In a word…Praise – “Yadah”

“…she said, Now I will praise the LORD…” Genesis 29:35

“Yadah” – “The entranceway of the hands to behold the mysteries of His Grace”

“When life is coming against you and darkness blocks the way, as an arrow shooting heavenward, extend your hands in praise!” poem by denise balog

“For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke…” Psalm 66:17 (NLT)

Hebrew word for Praise – yadah (yaw-daw’) Strong’s Concordance #3034

Yood –  י hand (right closed) – work, deed, effort

Dalet –  ד door – entranceway, pathway, direction

Hey –  ה Window – beholding, to reveal, mystery, Grace

Beneath Your Restful Shade

“The Lord is your shade at your right hand…The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121:5 (NJKV)

One of the things I love about the Hebrew letters are their visual beauty to illuminate Jesus!

The Hebrew word for shade is tsel (tsale) #6738 in the Strong’s Concordance.

Tsel is a masculine noun meaning a shade, a shadow, under the protection or refuge of the LORD. When I see these letters in the context of the Scripture, in my mind’s eye I see…

צ  = tsadik = fishhook = to catch, desire, to grasp, to praise

ל = lamed = staff/rod = Shepherd, to accompany

Praising Jesus for He is my Shepherd Who accompanies me through the darkest valley!

When the atmosphere of your world begins to heat up.  Struggle finds you in the midst of the day. Return to the visual of Tsel, צל and rest beneath His loving shade! Praise Jesus, your Shepherd knows you’re going out and coming in from this time forth and even forevermore!

 

“If any lacks wisdom, let him ask…” James 1:5

So I asked, “Lord, in a world full of Tweets, Twitters, and Instagram, how does one write a Bible study in a word?”

Softly I heard, “I AM.”

Are you broken or sick…I AM “the LORD Who heals you.” (Exodus 15:27)

Hungry for more…I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

No direction or purpose…I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

Desire a new beginning…I AM the Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)

I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

In a Word.

Jesus

In Him there is no lack. (Colossians 2:9)

“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Peter didn’t worry about going fishing or not fishing, he trusted in the Lord. Whether he fished, walked the hillsides or stayed at home, Jesus met him there.

Where? Right where His Word said to go.

“…go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Matthew 28:10

Peter’s answer was found in the Faithfulness of Jesus’ Word.

On this beautiful day, whether you are fishing, shopping, or camping by the lake, no worries, Jesus meets you right there!  He is the Faithfulness of God’s Word!  “Immanuel…God with us.” Matthew 1: 23

“I am going fishing.” John 21:3

The disciples and women accompanying Jesus for the Passover feast, have made their journey north. Leaving remembrances of Jerusalem behind, and walking the rocky pilgrim paths to a set destination. Quiet thoughts marking miles, as exhaustion and anticipation mix step with step. Galilee and the question most assuredly considered, “now what?”

“I am going fishing.”  Women returned to homemaking, and fisherman to their fish. Peter and six other disciples did what they knew how to do, and “caught nothing.” Did Peter’s reputation for making impetuous decisions affect the outcome of their work that night? Maybe he should have waited at home or not include the others in his plans?

Whether hasty decisions has brought you to barren waters. Or the unanswered question of “now what?” leaves your net empty at the end of the day, Jesus’s invitation is the same “Come and have breakfast.”

Jesus may not physically by setting a “…charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it and bread,” but He feeds us still. Filling you with the desires of His heart, comforting your soul with the warmth of His love, and nourishing your spirit with the bread of His Word. “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:1:14 (ESV)

“Simon Peter…dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish…even with so many the net was not torn.” John 21:11 (NIV)

“Touch Me and see.” Luke 24:38

“Why are you troubled…it is I Myself, Touch Me, and see.”  Luke 24:38

Scripture shares, “eight days later, his disciples were inside again” John 20:26 surely, during these eight days of fear from persecution, wonder at the empty tomb, and doubts of the risen Lord, they shared much discussions.

In the midst of their burdens, emotions and considerations, Jesus, Himself, came to lift their fears and settle their hearts. “Touch Me and see.”  Assuredly He speaks the same to you today, “Touch Me and see.” Reaching up, drawing near to the One Who calls your name…“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

Touch –  #5060 in the Hebrew from Strong’s Complete Word Study

Naga (naw-gah’) – definition – verb, to reach up, draw near, join, touch

Noon – ן – fish – life activity, Believer

Gimel – ג – camel – to lift up, kindness, take

Ayin – ע – eye – to see, to know, to experience

Naga’ can visually illustrate – The life activity of a Believer, to reach up, to know, to experience, the One – Jesus!

“It is written…” Matthew 14:27

“It is written…” Matthew 4:4

When the fears of the day; suggestions of the world, trouble my mind with indecision, the Holy Spirit stirs up the “written” words of Scripture…

“Take heart, it is I (Jesus). Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

The Hebrew word “written” can visually illustrate…

The Word engraved within my heart by the protective hand of the Holy Spirit.

Written – #3789 in the Hebrew from  Strong’s Complete Word Study 

Hebrew word – kathab (kaw-thab’) – definition – to write, inscribe, prescribe, record.

  • Kaf – כ – open hand – covering, permit, wing of a bird
  • Tav – ת – cross – sign, covenant, to seal
  • Bet – ב – house – within, heart, family

The Holy Spirits’ covering, as the wings of a bird, to protect and guide from the fears of the day. Reminding us of  Christ’s sign to seal us with the covenant of His Blood, “Written” within our hearts, our early tents, and upon our families. –

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27 ESV

Amen!

 

…and there they will see Me

Gathered in the Upper Room, the excitement of seeing the risen Lord continued to drip as fragrant oil over the disciples. Waiting in their thoughts, anticipation, and fear, as the City of Jerusalem struggled to return to normal after Passover and the crucifixion.

Hushed voices, speaking wonder from their hearts, recalling what the angel had told Mary of Magdalene while visiting the empty tomb. Mary’s own mind, re-tracing her steps, and the words of the angel,

“…go quickly and tell His disciples…He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him.” Matthew 28:7

Mary’s heart raced remembering her encounter with Jesus. The tenderness of His greeting “Peace-Shalom” flooded her spirit with comfort and joy. His words “…there they will see Me” sound so familiar to her ears. Were these the same words, as a child she strained to hear from a distance, as the village Rabbi taught the local children?

“… at the entrance of the tentI will meet with you, to speak to youAnd they shall know that I AM the LORD their God… Exodus 29:42-46 (ESV)

Running these Words, and Jesus’ Words over and over in her mind…

“…I will meet with you, to speak to you…” Exodus 29:42

“…go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Matthew 28:10

“Galilee,” the very sound of the word, transported Mary’s emotions to the peace of the water’s edge. Collecting the tiny shells; listening to the water lapped softly on the shore; and tucking bits of treasures into the folds of her garment. Peace-Shalom. Lost in thought, the voices and calls of traveling pilgrims, jars Mary’s thoughts back to the Upper Room. Sitting, here in Jerusalem, the very pinnacle of David’s “entrance of the tent,” the memories of home, and Jesus’ Words encourage Mary’s weary soul.

“…I will meet with you, to speak to you…”

“… and there they will see Me.”

Not bound by time, traditions or geographic location, in the midst of the noise and travels of the day, like Mary, I too am returning to the promises found in His Word. Listening to the tenderness of His voice speaking, “Peace-Shalom.” Jesus the same “yesterday, today and forevermore” meeting with me, at the entrance the tent, my heart, speaking…

“…to you…I AM,

Familiar Friend,

Companion,

Comforter,

Provider,

Healer,

Immanuel, God with you,

Wonderful Counselor,

Everlasting Father,

Mighty God,

Prince of Peace,

I AM – Yeshua – Jesus!

…and (you) shall know that…I AM the LORD (your) God. ”Exodus 29:42

Early while it was dark…

“Early while it was dark…” John 20:1

What drew Mary from the warmth of her place of rest to the early morning tomb?

Was it the obligation of anointing Jesus’ body? Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had completed that work on Friday. Was there hidden hope, remembered and tucked inside the warmth and comfort of His words?

“…and on the third day he will rise.” Luke 18:33

Oh Mary of Magdalene, the woman who seeking, found the One she was looking for.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’” John 20:16

Can you feel the pounding of her heart as she carries the news to those still asleep in the Upper Room?

“…went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” – and that He had said these things to her.” John 20:18

Hearing her words, spoken with confidence, a knowing in the back of her head, disbelief surely washed over the room as an incoming strong wave on the shore. What was visual, now was not. What they had seen with their own eyes, the ranting crowds crying out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” and hearing the pounding of the hammer and nails with their own ears, “When the soldiers had crucified Jesus…”John 19:23 Mary’s declaration of surety rocked their sadness and mourning.

“I have seen the Lord!”

The outcome of this tidal wave continues to be heard and debated in hearts today.

Jesus saying still, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” John 19:22

Drawing near this morning, feeling the breath of Jesus…

Receiving His Holy Spirit

His Peace

His Forgiveness

His Comfort

His Power to receive and believe

Like Mary of yesterday, today finding the One Whom I’m seeking – Jesus!

HE HAS RISEN!

“…and these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31 (ESV) Amen

 

Woman Whom are your seeking?

Two thousand years ago, Lord Jesus, You lie in a tomb – dead.

What sorrow Your disciples must have felt.

  • Was Peter remorseful, guilt ridden, full of shame for denying You three times?
  • What of Your beloved young John? Did overwhelming sorrow fill his reflective heart?
  • Was Thomas regretful for choosing to walk away from his home in Galilee to follow You all the way to this end?
  • What of the women who accompanied You Lord Jesus?

I wondered…Women, while sitting quietly on the Sabbath, reliving the memories of the horror of the day before. In their stillness, thinking ahead into the coming hours, and of what they would do. Physically unable to move for the traditions, but mentally preparing to spring forward at the break of first light.

As does of the dawn, swiftly gathering spices, stealth like, sure footed with slightness of sound making their way through the early morning streets of Jerusalem to Your tomb. Arriving to find the stone rolled back. Shocked, whispering between themselves, “The Romans must have taken or moved Him?” Knowing no Jew would have broken the Law to work during Sabbath. Mary asking what the others thought, “Where have they laid the Lord?”

Now, two-thousand years later, no Law restricts our movement, nor darkness hinders the way. Is the same question asked in the swiftness of this day?

“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” John 20:15 (ESV)

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Having the benefit of knowing the disciples and women would soon be lifted from sorrow to elated disbelief and shocking joy, I ask myself these same questions.

“Woman…Whom are you seeking?” John 20:15 (ESV)

In quietness of spirit, through the activities of this day, listening to hear His voice speaking.