Deuteronomy 32:1 (KJV) 1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Job 36:22 (ESV) 22 Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’? “Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung. All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.
Psalms 69:2 (KJV)
I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Psalms 69:14 (KJV)
Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Isaiah 57:20 (KJV)
But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
2 Peter 2:22 (KJV)
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Clean water is a real necessity. The need for it has lead to a massive industry that sells purified water. Some of the water is purified by filtration. Some by distillation. Distillation is heating the water to the point of vaporization. Nothing rises from the heated water, but water vapor. The things that do not belong, can not rise in the process. The vapor is condensed and is now purified.
Mire is mud. It is dirt that is damp, wet clay, mud. From the beginning, it was said of man, “dust you are and to dust you will return”. To the serpent it was said, “On your belly you will go and dust will be your food”. Put two and two together, and fallen man is the fodder of the fallen worm.
The scriptures describe the word of the Lord as “falling like the dew…distilling like the rain”. A pure word that comes from the Teacher within. It is not delivered to us by flesh and blood. Flesh and blood and the written word are often a recipe for mud, mire, muck.
There are many places of scripture that teach you of the imperative of hearing the Lord for yourself. All of John 3 is about this. Also Matthew 11 and the heavy yoke v. the light. But one in particular comes to mind:
[Eph 2:1-3 KJV] 1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
This is a very picture of distillation…to raise one up above the arena of fallen flesh and it’s predatory prince. A study of the word “air”, used in verse 1 above, is telling.
STRONGS NT 109: ἀήρ
ἀήρ, ἀέρος, ὁ (ἄημι, ἄω (cf. ἄνεμος, at the beginning)), the air (particularly the lower and denser, as distinguished from the higher and rarer ὁ αἰθήρ,
The prince of this world and his voice are confined to this word. It can not resonate in a higher place. The phrase “higher and rarer” is not talking so much about rare by reason of scarcity. It is rare, as in rarefaction.
1. exalted in nature or character; lofty: a rarefied spiritual existence.
2. current within only a small group; esoteric or exclusive
3. (General Physics) (of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
It can not be said better than this:
[Col 3:1-6 KJV] 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience…
You will note that the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2) are them who swill in the low voice of the prince of the lower air.
If you are tired of laboring to glean truth out of humanity and it’s leaders, movers and shaper, perhaps consider letting the Lord be your teacher. The former have no voice in Him:
[Jhn 14:30 KJV] 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.