Healing for a Purpose

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”

First Day of Seventh Month

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.

Leviticus 23:24

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”

YHWH is a Heavy Guy

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”

Where is Our Desire?

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?”

A Consuming Fire

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”

Focusing on His Face

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”

Grace is Nothing New

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”

In the Spotlight

The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

Numbers 6:25 (KJV)

Shine – We are in the spotlight. The world is watching our every move, and the grand finalé is almost here. Did you remember your lines? Have you practiced your steps? Did you study the performance of the historical greats? It’s all extremely important. Continue reading “In the Spotlight”

Bound For Hell

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 16:10 (KJV)

Hell – Our minds can get pretty creative with this word conjuring up thoughts of fire, torment, anguish, and suffering. We might imagine a red guy with goat legs and horns ruling this realm we call hell found deep in the earth. But as the common saying goes… “It’s all Greek to me”. Yes, our version of hell is far removed from the Hebrew understanding, and definitely not what David was thinking. Our idea is correct in one way though, hell is in the earth, but every other description is mythology. Continue reading “Bound For Hell”

Finishing God’s Sentences – part 2

And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Exodus 12:17 (KJV)

Unleavened bread – So let’s look at this sentence again. We know that the words “the feast of” were added, so where are we at? Is God telling us to observe the feast of unleavened bread, or just observe the unleavened bread? The Feast of Unleavened Bread is one of His holy days and He does require we observe it, but is that what God is doing here? At first we might think, yes, it makes sense here. But there’s some beautiful wordplay going on that we completely miss when adding “the feast of” to this verse. Continue reading “Finishing God’s Sentences – part 2”