New Testament ‘Ites’


This is a tongue-in-cheek perspective (but serious though) of some of the kinds of people found in the New Testament.

The tag ‘ites’ is a Christian colloquialism used to describe certain races of people in the Old Testament that originate from a certain area. In Hebrew, the term ‘ites’ means “people of”.

In the Old Testament, we learn of various people such as the Ammonites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, the Jebusites, the Kenites, the Kenizzites, and etc. just to name a few. When we study the Bible, we discover that each of those aforementioned ‘ites’ had certain qualities, attitudes and attributes associated with them.  Much has been written, including entire books, about the ‘ites’ in the Old Testament.  Indeed, much has been said particularly about those found in the book of Deuteronomy.

Now that we have that basic understanding, let us begin to explore some ‘ites’ that we discovered in the New Testament.

We discover an ‘ite’ in John chapter 6. This is the story of Jesus performing the fantastic miracle of multiplying 5 loaves and 2 fishes in order to feed 5000 men. We find that story detailed in John chapter 6 verses one through 14.  It is a wonderful testimony that should inspire your faith for supernatural manifestations. However, in verse 15, we start to see the Bible taking on somewhat of a different tone.

When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.” – Joh 6:15

We find it fascinating, that after Jesus and the disciples went out of their way to perform a miracle and blessed the 5000 men, that they had intentions of taking Jesus by force. The question is, why on earth would they try to take Jesus by force?

We begin to see the answer to that in John 6:26…

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” -Joh 6:26 KJV

They wanted to take Jesus by force because they wanted to make Him king, so that He would continue to provide food for them. Jesus clearly identifies the fact that they were not interested in the supernatural things of God. Their focus was on their belly. In other words, their mind was only on their provisions and the day-to-day needs. There was no thought given to the supernatural or the eternal things.

How many people are like that today in the House of the Lord? They do not care about anything beyond what they can see with their eyes, smell with their nose, hear with their ears, taste or touch and quantify in their bank account. In essence they were looking for Jesus to be a ‘genie’ (king) kept in the bottle (palace) of their making and merely provide for their immediate needs. They had no intent to listen to the total message He was bringing.  Jesus clearly identifies this and tells them point blank that their focus needed to change from their immediate needs to their eternal needs.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” -Joh 6:27 KJV

Now we are ready to learn of this ‘ite’ in the New Testatment.  Let us introduce to you…

The Getites

See, the Getites are from the Get’alucan Peninsula.  Interestingly to note, a peninsula is a land that is connected on one side to a larger piece of land. Three quarters of it is surrounded by water. Just like the State of Florida. Just like the peninsula that they are from, a Getite represents a type of Christian that is only partially connected to their local church. Even as the water represents the Holy Spirit, they are often surrounded by tremendous anointing but yet are not part of it.

Some people like to come to a church to satisfy their need to feel like they are doing the right thing, for the social aspects or strictly out of tradition. With the Getites, there is no real interest in becoming immersed in the presence of the Holy Spirit or receiving the anointing even though it surrounds them. As Jesus said, they came only because their bellies would be full.

They come only because their natural needs might be met rather than coming out of a pure motive to get to know Jesus at a deeper level. They fail to understand that the Supernatural Blessings are merely a byproduct of the relationship of knowing Jesus and Who He really is. There are those that come to the church looking merely for a ‘Handout’ instead of a ‘Hand Up’.  The handout fills their belly. The hand up will help them get to know God as a Supernatural loving God that will provide for them. The Hand up teaches them the Word of God and pulls them into a higher place of faith.  The hand up helps them grow in strength where they can believe God on their own for the manifestation of their miracles. For those that want only the handout, their focus is on the natural provision rather than the relationship with God.

We need to understand that these Getites are from the land of Get’alucan. Perhaps, a better way to recognize them for who they really are would be to sound out the name of the land where they are from.  The ‘Get’-ites are from the land of ‘Get-All-You-Can”.

Having the attributes of the land where they come from, the Getites are consumed with ‘Getting’.  The  ‘Get-All-You-Can’ mentality is not a spiritual perspective at all. It is based off of carnal thinking. Even though Getites can be found in many churches, they are not interested in getting to know God, studying His Word or learning His Ways. They are not interested in helping the Saints of God or building the Kingdom of God. Rather, their focus is on only what they can get.  Whether it is the business person that joins a church merely for the networking possibilities, the ‘needy’ person always looking for someone to buy their dinner or the uninformed or untrained person misusing their spiritual gifts in order to work a crowd, they still fall into that category.  It can even be those who have a ‘pray for me’ attitude but don’t want counsel from the Church leaders. It can be those that always want a ‘word’ from a prophet but don’t want to sow into their lives.  It can be those who just want a miracle performed for them but they don’t want to learn anything about the Word of God.  And unfortunately, there are even some pastors and church leaders that misuse their pulpits and authority in order to fleece the sheep in order to ‘get all they can’.

The ‘Get-All-You-Can’ mentality through church attendees can even be manifested through an attitude of learning all that they can from a ministry or its leaders without supporting the work of God there or without giving respect and honor to its leaders.  Oftentimes, the Getites are content to grow fat on the Word of God continually preached without exercising their faith to grow.

In the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes that fed 5000 men, the Bible reports that after being fed, they wanted to take Jesus by Force.  The Bible did not say that any said ‘Thank you’. Nor did it say that any tried to give a Tithe or an offering.  Rather, it specifically mentioned that they were going to take Jesus by force.  They were going to ‘get’ themselves a miracle maker. They were going to ‘get’ themselves a king.

Fortunately, in this same story, there are other ‘ites’ which have a far better report about them.  We will learn about an ‘ite’ with a far better report next time.

Let us leave with these thoughts…

Let us be those who always take the time to stop and give Thanks! to the Lord for His Loving Kindness towards us. Let us always be those who give respect and honor to the leaders of God’s Church who labor in the Word so that we might receive blessings. Let us be those who always understand that God provides for His people so that we don’t need to have a ‘Get-All-You-Can’ mentality. Let us be those who understand that we should never try to make Jesus ‘our genie in a bottle’.  Let us be those that understand that through our relationship with Jesus, that supernatural miracles are merely byproducts of knowing The KING of kings and The LORD of lords.

Until then,

May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life

-Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele

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