God promises to make Abraham a blessing. the word for blessing in other places is translated as a pool of water. Other places the reference “to bless” represents the act of coming on bended knees with a gift. The great mystery of the Aaronic blessing is the image that god wants to come to us on bended knee and give us a gift. He wants to “bless” the ones he loves…this gift is eternal life. Not bad huh?
“Fear not you worm Jacob”…Worm is the word Towla (strong’s 8438) means the crimson grub, can mean crimson or scarlet as a color. Ps 22:6 messianic psalm, he says i am a worm…as a worm he was crushed but became the redeemer. though your sins be like scarlet they shall be whiter than snow…same word as worm.
After much deliberation, listening, stress and uncertainty, we’ve decided to stay in our house here for the remainder of our time here until we’re ready to move to the US. A part of me really wanted to move past this chapter of selling and have it over so we don’t have to worry anymore about upkeep and maintenance and can use some of the funds to take care of dental needs…right now we don’t have any savings for that and without the income from the suite and extra costs of immigration documents, etc., we’ve run dry. But after 40+ showings it became clear to me that the Lord wasn’t blessing that course of action at this time. Time to back up. Our mortgage term is due and lot’s of big decisions are upon us. It’s a good place to be when you need the Lord to provide…we see more clearly what a great Father he is (although i can feel pretty stressed some of the time). I feel my level of trust in the Lord being stretched through my unanswered questions and lack of clear direction from Him. I’m being asked to believe that it’s all going to work out and is all well in hand.
I had a dream a couple weeks ago where i was dealing with some government official about my paperwork for entry to the united states. We came to the end of my requirements and all seemed in order…then my children came up and i mentioned that we had received birth abroad status for them. the official looked at Caleb and said that it would be 18 months before they would be able to enter the country. I don’t have any sense that this is supposed to be significant from the Lord in some way but thought i’d jot it down in case some meaning is attached to that time frame. Lord, let your will be done. We are here to serve you and want your name to be loved through this adventure.
this week’s teaching at First Fruits of Zion is a good reflection and confirms my current disposition regarding our access to God and His truth. Click Here for the article…
On the day of Yom Kippur, the high priest came face to face with God. That is why he first brought incense into the Holy of Holies. The purpose of the incense was to create a cloud of smoke so he would not see the ark of the covenant and die. In this world, even our closest encounters with God are veiled and obscured. Paul says that “now we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). He was referring to a brass mirror. Though it provided a reflection, it was not a sharp, clear reflection like modern mirrors provide. If the brass was not freshly polished, the reflection in the mirror became more dim.
Remembering that we do not see God clearly should help keep us humble. It should make us reluctant to criticize other people’s theologies and their experiences with God. They may have perceived an aspect of the Almighty that we have not, or we may have found revelation that has been withheld from them. Neither of us is to be blamed for not seeing the whole picture. In this world, the whole picture is not available. Yeshua told the theologians of His day, “You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form” (John 5:37). That is why a true appreciation for the greatness of God excludes religious arrogance. The Apostle Paul exclaimed, “Now I know [only] in part, but then I will know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Nobody on this side of the veil has apprehended absolute truth.
“No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18), the Apostle John said. Nevertheless, John goes on to say that the only begotten Son of God has revealed Him. Yeshua says, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
By clinging to Yeshua of Nazareth, we are spiritually carried with Him into the Holy of Holies. In Him we have a hope of sharing in the resurrection from the dead that He experienced. Paul reminds us that after the resurrection from the dead, we will see “face to face.”1 In that day, we will step into the Holy of Holies of the true sanctuary, and there will be no cloud of smoke obscuring our view. We will see face to face.