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.

417532428

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.

hebrew-word-studyzone

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.

jesus-lion-in-israel-jesus-20779492-365-400
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).

3. Obed-Edom: Available on Short Notice

Read this and enjoyed the depth of perception. Enjoy!

Has Your Hope Failed In An Embarrassing Way?

“And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord God. ” Ezekiel 16:62,63. 

who i was

Ashamed, bush, Strong’s # 954–To be ashamed, shamed, disappointed, or embarrassed. Some of its derivatives are busha (Shame) and boshet, which is translated “Shame,” but refers to an idol. The idol itself was considered a shame or an embarrassment.

An idol also guaranteed that its worshippers would eventually be shamed and greatly disappointed in their choice of an object of worship (1 Samuel 5:1-5)

Dagon, the honored fish; A national idol and god of the Philistines it had the head, arms and body of a man, but the body terminated in a fish; (roots= 1-fish; 2 to increase; to multiply). More on this in another post.

Bosh is used for the sense of disappointment one experiences when one’s hope fails in an embarrassing way; (1 Samuel 5:1-5) but those who trust in the Lord shall never be ashamed (Ps.25:2, 3; Joel 2:26,27).

In our text being ashamed is the result of remembering the path we walked before coming into God’s covenant (Vs. 62) and realizing that our deeds necessitated the atonement.

Stir up the Gift

So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius. Haggai 1:14 NKJV.

rebuild

 

Stirred up, ‘ur, Strong’s # 5782 To awaken, stir up, excite, raise up; to incite; to arose to action; to open one’s eyes. In the OT, ‘ur is used of an eagle stirring up its nest (Deut. 32:11) and of a musical instrument being awakened or warmed up for playing (Ps. 108:2). In Isaiah 50:4, the Lord awakens the prophet each morning and “awakens” his ear to hear God’s message.

The present reference is similar: God wakes up the spirit of Zerubbabel, inciting him to repair God’s temple. The message of Haggai the prophet (vs.13) is complemented by the direct activity of God who stirred up in cold hearts a renewed desire for doing His will. The builders began to work again with renewed energy.

How long is Ever?

For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God Forever and ever. Micah 4:5 NKJV. godofthisworld

Walking in the name of one’s god indicates identification with that deity (John 14:30). Because human beings are dependent, they take on their deity’s manners and are unashamed to have their name associated with him or her as followers. The faithful boldly assert that the only true God is their God, the Lord (Yahweh).

Ever, ‘ad, Strong’s # 5703- Everlastingness, perpetuity; eternity, evermore, forever; time passing on and on; world without end; for all time forward; continually. First mentioned in Exodus 15:18: “The Lord shall reign forever and ever” (compare Ps. 10:16; Isa. 45:17).

God dwells eternally in Zion (Ps.132:14). God inhabits “eternity” (Isa.57:15). In our text Micah 4:5, Israel vows that they will own Him as their God Le’Olam Ve’Ad, forever and forever.

In Psalm 132:11, 12 ‘ad describes the length of time that the throne of David shall be occupied by his royal seed: “forevermore.” In Isaiah 9:6, Messiah is called “Everlasting Father,” which is in Hebrew,  ‘Abi-Ad, literally “Father of Eternity,” that is, the architect, builder, begetter, producer, and creator of the ages to come.

only  imagine

Poor and Needy.

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 70:5 NKJV.

demoniac

Needy, ‘ebyon, Strong’s # 34. One in need; a destitute, lacking or poor individual. In the Law, God required that the poor should be treated justly (Ex. 23:6). The prophets strongly condemned those who crush or oppress needy persons (Ezek. 22:29-31; Amos 4:1).

God is the special Protector of the needy (Isa. 25:4). Jesus announced, “The poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matt.11:5). One of the earliest groups of Jewish followers of Jesus adopted the name “Ebionites” (‘ebyon-ites), that is, “The poor ones.”

For the Lord hears the poor, and does not despise His prisoners (Ps.69:33). Jesus’ ministry was to the poor and to the prisoners (Luke 4:18).

They delighted in the fact that their needy state prepared them to see the riches of the gospel and the treasure that is the Lord Jesus.

 

 

Who Is Your Daddy?

A Father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5 NKJV.

Father, `ab, Strong’s # 1. Father; forefather, producer of a certain thing. A very simple word, `ab is supposed to be one of the first words a baby can speak. The Aramaic form of `ab is `abba, which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli Children use for “daddy.”

FatherToTheFatherlessHisNameIsTheLord

Jesus applied this toddler’s word to His divine Father (Mark 14:36). The Holy Spirit teaches us to call God “Abba” (Rom. 8:15). The Bible is full of many compound names for example, `Abraham “Father of a Multitude”; `Abimelech, “My Father is King”; Yoab (Joab), “Yahweh Is a Father”; and `Abshalom (Absalom), “Father of Peace.”

Sometimes `ab  does not mean physical father so much as it does architect, builder, creator, and the one who causes something to be. So, a “father of evil” is someone who produces evil. Jesus described Satan as the “father of lies.”

`Abi-`ad can be applied to Jesus as “creator” and “producer” in His title as “Everlasting Father,” or more literally, the “Father of Eternity” (Isa.9:6).  Who is your Daddy, how big is your Daddy?

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries