Mary Pondered – Maidservant

The definition for the Hebrew word Maidservant is to spread out…

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

First mention Maidservant #8198 shipchah (shif-khaw). Strong’s Concordance pg1992.

I wonder if Mary pondered, maindservant as to spread out, to stretch, to share what she as a family…the Good News.

The Subtle Bridge

Scripture First Mentions –
Between the words “Separate” and “Servant”
is the “serpent”.

Yep,
Separate – Jesus calls – Come follow Me.

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Servant – our hearts are opened to His.

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but right there in the middle…is the “serpent”
“who was more subtle than any beast…” Genesis 3:1

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“…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.

Crouching Donkey

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“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,

Praise on!!


Reysh - 20th Hebrew Letter Word Picture: Head (of a man) Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.
Reysh – 20th Hebrew Letter
Word Picture: Head (of a man)
Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.
Bet - 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet Picture of a "tent or house" Within, heart, begin to, build, family.
Bet – 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet
Picture of a “tent or house”
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family.
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew Picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise? (one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew
Picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise
Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise?
(one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)

Also, not at the end of a word Tsadik looks like this:

Tsadik - the 18th letter. Word picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise. Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?
Tsadik – the 18th letter.
Word picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise.
Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?

The Word Speaks Peace

Pey – the Word Speaks.

Dove sand images

Word Picture – Mouth –

Pey - 17th Hebrew Letter Word Picture - Mouth Meaning - To speak, a word, to open, etnrance, the, command. Can you see the side of the face and the "mouth" open?
Pey – 17th Hebrew Letter
Word Picture – Mouth
Meaning – To speak, a word, to open, etnrance, the, command.
Can you see the side of the face and the “mouth” open?

 Numerical Value – Eighty


Methuselah – Genesis 5:25

“…when Methuselah had lived one hundred and eighty-seven years…”

He was the Grandfather of Noah, whose name means “rest”.

Eighty – richness, fatness, oil – shine. Used to anoint objects or kings!

Overall richness, strength (as a surplus above the perfect “seven”).

From the Strong’s Hebrew definition #8084 & #8083 of the first mention for “eighty”

Psalm Eighty One: 10 “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”


Noah…”And the dove came back to him (Noah) in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf.”  

 

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Pey – the Word speaks…

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with Peace.

dove peace earth images

 

“God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:17

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Peace on Earth

Rainbow of the Sea of Galilee
Rainbow of the Sea of Galilee

 

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, 

but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

John 3:17 ESV

Returning to Daniel to Remember – Zayin

A study illuminating Jesus in Daniel, Chapter 10.


“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.

Zayin - Seventh Hebrew letter. Word Picture: Weapon - Sword Meaning: To end, bring to completion, to cut, to cut off. Can you visualize holding it in your hand as a weapon?
Zayin – Seventh Hebrew letter.
Word Picture: Weapon – Sword
Meaning: To end, bring to completion, to cut, to cut off.
Can you visualize holding it in your hand as a weapon?

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”.

Weapon used by the Romans.
Weapon used by the Romans.

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, remember the 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


“Remember” excerpt from my book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1507637098The King's Highway-Jesus Revealed in Psalm 119


Feature photo – Rainbow over the Sea of Galilee.

“And God said…I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant…” Genesis 9:16 (ESV)

 

 

The Place Between Your Care and Burden

“What is a “burden,”

and what is a “care”?

Show me,

Lord,

the difference there.

 

First Mention in Scripture for “burden”.

“…couching down between two burdens.”

Genesis 49:14 KJV

 

The “difference”,

Lord,

that I see,

Is one is done in praise

Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew Picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise? (one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew
Picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise
Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise?
(one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)

“Cast your burden on the LORD,

And He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22(ESV)

 

And one upon the knees.

Tsadik - the 18th letter. Word picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise. Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?
Tsadik – the 18th letter.
Word picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise.
Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?

“…casting all your care upon Him,

For He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)


 

Blessings dear friends and neighbors:)

It’s Friday!

denise

Rejecting or Rejoicing?

“He was despised and rejected by men…” Isaiah 53:3 (ESV)


Lord, on this day of Thanksgiving,

Are You speaking to me?

Have I “rejected” or “refused

for fear or shame?

Is my heart set on “man?”

Am I “despising” Your beauty?

Forgive me Lord. 


 

I study a lot from the Concordance.

When I am questioning;

Inquiring of knowledge;

Thinking;

Searching deep;

A “word” will surface

In my spirit.

Turning to the Concordance,

Going to the

First mention (of the word in Scripture)

Often times,

Seeing if Jesus,

Himself,

Used the “word”.

(Although I know

All Scripture is God breathed)


 

This morning

 between a

Thankful heart, and

Questioning if

I too was

“rejecting” the

Plans He has for my “heart?”

I went looking for the word

“Rejected.”


 

Oh yes, there are

Multiple lines of

“rejected,”

(approximately 30 times)

But at the end,

Right after the

After the last,

“rejected”,

Starting fresh is

The Word,

REJOICE!

 

(Abundant lines of 190 plus!

Not counting rejoices; rejoiceth; and rejoicing)


 

 Lv. 23:40  “…shall rejoice before the LORD your God…”

Dt. 12:7  “…shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand…”

Dt. 12:12 “…shall rejoice before the LORD your God…”

 

He spoke softy,

“Because My Son was

“despised and rejected”

You are

 Forgiven and

Loved.”

And you

…shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand…”

 


 

My Shepherd's protection on my path in life!
My Shepherd’s protection on my path in life!

On this day of Thanksgiving,

I thank You LORD for

Your tender mercy

Of lovingkindness,

Forgiveness, and

Grace.

 

Gently speaking and

Guiding with Your

Wisdom and Word.

Let me not

“reject”

All the good plans

You have for my life,

or the work of

Your Son’s hands.

Let me

“Rejoice!”

Before You always

For You are my God

And I trust in Your

Protection on my

Path in life,

As I follow

Your Son,

Jesus Christ


“But let all those rejoice

Who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy,

Because You defend them;

Let those also who

love Your

Name

Be joyful in You.”

Psalm 5:11 (NKJV)

"This is the day that the LORD has made; let us Rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us Rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

 

Secured to the Door of Rest

“The LORD has taught me more in rest,

Than when I’ve strived for my best…”

Poem by denisebalog©

First mention of Strive

“And the LORD said,

 ‘My Spirit

Shall not strive

with man forever.” in Genesis 6:3 (NKJV)

 

Strive – duwn (doon) the root of #1777 (Strong’s Concordance)

Dalet, Vav, Noon

The Door – Secured/Nailed – to life activity!

 

“Then Jesus said to them again…

I AM the Door…(NKJV) John 10:7

Anyone who goes through Me

Will be cared forwill freely

Go in and out, and find pasture…

I came so they can have

Real and eternal life,

More and better life than

They ever dreamed of.”

John 10:9-10 The Message

Yep, Jesus has taught me more

In rest,

than I have ever dreamed of,

Or when I have

Strived at my very best!

blessings,

denise

ps: I love the pizza pictured at the entranceway of the door! 

Photo captured “along the way” in Jerusalem, Israel 2014

Morning view – do you see “success”?

Morning quiet time.

In my view, through the window,

is the gas grill.

I couldn’t see the flowers planted on the other side of the grill,

but I know they are there,

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Morning view – success

because I planted them.

Morning view - success
Morning view – success

Made me think of heaven.

I can’t see heaven,

but I know it is there

beautiful…like the flowers.

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Morning view – success

Brought to mind what Jesus said to Thomas,

Blessed are those who have not seen

and yet have believed. “ John 20:29 (NKJV)


I also thought of a promise to me…

“And blessed is she who believed

that there would be a fulfillment

of what was spoke to her from the LORD.” Luke 1:45 (ESV)

 Not seen, but believed…


I thought of “success”.

What does it mean?

Do I want success?

I wondered if “success” was in the Concordance.

Yes, right therebut look,

the word immediately after

“success” is “Succoth.”

What does that mean?

“Booth” or for our western minds “tent”.

 

The letters are Samach, Kaf, Tav…

Sukkoth (sook-kohth) – booth, tent (Hebrew word & pictures displayed below)

Resting Under the Cover of the Cross!!

 

Went looking for the first mention of “Succoth.”

Genesis 33:17…our beloved Jacob.

Starting with verse 33:12.

“Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way

and I will go ahead of you.

Look at that,

Esau, the “world” says “let us” go on our way…”

But

Jacob’s said…

“Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant,

and I will lead on slowly or “gently”…at the pace of the children”

Sounds like my Jesus…Respectful, humble,

gentle, compassionate.

“Come to Me, all who labor.. and I will give you rest…

I am gentle…

You will find rest…” Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)

 

“So Esau returned that day on his way.

But Jacob journeyed to Succoth,

and built himself a house

and booths for his livestock.

Therefore the name of the place

is called “Sukkoth.” Verses 16-17

 

We can go the way of Esau

making ourselves as the world

and going their way to “success”

(remember Esau “returned” to the way he came.)

OR

we can be Jacob…

resting under the cover of

God’s house,

His Word,

and His promises to us.

Going gently, at a slower place.

 

Resting under the cover (Succoth – booth – tent) of the Cross

Finding all our “successes” are in Him Who loves us!

 

Sharing my journey through Scriptures

and the Hebrew word pictures.

Please feel free to share yours.

Blessings,

Denise


Deeper Treasures

“Depend of the LORD in whatever you do

 and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

This verse was on the bottom of my journal page…Isn’t He sweet!

And guess what? The number 16

(from Proverbs 16:3) represents

the sixteenth Hebrew letter Ayin – an eye.

To see, to know, to understand.

Doing a happy dance in the land of Succoth today!!

Ayin - #16 - Eye - to see, to know, to understand
Ayin – #16 – Eye – to see, to know, to understand

 


Hebrew  word – Succoth – Strong’s Concordance #5523

Sukkoth (sook-kohth) – booth, tent

Word pictures

Samech – Prop or Support – to rest

Samech - #15 - Prop or Support
Samech – #15 – Prop or Support

Kaf – Open cupped hand – to cover, under, wing of a bird

Kaf - 11th letter  - Open Palm
Kaf – 11th letter – Open Palm

Tav – Cross – a covenant, a sign, a miracle

Tav - #22 - Cross, sign, miracle
Tav – #22 – Cross, sign, miracle

 

 The word picture for Tav changed from what 

we would recognized as a “cross” when the Jewish nation

went into the Babylonian captivity time period.

Be still, and know…Psalm 46:10

“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)

At the door of Dalet

What was “the word of the LORD” that “came to Abram.”? Genesis 15:1

“Fear not Abram, I AM your Shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:2

  • Spending time in the “word” will significantly change your direction and course. Opening up doors of hope to all the good plans God has for your life. –

Now, there is a “word” I can receive “within my heart” at the door of Dalet!

Resting in Jesus, my “Shield and exceedingly great reward!” Genesis 15:2

Dalet  –  ד – door, direction and path enlightened in the word “Dabar”

(daw-bawr)  [דבר] Strong’s Concordance #1697

 

Photo of the high priest breastplate or “shield” described in Exodus 28:15-29

With the flutter of a wing…

In a Word…Heavy – “Kabed”

“…for this thing is too heavy for thee…” Exodus 18:18

“Kabed” With the flutter of a wing, opening the path of the heart to find refuge and rest –

When the burdens of the day, the efforts of a heavy week have physically and mentally been more than one can bear, in a Word He comforts me.

“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

 

Hebrew word for Heavy – kabed (kaw-bade’) – Strong’s Concordance # 3515

Kaf –  כ palm (left hand) – to cover, to open, wing of a bird, refuge

Bet –  ב house – within, begin to, heart

Dalet –  ד door – path, entranceway, break forth