BREAKER BREAKS US INTO THE PRESENCE

Micah 2:13 – The breaker goes up before them;

They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.

So their king goes on before them,

And the LORD at their head.

What exactly is eating at all of us? No matter how successful we become, or how much stuff we accumulate, or even how much fame someone acquires; it never brings the peace or ultimate contentment we long for. The solution to this mystery lies beyond the veil of this dimension that we live in and is the ultimate reason God sent His only Son to become one of us. He became a man, took our curse on the cross, defeated death for us when He roe from the dead, and entered into heaven on our behalf opening up a whole new way of life that is now available to us. Jesus is the Breaker and He has broken us into the very presence of God. Here is how Maclaren describes this.

“And still further, in a yet higher fashion, that Saviour is the Path-breaker to the Divine Presence, in that He not only makes God known to us, and not only makes Him so known to us as to draw us to Him, but in that likewise He, by the fact of His Cross and passion, has borne and borne away the impediments of our own sin and transgression which rise for ever between us and Him, unless He shall sweep them out of the way…..Narrow understandings may know, and selfish hearts may love, and low-pitched confessions may reach the ear of the God who comes near to us in Christ, that we in Christ may come near to Him. The Breaker is gone up before us; ‘having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest of all . . . by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us . . . let us draw near with true hearts.”

We can not only draw near to the presence now, we can enter in to live in a new awareness of the glory of the Lord. This is the life we were meant to live. We were never supposed to look for satisfaction in jobs, houses, accomplishments, or possessions. We were made for much more than that. We have always been created to be satisfied by God alone. He is the greatest treasure and enjoyment that we can ever know. The Breaker has come to break the glom off of us that was blocking our way from the joy of His presence.

BREAK OUT

Micah 2:13 – The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the LORD at their head.

Peter probably said it best, “You preach freedom but you yourselves are slaves of your own corruption”. Slavery starts on the inside of us, not on the outside. This is one of the great ironies that surround us every day, humans want to break rules so that they can be free from the man or the system or the church. They indulge in promiscuity or drunkenness and proclaim that they are free all the while encumbering themselves in the mire of sin and suffering the consequences of bad decisions. Jesus is the Breaker who breaks this horrible pattern of destruction that humans tend to embrace. How does He do it? First, He opens our eyes to the foolishness of sin. Secondly, He draws us to Himself. It is in the presence of the Breaker that this horrible bondage is finally broken. He leads us out of bondage and into the joy of being sons and daughters of God. Here is how Maclaren describes it.

“Men and women! Some of you are the slaves of your own lusts. Some of you are the slaves of the world’s maxims. Some of you are held in bondage by some habit that you abominate, but cannot get away from. Here is freedom for you. The dark walls of the prison are round us all. ‘The Scripture hath shut up all in sin, that He might have mercy upon all.’ Blessed be His name! As the angel came to the sleeping Apostle, and to his light touch the iron gates swung obedient on their hinges, and Roman soldiers who ought to have watched their prey were lulled to sleep, and fetters that held the limbs dropped as if melted; so, silently, in His meek and merciful strength, the Christ comes to us all, and the iron gate which leadeth out into freedom opens of its own accord at His touch, and the fetters fall from our limbs, and we go forth free men. ‘The Breaker is gone up before us.”

Sin is not only controlling, it is also blinding. It the miracle of new birth that gives us sight, sight to see Christ as He is and to see the ugliness of sin. It is this miracle of sight that enables us to follow the Breaker and break out of our destructive patterns in life.

“THE BREAKER HAS GONE BEFORE US”

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-

“The breaker is come up before them–they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it–and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.” Micah 2:13
In so many ways we have it made. Christ has cleared the path. In no way are we left alone without help in this world. One would have to throw the word of God away and put cotton in your ears to think we are without hope. The BREAKER HAS GONE BEFORE US! He breaks the prison of our sins and leads us forth on the path to victory, marching ahead of us triumphantly. He presents us to the Father and never stops praying for us. All we have to do is follow in His steps. Jesus bids us to follow Him and to fear not!

Why is he called the breaker? He breaks down the obstacles that lie in the road. When Christ died on the cross he satisfied justice and all the claims that were made against us. He also breaks the hard heart- “he melts it, and softens it, dissolves it, and humbles it, and lays it low in holy admiration and adoration of this blessed Immanuel. And thus he breaks the heart by breaking into the heart, and breaks the soul by a sense of his dying love and atoning blood, and this breaks it all to pieces, so that it crumbles into nothing at his feet.” (Spurgeon)

The believer cannot break himself. We need the breaker to go before us and “break the gates of brass and cut asunder the the bars of iron”. (Is.45:2) Sometimes we face immeasurable difficulties in our personal lives, He can show his mighty arm of strength. He divides asunder both soul and spirit and brings healing in our inward parts.

“Where He has gone we shall go. In heaven, He will still be the leader of our progress and the captain at the head of our march. For He crowns all His other work by this, that having broken the prison-house of our sins, and opened for us the way to God, and been the leader and the captain of our march through all the pilgrimage of life, and the opener of the gate of the grave for our joyful resurrection, and the opener of the gate of heaven for our triumphal entrance, He will still as the Lamb that is in the midst of the Throne, go before us, and lead us into green pastures and by the still waters, and this shall be the description of the growing blessedness and power of the saints’ life above, These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” MacClaren

Let’s join in the victory!

THE BREAKER

The breaker is come up before them.

Micah 2:13

This world is full of obstacles. Even though you are now saved, there are many challenges and potholes along our path. It seems that we often expect a life with no trials or problems as a Christian; that is just not true picture of life. As this scripture tells us, the Breaker, the Lord Jesus Christ, has gone before us to defeat all of our enemies. Our greatest enemy was sin itself. Our nature was intertwined with sinfulness. Christ has not only forgiven us, the Breaker has broken the chains of sin off of our souls.

There are also many distractions and setbacks along our path. Unexpected financial disaster, health challenges, turmoil within our very own families; we face all sorts of situations in our daily lives.  No, Christians are not immune to the problems of this world, but Jesus is the Lord of the break through. He has answers for every problem that comes against us. Here is a powerful excerpt from Charles Spurgeon on the Lord our Breaker.

‘Dost thou dread sin? He has nailed it to his cross. Dost thou fear death? He has been the death of Death. Art thou afraid of hell? He has barred it against the advent of any of his children; they shall never see the gulf of perdition. Whatever foes may be before the Christian, they are all overcome. There are lions, but their teeth are broken; there are serpents, but their fangs are extracted; there are rivers, but they are bridged or fordable; there are flames, but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable to fire. The sword that has been forged against us is already blunted; the instruments of war which the enemy is preparing have already lost their point. They are beaten, they are vanquished; all you have to do is to divide the spoil. You shall, it is true, often engage in combat; but your fight shall be with a vanquished foe. His head is broken; he may attempt to injure you, but his strength shall not be sufficient for his malicious design.

Proclaim aloud the Savior’s fame,

Who bears the Breaker’s wondrous name;

Sweet name; and it becomes him well,

Who breaks down earth, sin, death, and hell.’

Yes, we are fighting a vanquished foe. Though the challenges are real, the outcome is certain. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. So cheer up weary pilgrim, the battle is the Lord’s and the victory is yours.