Great rewards are laid up for those who fear and trust the Lord.

Oh, how great is your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust You in the presence of the sons of men!  Ps. 31:19 NKJV.  2mountainshomesinvalley

Great, rab, Strong’s #7227: Great, abundant, many, large in number, of major importance; chief, weighty, significant, noble, princely. It’s from the verb rabab, “to become numerous or great.”

The title rabbi is a derivative of rab. Rabbi has been defined as “my teacher,” a more exact explanation is that it means “my great one” (full of knowledge) or “my master” (great instructor). This is the reason our Lord did not allow His followers to be called by this lofty title: He stressed that we can have but one Rabbi,  and that must be the Messiah only (Matthew 23:8).

That God has laid up goodness (rewards) for those who fear (reverence) and trust (lean on) Him is confirmed by Jesus In Matthew 5:11,12.

The world bullies Israel, but God is the Redeemer of Israel.

Awake, awake! put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise, sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!…Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.  Isaiah 52:1,2, 9 NKJV.


Redeemed, ga’al, Strong’s # 1350. Ransom, redeem, and repurchase; to set free by avenging or repaying. God is the Redeemer of Israel (Isa. 43:1-3), repurchasing them from slavery (Sin).

Ga’al refers to the custom of buying back something a person has lost through helplessness, poverty, or violence. Furthermore, the one who does the redeeming is often a close relative who is in a stronger position and buys back the lost property on behalf of his weaker relative (Ruth 4:1-7).

Psalm 72 is universally understood as speaking of the Messiah; v. 14 states “He will redeem [ga’al] the life of the needy from oppression and violence.” In Isaiah 52:9, God redeems Jerusalem, buying it back from its oppressors on behalf of His people.

The biblical view of redemption is extremely wide, for God has pledged to redeem the whole creation, which currently groans in bondage (Romans 8:20-23).


Does God Still Heal, Or, Is It All On Doctors?

23. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”25.  So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15: 23-26 NKJV.     Please note: verse 25 states that after Moses cried out the Lord is speaking from the rest of the verse and 26. Exodus-15-26

Heals, rapha, Strong’s # 7495: To cure, heal, repair, mend, restore health. Its participial form rophe’, “one who heals,” is the Hebrew word for doctor. The main idea of the verb rapha is physical healing.

Some have tried to explain away the biblical teaching of divine healing, but all can see that this verse speaks of physical diseases and their divine cure. The first mention of rapha’ in the Bible (Gen, 20:17) refers unquestionably to the cure of a physical condition, as do references to healing from leprosy and boils (Lev. 13:18; 14:3).

Scripture affirms, “I am Yahweh your physician.”

The Old Testament Healing Covenant.

This verse is widely referred to as the OT Divine Healing Covenant. It is called a “covenant,” because in it God promises He will keep His people free from diseases and conditions the promise upon their diligent obedience.

The words used in our text for “diseases” Hebrew (Makhaleh) and “heals” Hebrew (rapha) are used for physical sickness and bodily healing. This is not only a spiritual concept, but also an intensely physical one.

The covenant is made absolutely certain by the fact that God joins His mighty name to the promise, calling Himself Yahweh-Rapha, meaning “the Lord who heals.” Here God reveals His nature to be the Healer to those who obey His word—to recover to health and to sustain in health.

If under the former covenant bodily healing was pointedly included with the Father’s many other benefits, we can rejoice and rest in faith. The New Covenant “Glory” exceeds everything of the Old (2 Cor. 3:7-11), and we can be certain that God, in Christ, has made a complete provision for the well-being of our total person.


This is post number 400 for Cracked-Pot.

A Word from the Lord.

“This is the word of the Lord Zerubbabel: ‘not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it!’” Zechariah 4:6, 7 NKJV. Zechariah-4_6-
Might, chayil, Strong’s #2428. Strength, power, force, might (especially an army); valor, substance, wealth. Its basic meaning is force, especially military strength. It may refer to the power of accumulated goods, that is, “wealth,” as in Deut 8:17.
In some instances chayil is translated “valor,” especially when describing a military man (Judg. 3:29). In the present reference, God informs the rebuilder of the temple that the task would not be accomplished through the force of an army (chayil) nor through the muscular power or physical stamina of the workman; rather, it would be accomplished by the empowering of the Holy Spirit of God.
When the temple is completed, all will acknowledge its beauty and realize it is not the result of human achievements, but rather, of God’s grace and more grace.


O Lord Correct Me, but with Justice…

O Lord correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24 NKJV.jeremiah10_24

Correct, yasar, Strong’s # 3256—to chasten, correct, instruct; to reform someone. This verb refers to the discipline and correction necessary to moral training.

As a new recruit back in the stone age Marine Corp boot camp (1964-1968). There were several recruits who refused instruction and were sent to the “motivation platoon” a platoon (group of guys) whose purpose was to bring discipline and correction by manual labor.

These fellas were given a sixteen pound sledge hammer made of steel. They ran in formation out to a pile of huge boulders facing the Pacific Ocean. They spent eight hours a day breaking boulders, for a month. Some grasped the concept quickly and others stayed a while longer. They all returned with rock hard bodies that would shame “Planet Fitness,” and amazingly very “Gung Ho.”

Moses told Israel in Deut. 8:5, that “as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.” Some individuals cannot be corrected by words alone (Proverbs 29:19) like above.

Yasar may involve tough measures, as with whips (1 Kings 12:11) —- oh my gosh a whole row of liberals just past out! Or, a teaching technique by itself, as in the case of a musical director who instructed the Levitical musicians (1 Chronicles 15:22).

From yasar is derived the noun musar, “Instruction.”


Creation not in Vain.


For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18 NKJV. hot stuff

 In Vain, tohu, Strong’s # 8414- A formless, chaotic mess, a waste, a worthless thing, emptiness and desolation, for no purpose, for nothing.

First mention of this word is found in Gen.1:2, “The earth was without form (tohu), and void (bohu).” Tohu and its rhyming synonym bohu are coupled to describe a scene of disorder, confusion, and lack of arrangement.

However, the Lord brought order out of chaos, as Genesis (and our present earth) testifies. In many other places tohu refers to a howling waste, a trackless wilderness, a scene of utter disarray, desolation, and barrenness. Tohu suggests “Sheer emptiness” as opposed to order and balance.


God is Zealous and Jealous over Jerusalem.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts; I am zealous for Zion with great jealousy, with great fervor I am zealous for her.” Zec. 8:2 NKJV.

Zealous, qanah, Strong’s # 7065: to be zealous, filled with zeal, full of emotion; to be passionate; also to be jealous or envious; to be highly possessive of something.
Qanah and its derivatives appear approximately 90 times in O.T. often in the context of the Lord’s becoming provoked to jealousy by flirtations of His people with false gods.
Qanah is not a negative word, though, as it is the zeal of the Lord that will bring about the Messiah’s eternal reign (Isa.9:7). The central meaning is jealousy (in a negative sense) and zeal (in a positive sense).
In a very real way, severing the one flesh(Gen. 2:24) was a form of murder, and adultry was punishable by death (lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22). Using the marriage modal, God is often depicted in the O.T. as the Husband of Israel. He is a jealous God (Ex.20:5).
Every nation has its plans for Jerusalem; God, too, has His plans (Zec.8:3-15), which must overrule all human schemes. God promises to return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain (Zec.8:3).

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