And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
Genesis 48:19 (KJV)
Multitude of nations – Aw parental blessings, aren’t they wonderful? Can you imagine your grandfather laying his hands on you to bestow some sort of good tidings upon your life? I know blessings in our culture are always a sign of goodness and benevolence. Take a look at this one that the grandfather Jacob passes on to his grandchild, Ephraim. A multitude of nations surely means his seed will advance and multiply – right? Continue reading “Multitude of Nations”
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Numbers 6:25 (KJV)
Face – An idiom says a lot about a culture. In America, we have the idiom “two faced” when describing someone’s hypocrisy. If a person said different things to different people in order to win favor, we’d consider them to be two faced. We recognize that they are showing one face to one person and another face to the other. But in the Hebrew, our God has two faces. Continue reading “The Faces of God”
And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
Exodus 12:22 (KJV)
Bason – Have you ever heard of a Threshold Covenant? Not many have. Our culture is so far removed that when reading simple words like “bason” we completely overlook the implication of what is actually happening. Passover is approaching on the 14th and we’ll be remembering a time in which YHWH saved Israel through His grace. But very few of us realize that YHWH is establishing a Threshold Covenant with His people. Continue reading “Threshold Covenant”
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee;
Numbers 6:24 (KJV)
Keep – The priestly blessing upon the children of Israel is one of the most powerful blessings I’ve encountered in the Bible. My eyes well up with tears upon hearing these words. I have to pause after each verse and take it all in. When I hear this verse, my first thought ventures to Yeshua’s words about all those who are in His hand, no man can remove. Yes, may YHWH keep me! So willing am I to hold Him to this, but then I read this word in Hebrew – shamar. Continue reading “Keep Yourself in Check”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Psalm 111:10 (KJV)
Fear – God is mighty and terrible (Deut. 7:21), He is a consuming fire (Deut. 4:24), and He is vengeful (Ps. 94:1). But are these what David is referring to when he says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom? Continue reading “The Beginning of Wisdom”
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1 (KJV)
David had plenty of reasons to thank God. As a young shepherd, God helped him fight off a lion and bear for the life of his flock. He stood against the mighty Goliath in simple clothes, and God guided his small stone which brought down the giant. He was hunted by Saul and chased into hiding, and still God fed him and shielded him. As a king, he was in continual conflict with the surrounding nations, but God always provided him victory. Continue reading “Giving Thanks to the Lord”
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 2:23 (KJV)
Have you ever defined yourself by your peers? For most of us, the answer is yes. I remember my High School days when my identity was established by the people with which I hung around. Even now, the community I congregate with, have become a large part of who I am. We’ve all experienced this sort of peer pressure in our lives and have taken from it, our identification. Continue reading “Peer Pressure”