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May 01

THE BEARD OF AUTHORITY … Your Authority in Christ

Please welcome this awesome post by my guest Brother Cayce Talbott

We can see all through scripture that everything Jesus went through during His last twelve hours that led up to His death on the cross has some sort of symbolic meaning for the benefit of the believer. We know that the stripes on His back from the scourging that He suffered were for our Healing, the crown of thorns was to remove curses, and the blood from having His hands and feet pierced was for our works and our walk with God, and so on. But I have always wondered about His beard.

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Isaiah 50:6 says… “I GAVE My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out my BEARD; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.” One day while in my quiet time with God I had a vision of Jesus walking through a crowd of angry people while carrying a cross. The people were screaming at Him and spitting on Him as they were reaching out to grab hold of pieces of His beard to rip out the hair from His cheeks. In my vision He was not hiding from them nor withdrawing Himself when they reached out to grab hold of Him. He simply allowed it by holding His head up high to make it easier for them to reach His face, and He did this inspite of the pain it caused Him.

Just then I heard the Spirit say to me…”It was for Your authority, find out how”. So immediately I began to research the significance of a man’s Beard in the Jewish custom. I went all through my bible, through many books about the Jewish culture, got on the internet and even interviewed Jewish rabbis. After doing much research and allowing the Spirit to guide me, I finally found the answer to what the Beard represented and what was so symbolic about Jesus’ Beard being plucked from His cheeks. Just as I suspected, this event was not just something that happened… but rather it was something the HAD to happen for the benefit of we who follow Jesus as our Lord and savior.

In ancient Jewish culture, a man who had a Beard on his face was considered to be a man who had authority. In the home, all Jewish men who were of age would always allow their beards to grow out as a symbol of being the head of their household. The older the man got, the longer his beard got. An older Jewish man with a long beard would often be more respected in his community than a young man with a small beard, or no beard at all yet. Especially if he was in a position of authority such as a rabbi, a temple leader or even a pharasee as in Jesus’ day. By the age of thirty most Jewish men would now have a full beard as well as a wife and children that they had authority over as being the head of his household. This is another reason why thirty was considered the age of Maturity for Jewish men.

Now when Jesus was walking through the crowd on the way to His own crucifixion, we can now see just WHY He allowed the angry mob to rip out His beard as He walked through them. It HAD to happen, and He had to LET it happen for this reason… By allowing them to remove His beard piece by piece, He was allowing the enemy to strip Him of His Authority piece by piece until it was all gone! Why did this have to happen? The bible tells us that Jesus was rejected so that we could be accepted, that He was made sick so that we could be Healed, that He was made Sin so that we could become the Righteousness of God! In the same way, His authority over all the power of the enemy was given away so that we could now obtain it through His sacrifice. Notice that the word does not say that they took Jesus’ Beard away, but that He GAVE it away… He GAVE His authority away so that WE could take hold of it. Just as Jesus said, “No man takes My life away, I freely GIVE it”. He GAVE His own Life away so that we who believe could have HIS Life in us. It’s the same with His Authority!

Whether you know it or not, if you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ then you now have the exact same Authority in this earth that HE had when He walked among us. YOU now have the power and authority to preach the gospel, to cast out demons, to heal the sick, to raise the dead to perform miracles and even to speak to the storm and tell it to be still…

The only question is, are you going to use it now?

“Behold, I give you the AUTHORITY to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (NKJV)

Brother Cayce Talbott

www.PerpetualHarvest.com

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