I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book they were all written the days that were ordained for me when as yet there was not one of them (Psalm 139:14-16).
After God created beasts, domestic animals, and everything that creeps upon the earth according to their kind, He said, Let Us (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts, and over all of the earth and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them (Gen. 1:25-27). God’s creation of man is unique from any other creation because man is created in His image. To no other creation did God say, “Let Us make in our image!” The idea of evolution is completely lost when faced with the light of this truth. The animals were created “according to their kind”. Mankind did not come from fish to evolve into man. God gave man His DNA; He breathed in him the breath of eternity. The spirit of man never dies even after his physical death. When God created all in six days, He said, It is good! I believe this to be the reason why men yearn to be fulfilled spiritually. There is a hunger for God in the spirit of men found in no other God’s creation. Made in the image of God, men seek to worship Him. If only they worshipped the only true God! This world would have been a perfect world.
Life in its beginning displays spring
When nature awakens from the cold
Of gray of winter months
A time when all creatures express life
Nature shows colors in their flowers
Little birds fluff their wing trying to fly
Rabbits leave their holes
The whole world is in celebration of colors
By the hands of God
Who can understand
The complexity of
The human body
Being formed in
The womb of a mother?
Embroidered with many colors
The human body
Is a wonder of the mind!
God’s infinite wisdom
Traced every detail
Men can not touch
In his limited mind
Perfect and wise
Creator of heavens and earth
He covers Himself with light
As with a garment who stretches
Out the heaven
He never sleeps, neither slumbers
Nothing is hidden from Him
He lights the dawn with His presence
And the day with the warmth of His power
His name is I AM always present
Holding the world in the palm of His hands
(Isaiah 58; Psalm 139:23-24; I John 1:9; Psalm 32:1-5; 51:2-12)
At the end of forty days and forty nights fast, YAHSHUA was hungry. The devil then came to tempt Him by suggesting, “If You are the Son of God, command the stones to be made bread.” Satan found YAHSHUA physically weak (hungry) but His Spirit was and would never be weak. YAHSHUA replied, It has been written, man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:2b -4). Here the Lord expressed that man is not only flesh and blood, but also spirit and soul. When the physical body is in need of cleansing through a fast, the spirit and soul are also benefited. Fasting should be done not only for physical purposes but also for the spiritual. Here is the kind of fast chosen by the Lord from Isaiah 58: Is not this the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hunger and bring the homeless poor into your house – when you see the naked, that you cover him and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh and blood? Then these promises: Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard; then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression, the finger pointed in scorn, and every form of false, harsh, unjust and wicked speaking, and if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hunger and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday. And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.
knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for
this very occasion? That was an awakening question that changed the course of
the future of the Jewish nation.
Circumstance in the appointed time offers opportunity we must pay
attention to. Sometimes odd and unreal, nonetheless, circumstances are before
us. Life is full of that. Opportunities are doors of possibilities with a
chance to succeed in whatever we wanted to do other times, but we couldn’t. The
story of Queen Esther is one that sounds more like make believe than reality. She
was one of the captive Jews in the capital of Shushan who Nebuchadnezzar, the
King of Babylon, carried into exile. Babylon was then under the control of
Persia which Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered it in 539 BC. Hadassah her
Jewish name was brought up by a cousin called Mordecai, who after the death of
her parents took her as his own daughter (Esther 2).
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.
(I Corinthians 1: 24; John 1:1-4; Revelation 19:13)
makes a declaration that made us realize the importance of YAHSHUA in the
creation of the world and everything in it. He was the Word spoken commanding
existence of everyone and everything being created. John said, In the beginning was the Word (YAHSHUA), and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally
with God, all things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made
that has come into being (John 1:1-4).
(Romans 8: 19-23; I Chronicles 16:32-34; Jeremiah 12:4)
if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God
and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing
His inheritance with Him]; only we must share
His suffering if we are to share
His glory, for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not
worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in
us and for us and conferred on us! …