I’ve just spent days looking everywhere for some depiction of Yeshua (Jesus) in such a posture to His people. Surely, when He cried out,
“Yerushalayim! (Jerusalem) Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just like a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! Look! God is abandoning your house to you, leaving it desolate. For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai’,” (Matt. 23:37-39)
Surely, He had tears in His eyes, His whole body shaking with the passion of a God who has been pleading with His people for thousands of years! Look at Samwise Gamgee’s face!
Do you remember? Do you remember how deep the feeling went through you watching this scene? “Don’t let go,” (passionate plea), then fiercely…”Don’t you let go!” This scene pales in comparison to Yeshua at the moment He said those words above. Listen here:
Yes, the correct translation of this verse uses the word plead, not contend, not argue. Plead! In hebrew the word is like strive defined as: the responsibility of the master is to strive for the survival and protection of the house. This is exactly what Yeshua’s Words are reflecting in Matthew.
For those who are not profoundly aware of the significance of this let me paint the picture.
God is pleading! The God who made the universe, everything we’ve ever seen, touched, smelt, tasted, known, observed. Everything macrobiotic, microscopic, and so big you can’t stick it under a scope. Powerful enough to split a sea, and the ground is instantly dry. Powerful enough to raise the dead, heal the worst illness, but more profoundly make a broken heart whole! (Nothing and noone has ever, nor will ever be able to do this but Him) The One who made the fastest, and most brilliant computer in all creation: your brain! No matter how hard we try, we will never ever be able to come close to it, and all these geniuses trying – know it, they do. This God, is pleading, striving for the survival and protection of a people that have more a history of rejecting Him than not! This should send us all to our knees in awe alone, much less total and complete repentance. There is no human on earth (Save Yeshua) who has ever displayed the patience He does, the forgiveness, the grace, the mercy, the loving-kindness, and faithfulness. We could live forever in this state we are in now, trying as hard as we could and never even scratch the surface of the depth of these things about God. Yes! Even enabled by the covering of Yeshua’s blood, indwelt by His Spirit, we have no mark upon the history of all these in God! As we all know, it’s only because of Him we can scratch at it in the first place. Let this sink in dear brothers and sisters! Try to multiply the scene from Lord of the Rings by a billion, then see and hear Yeshua saying to you.
” Your name! Your name! You kill the teachers! You reject those sent to you! (Family, friends, neighbors, and yes, even those crazies on the corner of the street holding those signs) How I want to gather you and your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you are refusing! Look! I’m about to abandon this place I’ve made for you to live (house), it will be destroyed. For I tell you, unless you learn the full meaning of “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of Adonai”- you will never see Me!”
(Adapted to fit our culture today and times we live in now. Then it was prophetically said just prior to His death and resurrection, now the chances are running out – completely! He won’t be riding thru the city on a donkey to display the opportunity for forgiveness. This time, He’ll be coming on the steed of war to judge! And His judgement will be more accurate than anything the world has ever known!)
It might help you to know that the exact same type of pleading was done by God in these verses.
What is revealed is God’s anger from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness KEEP SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH; because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. For ever since the creation of the universe His invisible qualities – both His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what He has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify Him as God or thank Him. On the contrary they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. (Because He does not LIVE THERE) Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals, reptiles (things those empty images make, like computers, sciences that make it OK to be without conscience, without love, selfish)!
Dare not believe for an instance that these words are not coming straight from a pleading God. Paul wrote them, his heart united with Yeshua to enable him, just like Jeremiah in the verse above, or Matthew, but only a God, pleading, reaching out, far extended, would put these words together to point to the way out even as He points out the way of futility! Think of the fact that these words were written over two thousand years ago, with the urgency and passion they contain. How so, now, do you think His countenance is in these last days?
Think of our children, as they rebel, do we not plead for them to get their thinking right, at the first? And as they continue and we watch, do we not reduce our posture to abandon all pride and BEG! PLEAD! Plead with them to heed the road ahead? Do we think we reflect some inkling of good we possess to do this? No, it is the image of Him we’ve all been made in; that desperation for our children’s good; that can’t help but be reflected in us. If you do not beg and plead with your children to turn and go in that good way, you may want to look into the dullness your heart has become suppressed with. I am sick of the posture of the world today that suggest that we are fools to shout ‘fire in the house!’ in order that some may not be burned alive; if this is called good in any way, it is a lie!
Proverbs, chapter 4, the whole thing is one big long plea of God to His people! Think of Him on His knees, as it were, hands held out in supplication, tears running down His face, no less God because of it, but more God!
Exodus 23:13; 21-22
Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the Names of other Gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips.
Pay attention to him (Moses), listen to what he says and do not rebel against him; because he will not forgive any wrong doing of yours, since My Name resides in him. But if you listen to what he says and do everything I TELL YOU then I will be an enemy to your enemies and foe to your foe.
Same thing here, same pleading nature, not finger pointing, condemning, shaming is He. Begging, pleading that we see His goodness, understand He instructs according to His nature, His design. Who do we build our house in security with? The One who designed the house or the builders? Are you deceived in believing that because the builders seem to be the ones building that they can be trusted without blue prints? God has the blue prints to all things, when He is good enough to bend down and show us them, are we not fools if we decide to just chance things another way? Notice the time frame of this scripture…from the beginning He’s been trying, pleading, forgiving, trying again, pleading, warning, forgiving, trying again, warning, pleading, forgiving……you begin to see I pray.
He sees how easily we become distracted and lost, like sheep. He’s looking down, hand stretched out, pleading – even though we’ve toiled to get this evil thing off our neck, to destroy it, yet upon the cusp of victory we’ve changed our minds, then fought for the right to do so, went over the edge, tempted to just let go…
“Don’t you let go….hold on! Take My hand!”
This Mighty God is saying to you now, pleading…though He could just let you fall as a consequence to your own choice to ignore Him, no, the One True God, the Only God, He is tearfully, bloody with you from the travels, grasping to save you. Yeshua the Messiah.
Take His hand, don’t let go!
🔯 May the grace and peace that comes only through the Messiah, Yeshua, be yours in full measure. He is able to catch you and keep you from falling, may the Spirit of Truth open your eyes and ears to Him. And teach you what it means to say, “Blessed is He that has come, and is coming, in the Name of Adonai!” 🕎🔯
Who do you say that He is?
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 15; 18; 21-25 (emphasis mine, but HIS idea)
So God created human kind in His own image; in the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them.
Then, Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of Life, so that he became a living being.
Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.
Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.
Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, He took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which He took it with flesh. The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, He made a woman-person and He brought her to the man-person. The man-person said, “At last! This is bone of my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman because she was taken out of Man. This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh. They were both naked, the man and his wife, AND THEY WERE NOT ASHAMED!
2 Kings 19:25-28
Haven’t you heard? Long ago I made it; in antiquity I produced it; and now I Am making it happen: you are turning fortified cities into heaps of ruins; while their inhabitants, shorn of power, are disheartened and ashamed, weak as grass, frail as plants, like grass in the rooftops or grain scorched by the east wind.
But I know when you sit, when you leave, when you enter – and when you rage against Me. And because of your rage against Me, because of your pride that has reached My ears, I Am putting My hook in your nose and My bridle on your lips; and I will make you return by the way on which you came.
But He too is wise and can bring disaster, and He does not take back His Words; He will rise against the house of evil doers and against the help of those who do wrong.
I Am arming you, although you don’t know Me, so that those from the east and those from the west will know that there is none besides Me – I Am Adonai; there is no other. I form Light, I create darkness; I make well-being, I create woe; I, Adonai, do all these things.
You were at ease in your wickedness, you thought, “no one sees me.” Your “wisdom” and your “knowledge” perverted you, as you thought to yourself, “I am important, and no one else.” Yet disaster will befall you, and you won’t know how to charm it away; calamity will come upon you, and you won’t be able to turn it aside; ruin will overcome you, suddenly, before you know it. So, for now, keep on with your powerful spells and your many occult practices; from childhood you have been working at them; maybe they will do you some good, maybe you will inspire terror! You are worn out with all your consultations – so let the astrologers and stargazers, the monthly horoscope-makers, come forward now and save you from the things that will come upon you! Look! They will be like straw! The fire will consume them. They will not save even themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be coals for warming oneself, not a fire to sit beside! So much for your wizards, with whom you have worked all your life!
He sent darkness, and the land grew dark; they did not defy His Word!
Who can say something and have it happen without Adonai’s commanding it? Don’t both bad and good proceed from the mouth of the Most High? Why should anyone complain, even a strong man, about the punishment for his sins? Let us examine and test our ways and return to Adonai.
Matthew 24:6; 10-13
…see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come.
At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool many people; and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim (gentiles). It is then that the end will come.
He who has ears, let him hear!
Stand at the Crossroads and shout Truth where it may be heard! The Lord God Almighty, is at work and our rest is close at hand!
🔯Grace and peace to you in Yeshua the Messiah!🕎
To my Dad, David Joseph Lawson, who recently asked his mishpachah (family) to study Psalms 1, and pray over each family member from it this month (February). As a young child, he had my sister and I memorize this Psalms, it has remained engraved on my heart since then. Thank you Dad, for this gift. Now some 35-40 years later this study has further circumcised my heart and illuminated my path, taking me straight to our Abba Father, yoked to Yeshua our Messiah! May Elohim get the glory and do wonders and miracles as we follow your lead.
I’ve taken a picture of my notes for this blog. What should astound right away is that this blog only consist of the Word – Psalms; and the number – 1. Meaning Psalms 1.
This isn’t meant to be readable, but ya get the gist. 😉
Sadly I have not figured out how to type with both Hebrew and English in this application. So I’ll do the best I can to pull my notes together here.
Tehillim is the Hebrew plural for Song of Praise. It also means: to make a melody. It also can mean: to prune.
Hmmm…what does pruning have to do with songs of praise and melodies?As soon as I saw the part about pruning, I immediately thought of the following scriptures. Turns out that they pulled the entire study together.
I am the real vine, and My Father is the Gardner. Every branch which is part of Me but fails to bear fruit, He cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the Word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.
See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword – it cuts right through to where the soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.
Let high praises of God be in their throats, but a two-edged sword in their hands.
He has made my mouth like a sharp sword while hiding me in the shadow of His hand; He has made me like a sharpened arrow while concealing me in His quiver.
Any number of Psalms and their many verses start to pour out from each of these verses. Adding, adding, stretching, expanding and deepening the very beginning…two small things: Psalms 1. See here, when you take the Hebrew letters and dig into the meaning of each letter of Tehillim what they say.
Now let’s do the number 1. In Hebrew numbers are letters, the letters of the aleph-bet. So the first letter is ALEPH = 1
Note: the number 1 by aleph, and the other letters that spell the letter aleph (the other numbers I won’t cover here, keeping it applicable: Psalms 1)
I then investigated the meaning of each letter.
The letter aleph means: strong, power, leader. In ancient Hebrew, which was pictographs it was drawn as an ox head. All the words that are included within this letter are:
Ox muscle – strongest of the livestock
Yoke – the ox is placed in a yoke to pull a load or plow
Chief – a leader, often yoked to a youngster to teach
Ram – strong leader of the flock
Stag – strong leader of the forest
Fat tail – the strong part of a sheep
Pillar/Arch – strong supports of a structure or building.
This is just the single letter aleph broken down. The next letter in the spelling of aleph is: Lamed.
Lamed is written like a shepherds staff reaching out to crook a sheep back into the fold, in ancient Hebrew pictographs form. It means: Staff of Might and to Teach. Here are the words connected to Lamed:
To/toward – the staff was used to push or pull one of the flock in a direction.
Authority – a staff is a sign of the shepherd’s authority.
Yoke – like the “staff” on the shoulders of oxen for directing
Bind/ Tie – from the fastening of the yoke.
As you can see in the pictures for Lamed, there is a spelling for the letter with two other letters in its spelling. To break these down, there is the Lamed seen above. The next letter is: Mem; which means: Mighty. The next letter is: Dalet; which means: Door. Taken all their meanings together Lamed means: to learn: to aquire knowledge or skill through instruction from One who is experienced (with authority). All three of Lamed’s letters together mean: to learn through the Mighty Door.
Just the letters Aleph and Lamed (the first two letters that spell Aleph) which is the number 1, mean: strong authority
The next letter in the spelling of Aleph is: Pey
The letter Pey in ancient Hebrew pictographs is represented by a horizontal oval meaning: Mouth. The letter Pey means: Open.
Speak/word/blow – functions of the mouth.
As seen in the picture above the letter; Pey is spelt with Pey and the letter; Hey – which means: Look. Together they mean: to open the mouth or speak of what you see (look).
The letter Pey in the spelling of the Word Aleph, which is the letter aleph representing the number 1: means: a Branch or staff as separated from the Tree – often used as an idiom – “to his/her own stick” meaning: alone or self.
So taking all three of the letters that spell Aleph together: aleph/lamed/pey. Right out the door the number 1 means: the Strong Authority which keeps the Branch connected to the Tree.
So….what does just Psalms 1 mean with all this put together? It basically tells the story of the verses themselves, backwards, forwards, taken apart, however you look at it. Psalms 1, was given to David by Adonai, His DNA identifies the Author!
Psalms 1: The Strong Authority which keeps the Branches connected to the Tree as they Learn through the Mighty Door and Open their Mouth to Speak of (sing/praise) what they see!
So…to wrap up I would overwhelm you with His own Words, Mighty to save, worthy of eternal praise! Confirming far better the Strength of His language of old, that because we now have the access to so much knowledge and information, we in these last days can now study to show ourselves approved and be without excuse to Praise Him with our lives!
So now he will startle many nations; because of Him, kings will be speechless. For those who have not been told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it; because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. But, as the Tanakh says,
No eye has seen, nor ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.
It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the persons own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us. These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God – to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him.
For who has known the mind of Adonai? Who can counsel Him?
But we have the mind of the Messiah!
Ephesians 3:1-20; 2 Peter 3:1-18 ☝
On that day you will say:
I thank You, Adonai, because, although You were angry at me, Your anger is now turned away; and You are comforting me. See! God is my salvation (Yeshua). I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!
Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of Salvation. In that day you will say, ” Give thanks to Adonai! Call on His Name! Make His deeds known among the people’s, declare how exalted is His Name. Sing to Adonai, for He has triumphed – this is being made known throughout the earth. Shout and sing for joy, you who live in Tziyon (Zion); for the Holy One of Israel is with you in His Greatness!”
The eyes of those seeing will not be closed, and the ears of those hearing will pay close attention. The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully, the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.
You are My witnesses, says Adonai, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust Me and understand that I am He – no god was produced before Me, nor will any be after Me.
Then my tongue will tell of Your righteousness and praise You all day long.
Psalms 40:5; 8-10
How much You have done, Adonai my God! Your wonders and Your thoughts towards us – none can compare with You! I would proclaim them, I would speak about them but there’s too much to tell!
Doing Your will, my God, is my joy; Your Torah (Teachings) is in my inmost being. I have proclaimed what is right in the great assembly; I did not restrain my lips, Adonai, as You know. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart but declared Your faithfulness and Salvation; I did not conceal Your grace and truth from the great assembly.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for me.
All day long my mouth will tell of Your righteous deeds and acts of salvation, though their number is past my knowing. I will come in the power of Adonai Elohim and recall Your righteousness, Yours alone. God, You have taught me since I was young and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. So now that I’m old and my hair is gray, don’t abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed Your Strength to the next generation, Your Power to all who will come.
Psalms 119: 12-14; 46
Blessed are You, Adonai! Teach me Your Laws. I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings You have spoken. I rejoice in the way of Your instruction more than any kind of wealth.
I will speak of Your Instructions even to kings without being afraid.
Each generation will praise Your Works to the next and proclaim Your Mighty acts I will meditate on the glorious Splendor of Your Majesty and on the story of Your Wonders. People will speak of Your awesome Power, and I will tell of Your great deeds. They will gush forth the fame of Your abounding goodness, and they will sing of Your Righteousness.
Matthew 10:26-27; 32-33
So do not fear them; for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim on the house tops.
Whoever acknowledges Me in the presence of others, I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others I will disown before My Father in heaven.
“Go back to your home and tell how much God has done for you.” He went away proclaiming throughout the whole town how much Yeshua had done for him.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.
1 John 1:1-4
The Word, which gives life! He existed from the beginning. We have heard Him, we have seen Him with our eyes we have contemplated Him, we have touched Him with our hands! The life appeared and we have seen it. We are testifying to it and announcing it to you – eternal life! He was with the Father and He appeared to us. What we have seen and heard we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea – yes, everything in them, saying,
To the One sitting on the Throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever! The four living beings said “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshipped.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the alter the should of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, Sovereign Ruler, The Holy One, The True One, how long will it be before You judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?
Revelation 12:10-12; 17
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
Now have come God’s victory, Power and kingship and the Authority of His Messiah; because the accuser of our brothers who accuses them day and night before God has been thrown out!
They defeated him because of the Lambs blood and because of the message of their witness. Even facing death, they did not cling to life.
Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there! But woe to you, land and sea, for the adversary has come down to you and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!
The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua.
Pay attention, says Yeshua, I am coming soon, and My rewards are with Me to give each person according to what he has done. I am the A (Aleph) and the Z (Tav), the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the Gates of the city! Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! Let everyone who hears say, Come! And let anyone who is thirsty come – let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge. I warn everyone hearing these words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy city as described in this book.
The One who is testifying to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon!
Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!
May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!
Now to God, who can Strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages, but manifested now through prophetic writings, in keeping with the command of God the Eternal, and communicated to all the Gentiles, to promote in them trust-grounded obedience – to the Only Wise God, through Yeshua the Messiah, be the glory forever and ever! Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)
I was born into the world of Christianity. my parents were saved, most of my influential family members were saved. We went to church on Sunday, observed the holidays in view of God’s purpose in it – as best as it was taught to us. So the importance of all these things seems to have afforded me a foundation, right?
I’ve been reading Nehemiah. Chapters 8 – 10 are eye opening in relation to these things. Obviously, a blog post doesn’t afford to print out these chapters word for word. I rely upon your own seeking to read these for context. The basics here is this: God started a church here. Just look at all these people did, their commitment, their passion, their zeal and. …their JOY! I thought to myself, “I didn’t see that when I was young, and I don’t think my children did either.” It’s a disheartening thought.
To be fair to those who served the Lord within the church, pastoral staff, worshipers, teachers, leaders and servers, I’d like to qualify: there are no fingers of blame in this blog. Nor to my family, parents or any other sector of fault finding avenue. There is nothing in my heart or mind following such paths with this.
To learn from the past, apply in the present, in order to make a legacy. We must go back and find where our own thoughts, formulated opinions were influenced and formed. We must see where WE, ourselves, went wrong, not the masses, organizations, or institutions. These only have power to influence, not form. Yeshua (Jesus) proves this.
After more study, ending up in many other books of the Word, I’ve noticed a huge impact.
Read Deuteronomy 5:29-6:8.
When I think of conversation that flowed in my own family as a child, and then my own family with my own children. These scriptures are hard. The conclusion I come to is nobody knows how to do this very well. To talk excitedly about how cool God’s Word is, how His ways are so impressive, and trustworthy. To apply this context to everything we see, touch, smell, and do everyday. Somehow entertainment started to take presidence. I remember thinking it was hard, not fun to memorize scripture. Sometimes due to the fact that it was given as a task for punishment. Mostly because there was no context given as joy and application to its meaning in my life, where I was, at the time. Everything stayed on the level of salvation (what can be done for me). There didn’t seem to be more than that. What pleases God, what doesn’t. Yet what brings Him joy, this seemed to be missing. To the mind in my generation, I believe humans in general, but I’ll stick to my generation; What pleases God wasn’t connected to His joy, but rather His appeasement. No one delighted when I did the right thing, they only moved in swiftly when I didn’t. Everything had to be entertaining, this push was started before my generation, but by the Eighties this was epidemic. Worship was the only place I saw joy in church. The music was amazing, the show was fun. God’s Word was the duty part, not the highlight. The teachers had to be dynamic or “gifted” as many put it. I never met a “gifted” Sunday school teacher. No disrespect to them. At that time even school was not really about learning except to the geeks. It was about finding in our peers what was missing at home. So “Sunday school” it seemed to me was the same. The church seemed to be teetering on this brink of ‘stand out’ but acceptably. Set apart was taboo and meant alienation, most of my peers already felt this at home. Alienation from God never occurred to me as the saddress thing. So one can see why appeasing God this way held little appeal. Not that it’s ever held appeal anyway. History again repeats this point. The world slowly invaded my perception of right and wrong. The passion and joy of talking about God and His ways as we walk on the way, sit or rise, etc…this was never introduced to me. I couldn’t give what I never got. The church became the teacher of children. Parents either didn’t know how or were too busy to fit it in. On both I stand guilty as charged. My heart breaks that my passion and joy in the Lord and His ways that I have now, was not there when my kids were young. There are good things my family passed on, faithfulness. I remained steady in my quiet time and church going. I am grateful to God for His grace and mercy in this. Yet now, I watch my children with their children and see that even these aren’t repeated. Life’s heavy burdens keep them down. The church has lost its calling to share, split up and divide and help. Government organizations now have the overwhelming task that God meant His People to provide. Families of origin must be wealthy or they can only simply pray and cry and hurt with those within that struggle so much. Again the passion and joy of sacrifice and serving are lost. While there are programs in churches designed to help, the politics and overwhelming needs stunt it’s progress. It has been lost for too long, now the task is daunting. The me-ism of society is a cancer that has reached the marrow of the body of Christ. Again it’s the Joy and passion of God’s ways that are missing here.
How did I find this joy and passion? When my whole being started seeking God in every way, in everything, at all times. Really seeking Him knowing Him. This is today’s speak for seeking Him with all your heart, mind and soul. How I wish I’d have started sooner! Yet, as the Word of God says. ..His timing is perfect. So I must trust. Trust that this is the appointed time for these words, to the eyes that will read them, and perhaps turn faces up to Him to effect what changes He may direct.
Deuteronomy 8:2-3; Malachi 3:10; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 13:5-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1
The above scriptures all have a common theme, and I think much value in gaining passion and joy in the Kingdom of God. It’s an invitation to test, scrutinize, see for yourself that God is good, reliable, His ways work! They more than “work” they are amazing! It’s a joyous invitation, delightful adventure, and full of fulfilment. Do we example and communicate this to people around us? Well, first, we must discover for ourselves the truth of it! I pray if nothing else, curiosity is raised here, perhaps there is something missing, something far more real and attainable in this walk with God than has ever been invited before.
Hear His voice, the One who wants more than anything to be known, put all things before us with the shouting invitation to “Come and see, taste that the Lord is good” so that we can truly teach our children such, truly live such and therefore persuade a neighbor, Co-worker, friend, family member, stranger. ..that this invitation is such a wonder and joy that it’s pursuit will neither drudge nor bore but give passion and joy, such as this world would pale to emulate or try to educate.
I pray for our world full of families with children who have children who desire to give them everything. … Adonai, is everything. …come and see!
Grace and peace in the name of Yeshua the Messiah😊
“Sometimes the evidence of our senses and the testimony of the world’s wisdom are plain wrong. Sometimes the Lord is busy forging victory when the mind expects only defeat.”
– Tessa Afshar ~ Land of Silence
There is something universal about every human condition. Language does not change it. Geography does not change it. Personality, nationality, and religious tendencies do not change it. Love that lights the eyes of a soul, looks the same no matter the color of irises. Arms that reach out in tenderness can be of any color or size, dressed or naked. Sorrow, despair, agony and depravity are all pregnant with God-touched opportunity.
These are the conditions that form the questions of “when, how, where, and why” from the depths of souls world-wide. Embalmed with freedom or anchored to yet more slavery; sorrow seeks to unhinge the hands that lay hold of anything but the One who made them. Human beings are always at the peak of ability to learn when their mind, body and emotions are tossed into the sea of adversity, trial, suffering, loss, and torture. We can learn in happiness, but it doesn’t retain the depth of engraving on the memory as sorrow. Hence why we forget the good so quickly when hardship starts to ink it’s way into our grey matter. Likewise we recall so well the negative and hopelessness colors our spirits so immediate we feel shot into another world in an instant. There is no place else that brings us all to a unified place in the human condition. It’s often said love is such a place but I beg the differ. There are too many illusions of love for such a unity to be possible. No one is can paint sorrow with different colors. It’s very darkness outlines the same light no matter the shadow of the Sun or moon in the sky.
All my life it seems as if God has placed some special favor on me. Where my sister seemed to struggle and have to push for the simplest joys. Yet at every turn, our sorrows held the same DNA of pain and questions. Circumstances are the greatest illusions of favoritism. As I write, my sister sits where she is full of joys, doubts, gratitude, and questions the same as I. Yet, on the outside anyone would say she has it harder than I. Often I’m tempted to agree. Yet in each of our varying circumstances these things are the same: We are in places where God has provided abundantly, yet wonder what is next. We struggle with hurt, resentment, anger, bitterness, physical deficiencies, heart aches and knee bloodying prayers for our children and grandchildren; loved ones, we both sing, we both cry, we both are loved and misunderstood. That which makes us up inside, pours out from within, and effects us from without though incredibly unique, we are the same. Both of us are being taught everyday Who made us and why. We both have illusions, deceit, kindness, generosity, compassion, tendencies to complain, aches and pains, things hidden and things exposed, things being revealed, things on the way to unveiling, promise, hope and despair and sorrow.
The purpose of comparison is not for comparison itself, but for defining the difference between what’s on the outside and what’s on the inside. Outside looks different, inside does not.
“God’s Spirit can ride a puny breeze as well as a hurricane.”
– Tessa Ashfar ~ Land of Silence
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is unbounded joy, in Your right hand eternal delight.
The Word of God is true for one and all, all the time, everywhere. The above scripture offers the same salve to the human heart no matter their circumstances. Sorrow is an opportunity to watch God become a heavenly Father for every soul on earth. Pain provides the path to true knowing who we are and why we’re here. God alone can provide the answers to our questions, and keeps them all open-ended. The answer today will not be the same as tomorrow. Except that Who He is and how He loves us, desires us and reaches for us, never changes and carries not one ounce of favor for one over the other. Our circumstances can not and must not define the riches of His glory. Circumstances are all of the following: outward characters, features; singleness or married, childless or having children, wealthy or poor, sick or healthy, geographic locations, personality traits, internal make up, extroverted or introverted, talented with art or talented with intellect, high or low IQ’s. To name a few, but hitting the main things. Everyone one of those things are the intricate detail drawn by the Hand of Adonai on each one for their good and those they effect and His glory. Sorrow gives us the glasses to correct our vision in life; for joy is it’s designation and it won’t stop until it’s reached its goal. For you, for me, thanks be to God! The definition of true joy for every soul He made is Himself, nothing more and absolutely nothing less.
In a world that is changing and churning, this one constant remains. Psalms 16:11, Is. 50:4…
For I have satisfied the weary and filled the needs of all in distress.
Come to ME, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest.
The reason why our Messiah invited all who are struggling and burdened but not “happy” is because we all are struggling and burdened, not happy. Oh we may have joy and contentment, but they always come after sorrow, and after we have accepted His invitation to receive such rest. Waiting on Him, running to Him is the only path to such joy and peace/rest. For each of us this is the same. Sorrow aimed at His unveiling, His presence, His company, His love, His compassion, His comfort, His answer, His directions, His discernment, this is sorrows purpose. Don’t miss the opportunity. Don’t be tempted to compare, or focus on the outward appearance of things. Hold on to Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah and Master… and let Him order up the exact prescription for your knowing Him. Pray for each other thusly. Praise Him in their joys and walk beside them in their sorrows.
♡ Grace and peace to you in Yeshua the Messiah ♡