(Job 23: 10,14)
Although I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Ps. 23:4). In life’s challenges there is the thought that we are in that situation alone. Everyone around us seem to be indifferent to our cry for help; our voice seemly muffled by their indifference. We pray, but help does not come fast enough for us. To the contrary, we feel that we were not heard, and life goes on in that mode for as long as our trouble lingers. Like Job, we cry, Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat! I would lay my cause before Him and fill my mouth with arguments; I would learn what He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me (Job 23:3-5). In the pages of Psalm 139: 13,15-16 we have a beautiful, significant and trustworthy statement from the Lord to us through David, to assure us of His involvement in our life from the beginning, when He was forming us in the womb of our mother: For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are your works, and that my inner knows well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret intricately and curiously wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
And Israel said to Moses, you speak to us and we will listen, but let not God speak to us, lest we die… And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:18-24).
When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid themselves from the presence of God, at the sound of His voice while walking through the garden (Gen.3:8). A routine of the day when God would come to commune with them in the cool of the day, became a fearful experience. Peace was replaced by fear and guilt, when they made the decision to believe the serpent, instead. Sin had taken them away from the presence of God and robbed them of their relationship with Him. No longer could they feel comfortable in the presence of the holy God. What was so important to them, they lost in the decision they had made. Now, instead of welcoming God in their midst, they hid from Him as if to tell Him, leave us alone. When Israel experienced the holiness of God marked by thunders, smoking mountain, lightning, they feared Him and begged Moses to speak to them, instead. It had been three months since Israel had left Egypt in a supernatural and powerful way, when God expressed His love, His faithfulness through miracles and signs, when He walked ahead of them providing shelter from the sun and light for the night through a pillar of clouds and fire, when He opened the Red Sea and guided them through it in dry land and at the same time killing their enemies. But seemly, Israel lacked God’s holiness, and in their sinful condition, they acted like Adam and Eve – fearful.
(II Thessalonians 2; I John 4:1-4)
Deceit comes to all some time and in some fashion. Its
intent is to brain-wash the truth, in order to achieve its purpose of control.
The main reason it will be able to ensnare the mind successfully is ignorance.
Ignorance then partners with destruction when zeal is manifested. Deceit is
like a spider’s web in its impressive design. It does not covey the purpose to
kill in its beauty and intelligence. But it attracts the victim to its death
serving as food for the deceiver. That’s
the way Satan operates. YAHSHUA said this of him: The thief comes only in order to steal and
kill and destroy. I came that they (the sheep) may have and enjoy life, and
have it in abundance (John 10:10) There are many ways deceit leads to destruction.
However, the most serious one is the deceit that leads one to hell. From the
beginning of time, Satan used deceit to deviate man from the truth to believe
lies he created, instead.
(Genesis 4:25-26; 6:1-10; Ezra 9)
When Adam and Eve sinned, they made a choice to disobey
YAHWEH to believe Satan’s lies. That was the sin of rebellion Satan imparted to
them. From that time on, the sinful nature entered their souls, and they became
slaves to it. In spite of it, YAHWEH gave them a promise of redemption. To the
serpent, YAHWEH said, and I will put enmity between you and the woman and
between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head
underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel (Gen. 3:15). Why is
YAHWEH bringing the Holy Seed to the picture and for what purpose at that point
in time? Who is Satan’s offspring and who is the woman’s offspring? How was
that going to happen? Adam and Eve were childless at that time. We do not know
how long had they been created before they sinned. One thing is for sure:
YAHWEH had a plan to restore men to Himself one day. It was going to happen
through the woman, independent from a man. Adam and Eve had two sons after
this. Cain the first born, was a tiller of the ground. Abel, the second son was
a keeper of sheep. Because Cain defiantly offered YAHWEH a sacrifice contrary
to what he was supposed to and his prideful and hateful nature, causing him to
kill his brother, he was not from whom the Holy Seed would have come.
What’s the meaning of blood and water flowing out from
YAHSHUA’S side? Have you ever wondered why and the meaning behind it? The truth
of the matter is that we never stop to wonder why and what’s the significance
behind it; we go on with minimum knowledge, not perceiving how little we care
to know the reason behind it, to understand the extent of YAHSHUA’S suffering
on our behalf. I believe that knowledge, as a glass window, will make possible
for our eyes of understanding to see clearly and to change the way we see Him
in His sufferings, and in relation to blood and water flowing out from His side
when He was pierced. There is much to consider in the case of blood and water
being flown from His side that is very important in the physical and in the
spiritual realm to all those who are called believers in YAHSHUA.
(Psalm 32:5; Proverbs 10: 29 Psalm 51:5; Exodus 34:7)
I was brought forth in iniquity, in
sin my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5). When we read the genealogy of YAHSHUA
we see King David’s great-grandmother was the prostitute Rahab. If he knew
that, we do not know. But we know that he acknowledged in Psalm 51 to have been
born from a sinful ancestor. What is really the sin of iniquity and why it is
so hard to deal with it? When the Lord descended in the cloud to stand with
Moses on the Mount Sinai, He proclaimed His name by saying, The Lord! The
Lord!, a God merciful and gracious slow to anger, and abundant in
loving-kindness and truth, keeping mercy and loving-kindness for thousand,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but Who will by no means clear
the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth
generation (Exodus 34:5-7). The sin of iniquity is rooted deeply in our
veins. It is the thing with curses manifested in weakness of personality, and
weakness of the body. We carry the curses of our ancestors to the third and
Then the Lord God formed man from the
dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life,
and man became a living being (Gen. 2:7).
Man is not just clay formed from the dust of the earth, but he is water also, for it takes water for clay to be formed. God gathered the dust to form man in a perfect combination of clay chemistry. Because man is dust, minerals are part of him, too. In fact, he cannot survive without them. They are important to man, as they are to the constituents of soils. The Lord confirmed to him saying, “You are dust and to dust you will return.” The soil we step on, are buried in, the soil that is needed to germinate seeds for food, for construction of some sort is the same soil from where God formed man. But man would not have had life without breath having to be breathed into Him by God, the author of life itself. So man is dust, soul and life-his spirit within him. The reality of this truth is strong enough to humble man to his original state-dust. He can easily return to what he came from when his breath is taken away. The air that he breathes is but life given him by God.
was a place where history opened its pages through the Bible and showed its
conditions- spiritual, and physical. This city existing even in the time of Joshua
carries a negative prefix Lo, and debar meaning “word” or “thing.” It was there that Jonathan’s son’s nurse found
refuge when she had to flee the palace at the news of King Saul’s death to
protect Jonathan’s son from being killed. He was only five years old when his nurse took
him up and fled; and in her haste, he fell and became lame (II Sam.4). She then fled to Lo-debar, where she found
refuge in the house of Machir son of Ammiel at Lo-debar (II Sam. 9:4). While still alive, Jonathan made a friendship
covenant with David saying if anything would happen to him, David would take
care of his family. Jonathan knew that
David, and not he was to take the throne of his father, consequential to the
destruction of his family. His son was
taken and hidden in a remote place, where only the outcasts from society, the
unskilled and non-educated people lived. Lo-debar was nonetheless, a place of refuge. Mephibosheth son of Jonathan lived there all
his life until he was sought for and rescued by King David for the sake of his