Bind and Loose

And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 NKJV

If I give you the keys to my home, then you can come and take anything you want, you can invite people over and hang out there, you can treat it like you treat your own home. It is not just handing you an object – it is also giving you authority. You have the authority to come and go from my presence and from my safe and even sacred space. Jesus was given all authority (even in human form) and He used that authority to give us the keys, the grace, the ability to come and go from heaven and our Holy Father! We have the keys!

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is from the book of Second Chronicles chapters 32-33 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).

In today’s opening verse we see a repeat of our memory verse for this month.  And whenever something is in the Bible more than once, it is because God is trying to make us perk up and pay attention. Today’s Bible reading is a repeat like this as well – when you read it, pay special attention to what God is trying to get us to remember. 

The concept of binding and loosing originates in the Targum and became a Jewish Mishnaic phrase meaning forbidding and permitting with authority. For example, a passage we read late last week:
“Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord? Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:5-6 NKJV

Side note – you may have been taught that when you bind you must also loose – and when you loose you must also bind and here we only see the loosing. The Sanhedrin Priests had divided their thoughts and practices between these two concepts and the school of Shammai only binds and the school of Hillel looses. This occurred in history during the time Jesus walked the earth making it the contemporary language, reuniting the division, and restoring the correct authority (within balance).  So yes, if we bind we must loose and vice versa however, if something is already bound and should be loose, we should loose it and if something is already loose and should not, we should bind it because the opposite is already present. Granted it almost sounds like I made it more complicated – but the things of the spirit are simpler – so simple a child could reason it and this actually uncomplicates it. So, here is: if it needs to be forbidden – then you have the authority to forbid it and God will forbid it. And the same goes for something that should be loose – should be permitted!

Why did we ever make it so complicated – I’m looking at you competitive Priests in the Sanhedrin, maneuvering for position and in competition of who knows the word and their God better!  (This very spirit has been loosed in our modern churches, causing disrespect to the leadership and who should speak against or touch the Lord’s anointed?! Gasp!)

We must bind up that complication, bind up that pridefulness, bind up dependence on Biblical knowledge and loose the Holy Spirit to have His way unhindered by these fleshly desires which had overtaken the people of the Lord! (Did you see that? It binds and does not permit the works of the flesh – we aren’t binding demons!!)

We bind the works and plans of the enemy – we bind it’s temptation in the house of the Lord. We bind, aka hindering, the plans for the one world order or great reset. We bind or hinder the political posturing of those trying to oppress the civilians into submission. We loose the arrows of the Lord (Psalm 64). We loose the exposing light of the Lord to reveal truth. We loose the tongue of the liar to expose him/herself. We loose the will of the Lord! We loose the workings of the holy spirit of revelation and knowledge.

We all know I am a “Repent the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” end time crier.  But the truth is – if we humble ourselves and seek him, maybe the end can forbear!  So humbly loose awakening and revival.

And of course forgiveness. We are told to forgive others as we are forgiven and if we do not we won’t be forgiven – but forgiveness is a binding and loosing action!  We often forget in the Book of John, where if we withhold forgiveness it is withheld in heaven! Gasp! Are we standing in the way of the marvelous works of grace in someone else’s life?!

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”  John 20:23 ESV

We also seem to forget that we have the author to forgive sins.  We think that is God’s job, but we partner and share in the work of the Lord.  Today I cannot get into the ins and out of this controversial verse as many call the concept of us forgiving sins as heresy! But I present it as a way to show we can loose forgiveness or bind someone by not forgiving their trespasses.  We may want to punish them for what they did to us, but the judgment of the Lord and wrath of God and wave of unforgiveness upon our self is far too great a risk. The Bible proclaims a woe against anyone who stands in God’s way or in the way of His will to seek and save.  We can however stand in the gap against the Lord’s wrath and judgment and pray for a forbearance, pray for grace, pray for more mercy – pray for more time in hopes that at least one more might be saved!

Anyway – the binding and loosing is NOT in relationship to demons or the satan himself. They in their being have other consequences and permission as the Lord has set out for them. In their appointed time they will be sent to hell – not to party and rule it as cartoons depict, but they are there for punishment – it will not be pleasant for humans or demons.

Then someone will inevitable quote this verse to show we can bind demons:

“Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” Matthew 12:29 ESV (which repeats in Mark 3:27)

But you have taken it out of context or misunderstood if you think this means we can bind the evil spirits.  We can bind their work, their authority over the house.  Binding is NOT tying up, but it is forbidding.  We can forbid the enemy to have any authority: Over the house. Over the statuary in the house of the Lord. Over the building or hallways or property of the Church – and over the people who comprise the church and body of Christ.  We cannot tie up a devil and send that knot into outer darkness and some abyss in our imagination (oh do not send him into your own head!) know the Word and our authority – do not add or subtract, it is enough and it is living and powerful all by its self – the Word of the Lord doesn’t need your help!

“But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Matthew 12:28 ESV

Therefore, for the record – we cast demons out. Period. The end. Not bind – just “cast out”.

Finally in relationship to binding and loosing – there are good things which shall be bound and loosed as well.

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 ESV

Bind the word of the Lord to you along with love, joy, peace, longsuffering…. Etc. Bind yourself to God – and if binding is a forbidding – this then mean forbid yourself to be separated (and it is sin which separates us from God, nothing separates us from His love, but sin separates us from his presence). And in our relationship with Him we want to be caught up in His presence with His plans loosed in our lives!

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: As I promised, this year is full of memory verses that when the enemy comes up against us we can quote: It is written! Just as Jesus did when the devil tempted him.I know I have the victory and I must just stand fast and continue to submit to God… so let us memorize and quote this with authority! So as we submit, we can remind the old devil where he can go!

Matthew 18:18-19

NKJV – “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
NAS – “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.”
ESV – “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
AMP – “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth shall have [already] been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
NIV – “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: 2 Chronicles 32-33 NKJV

Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord

32 After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah; he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that his purpose was to make war against Jerusalem, he consulted with his leaders and [a]commanders to stop the water from the springs which were outside the city; and they helped him. Thus many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran through the land, saying, “Why should the [b]kings of Assyria come and find much water?” And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the towers, and built another wall outside; also he repaired [c]the Millo in the City of David, and made [d]weapons and shields in abundance. Then he set military captains over the people, gathered them together to him in the open square of the city gate, and gave them encouragement, saying, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem (but he and all the forces with him laid siege against Lachish), to Hezekiah king of Judah, and to all Judah who were in Jerusalem, saying, 10 “Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria: ‘In what do you trust, that you remain under siege in Jerusalem? 11 Does not Hezekiah persuade you to give yourselves over to die by famine and by thirst, saying, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”? 12 Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, “You shall worship before one altar and burn incense on it”? 13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of other lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands in any way able to deliver their lands out of my hand? 14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed that could deliver his people from my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand? 15 Now therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you or persuade you like this, and do not believe him; for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand?’ ”

16 Furthermore, his servants spoke against the Lord God and against His servant Hezekiah.

17 He also wrote letters to revile the Lord God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, “As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.” 18 Then they called out with a loud voice in [e]Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and trouble them, that they might take the city. 19 And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth—the work of men’s hands.

Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death

20 Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. 21 Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there.

22 Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and [f]guided them on every side. 23 And many brought gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem, and presents[g] to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.

Hezekiah Humbles Himself

24 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death, and he prayed to the Lord; and He spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

Hezekiah’s Wealth and Honor

27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of desirable items; 28 storehouses for the harvest of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of livestock, and [h]folds for flocks. 29 Moreover he provided cities for himself, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance; for God had given him very much property. 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and [i]brought the water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

31 However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

Death of Hezekiah

32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, indeed they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33 So Hezekiah [j]rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

Manasseh Reigns in Judah

33 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the [k]high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all [l]the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the [m]house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers—only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.” So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.

Manasseh Restored After Repentance

10 And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not [n]listen. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with [o]hooks, bound him with [p]bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.

14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. 16 He also repaired the altar of the Lord, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the [q]high places, but only to the Lord their God.

Death of Manasseh

18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, indeed they are written in the [r]book of the kings of Israel. 19 Also his prayer and how God received his entreaty, and all his sin and trespass, and the sites where he built [s]high places and set up wooden images and carved images, before he was humbled, indeed they are written among the sayings of [t]Hozai. 20 So Manasseh rested with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.

Amon’s Reign and Death

21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22 But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done; for Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which his father Manasseh had made, and served them. 23 And he did not humble himself before the Lord, as his father Manasseh had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

24 Then his servants conspired against him, and killed him in his own house. 25 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 32:3 Lit. mighty men
  2. 2 Chronicles 32:4 So with MT, Vg.; Arab., LXX, Syr. king
  3. 2 Chronicles 32:5 Lit. The Landfill
  4. 2 Chronicles 32:5 javelins
  5. 2 Chronicles 32:18 Lit. Judean
  6. 2 Chronicles 32:22 LXX gave them rest; Vg. gave them treasures
  7. 2 Chronicles 32:23 Lit. precious things
  8. 2 Chronicles 32:28 So with LXX, Vg.; Arab., Syr. omit folds for flocks; MT flocks for sheepfolds
  9. 2 Chronicles 32:30 Lit. brought it straight to (cf. 2 Kin. 20:20)
  10. 2 Chronicles 32:33 Died and joined his ancestors
  11. 2 Chronicles 33:3 Places for pagan worship
  12. 2 Chronicles 33:3 The gods of the Assyrians
  13. 2 Chronicles 33:7 Temple
  14. 2 Chronicles 33:10 obey
  15. 2 Chronicles 33:11 Nose hooks, 2 Kin. 19:28
  16. 2 Chronicles 33:11 chains
  17. 2 Chronicles 33:17 Places for pagan worship
  18. 2 Chronicles 33:18 Lit. words
  19. 2 Chronicles 33:19 Places for pagan worship
  20. 2 Chronicles 33:19 LXX the seers

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