Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Gospel dancing on the mountains!


Have you ever looked at those very busy pictures, overthrown with an extreme hype of activity to try and find Waldo?

Although it may take the discerned fan some time to locate Waldo, it's fun, because you know that Waldo is there ... somewhere, usually not even hiding but in plain sight. 

This is exactly how we ought approach God's Word.

Look for Jesus!

Jesus, Yah'shua, is the very object of the Bible. The whole Bible is all about Him. And all of Jesus is all about you.

So, when spending time in the old covenant (before the cross), I usually look for Jesus in every verse. He is there to be found ... always! And when I find Him, I find me.

I was reading Nahum, one of the so-called lesser-prophets, the other day and was absolutely mind-boggled over the detail of God's Word revealing Jesus and our very own purpose and being in Him.

Nahum means comfort. His name is very appropriate since he was called to comfort the people (Israel - those preserved by God) showing them that God, YHVH, would destroy their adversaries. He prophesies over Assyria and the deliverance of Israel and their vile intimacy with the pagan Baal gods and idols of Assyria - Tyre and Nineveh. Israel's yoke of worship to these during the reign of Israel kings Omri, Ahab and his evil wife, Jezebel, is the main theme.

Incidentally, a village was named after Nahum. The village is known in the time of Jesus as Capernahum, the very village (of comfort) were Jesus spend many of His early years preparing for the appointed time.

Through Nahum, God is saying that He has a holy wrath against the enemy of His beloved.
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Nah 1:2  
God's wrath is never for His beloved.

Yet, the object of my astonishment was not God's plan with the enemy fulfilled on the cross, but rather in His expressed love and good tidings found in the subsequent verse 15:
Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! 
This verse took me to Isaiah 52:7 quoting Nahum and revealing by the Spirit of YHVH:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! 
You see, the prophet Isaiah is not merely quoting and declaring a truth. He is Proclaiming and revealing God's heart for the most intimate relationship with his beloved.

Let's consider the verse carefully.

The Hebrew word for feet is rehgel and means: Him who moves, comes forth, takes action, implicitly Jesus! Feet are rehgel or רגל with pictograph: man lift up authority - pointing to Yah'shua or he who comes in the name of Yah'shua declaring His goodness!

The Hebrew word for Mountain is har or הר with pictograph: reveal (exposed) man or frail man and it points to that which exposes man or what stands against man in his fallen state. These are the mountains Yah'shua speaks of that we should talk to when they are standing in our way.

The Hebrew word for Good tidings is the word bâśar or בּשׂר with pictograph: House consume (received in) man - in other words: God finds a home when received in man. God tabernacling at first amongst man and then in man. This is Holy Spirit - talk. 
Good tidings = the Gospel = Good News = the Power of God onto Salvation!

The Hebrew word for Peace is shâlôm or שׁלם with pictograph: take up authority mighty flow. It points towards man's origonal design to rule and have dominion on earth whilst being in the Rest of YHVH.

The Hebrew word for Salvation here is Yeshua (same as the Hebrew pronunciation for Jesus, Yah'shua), or יְשׁוּעָה with the pictograph: the hand consumed by the nail revealed by grace pointing in no uncertain terms, directly to Jesus.

So, let's read it in full [me including in brackets]:

How beautiful upon the mountains [that which expose and make man fragile by placing itself against man] are the feet [lifting up in authority] of him that bringeth good tidings [revealed Spirit of God in him], that publisheth peace [taking up the mighty flow of authority in the Rest of YVHV]; that bringeth good tidings of good [bringing revelation of His Goodness], that publisheth salvation [Yah'shua - God revealed]; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Paul then emphasizes well talking about the Gospel in Romans:
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Rom 10:15  
Truely, the Gospel is the power of God onto Salvation! Rom 1:16

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