On Monday, 3/14/22, I did a quick
opening of my Bible, and opened it to Luke chapter 3. It is not a
chapter of the Bible which I frequently read. The passage, as
found in the Modern King James Version translation reads as follows:
"Luke 3:1 And in the fifteenth
year of the government of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being
governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother
Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the Trachonitus country, and Lysanias the
tetrarch of Abilene—
Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas
being the high priests— the Word of God came to John the son of
Zacharias in the wilderness.
Luke 3:3 And he came into all
the country around Jordan, proclaiming the baptism of repentance for
the remission of sins,
Luke 3:4 as it is written in
the book of the Words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one
crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths
Luke 3:5 Every valley shall be
filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the
crooked shall be straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth.
Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall
see the salvation of God."
As you can see the first two verses
specifically fix the year during which John the Baptist began his
prophetic ministry in Israel. That is probably significant, but I
did not get any light concerning the timing of this event.
Then Luke proceeds to tell about
John's activities, quoting from Isaiah chapter 40. The message is
THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!"
The message then continues concerning
how to make His paths straight:
1. Every valley shall be filled;
2. Every mountain and hill shall be
3. The crooked place shall be made
3. The rough ways shall be made
4. The result? ALL FLESH
SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD!
This sounds pretty important to
me! This was the message which God sent to His people Israel just
before Jesus began His ministry.
The question which arose in my heart and mind was "What do these facets
of roadwork mean? How do we accomplish them?"
Before I give you my speculations it is only right for me to suggest to
you, dear reader, that you ask God to help you to understand these
verses. Give Him a chance to provide you with the best
understanding which will be specifically tailored to equip you to do
the will of God!!
The next day I again did a quick opening of my Bible, and I opened to
the Gospel of John, chapter 1. It also contains information about
the beginning of John the Baptist's ministry! I started to see a
pattern! Several days later I heard the song 'Days of Elijah' by
Robin Mark, which contains the line, "We are the laborers in Your
vineyard preparing the way of the Lord." I had heard that line
frequently before, but it really seemed to be highlighted to my
more later. 4/3/22
The thought came to my mind that this
message of repentance and
preparation of the way of the Lord is a message which probably
be delivered to Israel and the rest of the world in these days as well
as two thousand years ago!
So I began to pray for an outpouring
of the Holy Spirit because Jesus said:
Nevertheless I tell you the
truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don't go away,
the Counselor won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to
you. When he has come, he will convict the world about sin,
about righteousness, and about judgment; about sin, because they
don't believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to
my Father, and you won't see me any more; about judgment, because
the prince of this world has been judged.
We need the conviction of the Holy
Spirit to bring us to repentance for our sins so that we can come into
tune with Father and His heart and His plans and purposes for every
I should note here that real repentance comes out of brokenness and
contrition mentioned by King David in Psalm 51:7
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God
are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not
My understanding is that brokenness simply means that a person
has come to the realization that 'I cannot do what is right on my own',
and that contrition simply means that a person realizes that 'It is my
fault that I cannot do what is right on my own - nobody else is to
blame for my shortcomings'.
But the second part of John's message
is about preparing the way of the Lord to remove the things that hinder
Him from coming to rule and reign over the people who receive Him as
Savior and Lord as Father desires His Kingdom to become established
This raises the question: What are the mountains and hills which need
to be brought low, and what are the valleys which need to be filled?
I believe that Jesus identified the mountains and hills as the
religious institution and the religious leaders over whom He wept when
Mat_23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often
I would have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her
chicks under her wings, and you would not!
Luke_13:34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and
stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your
children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings,
and you refused!
We must realize here that God's Plan A in the time of Moses was that
all the people would come up to meet God on the mountain, but the
people were afraid to meet God in spite of the fact that Moses had
successfully met with God previously. So God's Plan B was
instituted whereby Moses would meet with God and then Moses would tell
the people what God wanted them to know. The Aaronic Priesthood
was instituted, resulting in what we now commonly call the clergy-laity
system of lecture hall religion.
When Jesus came He established the new priesthood called the Order of
Melchizedek in which the only Rabbi is HIm, and we are all siblings,
kings and priests! A HUGE CHANGE!!
But that change has not been implemented primarily because Saul of
Tarsus, Pharisee of Pharisees, was converted into Paul the Apostle, and
the vast majority of Christians believe more in his writings than in
the words of Jesus in spite of the clear evidence in Scripture that
Paul was not always correct. Yes, he had great revelation, but he
also had shortcomings which put him out of sync with our Lord and
For example, Jesus said, "Mat
5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.’
Mat 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse
you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you
and persecute you,
Mat 5:45 that you may be children of your Father who is in
heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and
sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you
have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Mat 5:47 If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than
others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Mat 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in
heaven is perfect.
wrote: Rom 7:24 What a
wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with
the mind, I myself serve God's law, but with the flesh, the sin's law.
Another example: Jesus appeared to Paul in a trance and told Paul
to get out of Jerusalem because 'they will not receive your testimony
concerning me'. How do we know this? Because Paul came back
to Jerusalem, and with the blessing of the church leaders Paul went to
the temple to join in certain Jewish rituals to show the Jews that he
was not anti-Jewish, but a riot resulted contrary to his and the church
leaders' expectations and Paul ends up giving his testimony about Jesus
to the Jews from the steps of the Roman barracks!
If Paul had obeyed the clear, unchanged instructions of the Lord, he
would have not given his testimony to the Jews in Jerusalem, and he
would have remained free to continue his apostleship to the gentiles.
My impression is that Paul's combination of bravado and failure to
trust the Lord's appointment of Peter as apostle to the Jews resulted
in another Plan B which fell short of God's Plan A for Paul and the New
Testament body of Christ.
It seems to me that Paul was not purged of all of his
Phariseeism, and the result was that there is a lot of Phariseeism in
his writings which are out of sync with the words of Jesus.
The result is that church leaders seem to put a lot more emphasis on
Paul's writings than on the words of the Lord Himself, and interpret
his writings in ways which are out of sync with the words of Jesus
For example, so-called Pentecostal Christians are famous in teaching
that the spiritual gift of tongues [languages] is the sign of the
baptism in the Holy Spirit in spite of the fact that Jesus clearly said
that His people would receive power
when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Acts 1:8.
The result of this divergence of teaching? A lot of powerless
people rattling on in languages which may or may not be from God.
I have witnessed both types of 'tongues' and, by the grace of God, was
able to help a person to stop their made-up tongues and to receive a
holy language from the Holy Spirit. Details on request.
The remedy? It seems to me that Jesus laid the foundation of how
we believers are to interact with Him and with each other in Matthew
Mat 23:8 But don’t you be called
‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are
Mat 23:9 Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your
Father, he who is in heaven.
Mat 23:10 Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the
Mat 23:11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.
Mat 23:12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever
humbles himself will be exalted.
Clearly those who have exalted themselves into positions of leadership
are the hills which will be brought low. And the institutions
which promote and perpetuate the clergy-laity divisions are the
mountains which will be brought low. And the laity, the precious
souls for whom Christ died and rose again as Savior and Lord, will be
freed to serve the Lord as equal brothers and sisters in Him regardless
of education or experience. In the same way that the Jews who
arrested Peter and John for healing a begger at the temple gate
recognized that these Christians are not learned nor education
but that they had BEEN WITH JESUS, so we also who have been with Jesus
will be equipped to do Father's will Father's way without interference
from enemies within.
Come Lord Jesus with Your holy supernatural bulldozer and help us to
prepare the way for You so that all flesh will see Your salvation!!!!
Come Lord Jesus and established Your Order of Melchizedek in which we
who trust and obey you will reign with You as kings and priests!
Heb 13:20 Now may the God of
peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep
with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus,
Heb 13:21 make you complete in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
P.S.: I don't want anyone to think that I am against those
persons who have been exercising leadership in churches. I am
not. What I envision is that leaders will convert to becoming
facilitators so that everyone can be a vessel through whom the Holy
Spirit can move for the edification of the body rather than one person
being 'the messenger' whom God has chosen for any particular
group. But there are many traditions of men, some of which are
rooted in Scripture, which have become hindrances to the free moving of
the Holy Spirit in and thorugh God's people. We learn from
the first three chapters of Revelation that there were 'angels' or
'messengers' to whom Jesus addressed letters through the apostle
John. One of those messengers had a name that he was alive, but
he was dead. Another messenger proclaimed that he was rich and
did not realize that he was not only poor, but also he was blind,
naked, wretched and miserable!!!
The remedy? Obey the command of Jesus, of course, to deny self,
take up one's cross daily [die to self], and follow him to become his
disciple. Obey Jesus by taking His yoke upon us to receive the
impartation of His meekness and lowliness of heart!
The anticipated result? We believers will be able to receive the
full counsel of God through whatever vessels He chooses to use day by
day to equip us all with every good thing to do Father's will, with
Father working in us and through us via our Lord Jesus all that He is
pleased to do!
More later, Lord willing.