Dream word – SEPARATE
“And Laban said, ‘This heap is a witness between you and me this day.’ Therefore its name was called Galeed, also Mizpah, because he said, ‘May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another.’” NKJV
Mizpah is a most misunderstood word. Of course over the centuries it has become at times more of a money making word than a mystical one, as Jewellers and retailers, all have taken their share of sales from trinkets and lockets, coins and bracelets all bearing the out-of-context but cute little phrase of, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent from one another....Mizpah.”It’s all very lovey dovey, it’s all very nice, it’s very sweet and it’s all very romantic, but it’s all very wrong!
The context of the covenant cairn of Mizpah was built on one of danger, threat and cursing. You will remember that after over twenty years of well-reaped abuse, Jacob finally gets the green light from God to flee away. His old uncle Fagin Laban pursues after Jacob and his family with the total intent on doing him great harm and recovering everything Jacob had, which quite frankly, he regarded as his! Laban would have done this if it wasn’t for the dream intervention from God, which in brief said, “Laban, shut it! Laban, watch it.” It was after Jacob and Laban vented to one another their thoughts that an irreconcilable difference of opinion was finally vocalised. That being the case there was clear need for separation and a covenant promise not to return into the other person’s life with a desire for revenge and hurt. This was the true context on the cairn at Mizpah. It was, in effect, a line of demarcation drawn in the deep desert sand which underscored the past life which was now never to be revisited without a consequent curse of judgement and retribution from God on high.
There is a need today for many a Mizpah cairn to be erected upon the mystical mountains of our minds and our hearts. There are lifestyles which we have previously held openly, but now carry in secret habit, thoughts and pernicious practices into what should be the peaceful places of our lives. Yes, there are Teraphims of many kinds, which we have carried from the past into our present promised lands that have been the cause of all kinds of pursuant guilt and condemnation, even threat of death. Despite the fear accompanying fear of both discovery and loss, sin still causes us we sit on them and protect them under the lying excuse of a monthly menstrual flow.
Not a few of you tonight must set up some Mizpah cairns on the mystical mountains of your hearts and minds. It’s time to leave the past, it’s time to draw under it a line of demarcation. Yes, under all thoughts and practices, habits and lifestyles that continue to be destructive and binding to you in the here and now, you must finally draw a line under it. Build that cairn and then never again return to do yourself harm! Build that cairn and then never allow a visit from there to do you harm! Yes! Once and for all time, mark it with the word Mizpah!
Listen: “Then Laban said to Jacob, ‘Here is this heap and here is this pillar, which I have placed between you and me. This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.’ And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.” - Genesis 31:51-54NKJV.
Pray: Lord, I cast away my idols. Lord, I am sick of the dark pursuers, the intrusion of the black Nazguls of my sinful past. Help me set up this night, some Mizpah cairns over issues in my life, which I declare tonight, shall no longer bring me death, or be sought after by me for their oh so dark a sustenance. Find me some rocks O Lord, and then together, let us build me a Mizpah cairn. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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