And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
2 Chronicles 30:20 (KJV)
Healed – Healings are among the most magnificent of all miracles. To witness someone in sickness and pain receive a healing will surely reinvigorate hope and faith in our Living God. A Healing can strengthen the people, not just the individual. And in an environment such as ours, full of pain and suffering, healings are a sigh of relief. Continue reading “Healing for a Purpose”
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Matthew 23:23 (KJV)
Judgment – How can judgment be one of the weightier matters of the law when Yeshua specifically directed 16 chapters prior in Matthew 7 for us not to judge. But yet here He claims that judgment is one of the most important matters in all of the law. Obviously He is paraphrasing the many men of God that came before Him. Many of which were David (Psalm 101:1), Isaiah (56:1), Jeremiah (22:3), Hosea (12:6)… and the list continues. Continue reading “Weightier Matters”
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
First day – There is so much this commandment teaches, but our limited patience, and our planning nature, causes us to miss these teachings. We like to know in advance when this first day of the seventh month occurs so we can plan our calendar accordingly. So rather than relying on the sighted new moon, we turn to a almanac of sorts that gives us a close estimation of the date. But because a conjunctive moon can remain hidden for up to 3.5 days, it’s impossible to predict when the sighted new moon will appear, despite the calendars of man. I know this because I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Continue reading “First Day of Seventh Month”
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:14 (KJV)
Glory – Have you ever been squished in an elevator because of a heavier set person? Maybe struggled through some chairs or tables because of an overweight individual sitting near you? It’s difficult to move around. I don’t bring this up in a negative way toward heavy set people, but rather to compare this with the experience of the priests as YHWH’s heaviness pushes them out of the temple. You see, YHWH is a heavy guy. Continue reading “YHWH is a Heavy Guy”
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
Song of Solomon 7:10 (KJV)
Desire – Where is our desire? I know it seems like such an obvious answer, right? Most of us would say, “Our desire is for God”, and I would imagine that’s a wonderful answer, but let’s review this word further. Continue reading “Where is Our Desire?”
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV)
Consuming fire – My family and I have been camping a lot this year. During that time I’ve made plenty of camp fires and enjoyed the warmth, the light, and the skill of actually creating a fire from simple materials. But mostly I’ve noticed that my children are completely entranced by the flickering of the flames and the danger involved with such a primitive thing. They asked daily for me to create a fire so they could poke at it with sticks, dump pinecones into it, or roast marshmallows over it. And so we’d have a fire going in the morning when I awoke, and another before we went to bed. It was a highlight of our camping adventures. Continue reading “A Consuming Fire”
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Matthew 25:3-4 (KJV)
Oil – There’s been much debate over exactly what the oil represents in this parable. I know I’ve had many conversations on this topic myself. Is it the Holy Spirit? Is it our faith? What is the oil? Continue reading “What is the oil?”
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 5:17 (KJV)
Destroy/Fulfill – How many times have we heard that because Yeshua fulfilled the law, we don’t have to? Somehow we’ve come to believe that since Yeshua fulfilled the law, it has no purpose for us, or rather that it’s been destroyed. But this is all because we lack the basic cultural understanding of this idiom. Continue reading “Destroying an Idiom”
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:26 (KJV)
Lift up his countenance – Here we are again, back to the word “face”, although this time translated as “countenance”. As we discovered before paniym is the Hebrew word for “face”, but is always used in the plural – “faces”. In verse 25 we read that this priestly blessing calls for YHWH’s faces to shine upon you, but in this verse the call is made for YHWH to “lift up” His faces upon you. Why is this short and reverent blessing focusing on His face to the point of mentioning it twice? Continue reading “Focusing on His Face”
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Numbers 6:25 (KJV)
Gracious – Weren’t we taught that the idea of grace is a new testament teaching? The new testament which records the new covenant is all about the new concept of grace. Well we were taught wrong. The grace of YHWH has been around since the beginning. It’s found in His actions with Adam and Eve, it’s found in the story of Noah, it’s found in the law, and here in the priestly blessing from Numbers 6. Continue reading “Grace is Nothing New”