There is a worship phenomena sweeping the globe at present referred to simply as "The Blessing". It is based on the very ancient Aaronic blessing given by Adonia and recorded in the book of Numbers.
Let's look at the word picture:
"bless": to bend the knee for the redemption of an individual, (household, town, city, state or nation).
To bend the knee is to assume a posture of humility.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Is it possible that Yahweh is offering us a unique opportunity, in the midst of this current global crisis, to bend the knee and see the redemption of individuals, households, towns, cities, states and nations.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.
The word picture for wisdom is: to bend the knee to the yoke, opening the womb of Yahweh's revelation.
What prompted me to look at the word wisdom was some insightful teaching from Elizabeth Enlow on Wisdom as relationship with Holy Spirit. Here is the link to that teaching http://podcast.johnnyandelizabeth.com/ . You will need to scroll down to 19th April 2020 for the first of this six part teaching.
Here is one of Elizabeth's observations: "Humility causes us to partner with Holy Spirit as Wisdom moment by moment to discover the right or wrong next step, thought or perspective. When we live partnered with Holy Spirit, with Wisdom, we must embrace sufficient humility to want His help, to want to know the right or wrong next thing to think or perceive or a step to take."
When we view the above through the lens of our word picture we see that " to bend the knee" is humility. The yoke is " to partner with Holy Spirit as wisdom". Opening the womb of Yahweh's revelation is: "moment by moment to discover the right or wrong next step, thought or perspective".
It is my prayer for you, in these challenging days, that the God of Yeshua, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
When we read the word blind; or blinded as we see it in the above Scripture, we tend to immediately think it refers to being unable to see.
However, the Hebrew concept of being blinded is to have your seeing bound to the negative.
You can see just fine, but you are passing all that you see through a filter of negativity.
As believers, if we allow our seeing to be bound to the negative, then we will fail to see the light of the Father shining in the midst of the current chaos of darkness.
Genesis 26:1,12 & 13
There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;
Here we are living through a modern day expression of "famine".
Interestingly, one of the word picture meanings behind famine is: trembling inside the house (body).
This trembling inside, at its zenith, manifests in verbal and physical violence towards others.
Isaac found himself in the a famine and in the midst of it God caused him to prosper, continue prospering until he became very prosperous.
The word picture behind prosper, which in Hebrew is gadal, is: to lift up a way of life that teaches heart knowledge.
Whilst Isaac was blessed materially in the midst of famine, I believe God's agenda was more focussed on lifting up Isaac as an example of a life that teaches heart knowledge.
The first occurrence of this word gadal in Scripture is in Genesis 12:2 where God announces His blessing over Abraham, Isaac's father:
I will make you a great (gadal) nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great (gadal) ;
And you shall be a blessing.
Given that Abraham is our father in the faith, could it be that God is calling us to step into this "generational" blessing in the midst of this worldwide famine (trembling inside the house) to be a people who are an example of a life that teaches heart knowledge?
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
I was stunned when I looked at the Greek rendering of the above verses. Here is the more literal rendering in the Greek:
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men incapable, but with God all powerful."
And He said, “Abba, Father, all powerful. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
The word picture understanding of this word(s) possible/powerful is: to experience the pull towards support.
As Yeshua faced the prospect of the cross, in Mark 14:36, He experienced the desire of the Father to give Yeshua His full and powerful support.
We see the full blown evidence of this "powerful support" in the reality of the empty tomb.
Our world is going through a death experience in which there is a very real sense of our being "incapable" of dealing with it. There has never been a more poignant moment for us to experience the desire of Abba to give us His full and powerful support.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
2 Corinthians 1:19-20
For the Son of God, Jesus (Yeshua) Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.
For all the promises of God in Him (Yeshua) are Yes, and in Him (Yeshua) Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Love
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Joy
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Peace
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Patience
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Kindness
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Goodness
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Faithfulness
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Gentleness
Yeshua (yes You Are) my Self Control
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doing; I muse on the work of Your hands
Believe it or not, the person in the above picture is illustrating for us what it means to meditate from a Hebrew perspective.
As he focuses on where he has been, it automatically determines how he transitions into where he is going. If you like, he is "remembering the days of old".
The actual word picture behind the word meditate is: what comes from the action.
What is the "action"?
It is what we look at or focus on.
If we focus on the future actions of mankind we will end up in fear.
However, if we focus on the past actions of Yahweh we will end up in faith,
James 3:5 & 6
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
At the end of September 2019 I shared the following with you regarding the Jewish New Year 5780:
"September 30 and October 1 2019 mark the celebration of Rosh Hashanah or the head of the Jewish New Year.
The coming New Year on the Jewish calendar is 5780.
In Hebrew the numerical system is deeply entwined in the function of the Hebrew alphabet; with each number being linked to a letter.
Hence, if we look at the number 5780, from a Hebrew perspective, this is the meaning we see:
right hand power (of God) to reveal the covenant of consuming fire, breathing, speaking, bringing into reality words of life.
What we have been experiencing increasingly over recent years is the escalation of the "war of words". Media and especially social media have perpetuated this "war of words" which we now accept as the norm.
So, what does the year 5780 mean in the context of this ever increasing "war of words"?
In this year, nothing will be of greater importance than the words spoken by the Body of Christ here on earth. This year offers the opportunity for the words of life to take the ascendancy and ultimately the victory in this "war of words".
However, for this to occur our words must be an accurate, uncompromising reflection of He who is the right hand power of God: Yeshua.
Our words must be an accurate, uncompromising reflection of the covenantal nature of our LORD."
Since that time Australia has been ravaged by unprecedented bushfires.
"The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season has burned an estimated 6,300,000 hectares (16,000,000 acres; 63,000 km2; 24,000 sq mi), destroyed over 2,500 buildings (including over 1,300 houses) and killed 24 people as of 4 January 2020, with a further six missing in the state of Victoria."
This situation has prompted me to reflect afresh upon the words of James with a renewed understanding of what he meant by: "how great a forest a little fire kindles!"
One of the major challenges of our firefighters has been the "ember storms", where the embers from the main fire are blown kilometers ahead of the main fire to ignite new catastrophic blazes.
Is what we are seeing in the natural, here in Australia, actually a true demonstration of the impact the "war of words" has had on our global community mentally, spiritually and socially?
My continued prayer is that this year will see the words of life take ascendancy and ultimately the victory over this "war of words".
“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
Over the coming week or so we will hear the exclamation "joy to the world" many, many times.
Hence, I thought it might be helpful if we looked at the Hebrew word picture for this word "joy" that is linked with the birth of Yeshua.
Here is the word picture meaning I discovered: to reveal the womb of God protecting the victory over evil.
Acts 2:2 & 3
And suddenly there came an echoing sound out of heaven as of wind borne along violently. And it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues that had the appearance of fire, these tongues being distributed among them, and one of these tongues took up a position upon each of them. (Wuest's Expanded Translation)
Here in Acts 2:3 we have the picture of what it means to be blessed.
Do you find that confusing?
Let me explain. The Hebrew word picture behind the word blessed is: fire on the head.
Unfortunately, most of our religious education has defined being blessed from a predominantly material or circumstantial point of view.
However, I would like to suggest that being blessed, from a Hebrew/Biblical point of view is to recognise and acknowledge the work of Holy Spirit in and around our lives regardless of the circumstances.
Maybe this understanding of being blessed is the secret of the persecuted and martyred believers.