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March 22, 2007                  Deliverance is Calling                  Kathleen Maples

Jesus had been doing things, He had been healing people, casting out devils,
working works that only He could do. He enters the synagogue which was the
temple or the house of God. The synagogue when constructed was patterned after
the tabernacle Moses had constructed in the wilderness. It was constructed so that
worshipers as they entered the building looked toward Jerusalem. At the upper
end of the Sanctuary, there was a replica of the ark of the covenant which
contained the Book of the Law, and which faced toward Jerusalem, and at that end
there were the upper seats reserved for honored or wealthy patrons. This is where
the Pharisees and the Scribes sought to be seated. These seats were elevated above
the heads of those on the lower level, and probably added to their own feelings of
supremacy over the 'regular people' and the poor, for which they had very little
concern. It was probably from their vantage point that they watched Jesus as He
entered the synagogue.

Mar 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a
  withered hand.
Mar 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might
  accuse him.

 This man had no strength in his hand. He could not use it. There was a law in
Leviticus 21 that stated no man who had a blemish, such as being blind or lame, or
any other physical deformity of the seed of Aaron which would be the Levitical
priesthood, could come nigh to offer the offerings of the Lord or the bread of the
Lord. He was to eat the bread of His God, both of the most holy and of the holy, but
he could not go into the veil or come near the altar for it would profane the
sanctuary. (Lev 21:21) The Pharisees had added so many of their own rules to the
Law that it burdened the people, and obscured the Law of God by the Pharisees'
traditions and rules and regulations. They did not look kindly on the man with the
withered hand even being inside the synagogue. Remember, in Acts 3, the lame
man was laid at the gate called Beautiful OUTSIDE the temple. He was not allowed
in because of his condition. But remember, this was not what God instructed. It
was men with carnal minds, who were offended by the sight of those with
deformities or disabilities, and did not desire their presence in the temple. In so
doing, they totally misrepresented the character and heart of God before the
people. God had said NO man that hath a blemish or deformity can offer bread to
the Lord as touching the priesthood of the Levites. But they were allowed to eat the
bread of God. To eat it they had to be in the tabernacle. God said they couldn't
enter the holy of holies or approach the altar in the holy place to offer but they
could come in the tabernacle and be fed.

Jesus looked at them and was grieved and angry with the hardness of their hearts,
but healed the man with the withered hand. He knew they were just looking at
Him to find fault. Here was a group of religious people who appeared holy, and
clean, and had a head knowledge of the Scriptures but did not understand the
spiritual meaning of the Scriptures, were blind to Its truths, and had no power.
Their form of godliness was in word and appearance. Inside they had wicked,
proud hearts, and Jesus said in one place, were full of dead mens bones as whited
sepulchers. They were threatened by His presence. Their powerlessness was
evident because of His power. The very presence of Jesus, who HAD power and
authority and who truly cared about the needs of the people, exposed them as the
frauds they were, and they recognized He was a threat to their position, their
image in the eyes of the people, and to their own power over the people. The
Pharisees had so esteemed themselves they felt they would be defiled if a poor
person accidentally brushed against their garments as they walked through town.
If it was a poor and infirm person, why, the Pharisee would feel defiled. For the
same reason today, many religious people turn up their nose when they see the
harlots and drug addicted and homeless in this world. This is not the heart of the
Lord. He ministered to the least of these with gentle love and compassion.

There is no shortage of religious pride in the world today. Men take pride in their
traditions and precepts, and tend to look on those who are different as unworthy,
or as unclean. We must be shaped and conformed into the image of CHRIST by the
Word of GOD not men's opinions of what we are to be. I've seen people in churches
who thought it sin to wear jewelry and makeup, yet there was immorality among
the leadership and they had a tendency to judge you by their yardstick and it was
hard for one to measure up. The ladies' dresses had to be so long, and their sleeves
had to go all the way to the wrists, no matter the weather, or they were considered
'worldly'. Yet those holding the yardstick and doing the measuring, figuratively
speaking, were apt to judge and criticize rather than encourage and point that
person to the loveliness and majesty of Christ because they hadn't seen that
loveliness for themselves or had lost sight of it. They became powerful tools the
devil used to discourage people from the House of God, which was why their
numbers in their churches dwindled and the young people left and did not return.

Jesus did not treat people like that. He was moved with compassion for them. He
did not focus on their appearance, but rather the value of their soul. He had
compassion on them in their bondage and misery and affliction, knowing the
source of this. He could see past the flesh to the spirits working there and take
control and bring deliverance to the poor and needy. He reached out and healed,
comforted, restored, delivered, and helped people. He was so full of the power of
God, and yet so approachable in the eyes of the people, they gathered around Him
wherever they could find Him.

Mar 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as
  many as had plagues.
Mar 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou
  art the Son of God.
Mar 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

People who were vexed and tormented by unclean spirits, which means demonic,
foul spirits, when they recognized Jesus cried out and fell down before Him. Again,
He told them to hush. He had the authority with His Word, so full of the power of
God to silence the spirits, as well as cast them out.

Mar 3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they
  came unto him.
This same Lord was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. He ascended back to
the throne of God on High. He began to call and draw unto Him whom He would,
and those who hear Him calling, and come, repentant and humble to Him, are
saved and washed by His blood and redeemed. Hallelujah!!!

Mar 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them
  forth to preach,
Mar 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

That word 'ordained' means to make ready, prepare, to declare someone whatever
the One in authority says he is, and put one forth and lead him out. To appoint one.
He sent them forth to spread the message that people needed to repent for the
kingdom of God was at hand. Help was here. Hope was here. Deliverance was
here. They thought they needed deliverance from Roman authority, when in fact
they needed immediate deliverance from demonic oppression and religious pride.
Those He chose were to possess the authority given by the Lord Himself to heal
sickness. Now that word 'heal' in the Greek is 'therapeuo'. It's like our word
'therapy.' It means to wait upon, menially, as a servant would for his Master, to
adore God, as well as relieve one of disease, to cure, and worship. I was surprised
to find worship was one of the definitions of the word heal. Isn't that what happens
when we come, and like He told us to, cast our cares on Him, and worship Him,
and adore Him, and spend time in His presence? He is able to reach down and
work in us and fix what is wrong. I remember the first time I knelt in surrender
before Him, he did a deep work in me, He healed a hurt in me so deep nothing else
had ever been able to reach it, and it was destroying me from within. But in a
moments' time, He took that out, and poured in His love, and healed the pain I had
carried for so many years. There is so much in that verse. He calls and draws, and
those who come and yield their all, He chooses and appoints and empowers. He
reaches in the very depths of their being and heals their pain and that relieved soul
breaks out in worship for the One who did what no other could do, and because
they experienced His healing power, they can share this with others He sends them
out to minister to. He also gave them power to cast out devils. Authority to drive
them out, expel them from the habitation in a person's life and body. Force is not
needed, violence is not needed, laying on of hands is not necessary because it is the
Word and power of GOD that drives them out, and because when HE gives you
authority, it is the authority of God that backs you up. That is all that is needed.
Someone who loves Him and believes His Word, and is willing to stand on what HE
said, in faith, can put the devil out. They don't care what they look like to the world
or those around. It's not to say he won't try to sneak back in another way, the
thief always tries to come back in some other way. Just as a wolf will hide in
darkness or thick underbrush, waiting for his chance to snatch up a helpless sheep
if the shepherd is not watching, or asleep, the devil watches. But praise the Lord,
HE never slumbers or sleeps. He that keepeth me never slumbers. He watches over
me always. Oh, thank you Jesus!!! Folks, I did nothing to deserve this wondrous,
matchless love! He is so awesome!!! What He ever saw in me I could not even begin
to figure out. But I am sooooooooooooo glad He reached down and saved me!

He said Fear not I will help thee! He said He'd be my rear guard! He said He'd go
before me and behind me, and nothing (satanic) shall by any means hurt me. He
promised me the power of His life and Spirit working in me that which is pleasing
in His sight, and His Word which worketh powerfully, effectually in those who
believe. When Jesus stopped the devil cold, He did it with His Word. He did not
argue with, or converse with the devil. He did not threaten the devil. He did not
shout or yell or wave his hands wildly. He did not have to lay hands on the person
possessed. With the Word of His power, demons come out. Nor did they come out
free to wreak havoc in another nearby person. They had to leave and go where He
sent them, whether it be in a far country, into the swine, or into the abyss. He
knew who He was. He knew He acted on behalf of a Holy God who was HIS
FATHER. He knew His Father because He spent time with Him.

Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the
people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

People with wickedness in their heart -whatever kind it may be are seeking the
flattery of the tongue. It is not for our reputation or so men will think we are
something-we are nothing and can do nothing without HIM. We must not go
unless we are sent. We must wait to be endued with power from on high, as He
instructed His disciples, although He gave them the authority to cast out devils
and heal the sick before they were filled with the Holy Ghost. They were filled with
the Holy Ghost so they could be empowered to lay down their lives and thoughts
and ways completely for the Lord. That's what He said. Ye shall be witnesses unto
me. The word 'witness' in the Greek is 'martus' and it's where the word 'martyr'
comes from. The old self life, it's all about me, has to die. Who wants to keep rags of
self righteousness that are filthy and corrupt when we can have pure and holy
righteousness that is Christ? Not me. No wonder that filthy, lying devil will tell
God's people, 'give up, go back. It's too hard, God expects too much, His standard is
too high, you'll never measure up, you can't make it!" HA! Liar!!!!! I CAN DO ALL
MINISTER THROUGH ME. And people in this world are seeking thrills? THAT is
going to be a thrill! He didn't write this Book through the hands of holy men filled
with the Holy Spirit for us to just read but for us to live! He gave us some things
and we are fools if we let the devil lie and intimidate us out of claiming that which
is ours-HIS LIFE in us, to build up the kingdom of God and tear down the works of
the devil! Hallelujah to the Lord God Almighty!!!!

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