Honor for ‘The Name’

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This morning I am working on a book about our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus. In doing so I am reading about each time Our Father cut covenant in the Old Covenant (Testament). As I was doing some research on the web about the Tallit, or prayer covering that denotes covenant, I was undone by the honor and respect the Jewish people have for ‘The Name’ of our Great God. To read and sense the fear of the Lord when writing or using his Name, which by the way is the beginning of wisdom, has been humbling and astounding at the same time.

One site begins with this sentence: “Please note that this page contain the name of God. If you print it out, please treat it with appropriate respect.”

How often do I simply talk about the Lord, yet do not stop and realize that He is the King of the Universe. How often do I use His name in a flippant manner, not realizing that I am speaking of the Ruler of the Universe, who with the flick of his finger could take me out!

One of the issues in Ezekiel 22 when God was deciding whether or not to destroy the entire city was this: ‘They do not understand the difference between the common and the Holy.’

Growing up I had always understood that we do not take the Lord’s name in vain, which to me meant using the G D words. But in seeing how the Jewish people did and, still do today, treat “The Name” with reverence and honor I am getting a totally different perspective.

Yes, I understand that Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin and death, but, my friend, do we in our freedom forget who he is and what His Holiness is about?

Yes, we can come boldly before the throne of God, covered by the blood of Jesus, but do we really stop and consider the magnitude of the suffering it took for us to have that privilege and covering?

I was admonished by the author of this web site to remember that His Name is in this paper, and to please treat it with proper respect and honor. I was stopped dead in my tracks.

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As I continued to read I saw the Shema which was to be recited every morning in prayer.

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom forever and ever.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.

And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Am I saying to go back under the law, to repeat rote prayers? NO! But I am saying in the mornings, I need to stop and realize the privilege and honor that I have to meet with this amazing, great, Holy God each day. Yes, I can come boldly into his presence, BUT I need to honor him for who he is, to meditate on his Holiness, His greatness, His majesty before I rush to my own needs and my problems. I need to stop and come into His gates with thanks giving because of what He has done for me. I need to enter His Court Room with praises to the One who has set me free.

I need to honor Him in everything I do this day, being aware that He is with me when I rise up and when I lay down; to understand that He is for me and will help me in my time of trouble.

I need to be aware that I am a carrier of His Name and I must be careful of how I reflect his character.

I must kneel before him, honor and respect him and yes, fear Him and Him alone.

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Because the fear of the Lord IS the beginning of wisdom.

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Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal

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What an amazing statement. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal.

This morning as I was sitting staring out into my back yard, my heart was aching for some of my loved ones who are broken, desperate and hurting. Quietly, deep in my spirit I began to hear the words to David Crowder’s song: “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal.”

Then the next line came, “So lay down your burdens, come as you are.”

You know, it doesn’t matter if you are crying out to Him for the first time, struggling with an addiction or you have faithfully walked with Him for many years, there is still a place where we all come, broken hearted. Yet, in our desperate cry we hear the echo of heaven: “There is no sorrow that heaven can’t heal!” What a simple but profound statement about our magnificent savior. There really is no sorrow that He did not make provision for on the cross and in his resurrection.

I’ve heard many sermons on great theological truths. I have heard many anointed men and women of God releasing instruction for living and how to walk in the kingdom. I have books and files of information about Spiritual warfare, evangelism and other essentials in our Christian walk. And we DO need that information and revelation.

But when it all comes down to our basic relationship with Him, the time when it’s just you alone, when your heart is laid bare, it is this statement that brings hope at the deepest level: ‘Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. So lay down your burdens. Come as you are. To the foot of the Cross.’

Today Paris is still grieving, the world is in turmoil, human trafficking is out of control and my heart aches for all of this. But I also know of dear ones around me who are in desperate need and pain. Their pain is probably small in light of the world’s agony. But it is pain and suffering none the less.

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My heart is overwhelmed that my savior, Jesus, Yeshua, the one who loves me best, is enough. Enough for all. Regardless of how huge, how deep, how small, how quiet, desperation and heartache is desperation and heartache.

Even as these cries rise from the earth,

Heaven victoriously shouts back:

THERE IS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CAN’T HEAL!

So lay down your burden.

Come as you are.

God’s Amazing Clock – The Heavens!

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From Hubble Images

Genesis 1, Day four, God’s clock was set in motion when He set the sun, moon and stars in place. They are moving, turning like a clock. The days, the months, the seasons. Time in motion. Tick, tick, tick.

Tick, tick, tick, Noah was born.

Tick, tick, tick, Abraham was born.

Tick, tick, tick Moses was born.

All right on schedule, all right on time, His time.

When Moses was on Mt. Sinai, he was given a pattern of the Tabernacle on earth just like it is in Heaven. He was also shown God’s Feasts, how they should be celebrated in the earth. Let’s be clear here, these were not Hebrew Feasts, they were God’s Feasts, pictures of His character, His goodness and also pictures of His son, Yeshua Jesus, and the way He would redeem this fallen world. Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth.

Tick, tick, tick. The Torah was given and the Levites set in motion a schedule of reading Torah. This schedule eventually dictated where each person sat in the assembly and when they would read the Torah selection according to their birth, bar Mitzvah.

Tick, tick, tick Isaiah was born and wrote prophecy about the coming Messiah.

Tick, tick, tick. The Levites added the writing of the prophets to the reading of Torah.

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Tick, tick, tick. A star appears in the sky. Remember this was all set in motion on the fourth day of Creation, 4000 years before. God’s amazing clock.

Tick, tick, tick. “And it came to pass in those days…” Caesar was right on time with his census.

Tick, tick tick. Yeshua, Jesus was born

Tick, tick, tick. Two years later the Magi bring Gold.

Tick, tick, tick. 18 hours after the gold came, Joseph is told to go to Egypt and now he had traveling provision.

All right on schedule.

Tick, tick, tick. Thirty years pass. Yeshua, Jesus had just returned from His baptism and temptation from Satan. It was His time to read and according to the schedule set centuries before, Isaiah was the scripture for that particular day. They handed him the scroll and He read:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,  Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;  He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”  20Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4: 19-21 NKJV)

Coincidence? No. God’s amazing time clock set in motion on the Fourth day!

Right time! Right place! Right person! Right message.

Psalm 139 says God knew YOU before you were born, He knows your times and seasons. They too, were set in motion on the fourth day. Whether or not your recognize it, your times were set by a God who loves you, watches you and has a destiny designed just for you. He has great things for you and for you to accomplish. Your destiny is to walk in His amazing time for your life. Acts 16:27 “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live!” (NIV)

He knows you, He named you, He has a plan and a destiny for you!

One day as I was meditating on Genesis 1, I ask God, “What were you thinking?” I heard an old Willie Nelson song, “You were always on my mind. You were always on my mind.” And you still are.

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We have entered God’s time and season of the Fall Feasts. The next ten days is the Feast of Trumpets, the ten days of Awe. Every day for the next ten days we are to meditate on the Greatness of our God and His wondrous works. His majestic heavens, His awesome purposes and His indescribable miracles in our own lives.

Remember, You are His masterpiece! And you are included in His perfect time, His Amazing universal clock!

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Hubble images, Andromeda

Psalm 33 from The Voice Bible

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Vs. 1 “Release your heart’s joy in sweet music to the Eternal… When the upright passionately sing glory-filled songs to him, everything is in its right place.” 

I love to come into my house after my friend Fran cleans it. Everything smells so good and looks so nice. My heart is happy and I am at peace. I’m not looking around thinking, “I need to do this or that.” I simply enjoy the clean house where everything is in its place.

Psalms 33 is saying the same about our spirit, soul and body. When we sing glorious praise to him it cleanses our heart and brings our spirit into worship. All is in it’s right place.

Write awe-filled songs to Him…Sing and play them the best you can! Don’t be afraid to be bold with your joyful feelings!

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God created us with emotion, and he longs for us to use those emotions as a release toward him in worship and praise. In other words as the song says, “Let it go!”

As I continue to read this Psalm I feel the emotion of awe rising in me and it propels me toward expressive worship.

That means simply allowing the tears to flow, laughing out loud or releasing a big ‘whoop!’

Vs. 6. “The unfathomable cosmos came into being at the word of the Eternal’s imagination, a solitary voice in endless darkness.” Whoa!

“The breath of His mouth whispered the sea of stars into existence.” 

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Vs 7. “He gathers every drop of every ocean as in a jar.” 

pelican-flying-over-the-oceans-surfHave you stood by an ocean lately? The breakers crashing down; water as far as the eye can see. Yet, he holds it all as if in a jar. Too big for me to even think or imagine.

Vs. 9.“He spoke and all creation obeyed and stood its ground.

All of creation stood at attention! The trees were still; the birds ceased flying; lions and polar bears paused and looked up. Even the fish and whale stopped. Everything came to a standstill in wonder and amazement.

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We need to stop and stand at attention for a moment. Breathe in His majesty and glory. Stand in awe for one moment and allow your spirit to soar with the stars or gaze in obedient wonder and amazement at the King of the universe; in honor and admiration of the Sovereign Majesty Himself.

He cripples the schemes of Nations.

He impedes the plans of people.

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Photo by P. Lowery

His purposes will last.

He will stir the generations.

Listen, the eye of the Eternal is upon those who live in awe of Him, those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may save them from the darkness of the grave and be kept alive during the lean seasons.” 

“Our hearts erupt with joy in Him because we trust in His Holy Name. O Eternal, drench us with your endless love, even now as we wait for you!” 

Enough said.

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