Isaiah 61:1-3 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” NASB
Last time we identified one of the seven examples of Double Portion in Scripture, The Right of the Firstborn. Today I ask that you join me in considering additional examples and hopefully, we will see the beauty and power of this Law and how it applies to us today.
There Was Double Manna – Exodus 16:5, 22-30.
For each of the six normal days of the week, the Children of Israel gathered provisions for that day. If they attempted to gather more and horde up manna, it would spoil. It got worms and rotted. The issue was Trust. Every day continually they were required to ‘Trust God’. They could not have a nest egg or develop a contingency plan, they had to Trust God every day. The sixth day was different. Because they were to honor God in a special way on the seventh, He allowed them to gather a ‘double portion’ on the sixth day to take care of two days.
How does that relate to us today as New Testament believes? Human history has been running a course for about 6,000 years. We could suggest from a prophetic viewpoint that on God’s calendar one day is as a thousand years. That would mean that we are living in the sixth day of God’s week of redemption. If that is the case, then we are living in the Day of Double Portion of Manna. What would that mean for us? Remember Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Double manna would be double bread, double strength, and double revelation of Jesus. In John 14:12, Jesus said that we would do what He did and greater works because He has gone to the Father. Greater could be deemed Double.
There Was Double Rain – Joel 2:23-27
Normally, the early rain came at the beginning of the growing season to get the crops started. This was followed by a dry season and then the latter rain would come at the end of the season to enable the crops to ripen for harvest.
But, God says, “Now the rain will come all at once or a Double Portion of Rain!” What does that mean for us? There will be Double Fruitfulness and a Double Harvest. In verse 24 the floors will be full of wheat and in verse 25, God restores the “years” that were lost. That is amazing! Then comes the incredible declaration in verses 26-27 – “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. 27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”
For those wondering what the rain represents I suggest we turn to Hosea 6:1-3 which reveals what the rain represents. God says, “I will come to you as the rain.” This is the Living Presence of Jesus in the midst of His people because of the outpouring of the Spirit of God. It is Double Portion Anointing and Double Portion Fruitfulness.
God wants His people to have abundance, not so we can horde up things and heap things on ourselves but so that we can manifest Him to the world and set the captives free. It is for Freedom that we have been set Free. We are blessed to be blessings. God wants to give us a Double Portion!
I want to tackle this again but will pause here and pray that the light of His love will shine upon you and you will be enriched in all things in Him.
Have a fantastic day in Jesus!