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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

...A Little Bird Told Me...

Originally posted in 2011

by Kay Frances Graves 


     I was just seven years old when God first made Himself known to me. My younger sister and I came across a multicolored bird, feathered in a variegation of deep iridescent emerald, ruby-red and blues. It was lying dead on the path in the West Virginia woods where we played every day.  I had never ... ever ... seen a bird like this before.
        
     After poking the poor creature with a little stick and determining that it was really dead, we decided to give it a proper burial. We covered it with a small mound of dirt on the side of the path and carefully placed wild violets around the circumference of the tiny grave.
        
     Donna and I had been to the movies often enough to know that a prayer comes after the burial. So we knelt down before the grave, bowed our heads, and called on God. But I did not know what to say to God about this beautiful lifeless little bird.
        
     Questions about life and death began spinning in my mind.
        
     Suddenly the light went out in the woods.
        
     A dark cloud covered the sun and a strong, piercing wind funneled down the path, almost blowing us away. The friendly adventurous woods we loved so much became a cold, dark, and very frightening place to be.
        
     My prayer and thoughts about life and death had been interrupted. Where was God now?
        
     Shivering from the frigid wind blowing through my light cotton dress, I looked upward through the tree tops toward heaven searching for Him.
        
     At that very moment, the woods became still, I saw the sun peek out from behind the dark cloud, illuminating the spot we were standing on, warming and comforting our little bodies.
        
     This time a different type of chill shook me to my core. Somehow I knew God was right there in the woods with us. He was telling me not to be afraid and assuring my troubled heart and mind that He would be with me always.
        
     I took my sister's hand and we ran back to our little cabin. Through excitement and tears, I proclaimed to my mother that I had seen God. She told me not to be so upset. She said that I had quite an imagination, that I should just forget about it, stop crying, and go out and play.
        
     But I could not forget it.
        
     Twenty years later, after I became a Christian and read the Book of Revelation for the first time, I was shaken to my core again, after all those years when I read:

And he had
in his right hand
seven stars:
and out of his mouth
went a sharp
twoedged sword:
and his countenance
was as the sun
shineth in his strength,
And when I saw him,
I fell at his feet as dead.
And he laid his right hand upon me,
saying unto me,
Fear not; I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and, behold, I am alive for evermore,
Amen;
and have the keys
of hell and of death.
-Revelation 1:16-18
        
     To this day, this passage in Revelation still gives me goose bumps every time I read it.  The similarity to my childhood experience in the woods in West Virginia that day could not be overlooked.
        
     The description regarding what the writer of this passage in the Book of Revelation saw and heard made me realize that God wanted me to know that He held the answers to my question-filled prayer about death.

     God had, indeed, assured me that He was alive and eternal and that He had been, and always would be, with me. 
         
     Thanks be to God!

Kay Frances Graves
January, 2011
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Monday, February 22, 2021

He's My Brother. . .

Original Post Date:
January 24, 2019


v.10
In this
the children
of God are manifest,
and
the children
of the devil:
whosoever
doeth not
righteousness
is not of God,
neither he
that loveth not
his brother.

v.11
For this is
the message
that ye heard
from the beginning
that we should
love one another
(1Jn.3:10-11)

Introduction. . .

The message Jesus gave from the beginning was built on the foundation ... and ... motivation ... of love.

The new commandment of love ... Jesus gave us (Jn.13:34) ... embodied the totality of the law ... for IF we love ... we will not murder ... will not steal ... will not commit adultery ... etc.

The old list of commandments was not "nailed to the cross" and done away with ... as some presume ... but transformed by the Blood sacrifice of Jesus ... motivated by supernatural ... Holy Spirit ... love.

Thus ... the old commandments based on man's self-motivated works became ... instead ... Holy Spirit-motivated works of love from the heart.♡

Therefore ..."Children of God"... genuine believers in Christ ... will be identified by:

(1)..the desire ...  (imparted by the indwelling Spirit of God) ... to do what is right ... and will therefore ... be earnestly engaged in studying and hearing God's Holy Word ... in order to know the right thing to do ... to minister to the needs of others ... but especially fellow believers ... "the household of God"... our "forever family."

...and...

(2)..they will be motivated by obvious genuine ... supernatural ... Holy Spirit ... love ... the type of love that goes beyond mere words to actually...

... (like the "Good Samaritan") ... do whatever is required ... to minister to the physical ... as well as spiritual ... needs of those God places in their path during their earthly journey ... to do for others ... as one would want another to do for them ... if faced with the same circumstances in life

... or like Jesus ... who suffered ... and died ... to do something for us ... that we could not do for ourselves.

... this is an extremely unique type of love ... which the children of the devil are unable to manifest.

... The children of the devil will not go the extra mile to ignore their fleshly desires ... to do what is right.

... and ...

... will not be empowered by the Holy Spirit to love their brother (and/or sister) with this supernatural type of love.

The Word, "Brother," in this case ... [Greek #80] ... can be interpreted "fellow man/human" or "fellow Christian."

However ... the Scriptures give priority to those of the "household of faith" ... which is our "forever family."

"As we have therefore
opportunity, 
let us do good
unto all men,
especially
unto them
who are of 
the household 
of faith."
(Gal.6:10)

This means that the needs of a brother or sister in Christ should come before the needs of a rebellious ... Christ-rejecting family member ... or anyone else

... as verified also in other places in the Word of God ... where we are told to shake the dust off our feet if rejected when sharing the gospel ... or... when forced to leave family ... property ... etc. because of persecution.
(Luke 9:5) (Mark 10:30)

God offers powerful encouragement ... to do what He says ... from the amazing riches of His Holy Word ... in the following verses:

v.13
Marvel not,
my brethren,
if the world
hate you.

Our Father tells us through this most Holy Word penned by the Apostle, John ... that we should not be amazed if the truth declared in this Epistle results in a response of hatred from the world.

Therefore ... in the first chapter ... he has already answered the accusations regarding ... any assumed contradiction regarding law and grace ... that would be forthcoming from what he is presenting in this third chapter.

v.14
We know
that we have
passed from death
unto life,
because we love
the brethren.
He that loveth not
his brother
abideth in death.

How do we know that we have been born-again ... "passed from death unto life?"

Evidence is the supernatural love we have for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

v.15
Whosoever
hateth his brother
is a murderer:
and ye know that
no murderer
hath eternal life
abiding in him.

On the other hand ... hatred (the absence of love and compassion) in one's heart proves we have murder in our heart and ... therefore ... do not possess eternal life.

v.16
Hereby
perceive we
the love of God,
because
he laid down
his life for us:
and we ought
to lay down
our lives
for the brethren.

Jesus died for us ... He laid down His life for us.

While we may not actually be called to die for another person ... we will very likely be called to set aside our life in this world in order to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of others

... based on what God requires ... not what we feel like doing ... at the moment

... but keeping in mind ... that God owns all of our time ... abilities ... and resources.

... And note ... the Scriptural instruction regarding our responsibilities toward the brethren ... are strictly personal

... not something we can give to another person ... or turn over to the world's system of "good works."

The purpose of our personal involvement is a unique spiritual test and means of spiritual growth ... that cannot be transferred to another.

True ... the Good Samaritan ultimately entrusted the care of the injured man to another ... but ... the person who carried out his responsibility was personally hired ... and under agreement/his authority to carry out the instructions he was given.

The innkeeper did not take over the authority of the one appointed by God to care for this victim.

v.17
But whoso hath
this world's good,
and seeth
his brother
have need,
and shutteth up
his bowels
of compassion
from him,
how dwelleth
the love of God
in him?

Loving others with self-sacrificing ... supernatural Holy Spirit love is clearly a test of our spiritual genuineness.

When someone in need is lying at our feet ... in the path in front of us ... we are forced to make a choice ... either we can ... (like the Good Samaritan) reach out in supernatural love to supply all that is required to restore the person physically and spiritually ... or ... harden our heart ... step over him ... and continue our own ... self-determined ... journey in the world.

God sees our heart ... and whether it is an open heart ... of compassion ... or ... a closed ... self-serving ... hard heart ... void of real compassion.

v.18
My little children,
let us not love
in word,
neither in tongue;
but
in deed
and
in truth.

God specifically defines what He is looking for

... a love that goes beyond mere Words and self-limiting gestures ... to a heart-felt genuine loving response that brings total recovery ... just as we would desire for ourselves.

v.19
And hereby
we know that
we are
of the truth,
and shall
assure our hearts
before him.

These challenges are God-given ... to help us correctly discern whether we are really walking and living in Truth ... "of truth"... and since Jesus is "thee" Truth ... it becomes a test to assure our heart ... whether our perceived relationship with Him is genuine or not.

The status of our relationship with God is not something to be careless about.

We need this assurance of possessing genuine faith ... to avoid any self-deception.

v.20
For if our heart condemn us,
God is greater
than our heart,
and
knoweth all things.

God is faithful to give us this assurance ... because He alone ... knows what is really going on in our heart ... because "the heart is deceitful..." (Jer.17:9)

v.21
Beloved,
if our heart
condemn us not,
then
have we confidence
toward God.

Therefore ... this "test" was designed by God to assure our heart regarding our relationship with Him.

v.22
And whatsoever
we ask,
we receive of him,
because we keep
his commandments,
and do
those things
that are pleasing
in his sight.

When we obey His Word/commandments ... we have a genuine relationship with Him ... which also gives us the confidence to believe He will answer our prayers.

v.23
And this is
his commandment,
That we
should believe
on the name of
his Son Jesus Christ,
and
love one another,
as he gave us commandment.

This is a love relationship ... loving our Father in heaven ... and loving the brethren on earth.

v.24
And he that
keepeth
his commandments
dwelleth in him,
and
he in him.
And
hereby we know
that he abideth
in us,
by the Spirit
which he
hath given us.
(1Jn.3:13-24)

This is how we know we really belong to Him.

We love and follow what He has said ... loving Him ... and loving others as He has loved us and given Himself for us.

So. . .

"He Ain't heavy ... He's my brother."

...or... we could say:

"He's my brother ... Not a burden."
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Job ... and the Elephant


Job ~
and 
the Elephant

(in the Room)


[For readers who may be unfamiliar with the saying "Elephant in the Room" ... this refers to something so huge that it should be impossible not to notice ... but is ... in fact ... carelessly overlooked.]

     The Book of Job is not an easy Book to digest ... perhaps designed by our Creator more for the person who has "walked a mile in Job's shoes" ... or gone through ... similar drastic hardships and trauma as Job
... or has adequate empathy to feel Job's pain and recognize when the elephant is in the room.
     Like the "Elephant in the room" ... much can be said and erroneously overlooked about Job and his so-called "friends" ... if we attempt to try to psycho analyze what is really going on in their minds regarding:
... (1) which ... if any ... are real friends
... (2) which ... if any
... really understand Job's situation from a true spiritual perspective
... as they all attempt to sit in judgment and give a reason for Job's personal disaster
... without actually discovering the very simple ... yet very huge reason our Father in Heaven saw the importance of presenting this lesson in the preeminence of simplicity ... placed above ... eloquent ... religious analysis
... as the means to somehow arrive at an understanding of the real reason such a good man should suffer so dramatically on so many levels.

     Actually ... let's begin by emphasizing the fact that God proclaimed Job to be a "perfect" and "upright" man.

[This means that God, Himself, establishes the fact that Job is a "righteous" man ... something his "friends" from the beginning do not take into consideration ... but instead go forward to wax eloquent with their own reasoning.]

..Chapter 1.. 

1
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

"perfect"
[H8535]
= one who is morally
   and ethically pure
= undefiled
= upright
[Lexicon]
= having integrity

"upright"
[H3477]
= correct
= right .. righteous
= pleasing

[In the beginning Job is blessed with family and property.]

2
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4
And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

[BUT ... the devil challenges God regarding Job's righteousness.]

6
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

[Satan takes advantage of the opportunity to attack Job]:

13
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
14
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
15
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
17
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
19
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

[Job is cut to the core ... the blessed life he enjoyed is gone ... nevertheless ... he continues to worship and trust God.]

20
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

[Yes ... Job proves he is a righteous man.
     In spite of overwhelming grief ... he did not sin or lash out against God ... but continued to respect God's will for his life.]

22
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

..Chapter 2..

[However ... Satan does not give up his desire to spiritually destroy Job so launches an attack against Job's physical body.]

1
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
2
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
7
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

[The attack is compounded by Job's wife ... rather than being an encouragement and trying to help  ... suggests that maybe it's his time to die ... maybe he would be better off dead
... making herself the one who first opens the door to let the elephant into the room.] 

9
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

[At this point ... Job begins to see the elephant in the room ... so strives to reinforce his trust in the Lord God.]

10
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

[Enter...three "friends"]

11
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

[Finally Job's  three "friends" come to visit him ... waxing eloquent ... letting Job know that this was a well planned group event intended to express their deep felt emotions in mourning his loss with the intention of comforting him.]

12
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

[Bless their hearts!! ... what a spectacle they made of their grief on his behalf ... do we really believe that Job was sincerely comforted by this display of emotions? ... or was Job himself beginning to witness the elephant in the room getting bigger?]

13
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

[What amazing "friends" ... investing all that time just sitting there together in silence ... as we watch the elephant grow.]

..Chapter 3..

[...continues with Job wishing he was never born.]

..Chapter 4..

1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

[Eliphaz is the first to feel compelled to speak for God ... regarding Job's situation ... from his own perspective.]

4
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5
But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

[Eliphaz ... first reminds Job of how confident Job was in taking the role of encourager and instructor ... when he ministered to others ... but now when it's Job's turn ... it seems he is unable to take his own advice ... yes ... it looks like Job is beginning to look like a hypocrite to Eliphaz.]

6
Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

["Looks like you are fearful and unbelieving, Job" ... says Eliphaz ... while Job is proclaiming his trust in God.]
  
7
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

[Eliphaz digs deeper ... joining Satan in challenging Job's righteousness ... "Nobody can maintain righteousness forever, Job." ... Then drives those famous words home, "Job ... face the truth ... what goes around comes around ... you must have done something wrong to get this sort of chastisement from God ... better remember just how angry God can get when you fall off the righteous wagon, Job."]

9
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.

[Wow ... Then Eliphaz shares that he had a vision that came from some spirit that supports his unique discernment regarding Job's failures ... the vision revealed that Job has a serious problem ... thinks he is more just and more pure than God Himself ... yes ... "holier than thou" ... if you will ... and certainly not as wise as he might think he is.]

12
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

..Chapter 5..

[... Eliphaz ... continuing to wax eloquent about all God is able to do ... all true of course ... but still the elephant is waiting in the room to be noticed.]

..Chapter 6..

[Selected verses]

[Job's pain is still so great that he just wants to die.]

1
But Job answered and said,

8
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
9
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
10
Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
11
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
12
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

[Job is losing confidence in himself and wonders if he has enough wisdom to be able to rebuild his life ... and is beginning to see that his "friend" does not have the fear of God in him ... so he does not really know how to be a real friend
... in fact ... all of his brethren are deceivers ... now drifting away from him.]

13
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
14
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
15
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

[Job has come to realize that he cannot count on his friends ... sees the elephant in the room clearly now ... and discovered that his friends are blind to the huge message the elephant carries
... which also reveals that there is no fear of God in them.]

21
For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

[Job's eyes are opened ... those he considered brothers have become strangers ... they are actually the fearful and unbelieving ones as they take note of the price Job is paying to be a righteous man ... so distance themselves from him to protect themselves.]

22
Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
23
Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

[Job confronts his "friends" with reality.
     Did he ever ask them for anything? ... want anything that belonged to them?
     Did Job ever ask them to rescue him?]

24
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

[Job begs them to instruct him if he is mistaken.]

25
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
26
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

[Job rebukes them ... asking what correction does their pompous argumentative words actually achieve ... in response to the desperate speeches taking flight from a tortured soul?]

27
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

[Wow!! ... Job points to the huge elephant in the room and identifies it as a priority of God that they chose to ignore in favor of cheap emotional drama disguised as heartfelt empathy.
     The huge elephant in the room that they have chosen to ignore has everything to do with meeting the needs of a Brother ... the one thing they didn't see ... was the most important thing they could have said:
     "Dear Brother ... we love you ... how can we assist you? ... how can we help you through this difficult time?"]

28
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
29
Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
30
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Breath of Life ... God's Legal Right as Creator

Study...

•Gen.2:7
... God creates breath of life during creation of humans.

•Gen.6:17
... Noah and the Flood
... The eight in the Ark were saved from destruction because they obeyed the Word of God
... but the flood God produced took away the breath of life 
causing everyone left behind to die.
... God protects the breath of life
... and God takes away the breath of life.
... The breath of life is His to give and to take away.

•2 Sam.22:16
•Job 4:9
... God "rebukes" (brings correction/ judgment) with the blast of His breath.

•Job 12:10
•Dan.5:23
... The breath of mankind and every living thing is in God's hand.

•Job 33:4
•Ezk. 37:6
... "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."
... (God's breath gives us life.)

•Ps.33:6
... "The heavens were made by the breath of God's mouth."

•Ps.104:29
... When breath is taken away from living creatures they die.
... Whosoever sufficates ... pollutes (with chemicals /second-hand drug smoke etc.) ... or stops a person in any way from breathing freely ... is guilty of taking a life ... whether slowly over a period of time ... or instantly.

•Ps.150:6
... "Let every one that has breath praise the Lord."
... (Let everyone that lives ... have life praise the Lord).

•Is.11:4
... God kills the wicked with the breath of His lips.

•Is.30:28
... God sifts (shakes) the nations with His breath.

•Is.30:33
... God's breath brings fire and brimstone upon the earth.

•Is.42:5
... God gives breath to all people that live upon the earth.
... Giving breath creates and sustains life.
... Taking breath is murder because it does not sustain life ... but creates death ... causing life to cease.

•Dan.10:17
... To take away breath is to take away strength and life.

•John 20:22
... Jesus' Name is "The Word of God."
... When He breathes on His followers ... The Holy Spirit that resides in the Word ... is received by them.

Therefore:
     As Creator of breath ... God owns all the legal rights to every breath humans breathe ... and He has graciously chosen to bestow upon each of us ... personally ... this God-given right to breathe.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ps.119..DALETH.."Life..Breath..Word ..and..The Door"

(First published Nov. 13, 2017)


~The Fourth Section~


Introduction: 

This fourth section of Psalm 119 reveals:

... the dilemma
... the remedy
    ... and ...
... the Way

to eternal life ... in both ... Word and Symbol

... the Word of God describing the desired Remedy/Gift of Eternal Life

... and the Symbol taking preeminence in providing a picture of the means by which the remedy is acquired.

The Symbol above ... is the remedy

... and is presented in this post preeminently ... first ... because it deserves preeminence.

... However ... the Words describing the remedy being sought

... are actually defined first in the Word of God in order to provide chronology to the entire picture this passage presents

... since the passage first describes the dilemma ... then the remedy

... which will become apparent as we recognize the chronological Word-picture King David is also constructing for our consideration.

"DALETH"
     H5315

... Life and Breath
    ... The Word


"Life"
soul .. self .. life
= creature .. person
= appetite .. mind
= desire .. emotion
    .. passion

"Breath"
that which breathes
= the breathing substance
= living being .. soul
= the inner being of man

"The Living Being"
living being
(with life in the blood)
= the man himself .. self
= person or individual

...The Dilemma


v.25
"My soul 
cleaveth unto the dust
quicken thou me 
according to thy word."

"soul"
H5315
= life .. breath

"cleaveth"
H1692
= cling .. stick
= follow closely .. pursue
= join to .. abide with

"dust"
H6083
= dry earth
(flesh .. of earth)
= powder .. ashes
= rubbish .. debris

"quicken"
H2421
= have life
= sustain .. grow
= live forever
= save

H2331
= to breathe

H2324
= show how .. interpret
= tell .. declare .. explain

"according to word"
H1697
= speech .. word
= telling .. saying
= commandments

H1696
= talk .. declare
= command
= warn .. threaten
= sing

The psalmist, King David, realizes that there is something very wrong with his soul ... his inner self ... his heart ... He feels stuck ... dried up ... dead ... worthless ... unclean.

...Therefore ... he asks God to help him ... to save him.  

He is praying God will help him live ... be sustained and grow as a person ... even considering his eternal life.

So David earnestly calls upon the Lord hoping He will explain everything he needs to know ... from His Word

... and show him how to become the person he was created to be.

...The Preeminence
    ...of God


v.26
"I have declared
my ways
and
thou heardest me: 
teach me
thy statutes."

"declared"
H5608
= recount .. relate
= tell .. rehearse
= enumerate .. show
= write out .. scribe
= secretary

"ways"
H1870
= road .. journey
= manner .. habit
= course of life
= moral character

H1869
= tread .. bent .. habit
= gone forth .. traveled

"heardest"
H6030
= answer .. respond
= testify .. shout
= hear

"teach"
H3925
= to be taught .. trained
= learn .. instructed
= diligently

"statutes"
H2706
= laws .. rules .. limits
= specifically prescribed
    .. for one's self

H2710
= portion .. appointed
= engrave .. written
= inscribe .. Word of God
= to be specifically
    .. written for
= personalized Word

King David has recounted ... spelled out ... recalled his path in life and examined his own inclinations and habits

... bringing all of this before God and knows he has been heard.

How does he know God has heard him?

... We are not told ... but we do know that God has His own ways of letting us know that He hears our requests and understands the desires of our heart.

David continues to reveal what a wise and humble king he is ... by next requesting ... that God would instruct him

... diligently teach him ... God's specific rules ... laws ... established boundaries

... and ... provide the wisdom he is specifically going to need from God's Holy Word.

In this heart-felt ... most
transparent request ... King David is revealing his willingness to submit to the Higher Authority of God's instruction

... as well as ... his desire to have a close ... personal ... loving relationship with his Creator.

This is the very reason God calls David:

...."a man after mine own heart."

 *Preparing to Testify*

v.27
"Make me
to understand 
the way 
of thy precepts
so shall I talk 
of thy wondrous works."

"understand"
H995
= discern .. consider
= observe .. mark .. heed
= be instructed
= regard with prudence

"way"
H1870
= road .. journey
= manner .. habit
= course of life
= moral character

H1869
= tread .. bent .. habit
= gone forth .. traveled

"precepts"
H6490
= totality of Law
= Word of God

H6485
= for purpose of
= attending to
= pay attention to .. need

"talk"
H7878
= speak of .. put forth
= commune .. pray
= declare

"wondrous works"
H6381
= extraordinary
= miraculous

David's request reveals that he knows the importance of

... the desire to glorify God

... and how that serves as the first step to walking with God

... observing how our Creator can become specifically and intimately involved in one's life

... and then being privileged to testify to the world ... of all of His wondrous works.

... Praying
    ... to
        ... Overcome



v.28
"My soul melteth 
for heaviness
strengthen thou me 
according unto
thy word."

"soul"
H5315
= life .. Breath

"melteth"
H1811
= drop .. drip
= weep .. pour out 

"heaviness"
H8424
= depression
= grief .. sorrow

"strengthen"
H6965
= rise .. arise
= stand up to endure
= become powerful  
= established
= fixed .. abide
= accomplish

"according to thy Word"
H1697 
= in harmony with
= totality of Word of God

At times it can feel like our life is dissolving ... just melting away and there is nothing we can do to preserve it.

When faced with times such as this ... only God can come to our rescue

... and through the power of the Holy Spirit infused in the totality of the Word of God

... successfully restore our strength ... help us endure ... and overcome. 

v.29
"Remove from me 
the way of lying
and
grant me 
thy law graciously."

"Remove"
H5493 
= turn aside .. avoid
= reject .. put end to
= take away

"way"
H1870
= road .. journey
= manner .. habit
= course of life
= moral character

H1869
= tread .. bent .. habit
= gone forth .. traveled 

"lying"
H8267
= falsehood .. deception
= false impression
= fraud .. vain .. worthless

H8266
= trick .. cheat

"grant me thy law"
H8451
= direction .. instruction
= prophetic teaching
= interpret Word of God

H3384
= "Water of the Word"
= pour .. cast .. throw
= like rain
= teach .. instruct

"graciously"
H2603
= be merciful .. have pity
= show favor
= bless with Truth

Overcoming involves putting an end to sin by praying that God will teach ways to avoid and reject it

... asking Him to take away temptation and wrong desires ... as we willingly ... embrace His Word.

David specifically mentions the habit of lying.

He is praying ... and also ... perhaps repenting ... asking God to help him not to be guilty of deceiving others.

He understands the seriousness of his sin and is already crushed by it

... so begs God to show mercy in His instruction

... as He tenderly corrects with the insight of His powerful Word.

* * * * *
"DALETH"
The Symbol

Entrance 
to the Remedy
             ...The Door...


v.30
"I have chosen 
the way of truth
thy judgments 
have I laid
before me."

"chosen"
H977
= elected
= decided in favor of

H974
= tried .. proved 
= tested .. examined
= made a choice

"way"
H1870
= road .. journey
= manner .. habit
= course of life
= moral character

H1869
= tread .. bent .. habit
= gone forth .. traveled

"truth"
H530
= faithful to Word of God

H529
= established Word of God

H539
= supported
= nourished as by parents
= carried .. standing firm

"judgments"
H4941
= right .. lawful
= accord w/Word of God
= order .. approprate

H8199
= vindicate or punish
= govern
= defend .. deliver

"laid"
H7737
= agree with
= like .. resemble
= harmonize .. equalize

Finding the entrance ... the Door ... to eternal life happens

... when the Way of Truth is chosen

... God's judgments are discovered in His Holy Word

... and our hearts find harmony with everything He has said, therein.

It is the totality of the precious Word of God ... both Old and New Testaments ... that directs our spiritual steps to the Door

... the Door ... marked in red ... the one covered in the precious "Blood of the Lamb." 

Jesus speaking. . .


"I am the door: 

by me
if
any man enter in, 

he shall be saved, 

and
shall go in
and out, 

and
find pasture."
-John 10:9

Here is where we make the eternally heavy choice whether to go through the Door to receive eternal life or not

... to find cleansing from sin by the Blood of Christ

... to find the Way

... and to begin the journey on the narrow road that takes us to the Father's House

... as we continue to be nourished and supported by the powerful ... life sustaining ... Word of God

... and walk forever with our glorious Creator ... who loved us and gave Himself for us.

v.31
"I have stuck unto
thy testimonies
O LORD, 
put me not
to shame."

"stuck"
H1692
= to cling .. cleave
= follow closely
= pursue hard
= stay joined together
= abide .. keep fast

"testimonies"
H5715 = witness

H5707
= evidence

H5749
= repeat .. affirm
= exhort

"put me not to shame"
H954
= be ashamed
= disappointed in 
   one's self

We are only human ... and there are just so many hours in a day

... so it is vital to follow David's example and ask God's help to make His Word and testimonies preeminent in our life.

Then ... like David ... we can remind God that we have made the best possible use of our time in pursuit of His Word and His will

... and have done our best ... with His help ... to walk closely in fellowship with Him.

In this way ... we can have confidence toward Him and assurance

... knowing He will answer our prayer ... help us avoid regrets ... and be kept from  being ashamed at His appearing.

v.32
"I will run the way 
of thy commandments
when thou shalt 
enlarge my heart."

"run"
H7323
= move quickly
= hurry .. rush
= run through
= break down (ref. Door)

"way"
H1870
= road .. journey
= manner .. habit
= course of life
= moral character

H1869
= tread .. bent .. habit
= gone forth .. traveled

"commandments"
H4687
= code of wisdom
= best course in life
= God's direction and will
= totality of Word of God

H6680
= assignment
= specific God-given
   appointment

"enlarge"
H7337
= expand capacity
= make room

"heart"
H3820
= inner man
= mind .. will .. thoughts
= determination
= appetite .. desire
= emotion .. feelings
= seat of courage

King David is in a hurry.

... He realizes that there is an urgent need to get through the Door and begin the journey to fulfill God's specific will for his life

... according to God's plan and His Holy Word.

... There is no time to waste.

Again ... we see what a wise king David is.

... He is fully aware that going through the Door will require more heart than he currently has

... so he prays that the Lord will expand the capacity of his heart

... and make room for more of God's Word.


"Thy word 
have I hid 
in mine heart
that I might not sin 
    against thee."    
-Ps.119:11

Life and breath 
... and ... 
going through the Door 
are all a matter 
... of ... 
the heart.
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