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Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
(Hag. 1:8)
The Hebrew language is fascinating. Each word is built upon a prime root word. The word never loses it's original meaning entirely. It always carries the understanding of the root along with the changes needed to clarify the subject. Even the letters carry the force of their original intent.

Without taking away from the clear, literal interpretation of the text, I would like to plumb it's depths.

We are admonished to "go up to the mountain." To "go up," means to "arise up, ascend up at once". The command to "go up" is forceful and immediate. It is a now thing. Not to be put off until tomorrow; not to be planned for some future date or more convenient time. It's urgency is built into the word, "Arise, and ascend up at once!"

We are admonished to ascend up at once to the mountain. The mountain is the place of promotion. God wants you and I to come to a place where He can raise our rank or position.

He wants to take us out of the sense realm into the exceeding, abundantly, above realm of the supernatural. The realm where faith causes change. The realm where nothing is impossible, even the salvation of the most wicked of souls.

We are then to bring forth, by prayer and fasting, the fallen. The word "bring" carries the meanings of "being fallen, bringing forth," and interestingly, the word "mention."

I submit to you that we should first mention the lost to God and then mention God to the lost. This is the process we should follow on a regular basis.

Here we are speaking of intercessory prayer and the act of witnessing. The action of witnessing demonstrates our confidence that our prayer has been heard.

The Mystery...
We are to bring forth the mystery hidden [Christ, and Him Crucified] to those who have never heard, and Christ in you [The Anointed One and His Anointing in you], unto those who are now the dwelling place of Almighty God Himself.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
(1 Cor. 3:16, 2 Cor. 6:16)
As we bring forth, as we gather by study and revelation, piece by piece, and by mention [citing], the glorious "wood" of Calvary, we are struck with the power of this word, "wood", which is also rendered, "tree":

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
(Gal. 3:13)
This word "wood" is also rendered, "plank [cross bar], gallows [a place where one is hung until dead]"; and interestingly enough, "carpenter." Doesn't this make you ponder?

Oh, yes, the word also has the meaning "door."
Behold, I [The Christ, The Carpenter] stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
(Rev. 3:20)
The revelation of the Christ, the Cross, and the Carpenter, comes piece by piece through the study and mention of the Word.

We are called, through witness, to build the house of God. This word "build" means "to begin to build, make, repair, set up (in a sure, secure state)," and "to obtain children."

We build the house [house can also be rendered, family], and bring pleasure to our God, and cause Him to be glorified [having made Myself many] by fulfilling His dream of seeing many sons brought into glory (Heb. 2:10).

Wellspring Ministries
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Author Biography

George Stover, Jr.
Web site: Wellspring Ministries
Drs. George and Sharon pastor Wellspring Church of All Nations in Las Vegas, NV and oversee many ministers, churches and missionaries via the Wellspring Ministerial Network.

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