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Bochim Decisions








Genesis 49:10
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Joshua 5:9
And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

Judges 2: 1-5
And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice; why have ye done this?

Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.

1 Samuel 15:22-29
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
Bochim means "the weeping". It is a place that was between Gilgal and Shiloh. Gilgal means to put one's trust in the Lord, or to commit oneself to Him. Shiloh means the Messiah, the peaceful one.

Disobedience to the Word of the Lord will leave us stranded in the weeping place, that place where we cannot go forward except we humbly repent of our sins before the Lord. When going backwards to the Egypt of our bondage where God delivered us from is not an option, that is if we want to remain a Christian, we must speedily repent. 

Going backwards is easier than humbling oneself and repenting before the Lord. By remaining in a state of unrepentance we forfeit our own unique promised land.

Israel made a league with the inhabitants of the land who had been appointed by God for complete and utter destruction because of their flagrant sins against the Holy God of all creation. God rebuked Israel's disobedience and they had to live with the consequences.

How often have we, as Christians, made double dumb mistakes with their foundation mired in disobedience to the Word of the Lord, or what we knew without a shadow of a doubt was truly the wrong thing to do. 

But we often try unsuccessfully to justify our wrong doing, but the consequences of wrong always finds us without fail. 

At which point we either humble ourselves before the Lord and repent, or turn and head backwards to our Egyptian bondage, and encase our eternal souls in Satan's dastardly prison camp, where despair will become our daily bread, instead of the sweet fellowship we enjoyed in the presence of the Lord.
The thing to do in the weeping places of our lives is to pick ourselves up from despair, repent, get ready to live with the consequences of our Bochim decisions and go forward with God.

We often feel like we are caught between a rock and a hard place, but we are really being overshadowed by the Bochim decisions we made, thinking ourselves wise when in fact we were veering towards sheer stupidity. When we trust in our own limited wisdom instead of God's wisdom, trouble inevitably awaits us on the horizon.

We, as Christians, are to put our trust in the Lord by committing ourselves wholly to Him alone. We do not know what we are doing most of the time, consequently we must depend on the Lord to guide us through the darkness of our ignorance. 

Israel jeopardized the quality of their lives in their Promised Land by making a rash decision against the Word of the Lord. They inadvertently gave birth to promised land thorns that pricked them unceasingly. This is what we receive as a consequence of making rash decisions; prickly thorn-like consequences and situations; Bochim decisions that we made and no doubt replay over and over again in our minds with a deep and painful regret festering at the very core of our existence. 

Erroneously, we often think that if we, like Israel, make a sacrifice to the Lord that he will over look our Bochim decision moments of madness, but He never does, instead he places permanent thorns and prickly circumstances in our lives as a constant reminder of our disobedience. God is the greatest teacher that we can ever possibly have because He teaches us permanent lessons, that upon deep reflection, will help us not to fall into the same trap ever again.
After God has saved us and delivered us from the plotting camps of soul hunting satanists, and put us in a prosperous place where we can freely worship Him in spirit and in truth, then we are still assaulted on every side in an effort to derail us from fully possessing our promised land. This is where we keep our minds focused on the power of the Lord who is able to deliver us from the grasping claws of the insatiable wicked ones who have forsaken their Father, God and Creator.

In the midst of spiritual warfare we, like Israel, probably grow weary of fighting the enemy and just want to settle in our promised land in peace, and in so doing we lay down our swords too soon, making leagues with our enemies, not really comprehending that their chief goal is our complete and utter destruction by any evil means available to them; to the Christian that would be witchcraft, the subversion of our will, the purpose being to snare our very souls. The enemies of God seek to break our will, and to cause us to become weary of fighting against a hell-bound generation of vipers. 

Nevertheless, we must put on the whole armor of God and fight the good fight of faith, knowing that God will give us peace and bring us into our promised land if we obey His Word and live our lives according to His will. This is where we receive power to overcome the assault of the wicked ones, by covering ourselves in the cloak of the Lord by the Holy Spirit, staying in His presence, renewing our spirit, and receiving strength for the battle set before us.

So if we find ourselves growing weary we are most likely at Gilgal, the place of circumcision, where our flesh is being cut by the God-ordained trials and tribulations that we must endure and learn from like a good soldier. After Gilgal the promised land is before us, and when we arrive we must not lay our swords on the ground before our enemies, and make peace with those whom God has appointed for utter destruction. For they will surely be there populating your promised land, seeking a way to survive their appointed destruction and eviction from the land they forfeited because of sin. They will hold on tenaciously, clawing and scraping away at you, trying to keep you from obeying the Word and will of the Lord, but the Lord's intent is to destroy the Canaanites inhabiting your promised land; the disobedient ones who have allowed their uncrucified flesh to control their lives.

After wandering in the wilderness of our trials and tribulations for seemingly endless years, are we to settle ourselves in the midst of a thorny people who refuse to repent of their sins, but instead chooses to berate and persecute us unrelentingly? No, but we will keep our swords sharpened and ready for the ongoing battle between the wicked and the righteous until all the Canaanites have been driven out of our promised lands. 

For if we do not drive the devils out of our God-given possession we will continue to endure pain, suffering and distress at their hands. Remember that they are hell-bound souls with nothing to loose, dwelling in a land that they have corrupted with their very presence, so much so that they have attracted the profound attention of an angry God, who brought you into their sin-forfeited territory for the precise purpose of displacing and or utterly destroying them.

Think not within yourself that you can "get along" with the wicked, for that is precisely what they want you to think, that the righteous and the *wicked can dwell together in harmony. That is a bodacious lie! Their hearts are turned towards evil and the destruction of your soul by little and little until you become an unrecognizable remnant of what God created you to be liken unto them. Before you know it you'll be worshiping their handmade wooden gods, and incurring the wrath of God in your life.

As Christians we must keep our swords at the ready and not compromise with the enemies of our soul, in so doing we will begin to leak; our purpose, anointing and our very life will be in jeopardy. Judas comes to mind. He was in the presence of the Lord, and still he rebelled and ended up dead, dangling over a precipice of his own making for 30 pieces of silver! The Bible is full of such ones who made Bochim decisions landing them in dire trouble that ended in their swift demise.

Let us focus for a moment on King Saul. He disobeyed the Word of God and his kingdom was unceremoniously stripped from him immediately. Sometimes when we are in positions of authority and power we become arrogant thinking within ourselves that we can simply do whatever we want to do without consequences, a brazen lie we choose to believe; an Eve in the Garden of Eden sort of moment. Saul was so concerned about what people thought of him that he inadvertently sacrificed his kingdom to appease them. 

Saul's sin of disobedience brought swift judgment from the Lord. God anointed David, a shepherd, to take Saul's place as king of Israel. The first thing Saul did when he figured out that David was going to be his replacement was to try and kill David, but David was anointed with purpose by God, and it was just a matter of time before the kingdom was his to rule. 

When King Saul had rejected God, consequently God also rejected King Saul. When one has been rejected by God there is only one being standing in line to receive your soul and that is Satan. God had stopped communicating with Saul and in Saul's fear of the upcoming battle with the Philistines he went to En-dor to seek out a witch (1 Samuel 28:1-19). 

Absent God in his life there was nowhere else for Saul to go, but to completely yield to the downward spiraling of his decayed and warped soul. Thus, rejecting God leads one directly into the arms of eternal damnation. It could be no other way. There is a choice between good and evil. And King Saul chose to follow after evil, and in the process self-destructed.

King Saul fell on his sword to avoid capture in the battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa, and three of his sons were killed as well. David succeeded Saul to the throne according to the Word and will of the Lord, and ruled Israel for 40 years. 

Even though there are those who will fight against the promises of God in your life, the Word that God has spoken over your life will inevitably come to pass, but not without the conflict of spiritual warfare. You are not going to easily slide into your promised land without fierce opposition. No Canaanite *worth his salt will sit idly by and accept their dethronement without putting up a fight, even though they themselves are directly responsible for the consequences of their sin and disobedience against God.

A backslidden people, if you are not careful, will escort you right into the voraciously mouth of Satan where the bones of your spiritual strength will be crushed, rendering you completely helpless, where your soul will be rapaciously devoured. The wicked will dangle worthless shiny trinkets before your eyes and lead you down the pathway of sin and destruction, and you won't discover the worthlessness of the trinket that caused you to yield to disobedience until it's too late. But don't make Bochim your permanent residence. Repent, get up, retrieve your sword, and continue on in the battle that God has designed specifically for you so that you can be a victorious warrior. 

Spiritual warfare consists of living in the presence of Lord, allowing Him to fill and refill you with His Holy Spirit, strengthening you, giving you the endurance to withstand the darts of the wicked, to stay the course in order to inherit the blessings of the Lord. We often, like naive soldiers volunteering to fight in secular wars, go into spiritual warfare not realizing the difficulty, the sacrifices, or the suffering involved in such a tremendous undertaking. 

Spiritual warfare is actually the making of you, the preparation for purpose, that when you obtain the level of expertise in battle God requires, He can now place you in the position of your ordained purpose where all the skills you learned in the midst of spiritual warfare now come into play, and will assist you in holding on to the land that God has given you to possess.

An Inconsequentiality

*Worth his salt: Today salt is inexpensive and universally available, but that wasn't always the case. Salt has been a valuable commodity in many cultures throughout history. 

Salt is sodium chloride. It can be obtained from mines or the oceans. Today salt is commonly mined from large deposits left by dried salt lakes. Modern mining and  methods have made salt an inexpensive commodity. 

Salt is an effective  preservative and before refrigeration was widely available, the demand for salt as a preservative was much greater. The human body requires salt for the regulation of fluid balance. Salt used as a seasoning adds to the taste of many foods. 

Because of salt's high value, it was used as a method of exchange. Roman soldiers received a salt allowance as part of their pay. In fact the word salary is derived from the Latin salarium meaning of salt
To say that someone is worth his salt is to say they have earned their pay (http://www.english-for-students.com/Worth-Its-Salt.html).

*For clarification, sinners are those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, whereas the wicked are those who have known the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and have rejected Him as Lord over their lives, and have taken up permanent residence in the Satan's camp, whose foundation is built upon the quicksand of witchcraft.
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