The Hidden Harvest
September 4, 2019
God has been highlighting the number 614 to me. It would show up repeatedly in unexpected places. As I pressed into it, it started to make more sense, and I think it's a word in season. In Strong's Concordance 614 is correlated with the Greek word "apokruphos" which means "hidden away, secret, stored up." This is the same "hidden" used in Luke 8:17:
"For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open."
(Context: Luke 8:16-18, "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.")
This is a time in which the hidden is being called out. God is calling out hidden treasures - things He has had in the works even when the time for revelation had not yet come. However, He follows this up with a command to consider carefully and listen!
What is He asking us to listen for? He is calling many PEOPLE out of hidding. This caught my attention while reading about David in 1 Samuel 22. During this season, David, though obedient, was in a time of "laying low." No doubt there was fear of Saul and for his future. Nevertheless, God says to him through a prophet during this season of going from stronghold to stronghold, "But the prophet Gad said to David, 'Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.' So David left and went to the forest of Hereth" (1 Samuel 22:5 NIV).
Do not stay in the stronghold. When I hear the word "stronghold," I automatically think of something sinful or a trap from the enemy, but looking into its definition showed even more depth:
According to Oxford Dictionary, stronghold means "1. A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack. 2. A place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld."
It's the walls which we have constructed around ourselves to protect against attacks that we worry about or project. This is the place of PERCEIVED SAFETY. God is gently calling us out of the "safe place," not because He wants us to step into danger but because there's actually nothing keeping us in there.
When He called David out it was because He had already declared his victory and delivered his enemies into his hands. His safe place had nothing left to be safe from. Come out of the stronghold.
The next definition has to do with an incorrect interpretation or belief that is keeping us holed away. God is bringing these things out of hiding and into the light to reveal the harvest that has been waiting on the other side of conquering these false beliefs.
This Greek word for hidden (614) is also found in Colossians 2:3. Colossians 2:1-4 is shown for context:
"I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments."
These verses speak of treasures and riches that are being uncovered or unhidden, specifically in the form of UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM regarding that which has seemed mysterious in what God has been doing in your life. It also has to do with discernment between God's wisdom and good-sounding counterfeits of the enemy.
In Strongs, 614 also correlates with the Hebrew word "asiph," meaning "ingathering" and "harvest." Not only are we going into the fall season--a time in which harvest themes are not difficult to find--we are also going into September, which holds the Jewish new year. This is a powerful time of reaping, gleaning, and gathering up all the Lord has been preparing in His harvest, before starting a new season.
During this season, expect to see fruits--expected and unexpected. Also, expect God to reveal more understanding and wisdom about what He has been doing behind the scenes in 2019/5779 to prepare for 2020/5780. Embracing this harvest is going to take listening carefully and coming out of that stronghold or overcoming the walls you've built. So come out from the hidden place and see that He has already conquered worry and given your enemy into your hands.
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