Scripture First Mentions – Between the words “Separate” and “Servant”
is the “serpent”.
Yep, Separate – Jesus calls – Come follow Me.
Servant – our hearts are opened to His.
but right there in the middle…is the “serpent”
“who was more subtle than any beast…” Genesis 3:1
“…who was more subtle…” comes in many forms.
Sickness, distractions, the list can go as far as that bridge pictured.
With that said, my husband is on the road to recovery from surgery. Yesterday I was very concerned because it was not going as “quickly” as I thought recovery should be heading. As for myself, I made a doctor appointment -right ear continues from sinus issues.
My heart is “separated” to desire, but the “serpent”who is more subtle…has placed many distractions before this “servant.”
(I had to cancel the house Bible study meeting this evening)
One last “word”. Jesus is SO sweet to encourage us in our daily walk.
One small word is placed before the word ‘serpent’ in the Concordance.
“Seraiah” 2 Samuel 8:17
“who was the scribe”
Definition – Jah has prevailed. The name of 9 Israelites – and was mentioned in the context of one who served in King David’s administration.
Thank You Jesus, in Your tenderness, there still room to serve in the King’s administration and court. I loved the number 9…Nine fruits of the Spirit; nine gifts of the Spirit; and oh yea, been studying on the NINE candlestick lamp the Menorah!
Light the way my King! Jesus, You are the Servant Lamp!!
Photos taken in Africa by my friend L.C. who, even in with her health issues and concerns, continues to serve in the Kingdom.
“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.” Genesis 49:14
Yesterday, I went looking for the first mention of the word “strong”.
It actually means, “skeleton of the body, and bones.”
I thought this strange.
This morning, the verse came to mind again, only the word “crouching”.
In the Hebrew the word is actually #7257 – “lying”.
Issachar was Leah’s 5th son. Five reflects – Favor and Grace!
“And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son…Issachar.” Genesis 30:17
Of the tribe of Issachar it is said they are
“Mighty men of valor” and “Ready for war”. 1 Chronicles 7:1-5
Of all the tribes, Issachar…
“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32
Back to “crouching.” The word comes from the root Hebrew word #7257 “lying”
“Rabats” or Reysh, Bet, Tsadak.
As I thought on the word picture,
Man’s (Reysh) dwelling (Bet – our heart and body) in praise and prayer (Tsadik) – between two sheepfolds. (Tsadik is one of my favorites because it looks like the one of kneeling or standing in praise)
Issachar is crouched down in a position of praise and prayer between two sheepfolds (our family and the world).
And of “strong” – Issachar knows
To his bone,
down to his core,
to the marrow of his “skeleton”
only through Praise and Prayer, through the Favor and Grace of Jesus Christ,
Protection for our family,
Discernment and understand for the times we live in.
And knowing, in this position of prayer and praise,
When troubles come upon us, we know…
What we “ought to do”!! Wisdom and Discernment
“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between two sheepfolds.”
Even when the whole world thinks we are a “donkey”; we are Mighty men of valor and ready for war in the position of praise and prayer!!
Mighty men and women of God,
Also, not at the end of a word Tsadik looks like this:
“And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves.” Daniel 10:7
Daniel was alone – “cut off” by himself.
Daniel heard the sound of Jesus’ voice which is also found in Revelation 19:15 – “mouth like a sword” – Jesus is coming to “bring completion”.
Of Daniel – “His attendants saw not the vision; …There is a divine revelation vouchsafed to all, from converse with which none are excluded who do not excluded themselves.” – quote by Matthew Henry
Man cuts himself off from Christ and His revelations.
A revelation found in the Hebrew word “remember”.
“The Hebrew word for remember is zakar. The Hebrew letters (Zayin, Kaf, Reysh for remember) can visually illustrate, to remember is the weapon in the palm of the hand of the person. Our highest weapon in spiritual warfare is to remember.
The next time the evil one shows you lack, rememberthe Lord is your Shepherd, and you “shall not want”; when sickness plagues the day, remember, “with His stripes we are healed” and when the world asks, “Where is your God?”remember Jesus and His “steadfast love.”
The first time Jesus used the word remember in the New Testament, He said, “Remember the five loaves of bread…” there is the number five again; Grace! Let us enjoy this Travel Truth spending the day remembering, “Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ!” John 1:16”
Scriptures: Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 42:3; Matthew 16:9
“Be still and know,” as treasure hunt deeper into the Hebrew letter pictures unfolds. The Hebrew word for “still” is raphah רפה (raw-faw’) The definition is to slacken, to relax, to remove the hand. The three letter word picture רפה reveals a clue. (Hebrew reads right to left)
Reysh ר – picture of the head of man or the“first”
Pey פ – picture of a mouth or “word”
Hey ה – picture of a window or behold. (We are looking to behold Jesus through the window of Hey so the picture can illustrate Grace)
Studying the clues of raphah רפה – the first – word – grace –
Ok, so what was the first word or first mention of “grace” in Scripture?
“Noah found grace in the eyes of God.” Genesis 6:8 KJV
Thinking on this…Noah’s name in Hebrew means “rest.”
What did Noah rest in knowing?
Noah “rested” in knowing he found grace or favor in God’s eyes.
“Grace” in Hebrew is a masculine noun (remember a noun is a person, place or thing) meaning kindness, and unmerited favor or regard in God’s sight.
Concealed in the Hebrew word raphah רפה for “still” is a visual picture of resting in Grace.
Thank You Lord, when sudden storms of uncertainty flare up, or the chaff of emotions threaten to sweep me away, in Your lovingingkindness, You speak, “Peace, be still,” and I rest secure in the mention of Your Mighty Name – Jesus!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He love us… seated us with Him in the heavenly places… so that…He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)