TREASURE IN YOUR SACKS
Genesis 43:19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, 20 And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: 21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. 22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. 23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
We have seen that here is represented in the physical and visible, that which takes place in the spiritual and supernatural, when the convinced sinner is brought to Christ by the Holy Spirit. The sons of Jacob represent the sinner. The steward pictures the Holy Spirit, communing with the effectually drawn sinner at the door, which is Christ. John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. And what a wondrous thing it is for the Holy Spirit to speak peace to the quickened sinner, as he reveals the inner workings of the heart.
For the sacks represent the heart of man. Hosea 13:8 refers to the “caul of the heart.” And that “caul” is the sack that encloses the heart. The medical word for it is the pericardium. It both protects the heart with its double wall, and keeps the heart from over heating due to the friction from its beating.
For we read that it is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness. Romans 10:9 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
But it is also with the heart that reprobation occurs! Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Therefore we would do well to give great heed to the diligent keeping of our hearts! Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. We should strongly seek the Lord for a new heart of belief in Christ Jesus. Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
For our old hearts will not do! Our old sacks are filled with the personal acceptance of our own morality. Everyone thinks of himself as a ‘good person!’ Yet he is but a Gibeonite who comes with ‘old sacks” of carnal, traditional religion, and an assumed morality based on free will-ism, and upon religious works! He shall never be included within the spiritual body of believers. He remains but a cursed imitator; just the chaff to serve the wheat until the harvest.
Joshua 9:3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 4 They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; 5 And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. 6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. 22 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when ye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
When the Holy Spirit truly deals with a heart, it is not ever simply just for a make over! It is for complete replacement! Reread that Ezekiel 36:26 verse in the previous column. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
The new spiritual life provided by the accomplished redemption of the Lamb of God cannot be contained in the old bottles of the law’s morality! Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: For God’s true righteousness is only given with a two way imputation! The individual sinner’s sin must be imputed to Christ, and the righteous of God is thereby imputed to that sinner! 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
New Testament Christianity is never a warmed over Judaism! The Lord God sets it forth that it is a creation of a whole new heaven and earth! Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. For the new heaven and earth which John saw was the Holy Spirit’s bringing in the Bride of Christ and new Jerusalem – which are the church!
Here it is described by Luke in his writings of the Book of Acts. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And as Joseph was not known by his brothers in the former way he had appeared, even so the Lord Jesus shall not appear “after the flesh” as he once was. The Harlot church has brainwashed us to think of him as that ‘hippy’ with a beard, a robe and sandals. But that is a forbidden ‘image’ of God! 2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Here is the only inspired, authorized ‘description’ of the Jesus of God: Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And of course, these are but symbols, used to relate in a spiritual way, the glorious appearing of the Lord!
But we must now look to the actual treasure in their sacks. And the treasure in their sacks must hold true to the picturing for us of the spiritual treasures given in grace to our hearts. There were three things. There was corn, the cash and the cup!
The corn represents to us Christ, the Bread of Life! And he is only given to those who have an effectual hunger for righteousness. John 6:48 I am that bread of life. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
For just as we bow our heads to take in the food on our forks, receiving it in belief that it shall fuel our activities, so we bow our hearts, ‘eating’ Christ by faith to sustain our spiritual life! John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For spiritually drawing sustenance from Christ, by faith is the meat (food) we eat that the world knows nothing about! John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Then the cash, or the money returned to their sacks reflects to us the free grace of God! Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
But then, once the cup had been revealed, there is no more talk about the money, which at first was a big issue to them! Genesis 42:35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. For nothing is more fearful to the newly converted sinner than to have confidence that he is in Christ simply by faith alone. For he wants to ‘feel’ like he has done something to obtain this ‘reward.’
The Harlot church knows this and uses it to extract every benefit from her members that she can. For she loves to rule them by guilt and pity! But faith in Christ’s accomplished redemption is all that is required and allowed in the bringing of every elect sinner to glory! For every single believer in eternity at this present moment got there by faith alone! Some didn’t have bibles. Some didn’t have a community of believers to comfort them. But all had faith!
That cup was silver – the currency of redemption. For both Joseph and Jesus were sold for silver. Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: Matthew 26:15 And (Judas) said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And both are said to drink from that cup. Genesis 44:5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing. John 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
The believers must also bear their daily crosses. But theirs is not for punishment. For Jesus paid it all! Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
The believers crosses are for the purging and sanctifying of their now redeemed heart! 2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. For remember, dear soul, we possess these treasures in our earthly vessels, which are not yet glorified! 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be (seen to be) of God, and not of us. All glory to God and the Lamb forever!
Pastor Gene Breed
September 24, 2016