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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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?

It is time for Close Order Drill! Left, Right, Left!

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3  NKJV.

Agreed, ya’ad, Strong’s # 3259: to fix upon by appointment or agreement. To meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage), to agree (make an).

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In Amos’s question, the word “together” means to walk as a unit, as one. Two people walk to the same destination at the same pace and with the same rhythm. They also must have “agreed” to take the walk of unity, as unit with oneness.

Amos is not talking about a chance meeting between people taking a stroll, who decide to saunter together. The root word in Hebrew is “agreed” is to “fix upon,” and also means “a summons to a set tribunal at a fixed time and place.” The same word is translated “to betroth,” indicating a mutual commitment.

So the meaning is, “How can two walk in oneness unless they have met and go in the same direction?” Now we are at the heart of Amos’s prophecy. God elected Israel to be His people, but they were not walking in oneness with Yahweh. In fact, they were heading in different directions! They were not walking the walk, or talking the talk.

Amos is quick to point out the inconsistencies in the people’s attitude toward the hungry, the poor, and the disadvantaged. It is a mockery to say we belong to God and then not walk with Him. There can be no unity with one another until we all walk with God.

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