Deliverance: The Freedom Key of Truth - David Mitts
Last chapter we looked at the liberation that comes from the “chesed” of God, His secret counsel that protects and delivers us strategically into a kingdom of abundance. Chesed is often defined as “mercy” or “lovingkindness”. This is the outer court reality of chesed, by which we mean that when we look at the impact of chesed, we see the operation of mercy or the expression of the loving-kindness of God. When we look deeper, to the inner court reality of chesed, we see that the word as defined by three main ancient Hebrew letters or characters, “chet”, “samech”, and “dalet” give us the composite definition that chesed is the secret counsel of the Lord that He encircles and protects revealing His covenant love.
Psalm 85:10 tells us:
“Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.” (Psalms 85:10)
Mercy and truth, chesed and emet have met together as we have sung in Lisa’s song with that lyric quoting the Psalm. Chesed, is the secret counsel of the Lord that He encircles, or defends and protects, nurturing the outcome. This chapter, I want to look at the meeting of chesed with emet, truth.
To begin with, let’s apply the same ancient Hebrew perspective to truth, emet. Emet, is also composed of three ancient Hebraic characters. The first is aleph, which means strength, power, leader, first. It is where get the Greek letter alpha, which means the leader of the pack, one who precedes the rest. The final letter is the tav. The tav is where we get the symbol for the cross. It is also the symbol for covenant. It is the sign of the finished complete work. In between the aleph and the tav is the mem. The Mem is the numerical center of the alphabet. It is the symbol for water, chaos, uncertainty, blood, life.
The aleph and the tav are fixed, they define the words and their boundaries. The strength of the cross is the end of the Torah. Not the end as the eradication as some teach. No. this is the end as its intended outcome, the goal line. Yeshua spoke of Himself as the end of the Torah, its fulfillment.
“"Do not think that I came to destroy the (torah)Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)
He also said:
“"I am the Alpha, (aleph) and the Omega (tav), the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."” (Revelation 1:8)
The letters alpha and omega correspond to aleph and tav. They define creation and the end, which is return to creation, re-creation.
In Hebrew the 2 symbols aleph and tav are used as the word “et”. Et is a linguistic tool that points the listener to the object of the sentence. If we remember that the Hebrew word for sin, chattah, means to miss the target. Et, is a pointer word which brings the target into focus. As the beginning and ending letters of the alphabet, aleph and tav frame reality.
The middle letter of the word for truth, emet, is the fascinating one, the mem. The mem is the symbol for water. The pictograph in almost all ancient languages is of the waves of the water. Mem begins the word, Messiah. By adding Messiah to language, we receive a revelation of the truth, the life and the way.
“Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Once in Israel I had a conversation with this professor from Jerusalem who was leading a lot of young people into orthodox Judaism. She kept using the teachings of the Rabbis as her source for the influence she was having on these young and vulnerable believers. I had an opportunity to speak with her at a gathering. I challenged her on what she was doing. Her response to me was to ask if I thought the Rabbi’s had nothing to contribute. I replied that of course they have things to contribute, but when you base your world view on a world without Yeshua as the rock of your revelation, then you are going to have to twist reality to make that work. The chief strategy of a world-twister is to impose rules, the letter which kills the life of a living relationship with Him who is the water.
“who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6)
Yeshua is the core or the middle of the Word, the balancing point. Remember the conversation where He declared a powerful reality about Himself:
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 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." Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20)
Yeshua asks, “who do you say that I am?” He is asking, what does your speech reveal about reality? Language is the material of reality. God speaks and it is. Truth comes by His speaking.
“"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26)
Testimony is the evidence of a witness. The Spirit witnesses of the truth of who Yeshua is.
Peter answers the inquiry by declaring that Yeshua is Messiah. Peter connects with the “mem” the fulcrum which moves the world. This “rock” is the foundation revelation of reality. Yeshua declares that this has come to Peter from the Father, who alone is good and true. By this declaration, Peter comes into agreement with the Word, the Truth that aligns reality to itself.
This is like tuning a radio to the exact frequency that is being transmitted. The static of life disappears when you have that exact alignment. Truth is not the opposite of lies. Truth, Emet, is the exact frequency of true reality. Peter aligned himself with truth and that alignment, which we call believing, or trusting in the truth transformed his reality into a foundational rock that became the singular act that builds the kehila, the assembly of Believers.
Yeshua goes on to identify this alignment with truth as the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Keys open up a doorway that was locked previously. These keys are ours when we tune to the frequency and open our heart to receive that reality. We call this salvation because through this alignment our innermost being is open to truth and through this intimate resonance with the truth we have the tools for our liberty, our freedom.
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."” (John 8:32)
Yeshua goes on to say that the keys of the kingdom give us the opportunity to be bound or to be loosed in our lives. This is new covenant talk. Binding is all about learning to love Him as the bride. A covenant is an oath of binding, and it also is a loosening from all other affections in the world. The Apostle John really walked in this reality. He calls this testing the spirits. Turn to 1John 4:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:1-4)
This is an explanation of tuning ourselves to the truth. False prophets are those who speak of another reality built without Yeshua as the Messiah. It is a reality built of a false resonance and it is called false prophecy because it foretells of a false future that will implode with destruction and judgments. It binds the hearts of its followers with progressive worship of false gods, whether they be science, technology, pride, money, sex or human institutions of power. They utilize the “spirits” of greed, fear, malice and wickedness. Good becomes evil and evil becomes good. This is iniquity, lawlessness and is rooted in the loss of love.
Yeshua described this hour in which we live:
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:11-13)
What stands against this is the emet of God which bears witness of itself with the demonstration of the kingdom of love.
“By mercy and truth atonement is made for wrongdoing, and by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6)
Activation: Binding and loosening. This week pray and ask God what truth you can bind yourself more fully to. These are your wedding vows. Also ask Him what lies you can be loosed from. It is your responsibility through the Holy Spirit to ask, seek, and find the leaven in your heart.
“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8)