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Love like a river


Good morning, beloved,

Mossman River and Gorge Photo by Photnart

Your love is like a river…

37 On the last and ·most important [L greatest] day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. [C The feast of Shelters/Tabernacles featured a water pouring ritual that may stand in the background of Jesus’ speech.] 38 If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person’s ·heart [L belly; gut], as the Scripture says[Is. 55:158:11Ezek. 47:1–12Zech. 14:8, compare John 4:10–11Rev. 7:1722:1].” 39 Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been ·raised to glory [glorified]. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit. John 7 EXB

I didn’t know where the Lord was taking me this morning with this song.  Yet He had a plan, and I needed to listen. Come with me? Water is a powerful metaphor in the Bible. We can all agree on this. I think where we fall short is our understanding of the context of this beautiful passage.  The Expanded Bible gave me some hints of the depth of this passage.  Notice in the brackets in verse 37, I’ve highlighted them. The feast of Tabernacles was nearing the end. This feast...

The Bible reveals dual significance in the Feast of Tabernacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel’s “thanksgiving,” a joyous harvest festival to celebrate the ingathering of grain and wine. As an historical feast, it’s main characteristic is the requirement to dwell in temporary shelters or booths in remembrance of God’s protection, provision and care during their 40 years in the wilderness. There are many interesting customs associated with the celebration of Sukkot. These are explained in detail by About.com’s Judaism Guide, Ariela Pelaia.

Jesus and Sukkot:

During Sukkot, two important ceremonies took place. The Hebrew people carried torches around the temple, illuminating bright candelabrum along the walls of the temple to demonstrate that the Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles. Also, the priest would draw water from the pool of Siloam and carry it to the temple where it was poured into a silver basin beside the altar. The priest would call upon the Lord to provide heavenly water in the form of rain for their supply. During this ceremony the people looked forward to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  (Feast of Tabernacles, Mary Fairchild)

So as the Jews were looking forward to the time of the Messiah, looking forward to an outpouring of God’s favor by bringing the Messiah to them, Jesus stood and provided the answer. He was the source of living water!  So when Jesus spoke these words, He was declaring Himself  as the Messiah and the fulfillment of these promises, these prophecies.

·Spoken words [L The words of a person’s mouth] can be like deep water, ·but [or and] the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream. Proverbs 18:4 EXB

The Banias Waterfall on Israel. Author: Nahum Dam (2004) Photo by NahumDam

Isaiah 44: 3 I will pour out water for the thirsty land and make streams flow on dry land. I will pour out my Spirit ·into your children [on your descendants/offspring/seed] and my blessing on your ·descendants [offspring].

I realize as I get older how much I love to be near water. I grew up spending time on the shores of Lake Michigan every summer. The warm sand, the cold water, the waves, the stillness, the thunderstorms that would fly across the water…so much of the Lord speaking to me. Now, as I take my children to Lake Michigan, as we live very close to a small lake, as we vacation (courtesy of my sweet neighbor) God draws me to Himself by way of His waters. I listen to music today and He declares to me, His Love is Like a River. Then I hear this one:

Isaiah declares the word of the Lord! He will pour forth water, streams will flow, His Spirit will pour out. And then jump back to Jesus’ words, Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink!
I’ve heard it said,

I really like the message of the Bible, I just don’t think Jesus is the only way to God. There are many pathways to God.

Oh, my friends, if we truly look through the Old Testament, searching the clues, there is no way that we can come to this conclusion. I found this amazing article that discusses how Jesus is the only way.  He is the way, the truth and the life. Right?

17 “The poor and needy people look for water,    but ·they can’t find any [there is none].    Their tongues are ·dry [parched] with thirst.But I, the Lord, will answer ·their prayers [L them];    I, the God of Israel, will not ·leave them to die [L abandon/forsake them].18 I will ·make rivers flow [L open rivers] on the ·dry hills [barren heights]    and springs flow through the valleys.I will change the ·desert [wilderness] into ·a lake [pools] of water and the ·dry [arid; parched] land into ·fountains [springs] of water.John 7

So, we come. I come, Lord Jesus. I know that my help comes only from the Lord. I can face this day with You. I can show love and kindness, not in my strength, but in Yours alone. You are the rays of sunshine bursting through the trees.  Friends, what if it is all true? We never, ever need to be afraid. His love never fails. It never gives up. Mathematical Probability aside, Jesus fills. He restores. He will not leave you ever. Can anyone else make promises like this?

Dunwich Heath. Gorse Bushes on Dunwich Heath Photo by Edward

Pray on. Pray on.

 

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European Bee-eater, Ariège, France. The female (in front) awaits the offering which the male will make. Photo by Pierre Dalous

Good morning!

I have decided these are my new favorite birds. They eat bees! How fabulous is that! I think we should, as Americans, raise a petition. Bring these birds here! Especially to Illinois. We, okay, I, need these birds, instead of these woodpeckers that keep trying to build there homes in our siding of our house. They are so cute. They bang the stinger out of the bees and then eat them. Maybe we could train them to eat mosquitoes too. I’d be willing to pay them. Seriously.

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon watching the second round of the Bible brought to you by Wal-Mart, and the History Channel, and Mark Burnett. I can’t say I was as thrilled with the second portion as I was the first. No spoilers, I promise, but I found myself wishing I had my Bible with me. I kept thinking and saying out loud, really, was it like that? Did it happen that way? Yet, friends, what I was left with, what I needed to remind myself of, the Bible is coming alive, especially the Old Testament.  How many of us as children (if we went to church) were taught the events of the Old Testament outside of the regular Sunday School stories? It’s amazing to see His Word outside of my imagination or flannel graphs!

As David walked among the Israelites, he was speaking the Word to himself, as he faced off with Goliath, he was fearless.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

I will fear no evil…

For You are with me…

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me…

Of course, this is Psalm 23. All of the my kids memorized this Psalm, so I had plenty of practice but even if I didn’t, this is an incredibly popular Psalm.  It was powerful watching David chose to walk towards this man/beast.  As Goliath disparaged the one true God, on David walked. The entire army parted ways to bring David to this man. He saw David and threw aside his helmet. Powerful. He was not afraid of a little kid. And that proved to be his demise.

I am told, time and time again. Do not be afraid. Cease striving. Cease the constant conversation of fear.  Yet to watch the men of the Old Testament face their demons, sometimes they failed, which to me, is a good reminder. They were men. Men whom God used. (Women too..)  Pictures in my mind are helpful. Remembering this scene in my mind, I know, I know my God, our God, our faithful, true God will never, ever forsake His children. We can walk through the valleys. We can be without fear.

This is not the story of men. This is the love story of our God dwelling among us.

He fights for us.

Pray on. Pray on.

 

 

 

 

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Love Sees


Railway station in Kreiensen in the district of Northeim, Lower Saxony, Germany in the year 1963. by Michael Gäbler

Good morning, beloved,

Blogs are like pictures. They tell you part of a story, capture a moment, you look around the picture or blog either enjoying the moment or cringing back. This picture tells me a story. Who are these people? Where are they going? Where is the Mama taking those two little children? I admire the sun casting it’s glow upon these travelers. The shadows. Who took this picture? Yes, we have a name, but what is his story? As you enter into my world, my thought, my world, I hope you admire not the writer, but the One who truly authors it all. He is who you should admire. He knows the whole story. He knows all the answers to our questions. He knows you. He knows me.

Just think about that for a moment. He knows everything, Your thoughts, your motives, you! And guess what? He loves you. Now, I don’t know about you, but considering the thoughts that scamper through my mind, my past, my foibles, that thought overwhelms me today.

A Canadian special operations soldier descends in front of Mt. Rainier onto Fort Lewis, Wash., after jumping with U.S. 1st Special Forces Group Soldiers Dec. 2 during Menton week. The week-long celebration leads up to the 65th annual Menton Day, which commemorates the inactivation of the combined U.S. and Canadian First Special Service Force on Dec 5, 1944. by The U.S. Army

The God who created, shaped and formed this mountain? Yes, He loves me. And you. He wants to be with you. With me.

Frankly, I’m a bit of a mess today. My head hurts and I’m just ready to figure this all out. I woke up with thoughts of inadequacy and frustration. And do you know what brought me peace? I began reciting the AWANA Sparks verses. Each one of my kids has learned these verses. I’ve helped them practice and practice.

S…is for Savior. “The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the World.” 1 John 4:14

P…is for Power. “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.” Psalm 147:5

A…is for According to the Scriptures. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. ”  1 Corinthians 15:3

R…is for Raised. ” and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:4

K…is for Keep. “Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10

S…is for Saved. ““Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31

I didn’t get them all right. Blame it on the headache, I say. Yet, His Word never comes back void. His peace prevailed. His Word has prevailed. Who has been more blessed by AWANA? I’m not so sure. (grin)

Isaiah prophesied 700 years before the birth of John that there would be…”A voice of one who cries: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord [clear away the obstacles]; make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God!” Isaiah 40:3

Now for the fulfillment:

In those days there appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the Wilderness (Desert) of Judea

And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

This is he who was mentioned by the prophet Isaiah when he said, The voice of one crying in the wilderness (shouting in the desert), Prepare the road for the Lord, make His highways straight (level, direct). Matthew 3:1-3

I found while I was hunting for other information this amazing text on the Prophesies of Messiah:

Yes, one could possibly find one or two prophecies fulfilled in other men, but not all 61 major prophecies! In fact the chance of one man fulfilling even eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000) This has been illustrated by imagining placing 100,000,000,000,000,000 silver dollars on the State of Texas which would result in two feet “sea” of silver wherever you tread! Now it where the odds get interesting. Mark one of the silver dollars distinctively and throw it into the state. Stir it all up and blindfold a man who has one pick to select the marked coin. That’s the odds against anyone fulfilling only 8 prophecies, much less what most authorities feel is something like 330 plus Old Testament prophecies in some way fulfilled in the Messiah. To phrase it another way, these incredible odds just illustrated are the same chance that the OT prophets would have had of writing eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man providing they wrote them in their own wisdom. One can conclude that the fulfillment of even just eight prophecies proves that God inspired the writing of these prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 10 to the 17th power! The odds against all 330 plus OT prophecies being fulfilled in one man cannot even be reasonably illustrated, as they are so high!

Another objection to the Messianic Prophecies pointing to Jesus is that Jesus deliberately attempted to fulfill the Jewish prophecies. This objection seems plausible until we realize that many of the details of the Messiah’s coming were totally beyond human control.

Note also that some of the prophecies concerning the Messiah are of such a nature that only God could fulfill them, such as Christ’s virgin birth, His sinless and holy character, His resurrection, and His ascension. Only God could cause Jesus to be born of a virgin and to be raised from the dead. Precept Austin

Humbling, isn’t it? Jesus is who He says He is! And He can accomplish what concerns you today. He is able.

My thankfuls today:

30. I’m thankful for a pj afternoon yesterday.

31. I’m thankful for books that make me laugh.

32. I’m thankful for modern medicine that helps alleviate symptoms.

Love sees us. Pray on. Pray on.

 

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Bethlehem by night by Sengaska

Bethlehem by night by Sengaska

Good morning, friends,

Today finds me grateful for yesterday.  My world is spinning, my symptoms are intense today. However, yesterday, at church, at home, I was feeling better than I have in such a long time. Yesterday was a gift. Worshiping the God of heaven and earth brought our family such encouragement. There is an elderly woman at our church whom I always run to give her a hug. She always calls me honey and reminds me to stay encouraged. “I’m having surgery soon, honey, now I don’t want you to worry because I have the Lord by my side..” I love looking into her eyes and seeing such hope and love. She makes me think of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15:

42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal).

43 It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power.

44 It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.

Well, it is December 3rd, unbelievable how quickly this year has passed me by. I found a fabulous website that walks through the prophecies of the Old Testament about Jesus. I want to go through these prophecies on day at a time.

First, my thankfuls:

15. I’m thankful for Christmas music that points to my Savior. Normally, I kind of get tired of the music but this year I need all the reminders I can get. K-LOVE has a Christmas music station!

16. I’m thankful for Christmas cookies that my Mom and my kids made.

17. I’m thankful for our church and the community we share.

Views from Givat HaArbaa, near Hebron road, Jerusalem by Deror avi

Views from Givat HaArbaa, near Hebron road, Jerusalem by Deror avi

So, the first prophecy occurs in Genesis…

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her[a]Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. (Christ fulfills through his victory over Satan the wonderful promise here spoken. See also Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31; Rom. 16:20; Gal. 4:4; Rev. 12:17.)

The fulfillment:

Galatians 4:

But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,

To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to [a]atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons]. (Webster’s New International Dictionary offers this as a definition of “redeem.”)

Commentary from the  Precept Austin website:

Most conservative writers agree this is the Prot-evangelium (“First Gospel”), which

1) Prophesies hostility between “your seed” (Satan & unbelievers, cf Jn 8:44) and her Seed (Christ & all “in Christ” by faith)

2) Promises the good news that the woman’s seed (Christ) would crush the Devil’s head, a mortal wound spelling utter defeat on the Cross where Jesus forever triumphed over Sin, Satan & Death. Satan bruising of Messiah’s heel pictures His suffering.  Note God’s mercy to promise the Messiah before pronouncing sentence! The rest of the Old Testament proceeds to point ahead to the Seed, the Messiah.

W H Griffith Thomas writes that Genesis 3…

 “is the call of Divine justice, which cannot overlook sin. It is the call of Divine sorrow, which grieves over the sinner. It is the call of Divine love, which offers redemption for sin.” (Genesis, A Devotional Commentary)

So today, as you go about your day, remember you are His child. You were bought at a price. Now you have been adopted. You belong to the King of Kings. I’m so excited to walk through these prophecies together! Remain here all month and we will keep looking for Jesus through the Old Testament.

Pray on. Pray on.

 

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God of the universe


Zodiacal Light Seen from Paranal. by ESO/Y.Beletsky

Zodiacal Light Seen from Paranal. by ESO/Y.Beletsky

Good morning, beloved,

Sundays should not be grey. Sundays should break forth with beautiful sunrises and remind us to praise our Creator. I love all the ways God‘s beauty is revealed in grey days. Green grass is vibrant. The bare trees reveal the intricate beauty of each branch, it’s connection to the trunk. Christmas lights sparkle in the bushes and trees. The squirrels still jump from branch to branch in their chases. Birds still sing their praises. It’s all good.

This month our eyes focus on Jesus. His birth. Much of the world celebrates a Christmas of sorts that originated with our Savior’s birth. I always ask the Lord to reveal new to me. Every year I am never disappointed. Some years I have just reveled in the Son of God becoming a baby. Some years I wonder at the God’s announcement to the shepherds and how they were first to know. Some years I have been amazed with where Mary delivered the Savior.

This year, as I think I’ve mentioned, my eyes have turned to the prophecies in the Old Testament.

“In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].” Hebrews 1:1-2AMP

I’ve wanted my children to see the revelations for themselves. I’ve wanted to see the portions of Truth set forth. I want to hear God’s voice spoken to the forefathers (from a root signifying “a nourisher, protector, upholder“) and prophets (one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to human salvation. )

Not one word of our precious Scriptures was brought forth on man’s idea or thought. Each word was moved by the Spirit of God. Think of it, friends. We read the Bible, we hear His thoughts, His movements, His grandeur every time. We read a verse that we’ve heard our whole lives and we are not moved. We nod and say the verse but seriously, how often are we moved to remember it is His whisper, His voice?

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Ponder His love. Ponder the choice He made. Could we ever imagine giving up our precious children for such a sacrifice? Why did He do it? Why did He give so much?

He wants to spend eternity with us.

The God of the universe created the worlds, the reaches of space..He made, He arranged them in order, wants to have communion with me. With you.

So much to be thankful for today.

12. I’m thankful for bird feeders that bring little birds to our window.

13. I’m thankful for warm sweatshirts and socks that keep me warm.

14. I’m thankful for Christmas lights and people who decorate their houses.

Go to church today. Pray for your pastor. Be a part of community today. And always, pray on. Pray on.

 

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He’s here


 The Fairy of Eagle Nebula.by NASA

The Fairy of Eagle Nebula.by NASA

Good morning, friends,

I think I’m going to need to put an alarm on. Yesterday, my follow-up appointment with the neurologist…exhausted me.  I went to bed shortly after getting home.  I had a visitor come in and out until he went to bed. So cute.

Beginning with my thankfuls today,

7. I am so very thankful for the compassion and knowledge of my neurologist. I’m thankful she gave me her full attention and explained everything thoroughly.

8. I am very thankful that the tests I have undergone are normal..so no tumors, no surgery, no stroke.

9. I am very thankful a plan is in place and I can get to the business of healing.

I was up in the night thinking. Have you ever noticed when you think at night it never goes very well? I began worrying about my kids, my sedentary lifestyle, my husband..I was on a roll. Quite honestly, as I think through my rollercoaster, it was not a divine appointment or Spirit led. So finally my heart tuned to Him. I am so prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…

And then I began to pray, lo and behold, I fell back asleep.  Hence, the late rising this morning.

The Milky way. Picture by NASA

The Milky way. Picture by NASA

Where was God during my panic train wreck?  He was there.  We, ( ok, maybe just me but I doubt it…) I get so focused on today. I forget I am in a season, God has me here for purposes and reasons. His ways are always good, not always a “happy, giddy” good but a “molding me into looking like His Son” good.  When I take my eyes off the truth, the trainwrecks, the rollercoasters are horrible.

2 Peter 3:

The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [[a]material] elements [of the universe] will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.

11 Since all these things are thus [b]in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought [each of] you to be [in the meanwhile] in consecrated and holy behavior and devout and godly qualities,

12 While you wait and earnestly long for (expect and hasten) the coming of the day of God by reason of which the flaming heavens will be dissolved, and the [[c]material] elements [of the universe] will flare and melt with fire?

So I remember the TRUTH. I remember the Lord is extraordinarily patient. The day of the Lord is coming, yes. He is returning. He is coming for His children. Have I loved only my own world and worries or am I careful to proclaim the Truth of His Word?

Here’s more truth. The Lord does not delay.  What He promises, we can stand on the truth. We can hold tight to the knowledge that…

The Lord Is There

(yeh-ho-vaw’ shawm’-maw)
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Shammah occurs only once in Ezekiel 48:35.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Samma

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference:3074

Jehovah Shammah in the Septuagint:estai to onoma autês…the name thereof

Meaning and Derivation:Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as “there.” Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration.

Further references of the name Jehovah Shammah in the Old Testament:Eze 48:35

What can we learn from this Name? God is always revealing Himself. Unceasingly. What a phenomenal word.
God is here. Always.
That is truth to live by.
Pray on. Pray on.

 

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Shepherd


A seascape after sunset. Just north of Cabo da Roca, Portugal by Rnbc

Good morning, beloved,

I woke up earlier than usual today. I woke up to the song again.  And I found the version to share with you!

Then Biblegateway’s verses of the day made me smile ( I think God likes it very much when we give thanks, what do you think?)

Psalm 136: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 26 O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

Crepuscular rays, and their reflection. The image was taken in Golden Gate Park,San Francisco at Mallard Lake. by Brocken Inaglory

Did you notice a theme in the three verses? Mercy and loving-kindness.  I want to tell you something. If you look, you will see these two attributes all over your life. You have to train your eye to be looking, but you can find it and so can I.  Here are my next three, and by the way, I’m loving those who shared with me yesterday. What an encouragement!

4. I’m thankful for friends and family who read this blog and comment and love me to read to the end.

 

5. I’m thankful for coffee to sip while I study His Word in the quiet.

6. I’m thankful for the pain because in the pain, I understand His suffering just a bit and I love Him all the more for all the pain and agony He endured on our behalf.

How about you? What are you thankful for today? Write it down. Have your kids write it down. Ask your spouse. Let’s look at another name of God from the Blue Letter Bible.

The Lord My Shepherd

(yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-aw’)
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro’eh

TWOT Reference: 2185, 2186

Strong’s Reference:7462

Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint:kurios poimainei me…the Lord shepherds me

Meaning and Derivation:Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô’eh from which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined…Jehovah Raah…it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.”

Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament:Gen 48:15Gen 49:24Psa 23:1Psa 80:1

(yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-aw’)
The Lord My Shepherd
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro’eh

TWOT Reference: 2185, 2186

Strong’s Reference:7462

Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint:kurios poimainei me…the Lord shepherds me

Meaning and Derivation:Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô’eh from which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined…Jehovah Raah…it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.”

Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament:Gen 48:15Gen 49:24Psa 23:1Psa 80:1

Here are those verses that point to our LORD as the Shepherd:

Genesis 48: 15 Then [Jacob] blessed Joseph and said, God [Himself], before Whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac lived and walked habitually, God [Himself], Who has [been my Shepherd and has led and] fed me from the time I came into being until this day…

We can say the same. He leads us. He feeds us. He has been our Shepherd for the time I came into being and you too!

Genesis 49: 24 But his bow remained strong and steady and rested in the Strength that does not fail him, for the arms of his hands were made strong and active by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel…

Rested in the Strength that does not fail Him. Oh, my, thank You Lord for being my Strength. Thank you that we can rest and know You will never fail. God who makes us strong and active. Mighty God, Shepherd, Rock…

Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

I bet that is familiar to you.  When I think back on all the times I have stressed about finances, about feeding my family, about this worry or that, I cannot forget the exorbitant number of times that the Lord has provided, cared for, guided, shielded my family. Too many times to count..

Shepherd by JdeFrodo

 

This Christmas season, I was considering for my Bible study with my kids reviewing the story of Christmas as usual when as I was praying about it, the Lord, I’m sure of it, prompted me to consider another way. We are going to spend the month of December searching the Old Testament for prophecies about Jesus. I’m very, very excited.

Psalm 80: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You Who lead Joseph like a flock; You Who sit enthroned upon the cherubim [of the ark of the covenant], shine forth.

Lead us, Lord. Draw us close to You this day. Father, Shepherd, lead us as we go about our day. Prompt us, and may we hear Your voice calling us to do Your good work this day. May people see Your light shine forth in us. May we be a blessing for life to those whom we come into contact with this day.  We praise You and thank You for being our Shepherd, always.

Pray on. Pray on.

 

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Arching fountain of a Pahoehoe approximately 10 m high issuing from the western end of the 0740 vents, a series of spatter cones 170 m long, south of Pu‘u Kahaualea. Episodes 2 and 3 were characterized by spatter and cinder cones, such as Pu‘u Halulu, which was 60 m high by episode 3. by J.D. Griggs

Good morning, beloved,

Counting my blessings…this song popped into my head this morning. I cannot find a good version to share with you so, here are the lyrics:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Refrain

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Refrain

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Refrain

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count my blessings. My heart is heavy this morning. All the whispers of the evil one are haunting me. I am tired of being in pain today. So as I look to another day, the Lord has prompted me to count my blessings. He has not lifted the issues I am having, yet a wise friend counseled me yesterday to be quiet and be still. Oh, that is so hard for me! I have pushed and pushed myself these last few days because I just want to be better and I am paying for my over-exuberance.

So, here I am. Blech. So this song keeps going through my mind! Count my blessings and so I shall. I feel very prompted by the Lord to share three each day I blog. Then there will be a record of my thankfulness and my praise. I need the accountability when I keep looking into the pain and present instead of turning my eyes to Jesus, looking full in His wonderful face and the things of this world will go strangely dim, in the light of His glorious grace.

1. I am thankful for my two kids making pancakes this morning. I know that the kitchen may look like the effects of a tsunami but I remain grateful for their effort.

2. I am thankful for my husband having a job.

3. I am thankful for how the sun rising touches the branches and lights up the shadows. I am thankful for beautiful sunrises.

Want to join me? I am determined. Start with number one. Lets see how far I can go. I am very thankful for Ann Voskamp‘s book and her emails that help me to remember the beautiful.

I also am going to include a portion of a Blue Letter Bible study tool on the Names of God. Here is today’s.

Jehovah Nissi

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once in Exd 17:15.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Nisi; Jehovahnissi

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference:3071

Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint:kurios kataphugê mou…the Lord is my refuge

Meaning and Derivation:Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means “banner” in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel’s banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.

Further references of the name Jehovah Nissi in the Old Testament:Exd 17:15

1 Chronicles 16: Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.

So I am going to ask the Spirit of God to pour fresh over my household this morning. To lift my hands in grateful praise for all He has done and all He will do! Join me, turn on the music, write three things you are thankful for today..maybe share them with me? I could sure use the encouragement. God bless you today. Pray on. Pray.

 

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His Name, His praise


The Three Country Bridge at night in Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) next to the Tripoint near Basel (Switzerland).by Taxiarchos228

Good morning, friends,

I am home! It is good to be around my family once again. I come home still hurting, still dizzy and without answers, but I made the decision that I must learn how to cope. So I shall in the strength only the Lord can give me. I am thrilled to go to church this morning and be among my church family. We went to the grocery store as a family yesterday and had fun. I just kept grabbing my kids to hug them and love them. They were so cute with their conversations and happiness that Mom was coming home. As we drove home, we listened to one of our favorite books. It was just so good to be together. Joshua and D made us beautiful fire and we ate our dinner staring at the fire.

I went to bed early and had a boy join me. We listened to a podcast of a kids show in the dark. He would wake me every time I would drift off. :) It was good, good, good to be with my boy.

Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations. Psalm 100 AMP

 

As I talked with Joshua yesterday, this may be my cup. God may be giving me a new chapter filled with physical pain but huge blessings with family and friends. This is when I must remember that…

…Lord is God…I must know it deep in my soul. Recognize His breath in my life. He made me. He made you.

…We are His own. I love my family, my friends but I love even more knowing I am the Father’s kid.

…So we wake up, we walk into our day, we give thanks. We praise Him. We affectionately praise His name.

When I think about praising His name, this makes me think about many of His names that mean so much to me. :)

From the Blue Letter Bible,

“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven.” Psa 148:13

In the Old Testament times, a name was not only identification, but an identity as well. Many times a special meaning was attached to the name. Names had, among other purposes, an explanatory purpose (e.g., Nabal, whose name means “fool,” is the target of Abigail’s explanation to David: “For as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him:” - 1Sa 25:25). Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. When we study these names that He reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is. The meanings behind God’s names reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them.

Who is God to you?

Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father? We must be careful not to make God into an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd. God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His?

Hallowed be Your name?

To hallow a thing is to make it holy or to set it apart to be exalted as being worthy of absolute devotion. To hallow the name of God is to regard Him with complete devotion and loving admiration. God’s name is of the utmost importance (Neh 9:5); therefore we ought reserve it a position of grave significance in our minds and hearts. We should never take His name lightly (Exd 20:7Lev 22:32), but always rejoice in it and think deeply upon its true meaning.

Please take some time and look at this list on the link I gave you. Well, I’ll give it again. (The Names of God in the Old Testament)

What name means the most to you right now? Print it out. Dwell on the verses. Remind yourself again and again of the truth of God’s Word and the knowledge that God, our God is GOOD! His loving-kindness are FOREVER! He is faithful and true always.

Find a church this morning, beloved. Praise the One who has always existed and will always exist. Devote yourselves to the knowledge of His word. Pray on. Pray on.

The sea at Indre Fure, in the Stad peninsula. Selje municipality, Norway. by Frode Inge Helland

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Eye for an eye


 

en:Hohenzollern Castle is a castle about 50 km south of Stuttgart, Germany. It is considered the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, which emerged in the Middle Ages and eventually became German Emperors. by Sven Teschke, Büdingen

Good morning, beloved,

The Lord has so much to still work on through me. God isn’t finished with me yet. I think through past conversations and actions over the past few days and I cringe a bit. I want my words and actions to be guided by the Spirit of God and yet, as the Lord woke me this morning and walked me through these conversations, I saw much of me and not much of Him. I don’t just cringe a bit. I cringe copious amounts. So when the Lord shows us our weakness, what do we do? Can we cringe, hide and hope that everyone will forget? This is grace at work in my life. I can rescue relationships through God’s power and strength and restorative healing. Certainly not my own words or guidance but His love pouring out, we are all in business of restoration and building the body of Christ together.  When I read today’s passages, I knew and know the Lord had gentle. but firm wisdom in store for me. How about you?

Matthew 5

38 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.

39 But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]; but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too.

40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also.

41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two [miles].

42 Give to him who keeps on begging from you, and do not turn away from him who would borrow [at interest] from you.

The Tote road at sunrise The single track road past Tote cuts a big corner from the route between Uig and Dunvegan, as well as giving access to a few small settlements. Ahead this morning was a pretty dramatic and vibrant reflection of the sunrise in clouds apparently exploding from the snow covered Cuillin. by John Allan

 

You know what strikes me first about this passage? I’ve never studied Matthew 5 in such detail to notice the repetition and how Jesus wanted the Law to not be remade but given new understanding, shed new light. The Law was so well-known to His audience that, like us, it had become the wallpaper of their life. We have really ugly wallpaper in our kitchen. I forget until someone mentions it. It has faded into the background of life.

Yes, eye for an eye..you remember (just like I remember my wallpaper when someone reminds me). Jesus is saying, wait, it is so much more that! Don’t let this just fade into the background.

Let’s search around the OT for some insight:

Exodus 21:

23 But if any damage follows, then you shall give life for life,

24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25 Burn for burn, wound for wound, and lash for lash.

 

 

Leviticus 24:

17 And he who kills any man shall surely be put to death.

18 And he who kills a beast shall make it good, beast for beast.

19 And if a man causes a blemish or disfigurement on his neighbor, it shall be done to him as he has done:

20 Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has caused a blemish ordisfigurement on a man, so shall it be done to him.

21 He who kills a beast shall replace it; he who kills a man shall be put to death.

22 You shall have the same law for the sojourner among you as for one of your own nationality, for I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 19

15 One witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or any wrong in connection with any sin he commits; only on the testimony of two or three witnesses shall a charge be established.

16 If a false witness rises up against any man to accuse him of wrongdoing,

17 Then both parties to the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days.

18 The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely,

19 Then you shall do to him as he had intended to do to his brother. So you shall put away the evil from among you.

20 And those who remain shall hear and [reverently] fear, and shall henceforth commit no such evil among you.

21 Your eyes shall not pity: it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

There are so many issues that come to me, how about you?

  1. The Lord wrote the Law. Who can argue with Holy God?
  2. There is no shade of grey here. No question about what to do for an offense. No wonders. No trying to figure,
  3. God is the final judge. He will have the last say.
  4. When all of society understood these limits… Don’t you think?

So we circle back to the Sermon. There are going to be unintentional wounds, words, actions. People make mistakes, there are accidents. Yet, I believe Jesus is speaking to premeditation on the part of the other party involved with us. Look with me..

  1. Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]…
  2.  …anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too…
  3. …anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also…
  4. … anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two [miles]…

Friends, we are to let go. Give until it hurts and then keep going. The impact on the kingdom if we actually we were changed by these words in our daily life. The courts would be empty. I’ll let Paul say it:

Romans 12

17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.

18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.

20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.

21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.

Well, it’s time to get ready for church and start our morning. Live at peace. Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

 

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