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27th May 2020

Wilderness Followers Share God’s Word with Temple Followers

Greg Simnor

The heart of every wilderness follower, is that their brothers and sisters who are Temple followers would hear the Word of God they declare. Although wilderness and temple followers are of the same people group, they are not of the same kind - the Word, and it is the heartbeat and hope of every wilderness follower, that the temple followers will receive the Word they bring to them. 

This was Jesus’ heart when He entered into the physical temple and He began to read out the book of Isaiah which declared Him to be the Messiah. He was making it very clear who He in fact was and for a moment in time the religious temple leaders were taken aback by His Words of spirit and life. 

Luke 4:22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

Just for a moment things are going well and then just as quickly as they are going well, they start to take a dive. Jesus continues to declare His Fathers spiritual Word, saying no prophet is welcome in his hometown and the temple followers who were taken aback by His words are now on the brink of killing Him.

Luke 4:28-29 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.

We see His own family thinking he has lost His senses and they come to take Him away. 

Mark 3:21 When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

Temple followers really struggle to hear and understand wilderness followers, because they try to understand them through the flesh or the mind, instead of hearing and understanding through the Spirit or the heart. It’s the clashing of the 2 kingdoms. What’s the carpenter doing in our temple teaching from the Prophets. This is our role, not the carpenters. Carpenters should be working in factories or in their workshop, not teaching in the temple.

Wilderness followers are seen as nobodies by the temple followers and they don’t honour them as a person or honour the gifting and the words they declare. They disregard and dishonour them and so never receive the reward that they bring with them, hence they remain in their form of godliness, always learning but never coming into the knowledge of truth. 

Heaven groans at this reality, because this keeps Temple followers and Wilderness followers separated, as opposed to being of the same kind.

Q. Why do those who attempt to understand in the mind, struggle to hear those who are of the Spirit?

Q. Why is humility of Spirit the key to hearing the Word of God?