Why would God’s people be referred to as a remnant? What is a remnant? I pondered this today and tried to understand it. I thought to compare a remnant from the entire woven bulk of cloth….. and thought, what is a remnant used for? Patching? Quilting? The last of something? What if it is the last of something coming together and forming a new thing? Like Joseph’s coat of many colors?
Was Joseph’s coat of many colors made from remnants? Or did it symbolize remnants? I had never thought of this before I pondered the word remnant. “Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colours.” – Genesis 37:3
Upon Jacob’s deathbed, Joseph’s sons Manasseh and Ephraim received the inheritance of Israel. They were born of a gentile mother. The promises of Abraham to have children as many as the stars in the sky and the sands of the sea were to be through all nations grafted into one. The stick of Joseph to the stick of Judah.
Genesis 20:17- 18 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
This led me to Ezekiel…and the two sticks.
Ezekiel 37:19 “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.”
Therefore, seek God’s truth and watch all things so you are not deceived by the wickedness of man’s false promises, and vain deceits that the devil shall and does use against all humanity. We are in a battle, the same battle of old and all time here upon the earth. That battle is spiritual and between God’s commands and the Devils commands. Free will is given to each, and each must choose who they shall believe and follow. For we see not either God nor the devil in their form, but we see both through the deeds of the creation. Be it nature, or man himself, the deeds performed of God are of goodness and order, laws of nature and natural. The deeds of the devil are chaos, lies, deceit, theft, death and confusion. The Lord said, “You shall know them by their fruits (what they bring forth)…not their words.”
That being said, remember Ezra’s warning not to go against God’s commands.
Ezra 9:14 KJV “Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?“
The word remnant occurs 92 times in 91 verses in the KJV
In Exodus 26:12 it is referred to as what is left of a curtain; in Leviticus 2:3 it is what is left of the meat offering, also of the oil in Lev. 14:18. In Deuteronomy 3:11 it refers to what is left of the giants, in Joshua 23:12 it refers to nations, in 2nd Kings 21:14 it is a people, and those that will receive God’s inheritance. In Ezra 9:14 there is even a warning not to go against God’s commands and have no remnant to be saved, nor to escape. Which led me to ask, what was the original Greek word for remnant? I sought the definition and found….
From the Greek word “leipo” which means a remainder — remnant.
leipó: to leave, leave behind
Original Word: λείπω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (li’-po)
Definition: to leave, leave behind
Usage: (earlier: I leave behind, abandon), (a) I am wanting, (b) mid: e.g. with gen: I come behind (in a race), am left behind in, fall short of (some standard), am wanting in.
So in these days when we refer to God’s people as a remnant…what are we to understand by that label? Is it not in reference to a great falling away? A falling away that only a remnant are left? An abandoned few or what is left of what once was a larger sum of an original source of something?
Matthew 7:16-23 King James Version
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
That being understood, what type of people ought we be striving to become? Pray to be found in the remnant. Judging not the flesh, but using discernment, pulling some out of the fire even hating the garment defiled by the flesh.
Jude 1- 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
We are not to judge others, but to have compassion and help build up one another in these days of fear and tribulation. Remember that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and all have the same Grace and Mercy of the same Lord and to whom is given much, much is required. Stay strong and fear not for these are wicked days.
For those who fear…have we all been turned into transhuman bots today? Have we all been gathered up and tortured today? Have we all starved today? Have we all been found dying of thirst today? The Lord said it is not what goes into the body and comes out in the drought that defiles a man, but what comes out of his mouth. We are to discern, in a way of edification (understanding and reasoning) and not in a way of destruction. In so doing, we learn from each other and come to the knowledge of the truth. We see what is missing from what we have found and together we build upon the vision that has been given to each and when we share together we have understanding of what has been given for us to see.
Matthew 15:11 In its Context 15: 8-11 “8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.“
Therefore, regardless of denomination, God is calling his people to open their eyes to see and ears to hear. He is calling to his remnant to come together.He is calling all to see and hear so they can come out of her my people. Not only out from Babylon the Great, but also from the larger source of what has been called religious denominations with church doctrines and rules set forth by man. (referring to the dogma’s that divide Christ followers between Christ followers).
John 10:16 “ 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.“
This is a spiritual calling to awake and see that there has been a great falling away and now is the time to return to one body of Christ our Lord. God’s remnant is world wide.
For America, it is a clarion call for God’s remnant to return to one nation called by God’s name. For the world it is the very same calling, the very same message for thy Kingdom Come On Earth As It Is In Heaven.
To have faith as a grain of mustard seed is all that is required. Can we muster that much faith? I believe we can and are as we speak.