Arise, shine, Jerusalem, for your Light has come, the glory of ADONAI has risen over you. For although darkness covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples; on you ADONAI will rise; over you will be seen His glory. Nations will go towards your Light and kings toward your shining splendor. Raise your eyes and look around: they are all assembling and coming to you; your sons are coming from far off, your daughters being carried on their nurses hips. Then you will see and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with delight;
This series is challenging. It renders much to realism and in these days, rude awaking at times. The depth of the sea of deception – overwhelming. Almost daring one to dive in with a sense of hopelessness. At least that’s what the enemy of souls would like to see us do. With his putrid suggestion that Truth is scarey, inconvenient and lacking joy, I stand against that in the Name of Yeshua, Truth is our Lord, where no fear abides, no sacrifice is thought of as too much, and joy rings out of the rocks, air, all things for Him! I thought it would be fitting for the battle to bring Truth to shine upon the “doom and gloom” team.
Being awake means beauty – joy – hope – gladness – being awestruck – delighted – full of desire for the end to come, in the Spirit of the Living God, the end of all suffering, evil, death, dispair, discouragement, disillusionment, deception, fear, pain, heartache, loneliness, depression, disease, sickness, fatique, failure, cheat, lies, theft, adultery, unfaithfulness, betrayal, misunderstanding, and the list into depravity goes on. NO MORE! The end, Justice rendered, vengeance against the evil one and the atrocities he has done to each soul, to the earth, to God’s own heart, finished!
I think where so many often get lost in the ‘end-ness’ of it all, is that they don’t go and see what the end will look like from the forward motion of that moment into the next. Grant it, there is some mystery that we can’t know. What will this new heaven and new Earth look like? Biblical descriptions are inviting but still hard to conceive. The old earth has permanently tattooed it’s image in our minds. After all it holds breath taking beauty, wonder and bounty. God made it after all, how could it not? Yet even God’s attempt to show us a little makes it difficult to picture.
For, look! I create a new heavens and new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no longer come to mind. So be glad and rejoice forever in what I Am creating; for look, I Am making Jerusalem a joy and her people a delight.
If we are honest we are not sure we don’t want to remember all things in the past. There are things here that hold much delight and goodness that we pray God will never erase. It begs the question, if we take the Scripture to mean exactly what it says: “would I gladly exchange all I’ve ever known, for this new thing to come?”
My sister and I were talking the other night about the sun and moon being gone forever. How we’d miss them. Will God really eliminate everything from all we’ve known? I don’t think He minds that we discuss such things, and even appreciates that we see the incredible beauty of all He has made that we experience in this life. For be sure, as my sister and I talked we gave no one the glory for beauty of any kind but God. So this pleases Him, this I know. Yet there is put forth a question that we must be willing to answer in favor of this great exchange of the now and what’s been, for all He shall do in a future we can’t see. Knowing that everything – everything will be totally and completely different than we’ve ever known. At least in the physical sense. Spiritually, the goodness of God will only be multiplied by some number that man kind can’t comprehend.
No one has ever heard, no ear perceived, no eye seen any God but You. You work for him who waits for You.
Let’s go to Revelation between chapter 21-22 and take a narrated look at what we’ve been given as a glimpse of just the new city we shall live in.
Holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God. It has His Sh’khinah (Manifest glory of God) so brilliant like a priceless jewel, a crystal-clear diamond. High walls, 12 gates with 12 angels with the inscription of the 12 tribes names from Israel. 3 gates east, 3 gates north, 3 gates south, 3 gates west. The walls built of 12 foundation stones with the names of the 12 emissaries of the Lamb. The city is then measured, square, 1500 miles in all directions. The wall 216 feet. (That’s taller than the World Trade Center) The wall made of diamond and the city pure gold that looks like pure glass. The foundations of the city are decorated with all kinds of precious stones, 1st – diamond, 2nd – sapphire, 3rd – chalcedony, 4th – emerald, 5th – sardonyx, 6th – carnelian, 7th – chrysolite, 8th – beryl, 9th – topaz, 10th – chrysoprase, 11th – turquoise, 12th – amethyst. The 12 gates are each one big pearl. The city main street pure gold, again like pure glass. The God of Heaven’s armies and Yeshua (Jesus) is the Temple.The city needs no sun or moon because God’s glory gives it Light, the Lamp is Yeshua. The nation’s walk by in its light the kings of the earth bring their splendor to it. The gates will never close, they stay open because night and day no longer exist. The honor and splendor of the nation’s will be brought into it. Nothing impure will enter it, no one who does shameful things or lies, the only ones who enter it are those whose names are written in the Lambs Book of Life. Then there is a river of the water of Life, sparkling like crystal flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb (Yeshua). Between the main street and river is the Tree of Life, producing 12 fruits, one each month, and it’s leaves are for healing the nation’s, no more curses. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will worship Him, we will see His face and His name will be on our foreheads. Again it tells us that night and day, sun nor moon, are no longer needed because God Himself will shine on us and we will reign as kings forever and ever.
So here we see the depiction given, no one has ever seen such a thing. Some of those jewels I have no idea what they look like. I’ve never seen gold that looks like pure glass. I’ve seen a glimpse of God’s glory, and when I look at the sun I’m aware that His face would indeed kill me now in this body. The moon is a wonder to behold. I’m not sure I understand the squareness of the city, but I’ll not waste a second arguing it’s logic. The height of the city much less the walls compare to nothing this earth has to offer. Sounds very secure, and indestructible. The things that are easiest, I think for everyone, to delight in is where no lies, shame, curses will ever come in. That God Himself and Yeshua will hold the city in their Light and protection. That instead of some building made by man we will enter into God Himself to worship! That is both mind blowing and exciting!
So who, honestly, wouldn’t want to be awake to see this? Well as always it’s not the good things people tend to fall asleep to, but the hard and unsightly, uncomfortable and inconvenient things that tends to close the eyes. So this, too, begs the same question. Would one rather be blind to all or see all? It’s a difficult choice. Feelings will close the eyes, as they are stuck on temporal things. The here and now and semi-future one desires to plan for themselves is preferable to a future that almost everything around us seems to say is a lie. The world is dark and ugly, full of wicked and treacherous deeds and acts, war, and things that most have no desire to understand in the way of evil. On the other hand, because God has yet to withdraw His presence completely, there is love, kindness, compassion, good deeds, beauty. To think of it all is hard, makes the choice very simple yet not in the least easy. To forsake all that can be had here for the incredible nothing but good later. What does this look like?
Isaiah chapters 60-66 are a good description in such detail, I strongly recommend you read it. As you do, it will make those choices seem trivial.
No more will the sun be your Light by day, nor the moonlight shine on you; instead Adonai will be your Light forever and your God your glory. No longer will your sun go down; your moon will no longer wane; for Adonai will be your Light forever; your days of mourning will end. All your people will be righteous and they will inherit the land forever; they will be the Branch I planted, My handiwork, in which I take pride. The smallest will grow to a thousand, the weakest will become a mighty nation. I, Adonai, when the right time comes, will QUICKLY bring it about.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and take joy in My people. The sound of weeping will no longer be heard in it, no longer the sound of crying. No more babies will die in infancy, no more will an old man die short of his days – he who dies at a hundred will be thought young, and at less than a hundred thought cursed. They will build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They will not build and others live there, they will not plant and others eat; for the days of My people will be like the days of a tree, and My chosen Ones will themselves enjoy the use of what they make. They will not toil in vain or raise children to be destroyed, for they are the seed blessed by Adonai; and their offspring with them. Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, the lion eat straw like an ox (but the serpent – it’s food will be dust). They will not hurt or destroy anywhere on My Holy Mountain.
Your heart will rejoice at the sight, your bodies will flourish like newly sprouted grass. It will be known that the hand of Adonai is with His servants; but with His enemies, His fury.
I think it’s helpful to remember that God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep, and when Adam woke up, his eyes beheld the gift God made of him. Sometimes the Lord dulls our senses, blinds, to keep us out of His way, so that what He’s bringing about can be done without delay and without our “help”. These days call for full alert, not just to the deceitfulness of the world we live in, but to the delight of who He is and what He’s doing to keep His promises! To be awake to all is to have the goodness of God be felt more! I see the truth, hard and cut, my heart grieves much over those who don’t, but so, too, is my joy increased! The chemsprayed sky is still His, and beautiful! The love I share with my loved ones, and feel for all my fellow man is felt down to my toes and given in increasing beauty. The delight in trees, grass, creatures, laughter, rain, wind, snow, sunshine, moonlight, star gazing, sunsets, sunrises – give me Life and take my breath away! The touch of Sam, my husband, his hand in mine, is eternal, and here gives strength and courage, but for the coming Kingdom, the increase of its joy and promise of the future beyond reckoning. The joys of friendship and brother and sisterhood is yet more to be cherished. Being awake does not take away from any good thing God has made here and now, but makes its that much more miraculous and cherished. Being awake, is the only hope of the future. Being awake will delight the eyes of those whose eyes are steadfast on the Lord, His ways, His plans. Being asleep is death.
🔯 May God gird you with strength, make your way straight, make your feet swift and sure-footed as a deer, may He enable you to stand on His high places, training your hands for war until your arms can bend a bow of bronze, may He give you His shield, which is Salvation (Yeshua), may His right hand hold you up, His humility make you great, lengthening the steps you take without the turning of your ankles. May you find joy and delight in His Word, His presence and may it increase with each passing day. May His Truth be the grace you receive and His compassion the driving force to live into it. May you bless others as He blesses you, and may we all encourage and lift each other up until The Day, when we shall watch His justice deliver, once and for all, His people from the land of slavery. Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah 🔯
It is one of my greatest joys to study the Word of God. Indeed the substance of it is found in the study. It’s powerful, on the surface, but we come to know that power from within when we put our fingers into it – like soil, dig around, smell it and take in the endless wonder it is – when we study. In the Hebrew is where we find the context to all the symbolism in the Bible. When studying the Old Testament, the Hebrew is the primary dig for meaning. This is true for the New, but it has the flair of Greek to run along side it. Yet when reading Revelation one cannot escape the profound importance of the Hebrew, since it is full of the Hebraic symbolism that eliminates so very much misinterpretation. In Hebrew God is communicating to a finite people in the finite world He placed them in. So He uses His language to form solidarity in everything they could see, touch, smell and observe. Everything means something to God. It’s our delightful (hopefully) duty to to find out each nuance of its meaning. There are two words in the above scripture that are full of huge significance in their meaning. Here is the symbolic meaning to those words.
♡♡ I will almond-tree it (shaked), i.e. I will be upon them speedily, in a short time, and suddenly, ere they are aware; or, I will watch, and be ready to accomplish (shoked) this in due time. ♡♡
You see back then there were no climatologist, weather forecasters, almanacs, and the like. People watched closely the landscape and it’s signals for the changing seasons. The almond tree was the first to begin to awaken in the Spring. Spring time is the season where all things reawaken from a cold and seemingly suppressed or dead time. The landscapes in winter look barren and dying. Then spring comes and everything begins to prove that God works especially and powerfully as much below the surface as He does where we can see. There’s alot going on in the sapping down of the trees, the soil. The elements of earth are tended to in the winter. Most of the year we see the tending up on the surface. Winter is faith/trust season. Where God works deeply where none can see, deep down.
The season here for Jeremiah was significantly detailed to him and his call. Yet, it carries over to us in this time as well. Here is where we begin to be watchful for all the Lord has done in the underlying surfaces of our hearts. It comes with the promise given in various ways, God is watchful to fulfill His Word and purposes in the world and in us individually (Is.55:11). He is with us in all seasons (Matt. 28:20), He will accomplish what He has set out to do (Phil. 1:6). Spring is the season of HOPE!
Are we watching? Are we waiting with hopeful antisipation for the Lord and all He is and will do, both in the larger picture and in us? It’s only obvious to say, when God is watchful, we must join Him. He is watchful at all seasons, but Spring is significant to Him for this particular watchfulness (fulfillment). Our God delights to reveal Himself to us. We can only be unified in such delight when we join Him in what He is doing. The world (as in its business, it’s habits) distracts us. The earth joins Him without fail.
I don’t have almond trees where I live, but I watch with full antisipation for the buds and blooms at this time of year. Watching for His promise of new life, and life that is being renewed after a season of cold and seeming dormancy. Winter is the season of waiting, forced inside unlike the rest of the year, to live. God works the earth alone in winter, He doesn’t require our help. The wonders of what He alone can do is powerfully displayed in Spring.
This winter taught huge lessons about waiting for us this year. We wait still. Watching, watching for the fruit of this work to give its blossom. Not yet seen, but soon! Just like His return! Being watchful, and ready is springs call upon us! Answer the call!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
I was recently asked why I take life so seriously.
Teehee, for the first time in my life, I actually giggled at the notion. Nor found criticism in the question. I do take life seriously. In fact, what often other people will make “light of” I’ll find rather dull to do so. To be fair, I do often have to work hard at being light hearted in some matters. Yet, taking life seriously, is the reflection I see in Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus Christ) face. The Brits wouldn’t have called Him a jovial’ol chap. Americans would never have said He was the life of the party (not real life being referred to). In France, they would have never been able to grasp His love because it came not in the form of intimate relations, and often defied what family loyalty in the world’s terms can seem. The times we live in are serious. The Germans in world War II were serious. It made everyone else take on a certain seriousness. Often people trying to make light of thing at that time would get a very serious response from the majority at the time: “don’t you know there’s a war on?”
My whole life I’ve rather leaned into the direction of humor for escapism. Fully able to sense deep down the seriousness of life, it would pull me down, humor lifted me up. I’m so glad my parents were laughter oriented. My Dad in particular could always make us laugh, even when he was trying to be serious. We were free with laughter, passionate in feelings, and serious about taking life seriously.
My answer to the above inquiry is this:
I’m serious about children being free to be silly and carefree while they can. Balanced by creative teaching of life and it’s seriousness.
I’m serious about seeking out times of humor and laughter, it really is a healing medicine.
I’m serious about all humor not being funny at another’s expense.
I’m serious about the Life God calls me to. His mission for me, His instructions to me and following them resolutely.
I’m serious about joy. Being joyful to others and letting them be joyful to me.
I’m serious about not worrying about things that God says its His job to do.
I’m serious about the Truth without apology. That it most often comes in a serious nature, and should not be ignored.
I’m serious about love, it’s sacrificial nature, and it being a choice rather than a feeling much of the time.
I’m serious about paying attention to the world around me that God has made, and delighting in every inch of landscape, every single sunrise and sunset, every drop of rain, and flake of snow. Every cloud, every rainbow, every breeze and squall of wind. I’m serious about learning all the lessons the seasons teach us. Every tree, bush, blade of grass, weed (these are all flowers by the way – smile). Every form and body of water, every star and planet, the Sun, moon and heavenly shape of their work.
I’m serious about food, the true enjoyment of it and it’s purpose in the human body. The creativity that can be found in it and enjoyment of its riches and strength of its provision.
I’m serious about relationships. The ultra hard work of them, and the profound rewards and benefits of them. These are treasures we take with us forever. I’m convinced of their immense importance over all things in life, business, pleasure etc. People always matter first, their lives, their struggles, their joys and delights.
I’m serious about fun. Teehee, this can get me in trouble, but God knows my heart, and brings balance.
I’m serious about responsibilities in all things. To do all things as unto God, no short cuts, no excuses. In such a vein I’m serious about money, work, and duty. Honor in instructions and how things work properly.
I’m sure if I kept thinking about this I could fill two pages. I think life IS serious. And there IS a war going on. I take seriously an enemy that is a robber of joy, thief of love, strangler of truth, teachers of lies, harbringer of bad news, bad choices, bad things. Most especially these days the duller of hearts and minds to the joys of being serious about serious things. His passion to blot out the Name and character of the Creator, our Savior and Spirit which brings all balance in this life to serious stuff and joyful stuff. I’m serious about God’s work of pulling the teeth out of fear and the weariness out of doing good.
I am serious, much of the time. These days Life is not taken seriously enough. Apathy and laxness mark the generation I see coming up. Self entitlement seems to be winning the days, and expecting something for nothing. I’m serious about that. It’s a cancer. I’m serious about freedom, but not the freedom mankind often is deluded into thinking is a God given “right”. God has given one freedom to all mankind, that is to choose the right (His way) things or the wrong (not His way) things. God is a monarchy, a ruler, THE Ruler. All things are His subjects.
I’m serious about education in so far as that education starts first and foremost with knowledge of God, His ways and getting to know Him as His person. All other education, valuable as it may be in His will, is secondary. I believe in those times under heaven as essential elements to reality and peace and true enjoyment in life, death, life, sadness, joy, health, sickness, and so on. The acceptance of our failures as well as celebration of our strengths – all given by God, none being our own to keep. I believe the rewards of a “well done” by God will far outshine and reward the soul than all the treasures on earth – and this is worth waiting for, though He doesn’t make us wait till eternity. I believe God speaks to each of us daily, through His Word and with His counsel. I’m seriously serious about that. I do not believe in the rule keeping, self checking religion that Yeshua’s Life and teachings have become. I believe in a loving, kind, involved, and supremely intimate God, made known and knowable through the Life work and death of Yeshua His Son and His Resurrection; and the Spirits power to over come death and sin once this choice is made in the life of every individual. I believe that Love is the greatest debt human beings owe each other, none greater. That love comes in very serious forms, such as truth telling, and feedback and reflection in accountability. Yet also steeped in grace and mercy and lack of judgement. This is called encouragement.
Seriously, what is NOT to be taken seriously is the question.
We serve a very serious God about restoration and repentence. Praise Him for it! He takes no ease on this thing He made called Life. Neither should I. When what He takes seriously is taken seriously by us, all the enormous joys and delights of this Life come as natural a byproduct as green grass to rain and sun. Life is serious, seriously amazing, fun, and hard. One day. …one day the only thing I shall know is its joys, delights and pleasures. For now I’m serious about getting the taste of them as He gives them on occasion here, now. Serious about speaking with my mouth but more my life the reality of that in balance . I’m not sorry I’m serious. I’m grateful He had made me thusly.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to pen such words, though they strike me too much about me, with all the I’s. Yet honestly, questions like these give opportunity for me work out a ready answer, and a “mission statement” if you will. (1 Peter 3:15; Phil. 2:12) These things will be shown in my life as a whole but it is good to know that my children and grandchildren can read my mind and heart one day. I’ve always been accused by the “serious adults” of being too child-like. But then, again I get this alot too, being told I’m too serious. I think much of it is timing and perspective. When I’m accused of being child-like, it’s because I have no problem running around chasing my kids in the church parking lot for fun. When I’m told I’m too serious, most people are at the moment trying to escape the harshness of life in that moment. Given my past, it’s hard not to join in at these moments. Balance is the key and I admit without a conscious effort on my part to invite the Spirit to achieve it for me, I’d be stuck in one of the other extremes most the time. There’s a time to laugh when circumstances warrant a good cry. There’s a time to restrain laughter when the circumstances seem to open the doors for nothing but. Serious perspectives are hard to live in 24/7. Yet there’s so much serious stuff these days.
Right now I’m sitting out in the snow, blogging. Literally it’s falling on my phone as I type. But the flakes don’t deter me. They make the experience that much more memorable. It’s seriously a good thing to do things most people call crazy or stupid even. If God says do it, seriously. ..do it!
What is your “take” on life, what’s your perspective? Do people know? Do they hear you speak words that don’t line up with your actions and daily living? Can you be serious in a conversation but still make one laugh? That’s a gift. Can you laugh at serious stuff? And when was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? That’s the medicine!
God is serious, but He takes very serious delight too. Look at the creatures most ignore on a daily basis: birds, squirrels, rabbits and the like. They work everyday, but almost seems to me they play as they do. Especially squirrels, they have the monopoly on play, yet from sun up to sun down take very seriously what’s needed. I feed these furry “rats” as some call them and every day I’m reminded there is a balance to each day that can be found in joy and hard diligent work.
God is the only One who helps us stay grounded between humor and seriousness. Does your relationship with Him provide giggle times with Him? If not, oh boy are you missing out! Giggling with God is the best treasure I have. He’s with me always, sometimes we giggle together about my seriousness, sometimes about the things around us at the moment. The whole world tilts a bit and shakes pixie dust all around when God giggles with His children. It’s better and beyond anything Disney could attempt to make it look like. I’m serious about delighting in and with Adonai! As often as I can, I pursue this. He delights that I do, I believe. God is such a serious subject to most. Rightfully so in its own right, but on the other hand, He is the epitome of joy too. I truly believe those who lose sight of that, haven’t spent enough time out in the wild with Him. It’s there, He can show His delight the most. A close second is hanging with children 7 and under. used to be 10, but ahhh, they grow so serious so fast these days, but honestly it is not altogether unwarranted.
A delightful heart is full of very serious realities, but it’s anchored in the Joy of the Lord, His presence. It’s my sincere prayer that Adonai will profoundly illustrate this to me and carve it into my soul. Serious joy, serious integrity, serious obedience to Him, serious delight in Him. Serious, firm, rooted, steadfast, and immovable – these things!
Glory to God in the highest, glory to Him who takes very serious all His works in this world and in His people. May He get the glory for it all. ..seriously!
and in everything set them an example yourself by doing what is good. When you are teaching, have integrity and be serious;
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
I bless Adonai, my Counselor; at night my inmost being instructs me. I always set Adonai before me; with Him at my right hand, I can never be moved; so my heart is glad, my glory rejoices, and my body too rests in safety; for You will not abandon me to Sh’ol (hell), You will not let Your faithful one see the Abyss. You make me know the path of Life; in Your presence is unbounded joy, in Your right hand eternal delight.
Gratitude gives us strength because it focuses us. Like a gravitational pull in reverse; it pulls us up into the very Heart of Joy; the Designer of Delight – the Father – God.
Dancers need to have a strong sense of gravity for their creativity to become an abandon of poetry. On one hand they need to know it in order to know the limits to which their bodies must and will comply; on the other, there is a Presence that can give “lessons” that cannot be taught by any other on how to stretch the limits of what they already “know” aka with head knowledge about the “rules of gravity”.
The saddest thing in the world is the misconception of God as a “rule monger”. Oh, He sets limits indeed for billions of things; the cellular wall, the waves in the ocean, the bendability of bones etc…but in Him and through Him there are limitless possibilities. Does not the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus), Lazarus, the widows son, the “deathless” taking of Elijah prove this?
The limits are set upon mankind to do anything without Him! This may seem “selfish” on God’s part but let’s be real, we never do any good without Him. Hence should He give us the limitless degree of give and take; the ends of evil we could do would put the evil we’ve all seen mankind do to shame.
Yeshua was focused on His Father, hence He was free, limitless, in this world with daring and delight! All the while those who were limited (without Him) were sucked into the limit ridden void of their security and issues of image management that kept true focus of gratitude from dawning in their hearts that were created to delight. The essential design of gratitude is to focus us on the Center of all things which makes us glad.
This is the language we see written and threaded throughout King David Psalms. Notice how the focal point of his praise draws him? Making him know the Path of Life, being instructed even in his sleep to the purpose of eternal security – “never being moved”. Yet we hear of the limitless mobility given to him in the presence of God with words like “boundless joy” and “eternal delight” a delight that shall never end.
Is it any wonder why the enemy works so hard to convince us that giving thanks in all things is hard work? It’s the freest and most impulsive thing we can do when we “set Adonai before us always”.
Therein lies the key. We do the least amount of gratitude living because it is usually ourselves or things other than Adonai we set consistently before us. Shall we defy gravity and praise Him? Shall we see the limitless beauty Yeshua and the Father with the delightful play of the Spirit can teach us? Let us this day continually set Adonai before us and give thanks for all things; what feels good and what does not, what we think we understand, and what we can’t wrap our brains around – He can!
A true sense of focus, I believe, would be among the top 3 things any man or woman would desire. Here is where it is found: Gravitational Gratitude engraved by the Grace of God; given out in limitless degree every hour of every day. It’s there for the taking and making and shaping of our lives, we need only choose it. Freedom of choice is the cry of humanity, this choice brings true freedom; it was created specifically for humanity by God. He holds out with unlimited degree His grace and mercy so that we may hold onto Him and have the “ride of our lives” – shall we take it? .
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
“Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased; so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence; and He may send the Messiah appointed in advanced for you, that is, Yeshua (Jesus).
From that time on, Yeshua (Jesus) began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!”
The strength of the proclamation, “Turn, repent, go now to Yeshua (Jesus) and live!” has lost something. Is it in translation? Is it the sound of “fire and brimstone” religion? Why doesn’t the miracle of those words produce the awe and eager turning that it invites?
For myself, I know that much was “lost in translation”. There is a very big difference between “I am sorry” and “I repent“. Repentance is a turning, and action in the reverse of the present course. Sorry, is a feeling, a sadness of a recognized wrong or hurt done.
Let me try to illustrate.
A person lies to someone. Lets say they lie to people alot. Examples range from where they were “to spare someone’s feelings”. To what they want verses what they say they want, in order to manipulate things and people to their own advantage. They lie, first to themselves. Then the action comes from the first lie within to the outward lie to others. These kinds of “little white lies” (I have no idea why that saying ever came to be, as there is NO such thing as a little lie, white, black, red, purple…who classifies lies by color??) are the deadliest of all. They start inside where no one but God and the person themselves can see or know. The person who deceives themselves is not capable of truth to anyone else.
So in the illustration above what does sorry “look like”. Well if not caught in the lie, sorry may simply be a mild irritation that now one must remember their lie. A feeling of “inconvenience”. If caught, one may say sorry and have feelings of sadness that they have lost trust or respect. A sense of disappointment in oneself for lying may rise to the surface. Even a determined thought not to do it again. But, the next day having only turned momentarily from lying they are “set up” to do so again. Why? Because repentance is the cure for sin, not just acknowledgement that it is. Sorry is self-absorbed.
Repentance is a turning to God. He is our 24 hours a day, always on-hand counselor, adviser, teacher and “order-giver” if you will. He teaches and instructs us to our motive for lying, in His presence while doing so we understand and develop a strong aversion and distaste for the sin being scrutinized. He then sends us forth in the opposing direction to train-in the correct living. If we lie, He tells us to do the other/opposite thing, tell the truth. This starts within where we “talk” to ourselves. If we steal, He sends us down the road of giving. If we gossip, He sends us towards speaking only that which uplifts and invites love of others. We choose to turn to Him and take action on His advise. Repentance.
We can NOT repent without God. It is as impossible to repent without God, as it is to breathe without lungs.
Repentance and turning are invitations to really living! The best kind of living a human being can ever achieve!! It comes straight out of Gods heart of love, grace and mercy as a gift! Then when we “blow it” again, we have the greatest gift, Yeshua’s own righteousness that gets applied to our wound! So continued relationship with God can continue without delay due to our sin. What an amazing and powerful gift! To be able to walk and talk and be lead by the One who created all things!
The Book of Proverbs is an amazing book of just such gifts of leading, guiding and instruction sent straight from the very heart of God with love and wisdom! It refers to two “she’s, her’s, and women”. One is Wisdom, the one who turns to God. The other is Wicked, the one who turns away from God. Wicked is referred to as a harlot. Wisdom is the beautiful beloved bride of God. One points to the Way that leads to Him. The other points to the way one can go that will lead to having to turn around in order to get going back toward Who you were made for. You can almost always put Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name in place of any of the “good” words; wisdom knowledge, counsel, reproof, direction, correction, commands, my words, understanding, insight, discernment, common sense, justice, fairness, good path. He is the gate by which we enter into a Kingdom He ushered in the day He died. When He said, “It is finished!” I think of this as the little instruction book of the detailed “Learning of turning”.
I will list some Proverbs below, boldening the words that connect all from above.
For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will be enjoyable to you, discretion will watch over you, and discernment will guard you. They will save you from the way of evil and from those who speak deceitfully, who leave the paths of honesty to walk the ways of darkness, who delight in doing evil and take joy in being stubbornly deceitful, from those whose tracks are twisted and paths are perverse.
but the perverse is an abomination to Adonai (the Lord), but He shares His secret counsel with the upright.
He too taught me; He said to me, “Let your heart treasure My Words; keep My commands, and live; gain wisdom, gain insight; don’t forget or turn from the words I am saying. Don’t abandon (wisdom); then She will preserve you; love Her, and She will protect you.
The lips of the righteous know what is wanted, but the mouth of the wicked knows deceit.
Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.
The wise man’s heart teaches his mouth, and to his lips adds learning.
To act without knowing how you function is not good; and if you rush ahead, you will miss your goal.
The human spirit is a lamp of Adonai; it searches one’s inmost being.
The character of even a child is known by how he acts, by whether his deed are pure and right.
A person is responsible to prepare his heart, but how a tongue speaks is from Adonai.
The idea of turning and repentance was meant to be as a drink of Living Water to a soul. Yet I will admit, most don’t teach it with the emphasis on the benefits born out of the heart of God’s compassion anymore. It lacks the patience and kind instruction that Yeshua displayed. It lacks invitation when spoken or written laced with condemnation. The Counselor I meet with every hour of every day, teaches me. He doesn’t harass me. He woo’s, and gently guides. He LOVES me. He starts from the inside and what comes out, is truly an amazing gift! Repentance in turning to Him and away from my own thinking (which makes sense to me at the time) is a miracle! My hope, my prayer is that in the character and name of Yeshua (Jesus); that this message becomes the gentle call to all whom He loves.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤