Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Daniel ... so, what's in a name?


Agapetos,

What is really in a name? And, does it matter?

In western society today a name is nothing more than a mere reference, an identifier for a specific individual ... much like a number in the army. Beyond this point there hardly exist any other qualities or use for a name and it certainly has no spiritual or prophetic quality.

Well, does it in other cultures?

Certainly, YES!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wheat, Wine & Oil


Charitoo,

I'm sure you have noticed that nothing is in the Word of God merely for the sake of filling the pages or for any insignificant reason. Every word and letter, every sentence and sequence of letters, words and sentences, every single one along with the whole, is placed exactly in the appropriate and appointed spot to reveal Yah'shua, our Christ and to give Him glory. HalleluYAH!

Have you noticed the sequence of God's words when He talks about blessings?

It is most always in the same sequence (Gen 27:37, Deu 33:28,
Hos 2:8, Joe 2:19,Neh 5:11, Jer 31:12, Hag 1:11, Neh 10:39, etc.) in the old covenant with regards to what we consume (receive), followed by other material blessings.

It always talks first about the wheat (bread, barley, corn, grain), secondly about the wine (vineyard, grapes, vine) and thirdly about the oil (dew, olive oil) Although, at times the oil is mentioned first ... for a reason.

Why?

... and why the sequence?

The sequence is introduced to us the first time in Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Bread and wine. It is Melchizedek who brings to Abram bread and wine. Who is Melchizedek? Correctly translated His name means King of Righteousness. 

Who is the King of Righteousness by Whose deaht we became the righteousness of God?

Yah'shua (Jesus) of cause! 

He brings the bread (His body) and wine (His blood)!

Bread is lechem (food for man, to nurture and build) or dâgân (increase, become stronger) - in reference (prophecy) to the body of Yah'shua (Jesus). His body was crushed for our healing.

Wine should be afforded a little more attention, since the Hebrew has several words for wine each descriptive of another kind of wine. Let's look at three of them:

  • yayin - fermented or intoxicating wine. From an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication: - banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber]. Gen 9:21  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
  • shêkâran intoxicant, that is, intensely alcoholic liquor: - strong drink, drunkard, strong wine usually mixed with other substances. Jdg 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.
  • tı̂yrôsh - in the sense of expulsion (squeezed); must or fresh grape juice (as just squeezed out); (new, sweet) wine. Gen 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.
The wine (tı̂yrôsh) refers (prophecy) to the freshly squeezed blood of Yah'shua on the cross that was spilled for our redemption, the seal on the New Testament that proclaims our righteousness and sanctifies us. That's why Yahshua says in Mat 9:17  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles - the Gospel of Grace (new) can not be placed or mixed with the old in the old container (the law, Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away). 

Oil is yitshâr referring to oil: (as producing light); anointing; anointed, oil or shemen richness: - anointing, fat, fruitfulness, oil, ointment, olive, to make shine. 2Ch 32:28 says: Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.

Oil speaks of our blessings because of Yah'shua. Refer to a certain type of Yah'shua - the son-of-promise, Isaac or yitschâq (see the resemblance with yitshâr)?  It also speaks about the Holy Spirit, the Latter Rain. The precious Gift from heaven Who brings to our remembrance all that the Former Rain (Yah'shua) has taught us and even show us things to come. It refers to a very Special Anointing, the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Truth poured out upon us, the very Breath of God blown into us. HalleluYAH!

Interestingly, in the Hebrew the word rain and teacher has the same base word yârâh - meaning to water, properly flow, teach, transmit, lay forth, instruct, inform. How beautiful the footsteps of Him who brings us both the Former and Latter Teacher (Hos 6:3, Joe 2:23, Zec 10:1, Deu 11:14, etc.)

Now these verses make a whole lot of sense:

From the old covenant as a prophecy onto both teachers:
Deu 11:14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

From the New Testament as prophecy fulfilled of both teachers:
Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 

Now contemplate again 1Co 11:23-30:

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily [not distinguishing the body of Yah'shua from His blood], shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself [see that you are righteous], and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily [not distinguishing the body of Yah'shua from His blood], eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

You are utterly blessed!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Is your Kardia at Rest?


Charitoo, 

let us again consider attentively the goodness of God from Heb 4:11-12. These verses are loaded and elaborate to the extreme and sings eloquently about our abiding Spirit of Power and of Love, the Spirit of Yah'shua! 

I place the explanation from the Greek in [brackets].

Let's see:

Heb 4:11-12 KJV
Verse 11 - 
Let us labour [spoudazo: endeavour,  hasten, give diligence] 
therefore to enter into that rest [Jesus]
lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Verse 12 - 
For the word [Jesus] of God is quick [zaō - to live, breathe, be among the joyful living]
and powerful [energēs - active],
and sharper [tomōteros - more keen, ready to strike again and again]
than any twoedged sword [mache: fight, strife, battle, dispute - our mountains or problems], 
piercing [diikneomai: penetrating or going through] 
even to the dividing asunder [merismos: division,  partition,  cleave,  separate] 
of soul [psuche: breathe or foundation of life, immortal soul] 
and spirit [pneuma: the essence of breath of life, the work of he Holy Spirit],
and of the joints [harmos: articulation, same base word as for powerful war chariot] 
and marrow [muelos:deepest fluidity]
and is a discerner [kritikos: skillful in judging,  decisive] 
of the thoughts [enthemesis: ponder, thinking, consideration, deliberation]
and intents [ennoia, act of thinking, meditation,  understanding, manner of feeling, moral understanding] 
of the heart [kardia: centre of spiritual life].

Truely our fight is not against flesh and blood (...it is more likely in our minds rather than anywhere else). 

The Word of God, Jesus, like a mighty war chariot separates our troubles and cares and issues, the things we ponder upon constantly, from us.  So that, instead, we would be coming to Him, our Rest. Entering our Rest! 

This should be our only endeavour. 

HE IS OUR KARDIA.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Tempted to blame?


Charitoo,

Ministering to people in hospitals I sometimes get this very tragic response that the reason for them being sick was to build their character, to test their faith ... that there was a purpose behind it all for their lives, etc. etc.

What a lot of Crap! 

They were probably spoon fed these lies and deceptions by some or other religious pharisee without a conscience!

The Word makes it very clear in James 1:13-16:
 
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 

Do not err, my beloved brethren. 

You are confused, You are ascribing the works of the enemy to a loving Father from Whom Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jas 1:17
  
If Father God tempts you ... why then did He send Jesus to the cross?

If He even allows it ... why then did He make Jesus pay the full price?

Let me tell you dear friend: Jesus paid the full price to win back the authority for all human kind to stand in authority against all the works of the evil one and it is your duty to resist the devil and he SHALL flee from you! Amen!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Opened eyes and epignosko ...

What is all the Bible, each and every scripture, sentence, word, full stop about?

Well, its ALL about Jesus ... relationship, intimacy with Jesus. Don't take my word for it. See what Jesus says:

Luk 24:27
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

During His journey and stay with the two on their way to Emmaus, Jesus revealed Himself by opening their eyes [dianoigõ - to open, divide thoroughly, as a man opens a womb, to open the mind] to them so that they knew [epiginōsko - knew Him intimately even as a man has intimacy with a woman] Him.

That's how close He gets. His hearts desire for you!

In verse 27 Yah'shua "expounded" [literally exposed, translated to their own understanding] Himself  in all scriptures. The law and the prophets had only one purpose ... and now that that Pupose was fulfilled: "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Heb 8:13

The response can only be: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" Luk 24:32

... and how did this happen? With the breaking of the bread - His body - verse 35 says: He was known [ginosko - intimate knowing] to them in the breaking of the bread. 
HalleluYAH! 
Praise be to Yah'shua!
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