Can we say, “We joyfully accepted the plundering of our goods?”

Not in America, certainly not in our churchs.The plundering is coming ready or not. Can we say what the Apostle Paul wrote in the tenth chapter of Hebrews?

But recall the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and enduring possession for your selves in heaven. Hebrews 10:32-36.

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Endurance, hupomone, Strong’s # 5281: Constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. The word combines hupo, “under,” and mone, “to remain.”

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Hupomone is associated with hope. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father 1 Thess. 1:3 NKJV.

Hupomone refers to the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. It is the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.

What do you think?

God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

Aside

Some see, some hear, yet, the mystery remains

 

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the *mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11, 12 NKJV

*Mystery, secret or hidden truth. depths of jesus

Mystery, musterion, Strong’s # 3466 from mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries,” a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. As New Testament initiates the word means something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God.

The secret thoughts, plans, dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” means that kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in His words and works, a kingdom which began to penetrate the human situation in a new way in and through His ministry, which continues to do so through the Body of Christ.

Only by faith can one recognize in the lowly figure of Jesus of Nazareth, the manifestation of God’s rule.

In nonbiblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced (Occult). In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26). NT musterion focuses on Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection, and dynamic ascension.

 

Can a mortal be more righteous than God?

Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his maker? Job 4:17 NKJV.

Mortal, enosh, Strong’s # 582: A man, a mortal; man in his frailty, limitation, and imperfection. Anash is a verb, meaning “to be frail, sick, weak and sad.” Enosh is one of the four primary Hebrew words for man.

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If adam is man as a species, ish is man as an individual citizen, and geber is man at the height of his manly power, then enosh is man as a basically weak creature.

Enosh occurs more than 550 times in the OT and often is simply an alternate term for adam. Yet sometimes the original connotation persists, such as in question in Psalm 8:4, “What is man (enosh) that You are mindful of him?”

In Daniel 7:13, the Aramaic equivalent bar’ enash (Son of Man) is a messianic term. The Lord Jesus repeatedly called Himself “the Son of Man.” He identified with the human race in its weakness, yet rises to a position of everlasting strength.

Are you Happy or Blessed?

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:17 KJV.

“If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:17 NKJV.

It is interesting to see how we can easily invite the world’s ways into our definitions especially in the translation of God’s Word.

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From Etymology Dictionary: happy (adj.)

late 14c., “lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous circumstances, prosperous;” of events, “turning out well,” from hap (n.) “chance, fortune” + -y (2). Sense of “very glad” first recorded late 14c. Meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from 1520s. Old English had eadig (from ead “wealth, riches”) and gesælig, which has become silly. Old English bliðe “happy” survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant “wise.”

Happy medium “the golden mean” is from 1702. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can’t be dug up and eaten.

Blessed, makarios, Strong’s #3107, blessed, possessing the characteristic of deity, Makariotes. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ (Mt.5:3-11: “Blessed … for my sake;” Lk. 6:20-22, “blessed… for the Son of Man’s sake”). He is indwelt by God because of Christ and as a result is fully satisfied.

Makarios differs from happy because happy is the person who has good luck (from the root hap, favorable circumstances). A blessed person is one whom God makes fully satisfied, not because of favorable circumstances, but because He indwells the believer through Christ.

To be makarious, blessed, is equivalent to having God’s kingdom within one’s heart (Mt. 5:2, 11; Lk.17:21). Makarios is the one who is in the world yet independent of the world; his satisfaction comes from God and not from favorable circumstances.

Alright fess up all those rabbit’s foots!

Have You Seen God’s Glory?

And He said, “Please show me Your glory.” Exodus 33:18 NKJV.

Moses’ passionate plea to see God’s glory is one of the most intimate encounters between a man and God ever recorded. Moses records for us his expressed desire to see God’s glory (literally “weight”) that is, the inner reality that makes God who He is.

Moses hungered for something more than a display of God’s power, or even the warmth of His presence, he longed for something more: Moses wanted an intimate knowledge of God Himself!

How did God reply? He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and manifested His glory, so Moses was not only exposed to the light of the divine afterglow, but enraptured by the fullness of His Person—His character; the One who is compassionate, gracious, and just (Ex.34:6,7).A%20Prayer%20For%20the%20Glory%20of%20God%20~%20Exodus%2033_18%20ESV%20'Please%20Show%20me%20your%20Glory'%20Moses%20sees%20the%20Glory%20of%20GOD

We see that Moses had received God’s promises (vs.2), seen God’s power and been guaranteed God’s presence (vs.14). Moses wanted God’s Person—the only reality that will ever evoke a lasting sense of wonder and fulfillment with lasting satisfaction.

In a more complete definition of His name, the Lord God defines Himself in terms of eight characteristics displayed to Moses.

Ex.34:6, 7. And the Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

Is the Lord God approachable?

Is Avon calling?

If you Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? Ps.130:3 NKJV.

Iniquities, avon, Strong’s #5771 : Evil, fault, sin, iniquities, guilt, blame, moral illness, perversion, crookedness, wickedness and rebellion.  Avon is derived from avah, to “bend” or “distort.”

So iniquity is the “evil bent” within human beings, or the “crooked” direction or warped deeds of sinners. Avon occurs more than 220 times in the O.T.

Its first mentioned in Genesis 4:13, where Cain finally understands the enormity of his deed and states, “My punishment (iniquity) is greater than I can bear.” Knowing that iniquity is something too heavy to be borne by fallen humanity, God promised that His Suffering Servant would bear the iniquities of His people.bull

A Door of Hope

The prophet Hosea in the book named after him describes the characteristic social conditions of his day: corrupt leaders, unstable family life, widespread immorality, class hatred, and poverty. Though people continued a form of worship, idolatry was more and more the accepted norm. The Shepard’s (leaders) were failing to guide the people into ways of righteousness.

In the midst of Israel’s trouble God’s love is manifested in a word spoken to Israel. He will transform the Valley of Achor (Trouble) into the “door of Hope.”

“Therefore, behold I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness (not a place of punishment but a place of privacy) and speak comfort (her heart) to her.

I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”  Hosea 2:14, 15. NKJV. hosea2

Hope, tiqvah, Strong’s # 8615: hope; expectation; something yearned for anticipated eagerly; something for which one waits. Its original meaning was “to stretch like a rope.” In Joshua 2:18,21, it is translated “Line” or “cord”; Rahab was instructed to tie a scarlet tiqvah (cord or rope) in her window as her hope of rescue.

Yahweh Himself is the hope of the godly (Ps. 71:5). Here God’s blessing on His land will transform the Valley of Achor (“trouble”) into the “Door of Hope.” Achor means “Trouble”, and was the scene of Achan’s sin (Josh. 7:26). God redeems situations, bringing present hope in the place of previous trouble.   

Two Things Are Never Satisfied.

…“So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied: yet you have not returned to Me, “says the Lord. Amos 4:8 NKJV.

Satisfied, sabe’a, Strong’s #7646: To be filled with satisfaction; to sate (overabundance, glut, indulge to full) satiate, fill, supply abundantly. Related words appear in Gen. 41:29, seven years of “plenty”; in Job 42:17, Job died when satisfied with his long life(“full of days”); in Ps. 16:11, “fullness” of joy is found in God’s presence; and in Isa. 23:18, God’s people may eat “sufficiently.”never satisfied22

The most common usage of sabe’a concerns being filled with food or drink until one is satisfied. According to Proverbs 27:20, two things that are never satisfied are hell and man’s eyes.

 

Are you in the Word enough so that it is converting your soul?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… Psalm 19:7 NKJV.

That the “law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. psalm nineteenseven

The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. There are two terms generally used to describe these features of God’s Word:

  1. Inerrant (perfect) means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over centuries has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past are essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its actually remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)
  2. Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (Life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:3), because His Word reveals His truth (17:17), and because God cannot lie (Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb.6:18).

 

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