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Passing Under the Rod of the Moral Code
by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck

[Follow this link to the audio version of the lesson. This workshop lesson is building upon the groundbreaking education God is now giving to the church through Apostle Eric vonAnderseck concerning the design of the soul with the moral code. Read more here

The Lord has brought a lot of clarity through the current workshops that are focused on better understanding the moral code of man and how it is tied to the inclination of man, or thereby tied to our first response to challenges. Inclination #10 is to Trust the Moral Code.

Trust has to do with confidence that is born of contact. By repeated contact with something we gain experience and know what to expect. There is a pattern of thought that is tied to the moral code that is also tied to the way in which we respond to challenges, or look at opportunities, or how we assess where we stand, or why we are now OK with something that has happened.

We learned to make assessments by weighing knowledge on the scale of the moral code and by that habit of the mind, took confidence. God needs to address the deep seated confidence the natural man has in his trust of the moral code, that we might learn anew of Him.

The natural man, before covenant, was taught to use the moral code to weigh knowledge to determine what is right and what is wrong. He filled his thoughts with questions to reason the path being presented, or the path chosen, or when considering the actions of self or that of others; the thoughts of the heart were preparing an indictment against others or defense of self, or vise versa.

The word indictment is interesting. I looked at this meaning: “The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual of the charge against him or her so that the person will be able to prepare a defense.”

When coming into covenant, we still have ordinary, everyday stuff to take care of, the habit of the mind is to still weigh needs and events on the corrupted scale of the moral code, but this habit of the mind changes through the process of regeneration. We learn new habits and new processes.

The saints are now understanding that they do not have two lives, one they live for themselves, and one they live for God. They’re seeing that God gave them one life to live for Him.

An area of confusion for the saints had been, how do you make necessary decisions for everyday life without being dominated by the constant changing information and then feeling like you’re being dragged into it? The question was, “Isn’t it OK just to take care of those things and allow these things to be my personal choices by which I’m expressing my signature?”

Since the needs of the body and the events of the day present endless streams of information that need to be sorted through to make informed decisions, and since the signature of the soul also presents endless streams of information and opportunity, the thoughts of man become vain in that moral code naturally begins to dominate our thoughts to set order.

Have You Established Your FREE Zones?

Once it was established that these things are either “necessary” or “signature related” it seemed like this was a “free zone” where thoughts should be and could be allowed to roam free, not restricted to the covenant.

The first thing that we have to remember though is that both the signature of the soul and the moral code are corrupted in that they are encrusted with the fruits of iniquity and therefore in need of cleansing, which will not happen if we assume that these areas of the care of the body or signature delights are free zones.

Let us be clear, there are no free zones. In that thoughts are naturally prejudiced by the moral code, they easily flow in the direction of establishing right from wrong, to bring clarification to our own person about an event, or about our needs, or about our expectations. What I mean here is that the natural flow of thoughts is to consider how we feel about a certain person or event, how our thoughts were formed about that, and how that now gives us confidence in what we believe. If that was your free zone, then all of those calculations were made without reasoning with grace to gain God’s perspective.

God uses the word “covenant” to tell us about His expectation that we bring our thoughts into subjection to Christ, within the restrictions of the covenant to please Him.

God uses the word “seek” to tell us about the effort the mind must make to gain understanding from Him rather than assume it is not necessary. Seeking speaks of  reasoning with grace to gain understanding by the anointing. Let’s read a few scriptures where the Lord sets this in order for us.

Psalm 94:11, “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” This spoke to me of the way in which the thoughts of the heart are sometimes excused as “normal” or things that normally need attending to. When it is said that something is “normal”, that is the first justification and first degree of separation in that a person is denying the need to acknowledge the reason why God identified the knowledge of this world as vain.

The Impulse of the Natural Man

The impulse of the natural man to give himself over to it (vain thoughts) and to place upon them his own value system, and thereby claiming to not need the governor called grace and truth.

The second scripture is also taken from Psalms. Psalm 10:4, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” The first word God is singling out in this verse is “seek”. The Lord is pointing out the reason for the mind being empty of faith, and that is because the seeking is after the pride of one’s own countenance, not seeking by reasoning with grace.

This putting off the reasoning with grace to put on the reasoning for self (the pride of one’s own image) talks about the intrusion of everyday stuff we have to deal with, how it’s sorted and managed in the mind to take for self. Prayers might be made to ask God for wisdom, but in that reflection is shut down, a person delights in the knowledge that allows him to view his own image. God is not in all his thoughts. His thoughts are taken over by scale of the moral code.

The carnal minded might puzzle over this commandment of God that He be in all his thoughts and say, “Well, how can I think about God all the time?” Or, “This thing over here that I have to figure out about my life has nothing to do with faith, so I have to think about it to decide what to do.”

What we learned in the lesson “The Preening of the Conscience for Self Justification” is that thoughts are not isolated to a single event, or responsibility of life, they are linked to many justifications, fears, feelings of inadequacies, bonds, expectations, confidences, etc  that are constantly groomed by the moral code for the purpose of establishing ourselves as the oath of our own letter. So, one’s thoughts are laced with the justifications gained by weighing thoughts on the scale of the moral code.

In the lesson “The Preening of the Conscience for Self Justification”, we were taught to look at the many degrees of separation that take place in a single scenario, in the habit of the mind to free oneself from the restrictions of the covenant to continue to labor with the moral code.

God’s Thoughts Towards us are of Peace

Thoughts are constantly streaming to judge what is right and what is wrong. This labor of the mind is for the purpose of establishing rest for the soul. Let’s read from the prophet Jeremiah.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

We learn that God’s thoughts towards us is for our peace, to give us an expected end for our rest in Him. Meaning that only God can bring the soul into rest. The Lord is teaching us about His thoughts towards us that He revealed through Jesus Christ, that these are not to be the stranger, to be put outside the door of our hearts. The devil had twisted faith to exclude God, saying that the thoughts of God have nothing to do with our life and therefore have no place in our day-to-day responsibilities.  

The Lord is teaching the need to understand that we can’t just pray that the Lord helps us make good decisions and then expect that He will help us do that. The saints are learning that their thoughts need to be productive in God’s kingdom and their reflections need to be turned on to see how the devil steps into seemingly innocent events of life and cares of the body to lead thoughts back into self.

The Moral Code is Unwarranted

The struggle of the moral code is largely the life-long struggle to identify self. The word “unwarranted” was ministered to me of the Lord.

Unwarranted: not justified or authorized. This is speaking of the moral code. From God’s viewpoint, it is unwarranted, not justified, not authorized. What I mean here is that, when we talk about passing judgment upon others, who we trust and why, or who we don’t trust and why, these things are being expressed from learning experiences with the moral code, not from learning experiences with the grace of God.

And this is why God is pointing out that the thoughts weighed, processed, and produced by the moral code are not justified, not authorized. They don’t carry the power of the justification or sanctification of Christ and turn back on self to devour.

It was interesting to see how many different ways the word unwarranted is used in a sentence. This helps us see what God is saying more clearly.  I’ve found seven sentences off the web we’re going to go through [retrieved from]

1.    It is men's opinions or unwarranted judgments about things, say the skeptics, which betray them into desire, and painful effort and disappointment.

2.    One of his arguments, however, calls for special criticism, - his assertion that it is self-evident that nothing that has a beginning can be without a cause is an unwarranted assumption of the very point at issue.

3.    It is also unwarranted to start with the expectation that everything in the world should be explained by one principle, and it is a needless restriction of our means to expect unity of method.

4.    It is an unwarranted idealism and optimism which finds the course of nature so wise and so good that any change in it must be regarded as incredible.

5.    It must always be remembered that we are liable (especially in the case of fossilized integuments) to attach an unwarranted interpretation to [fossil remains].

6.    The all prevailing need of the later Roman society was protection - protection against the sudden attacks of invading tribes or revolted peasants, against oppressive neighbors, against the unwarranted demands of government officers, or even against the legal but too heavy exactions of the government itself.

7.    The magnitude of the defeat, unprecedented in American history, was generally considered as due in part to the unwarranted character of the charges made by Cox himself during the campaign.

You’ll want to save a copy of these sample sentences as we’re going to use them in coming workshops. Let’s go back over them just now to draw from them a fuller picture to understand what it means when we say that the moral code is unwarranted. God is hereby giving us a picture of the end of the process of the moral code and how our thoughts are littered with… unwarranted judgments, unwarranted assumptions, unwarranted starting points, unwarranted idealism and optimism, and finally, unwarranted interpretation and demands, and unwarranted character charges.

This described the intrusive nature of the thoughts of the moral code to silently mold perception. Using the word “unwarranted” helps to pinpoint first of all the unlawful actions that God ascribes to the moral code, and secondly, that each unwarranted act was a RESPONSE to something and led to something else.

Take for example, sentence example #1…

1.    It is men's opinions or unwarranted judgments about things, say the skeptics, which betray them into desire, and painful effort and disappointment.

Things (happenings of the day or needs of the body) drew from the moral code a response, an opinion that then led to painful efforts and disappointment. The Lord is making plain why the judgments of the moral code are not authorized by Him and what they lead to –the painful exercise of carnal discernment does not lead the soul to rest. And then example sentence #3…

3.    It is also unwarranted to start with the expectation that everything in the world should be explained by one principle, and it is a needless restriction of our means to expect unity of method.

This is a great example that helps us to see how the moral code works to explain things from a self point of view (one’s own principle). It starts with an expectation that is contrary to God and leads thoughts to accept the boundless reaches of the moral code, while despising the restrictions of the covenant, seeing them as unnecessary. We can see why God calls the scale of the moral code unauthorized for the soul to carry.

Thoughts Pass Under the Rod of the Moral Code

The thoughts that pass through the mind through casual observation of a perceived threat or perceived lack or need or offense, passes under the rod (w/k) of the moral code for examination and selection. This is the habit that God is addressing for healing.
“Passing Under the Rod” meaning: Taken from Ez. 20:37, “And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.”  

I found this literal meaning. . . “Besides being an instrument of both offense and defense—the rod was, in effect, a two-foot club—it also functioned as a tool, under which the sheep passed. First of all, it pictures counting. The shepherd would count the sheep in his flock to make sure they were all present and accounted for.

As the sheep passed under the rod, they would undergo a close scrutiny. The shepherd would run his rod backward or across the grain, as it were, of the wool. The rod separated the wool, allowing the shepherd to look down onto the sheep's skin. He was then able to see both the quality of the skin and of the wool.” [end of quote retrieved from]

That was a great natural explanation of the shepherds rod. Let’s picture the rod being that of the moral code, how thoughts pass under the rod of the moral code. This helps us to better understand the role the moral code plays, to have that close eye of scrutiny to look into a perceived offense or perceived lack or need to see in that a reason for fear or hope.

When people and events pass under the rod of the moral code it is for examination to observe closely, to pull apart meaning for self.  

The shepherd’s rod also speaks of authority in that the person holding the rod has assumed that authority. We’re now again talking about the natural man assuming this authority by the moral code, but if we go back to the word “unwarranted”, that unfolds to us God’s perspective, that the moral code is an unwarranted authority.

The word “unwarranted” gives us more language to explain the many judgments of the moral code that God is bringing attention to, to question, to take captive to Christ.

Let’s look at our list again
: unwarranted judgments, unwarranted assumptions, unwarranted starting points, idealism and optimism, unwarranted interpretation and demands, and unwarranted character of the charges.

We start to get the idea that the moral code, desiring to be the rod of discernment is not qualified as the rod of God’s righteousness, and seeing that, we understand WHY our thoughts need to pass under the rod of righteousness as we read in Hebrews 1:8, where the rod of God is referred to as a king’s scepter, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”

What happens when people, things, and self pass under the rod of the moral code?
What happens when people, things, and self pass under the rod of Christ’s righteousness?

When thoughts pass under the rod of the moral code, it is for smiting and plundering
. This goes back to the illustration of the shepherd using his rod to defend the sheep against predators. But when the moral code is the rod of discernment, we can understand that we’re not defending Christ, but self. Self justifications of the moral code are unwarranted.

When thought pass under the rod of righteousness, it is for healing
; it speaks of fruit bearing and being crowned with Christ’s virtue. This requires the labor of faith to reflect, to seek God to reason with His grace to discern.

What sign is in the rod of the moral code and what sign is in the rod of Christ’s righteousness? The sign of death consuming our thoughts is in the rod of the moral code in that they are bent to self and thus needing to consume the flesh to do so. But the consumption of the flesh means the loss of faith and guilt upon the conscience.

Guilt speaks of an unequal yoke being accepted. In that suspicion is joined to desire and both work death in the soul, the communion of dead things opposes God’s power, and the peace of God is absent, and the soul stands naked before God. But by the conviction of the Spirit, truth is embraced to escape the snares of death.

So then, the sign of life is upon the standard of Christ, for it speaks of the mystery of our cleansing, which meaning is imparted to the mind as we labor with the anointing.

The Moral Code is the Corrupted Self View

Another illustration the Lord gave me was in how the moral code is a corrupted self view. Much like looking through a pair of glasses, only they are not your own. If you were to try to look through someone else’s prescription glasses, you know that everything looks foggy and blurry.

Allowing the moral code free course is like looking through someone else’s eyes all the time rather than looking through the eyes of God.

The Comforter identifies old standing barriers that at one time were agreeable to the perception born in darkness, but worked doubt towards God. By the law of grace we daily receive the new testimony of the Word, in the power of life, to purge the conscience in His new perspective.

Last Revised: 2014-09-08

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