Message Two: Chosen, Dealt With, and Broken
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 25:22-23; 31:38-41; 32:22-32; 34:30; 35:1, 16-21, 27
Gen 25:22      And the children struggled with each other within her. And she said, If it is so, why am I like this? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
Gen 25:23      And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in your womb, / And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. / And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. / And the older shall serve the younger.
Gen 31:38      These twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks.
Gen 31:39      That which was torn by beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Gen 31:40      Thus I was: By day the dry heat consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
Gen 31:41      These twenty years have I been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
Gen 32:22      And he rose up that night and took his two wives and his two female servants and his eleven children and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok.
Gen 32:23      And he took them and sent them over the stream and sent over what he had.
Gen 32:24      And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
Gen 32:25      And when the man saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
Gen 32:26      And the man said, Let Me go, for the dawn is breaking. But Jacob said, I will not let You go unless You bless me.
Gen 32:27      And He said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28      And He said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
Gen 32:29      And Jacob asked Him and said, Please tell me Your name. But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And He blessed him there.
Gen 32:30      And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for, he said, I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been preserved.
Gen 32:31      And the sun rose upon him as he crossed over Penuel, and he limped because of his hip.
Gen 32:32      Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip at the thigh muscle.
Gen 34:30      And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have brought trouble upon me by making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and I am few in number, and they will gather themselves together against me and strike me; and I will be destroyed, I and my house.
Gen 35:1        And God said to Jacob, Rise up, go up to Bethel, and dwell there; and make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.
Gen 35:16      And they journeyed from Bethel. And while there was still some distance to come to Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth; and she had hard labor.
Gen 35:17      And while she was in hardest labor, the midwife said to her, Do not be afraid, for now you have another son.
Gen 35:18      And as her soul was departing (for she died), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.
Gen 35:19      So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
Gen 35:20      And Jacob set up a pillar on her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel's grave, which is there to this day.
Gen 35:21      And Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
Gen 35:27      And Jacob came to Isaac his father at Mamre, at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
 
 
I.     Jacob was chosen by God; therefore, in Jacob we see God’s selection—Gen. 25:21-26; Rom. 9:11:
Gen 25:21      And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife because she was barren. And Jehovah was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Gen 25:22      And the children struggled with each other within her. And she said, If it is so, why am I like this? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
Gen 25:23      And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in your womb, / And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. / And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. / And the older shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:24      And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
Gen 25:25      And the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
Gen 25:26      And after that his brother came forth, and his hand was holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Rom 9:11       Though the children had not yet been born nor had done anything good or bad (that the purpose of God according to selection might remain, not of works but of Him who calls),
A.     God loved Jacob and selected him—v. 13; Mal. 1:2; Eph. 1:4; 2:4.
Rom 9:13       As it is written, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."
Mal 1:2          I have loved you, says Jehovah; but you say, How have You loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother, declares Jehovah? Yet I loved Jacob;
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
Eph 2:4          But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
B.     Jacob was chosen before His birth, even before the foundation of the world—Gen. 25:22-23; Eph. 1:4:
Gen 25:22      And the children struggled with each other within her. And she said, If it is so, why am I like this? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
Gen 25:23      And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in your womb, / And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. / And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. / And the older shall serve the younger.
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
1.      Jacob was chosen by God; it was not of his own works, nor was it the issue of his own struggle and strife—Gen. 25:22-23, 26.
Gen 25:22      And the children struggled with each other within her. And she said, If it is so, why am I like this? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
Gen 25:23      And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in your womb, / And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. / And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. / And the older shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:26      And after that his brother came forth, and his hand was holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
2.      Jacob’s being chosen was of God who calls, of God’s mercy, and of God’s grace—Rom. 9:11.
Rom 9:11       Though the children had not yet been born nor had done anything good or bad (that the purpose of God according to selection might remain, not of works but of Him who calls),
C.     Like Jacob, we were chosen, selected, before the foundation of the world—Eph. 1:4; 2 Thes. 2:13; John 15:16a:
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
2 Thes 2:13    But we ought to thank God always concerning you, brothers beloved of the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth,
John 15:16a   You did not choose Me, but I chose you, …
1.      Christ is the sphere in which we were chosen by God—Eph. 1:4.
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
2.      God chose us according to His foreknowledge—1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:29.
1 Pet 1:2        Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
3.      God’s selection depends on His sovereign mercy; as those who have been chosen by God, we should cast ourselves upon Him and trust that He will bring us to the point where we are pleasing to Him—9:11-13, 16.
Rom 9:11       Though the children had not yet been born nor had done anything good or bad (that the purpose of God according to selection might remain, not of works but of Him who calls),
Rom 9:12       It was said to her, "The greater shall serve the less";
Rom 9:13       As it is written, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."
Rom 9:16       So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
4.      God’s selection of us in eternity past was followed by His predestination and by His calling of us in time—8:28-29; Eph. 1:5.
Rom 8:28       And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Eph 1:5          Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
5.      We have been selected and called for God’s purpose—Rom. 9:11; 2 Tim. 1:9:
Rom 9:11       Though the children had not yet been born nor had done anything good or bad (that the purpose of God according to selection might remain, not of works but of Him who calls),
2 Tim 1:9        Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the times of the ages
a.      Genesis 1:26 reveals that God’s purpose in His creation of man was that man would express Him in His image and represent Him with His dominion.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
b.      God’s purpose for Jacob was to deal with him until he was transformed into a prince of God bearing His image to express Him and exercising His dominion to represent Him; this is God’s goal—Gen. 47:7, 10.
Gen 47:7        And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Gen 47:10      And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went forth from Pharaoh's presence.
 
II.   Jacob’s life is a life that represents God’s dealings, and the God of Jacob is the God of dealings—31:38-41:
Gen 31:38      These twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks.
Gen 31:39      That which was torn by beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Gen 31:40      Thus I was: By day the dry heat consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
Gen 31:41      These twenty years have I been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
A.     God destined Jacob to live a struggling life all his days; from his mother’s womb to the end of his life, he was struggling—25:22-26; 27:1-29, 41—28:5; 29:1—34:43.
Gen 25:22      And the children struggled with each other within her. And she said, If it is so, why am I like this? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
Gen 25:23      And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in your womb, / And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. / And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. / And the older shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:24      And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
Gen 25:25      And the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
Gen 25:26      And after that his brother came forth, and his hand was holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Gen 27:1        Now when Isaac was old, and his eyes had become so dim that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, My son. And he said to him, Here I am.
Gen 27:2        And he said, Behold now, I am old, and I do not know the day of my death.
Gen 27:3        Now then, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me,
Gen 27:4        And prepare for me a tasty meal, such as I love, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die.
Gen 27:5        Now Rebekah had been listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring it home,
Gen 27:6        Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, I just heard your father speaking to Esau your brother, saying,
Gen 27:7        Bring me game, and prepare for me a tasty meal so that I may eat it and bless you before Jehovah before my death.
Gen 27:8        Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.
Gen 27:9        Go now to the flock, and take two choice kids for me from there, and I will prepare them as a tasty meal for your father, such as he loves.
Gen 27:10      Then you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before his death.
Gen 27:11      And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
Gen 27:12      Perhaps my father will feel me, and I will be as a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.
Gen 27:13      And his mother said to him, Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.
Gen 27:14      And he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared a tasty meal, such as his father loved.
Gen 27:15      And Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.
Gen 27:16      And she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.
Gen 27:17      And she put the tasty meal and the bread that she had prepared into the hand of Jacob her son.
Gen 27:18      And he came to his father and said, My father. And he said, Here I am. Who are you, my son?
Gen 27:19      And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Now rise up; sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may bless me.
Gen 27:20      And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah your God put it in my way.
Gen 27:21      And Isaac said to Jacob, Please come near that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.
Gen 27:22      And Jacob came near to Isaac his father. And he felt him and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are Esau's hands.
Gen 27:23      And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.
Gen 27:24      And he said, Are you really my son Esau? And he said, I am.
Gen 27:25      And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's game, that I may bless you. So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
Gen 27:26      Then his father Isaac said to him, Please come near and kiss me, my son.
Gen 27:27      So he came near and kissed him; and when Isaac smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, See, the smell of my son- / Like the smell of a field / Which Jehovah has blessed.
Gen 27:28      And may God give you / Of the dew of heaven and of the fatness of the earth, / And an abundance of grain and new wine.
Gen 27:29      Let peoples serve you, / And nations bow down to you. / Be lord over your brothers, / And let your mother's sons bow down to you. / Cursed be those who curse you, / And blessed be those who bless you.
Gen 27:41      And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will slay my brother Jacob.
Gen 27:42      And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah, so she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, Now your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you.
Gen 27:43      Therefore, my son, obey my voice now, and rise up; flee to Laban my brother at Haran,
Gen 27:44      And stay with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away,
Gen 27:45      Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send word and bring you back from there. Why should I be bereaved of both of you in one day?
Gen 27:46      And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?
Gen 28:1        And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him; and he charged him and said to him, You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
Gen 28:2        Rise up, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take from there a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
Gen 28:3        And may the All-sufficient God bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.
Gen 28:4        And may He give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed with you, that you may possess this land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.
Gen 28:5        And Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Aramaean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
Gen 29:1—34:43      ( be omitted.)
B.     In the life and experience of Jacob we see God’s dealings—25:19—32:21:
Gen 25:19—32:21    ( be omitted.)
1.      God sovereignly arranged the circumstances of Jacob’s life; God’s sovereign hand was upon Jacob to deal with him.
2.      God’s dealing with Jacob was not God’s punishment; rather, it was for the purpose of Jacob’s transformation into Israel—32:28.
Gen 32:28      And He said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
3.      Under God’s sovereignty, through his sufferings in his circumstances and through God’s direct dealing, Jacob was transformed and matured so that he became Israel—35:10.
Gen 35:10      And God said to him, Your name is Jacob; / Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, / But Israel shall be your name. Thus He called his name Israel.
C.     Jacob’s history is a picture of the discipline of the Holy Spirit—47:9; 48:15-16a; Heb. 12:9-11:
Gen 47:9        And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The years of my sojourning are one hundred thirty years; few and evil have been the years of my life, and they have not attained to the years of the lives of my fathers during the days of their sojourning.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16a    The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; …
Heb 12:9        Furthermore we have had the fathers of our flesh as discipliners and we respected them; shall we not much more be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
Heb 12:10      For they disciplined for a few days as it seemed good to them; but He, for what is profitable that we might partake of His holiness.
Heb 12:11      Now no discipline at the present time seems to be a matter of joy, but of grief; but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised by it.
1.      The discipline of the Holy Spirit refers to what the Holy Spirit is doing in our outward environment, to His arranging of all people, things, and happenings, through which we are being disciplined—Rom. 8:28.
Rom 8:28       And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
2.      Through the discipline of the Holy Spirit, God completely tears down our old creation so that the element of the new creation may be built up in us.
3.      As our natural life is dealt with through the discipline of the Holy Spirit, Christ is constituted into us—Gal. 4:19; Eph. 3:17a.
Gal 4:19         My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
Eph 3:17a      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, …
4.      Everything and everyone in our environment is an instrument of sovereignty used by God for our transformation—Rom. 8:28.
Rom 8:28       And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
 
III.  Genesis 32:22-32 relates a vital and crucial experience in the life of Jacob—his being broken:
Gen 32:22      And he rose up that night and took his two wives and his two female servants and his eleven children and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok.
Gen 32:23      And he took them and sent them over the stream and sent over what he had.
A.     The Lord wrestled with Jacob in order to expose to him how natural he was and how great his natural strength was—v. 24.
Gen 32:24      And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
1.      The Lord “touched the socket of Jacob’s hip at the thigh muscle”; the touching of the socket of Jacob’s hip at the thigh muscle, the strongest muscle in the body, signifies the touching of Jacob’s natural life, his natural strength—vv. 25, 32.
Gen 32:25      And when the man saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
Gen 32:32      Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip at the thigh muscle.
2.      After Jacob was broken by God, outwardly he was the same as before, but inwardly his natural life had been dealt with; it was not the outward living that was touched by the Lord but the inward, natural strength that was broken by Him—33:1-4; 32:25, 32.
Gen 33:1        And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and there was Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and among Rachel and among the two female servants.
Gen 33:2        And he put the female servants and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.
Gen 33:3        And he himself passed on before them and bowed down to the ground seven times until he came near to his brother.
Gen 33:4        And Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Gen 32:25      And when the man saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
Gen 32:32      Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip at the thigh muscle.
B.     Jacob’s experience shows us that God has to break our natural life, that He has to touch our natural life in a drastic way—Gen. 32:22-32:
Gen 32:22      And he rose up that night and took his two wives and his two female servants and his eleven children and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok.
Gen 32:23      And he took them and sent them over the stream and sent over what he had.
Gen 32:24      And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
Gen 32:25      And when the man saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
Gen 32:26      And the man said, Let Me go, for the dawn is breaking. But Jacob said, I will not let You go unless You bless me.
Gen 32:27      And He said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28      And He said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
Gen 32:29      And Jacob asked Him and said, Please tell me Your name. But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And He blessed him there.
Gen 32:30      And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for, he said, I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been preserved.
Gen 32:31      And the sun rose upon him as he crossed over Penuel, and he limped because of his hip.
Gen 32:32      Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip at the thigh muscle.
1.      The way of religion is to change man’s outward behavior; the way of God in His economy is to touch man’s inward life in order to change his inward being—2 Cor. 4:16.
2 Cor 4:16      Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2.      When the Lord touches us at a certain crucial spot, we are lame and can no longer be the same in our inward being; from then on, we limp and are no longer whole—Gen. 32:25.
Gen 32:25      And when the man saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
C.     Every believer needs to experience the breaking of the outer man—Heb. 4:12:
Heb 4:12        For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
1.      In order for Christ to be released from the imprisonment of the soul, our outer man must be broken—Eph. 3:16-17.
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
2.      Our outer man needs to be broken for the release of the spirit—Heb. 4:12.
Heb 4:12        For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
3.      In order for there to be a pure flow of the life of God from within us, we must be broken—John 12:24-26; 19:34; 7:37-39; Exo. 17:7.
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:25     He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life.
John 12:26     If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
John 19:34     But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
John 7:37       Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38       He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Exo 17:7        And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel and because they tested Jehovah, saying, Is Jehovah among us or not?
a.      The operation of death within us, spoken of in 2 Corinthians 4:12, is our being broken.
2 Cor 4:12      So then death operates in us, but life in you.
b.      The Lord needs broken vessels to be channels of living water; the more we are broken, the more the life of God will flow out of us—John 12:24-26.
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:25     He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life.
John 12:26     If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
4.      Every part of our soul needs to be broken by God—Matt. 16:24-25:
Matt 16:24      Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Matt 16:25      For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
a.      For the soul to be broken does not mean that we no longer use our mind, express our emotions, or exercise our will—1 Thes. 5:23.
1 Thes 5:23    And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
b.      Our mind, emotions, and will still function, but they have been broken, that is, dealt with, subdued, and made submissive to our spirit—2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; 2 Tim. 1:7.
2 Cor 4:16      Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
Eph 4:23        And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
2 Tim 1:7        For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and of love and of sobermindedness.
5.      There is the need for the breaking of “the alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard,” “ointment of great value,” so that ointment of pure nard may be released and that the house may be “filled with the fragrance of the ointment”—Mark 14:3; Matt. 26:7; John 12:3:
Mark 14:3       And while He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head.
Matt 26:7       A woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.
John 12:3       Then Mary took a pound of ointment, of very valuable pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
a.      Unless the flask (the outer man) is broken, the ointment of pure nard cannot be released—Mark 14:3.
Mark 14:3       And while He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head.
b.      We should not be protective of ourselves, regarding the flask as more precious than the ointment; we should not consider our outer man more precious than our inner man—Matt. 26:7; 2 Cor. 4:16.
Matt 26:7       A woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.
2 Cor 4:16      Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
c.      If the outer part is not broken, the inner part will not be released; if this is our situation, we will have no way to go on, and the church also will have no way to go on—John 12:3.
John 12:3       Then Mary took a pound of ointment, of very valuable pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
6.      God’s work of building Himself in Christ into us requires the breaking of the outer man—Eph. 3:16-17a.
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17a      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, …
7.      Breaking is a prerequisite for building—Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:16:
Matt 16:18      And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
a.      In order for the church to be built up, we need to experience the breaking of the outer man—Eph. 2:21-22.
Eph 2:21        In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
Eph 2:22        In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
b.      If we would be coordinated with others in service, we need to be willing to be broken; without brokenness coordination is impossible.
8.      Like Paul, we need to be broken under the vision of the Body and realize that the only way for us to be built up in the Body is to be broken—Acts 9; Eph. 4:16.
Acts 9:           (be omitted.)
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
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