deut 32:20 when he speaks of the
Children in whom was "no faith". That
was in reference to those who had turned to new gods, to strange
gods, instead of the Rock of Ages. Like today, when the leaders
of this nation no longer recognize the God of the Bible, but are
accepting any old god who submits the proper paperwork or gets
past customs with their dumb(stupid) idols.
The second place the word 'faith' occurs is in Habakkuk 2. The Lord says: "write
the vision and make it plain...that he may run that reads it. For
the vision is yet for an appointed time, but
at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for
it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry...but the the
just shall live by his faith".
Living by faith is a primary emphasis of
the curriculum where my wife and I attended: at Rhema Bible Training Center in
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma: founded by the late Kenneth E. Hagin.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight", 2Cor5:7
One intriguing aspect of the phrase "the
just shall live by faith" is how we find it repeated in
three (3) books of the New Testament.
Romans 1:17 "The just shall live by faith".
Galatians 3:11 "The just shall live by faith".
Hebrews 10:38 "The just shall live by faith".
Just these three (3) books, and no others!.
Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews, have something else in
common--something having to do with the definition of faith. What
is it, and how do you get it, and how does it work? Folks today
sometime misuse the Bible definition of faith by asking "What faith are you?",
wanting to know what denomination the other person is, or what
church they attend.
"..Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God". (Not by reading the opinions of mortal
Galatians 5:6 "..Faith works
by love". (Without love, faith doesn't work!).
Hebrews 11:1 "NOW Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (You don't have to listen to those who tell you there's no hope--ONLY BELIEVE! The Bible is true!)"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have HOPE". Rom15:4 "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?" Rom8:24.
Salvation is by Faith and Confession
"The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy
heart: that is, the Word of Faith
which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
The heart and the mouth are both involved. So it's not enough
just to parrot the name of Jesus, and it follows logically that
when you believe in the Resurrection and final Judgment, you'll
be conducting yourself accordingly. "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU
WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU" is the traditional way we
remember Matthew7:12 and Luke 6:31. If you want your prayers
answered double-quick so you can return to living the same old
sorry way that's been your custom; well, lotsa luck.
The Faith Footstool is like the old 3 legged milking stool -- the Apostle Peter wrote: "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby, .if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious". 1Pet2:2. Everyone knows the value of Mother's Milk to the newborn babe, and those who are truly born-again must have this special Father's Milk! Don't accept any surrogate milk!(In jest, perhaps: Father's Milk?) In the OT it was Isaiah who planted a clue about this: "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts". Isa28:9 Also, it may help to remember how "Almighty God" (El Shaddai) is known as 'the breasty one', from Gen49:25.
"..Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk".
In the Old Testament it's the Shunammite woman, 2K4, who exemplifies "faith" without the word actually being used, when she maintains her statement "It is well", despite the terrible circumstance of the death of her son. She's the very one who had a special chamber with table, stool, and bed, for the prophet Elisha to use -- have YOU made room in your heart for the Son of God?
Gerizim and Ebal are a precept and parallel to (blessed) Mount Zion and (cursed) Mount Seir."But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions". Obad1:17
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate". Ezek35:3.
PATIENCE IS THE HANDLE. "Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises". Heb6:12. You'll have to have the handle of PATIENCE on the Faith Footstool, and being lazy won't do. "He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap". Ecc 11:4.
The Apostle Paul wrote: "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat; for hitherto ye were not able to bear it..". 1Cor3:2. He echoes the words of Jesus in John16:12 -- "I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (Makes me wonder whether they ever got any of the meat? Or was it reserved for the end times we're in now?)
Figuratively, those who step up on the footstool will be able to take hold of the promises in Scripture, and those promises will be out of reach of those who have no hope, or no love, or who've never heard the Word. Never heard Jesus' words.
Scripture calls them the "lost", the "unsaved" -- drowning in the Sea of Life after growing up without God. Or maybe just leaving to spend time with the pigs. .. Let's throw them a life-ring, shall we?
Tell them about the Prince of Peace! Nobody, but nobody gets excluded because we know that EVERY man has been given "the measure of faith", Rom12:3. Anyone who is a 'person of his word' is bound to have a certain respect for the GOD OF HIS WORD, no matter what part of the world they were born into.
"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool". Ps110:1 (The Melchizedek Psalm).
LET THERE BE LIGHT ! ... It all begins with the words of your mouth--you have to say it! Notice the emphasis on "saying" in this verse from Mark 11:23... "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."
"Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him". Lk12:5
"Death and Life are in the power of the tongue", PR18:21. "I believed, and therefore have I spoken", 2Cor4:13, Ps116:10.
IT'S ONLY WHEN YOU SAY IT, THAT YOU'RE STANDING ON THE FOOTSTOOL! Standing upon faith -- able to reach and take hold of rewards through fundamental faith in the God of the Bible, that others can only wish for!Maybe you don't want rewards? "Without faith it is impossible to please him [GOD]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him". Heb 11:6.
Watch your tongue! Don't get snared by the words of your mouth! "Death & Life are in the power of the tongue!" When in doubt, zip the lip! Pray!
WHAT DO I SAY ??
Start by quoting and agreeing with Scripture:You'll be hearing your own vocal cords!
"It is well" -- 2Kings4:26
"By His stripes I am healed" -- 1 Pet 2:24
God supplies all my need -- Phil 4:19
I serve the God who healeth ME -- Ex15:26
I press for the prize of high calling of God in Christ Jesus -- Phil 3:14
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me -- Phil 4:13We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom8:28
I may wind up in the fiery furnace, but I'll come out NOT smelling like smoke -- Dan 3:27 These days we'd say "smelling like a rose.."
I run the race with patience -- Heb 12:1
Scripture Mountains: Abarim, Ararat, Baalah, Baalhermon, Bethel, Carmel, Ebal, Ephraim, Ephron, Gerizim, Gilboa, Gilead, Halack, Hermon (Sion), Heres, Hor, Horeb, Jearim, Lebanon, Moriah, Naphtali, Nebo, Olivet, Paran, Parazim, Seir, Sephar, Shapher, Sinai, Tabor, Zalmon, Zemaraim, Zion