When David wrote and sang what we know as Psalm 119, the green
pastures had become a reality to him in a way that we all need. Consider
the following from the second song (Beth) in this Psalm:
Psalm 119:9-16: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking
heed thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not
wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against
Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy
is just one tiny fraction of the number of times David focuses on the Word,
loving the Word, meditating on the Word, declaring the Word, thinking the Word
-- you get the idea! Notice also that David makes the Word his
declarations as well. He speaks the Word in agreement with what the Lord
is saying, and the change comes into his life by that creative
confession. We'll come back to the 119th Psalm a bit later.
understood the essential nature of being compelled -- by virtue of time and
circumstances, and the things he learned in God -- to feed on God's Word.
That, my friends, is exactly what it means to "lie down in green pastures."
pastures aren't green just because it is a nice color and easy on the
eyes. The pastures of God's Word are filled with the spiritual health and
nutrition we need to live and operate, overcome and become victorious in this
world. The Hebrew word translated "green" is the word, deshe'. This is a
word that literally means "fresh sprout." Get it? The
"green pastures" are a fresh Word from the Lord. The Word is
new, it is fresh every time you read it and every time you hear it. The
catch is that we have to feed on it. We don't just pass over it and/or
read it routinely. We allow it to become living, current, fresh, alive in
are a couple of words that David uses that are essential to our understanding
of what is taking place in this phase of the Psalm 23 adventure.
back to Psalm 1:2: ”But
his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His Law doth
he meditate day and night."
there’s this word: "He maketh me
to lie down in green pastures."
see those two words, don’t you? “Law” and “maketh.”
of those words are exciting in today’s culture — and they weren’t particularly
loved in David’s day and age. Both words imply “force.” Human
nature just hates and rebels against being forced to do anything. But this
is an essential step in our transformation from eating of The Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil to living entirely from The Tree of Life.
the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he expressed it like this:
Timothy 2:4-5: No man
that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive
for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive
have the Law given to us for the purpose of setting guidelines for our daily
living and interaction in society. The Law is not a set of suggestions.
It is a set of requirements, and those requirements — when met — allow us to
function peaceably in society. More than that, those guidelines are the
outlines for transformation!
is also NOT giving us a set of suggestions! If we are to be transformed
back into the image God first created us in and for, there are mandatory
changes and a discipline that MUST take place in the way we live, the way we
relate to the Lord, and the way we relate to one another.
Paul wrote that second letter to Timothy, he was warring in his spirit against
the culture and societies of the day. But Paul also said this to him:
II Timothy 3:15-17: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which
are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
you seeing the picture? Paul is writing to a young man who, like David,
had immersed himself in the Word from the time he was a child. Timothy
had become wise in the ways of God and wise in the Word even before he
transitioned from paideon to teknon. He had yet to
become recognized by society as huios,
and yet the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord was so established in him that he
had been appointed as an overseer of the Ekklesia in Ephesus.
Paul instructed him to, “Let no
man despise thy youth.” (See I Timothy 4:12)
me digress momentarily to say that this was my upbringing as well. You’ve
all heard me share my experiences with angels beginning at age four, and the
fact that my mother taught me to read at that age by reading the Bible.
the age of nine, when I first went to Heaven, the Word was ingrained in
me. I had developed a thirst for it that wouldn’t quit! When I
awoke in the morning, my first act was to grab my Bible and read. When I
went to bed at night, the Bible was laid on my pillow in front of me and I propped
up on my elbows to read until I got sleepy.
Word became my constant companion. To add to its emphasis, my mother
began to drill me in memorizing locations in the Word. At age six, my
father began the process of teaching scripture memorization, and my mother would
add to it each day by pulling scripture verses out of the air and asking me
where they were located — and sometimes what the Lord was saying through those
brings me to something I need to address. I want to take a minute to
focus on something that has become a real issue in parts of the body of Christ,
and that is the disdain for the Old Testament. There is a doctrine or
teaching out among the body of Christ that teaches that the Old Testament does
not apply to us today. This deception is gathering some momentum and needs to
be addressed. Much, if not most, of this false teaching arose out of
another deception, that of the Hyper Grace movement. This teaching is so false
and destructive that it could easily be classified as heresy.
the Apostle Paul wrote that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction in righteousness” Timothy, at the
time, only had the Old Testament to read as the New Testament would not be
written and circulated for around another 50 years.
was saying that all scripture - not just the New Testament - but also the Old
Testament scripture is profitable to us to us for sound doctrine and
instruction in righteousness Paul went on
to say that the Old Testament is important to us in order for us to be
complete, properly and thoroughly equipped.
is a doctrine or teaching out among the body of Christ that teaches that the
Old Testament does not apply to us today for the service of the Lord. It is
important to understand when Paul wrote this there was NO New Testament. The
early "Church" did not have the New Testament The early
"Church" was the most powerful example of what true Christianity
should look like.
was said that this "church" turned the world upside down. [My
apologies for putting the word, "church," in quotes, but there is a reason
for this. Everything we know today as "church" is the exact
opposite of what Jesus taught and ministered. He wasn't into big
organizations with folks sitting weekly behind the four walls of a
building. The word used in the Greek text of the N.T. is Ekklesia -- and
this is the word created as a parallel to the Hebrew ya'ad, or mowadah. The picture in the Hebrew
literally represents: "the calling together of the betrothed by the
Bridegroom." That "calling together" is for the purpose of
being prepared for the Bridegroom (the Lord Jesus Christ) as His counterpart
and His "other self." That's a far cry from what we know today
as "church." That's a discussion we will save for a later time.]
Acts 17:5-6: “But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them
certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the
city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them
out to the people.
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain
brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world
upside down are come hither also.”
did this without having a New Testament. For one to say that the Old Testament
has no relevance to us today is absurd, and this kind of incompetent
foolishness could only come from a planned deception of the devil.
look at the facts. The Gospel of Matthew has over fifty quotes from the
Old Testament and was written sometime after 60 AD, give or take a few years.
Gospel of Mark was written after 60 AD.
Gospel of Luke was written around 58 AD.
Gospel of John was written sometime after 60 AD.
Apostle Paul was martyred around 64 AD and his epistles were written around 58
- 63 AD.
Book of Revelation was written around 96 AD after the fall of Jerusalem.
Paul's Epistles along with the Gospels were not circulated and generally made
available until 90 AD.
whole of the cannon of scripture was not brought together and compiled until
170 AD The first “canon” was the Moratorium Canon, compiled in A.D. 170, which
included all of the New Testament books except Hebrews, James, and 3 John. The
Council of Laodicea (A.D. 363) concluded that only the Old Testament (along
with the Apocrypha) and the 27 books of the New Testament were to be read in
Councils of Hippo (A.D. 393) and Carthage (A.D. 397) reaffirmed the same 27
books as authoritative. The first generation of the early church did not have a
New Testament. This may came as a surprise to some but history validates
a vibrant Christian church they only had access to the Old Testament. They had
never heard of or had access to the Book of Revelation. Their understanding of
the end times came from the Old Testament.
say that the Old Testament has no relevance and instruction for us today would
be not only contrary to the scriptures but comes from a plot hatched in hell.
We cannot adequately understand the New Testament until we understand the Old
Testament. The second is built upon the first.
know that I’ve kind of stretched this out and taken a bit of a rabbit trail
here but there’s a point to all of this.
we are to “feed in the pasture” that our Lord and Shepherd sets before us, we
don’t get to decide what we will eat and what we will throw away. Just
because we think that the Old Testament is not relevant to what Holy Spirit is
doing and saying today doesn’t make it so. We don’t have the right to set
it aside in favor of the New Testament. The declaration of Psalm 23:2a
is, “He maketh
me to lie down in green pastures.”
NOT a suggestion! David knew exactly what he was saying. He had
been immersed in the Torah his whole life. Those books of the Law were
the ONLY books available in his day, and he revered it — NOT treating it as the
Mosaic Law, but as the Law of God!
you understand where I'm coming from? I'm not out to disparage those who
have a preference for the New Testament. There are times when Holy Spirit
wants us to focus on certain things that are recorded in the New
Testament. He does this in order to establish certain truths and
principles in us. What we MUST have, however, is a balance, and that
balance comes from reading the WHOLE Word!
week we will begin with the 119th Psalm to show you just how much David revered
the Law of God, how he reverenced the Word above all things and made it
integral to his life.
I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing
Prayer Call normally takes place on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM
Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number is (712) 775-7035. The
Access Code is: 323859#.
For Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559) 546-1400.
If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number was, you can give
them the 712 number and access code.
At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship
in an environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call – usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (605)
562-3140, and the access code is 308640#.
We hope to make these gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before
long. If you miss the live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter
the same access code and listen in later.
Regner A. Capener
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
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