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.

Decision, Decisions

Lord, “we know not what to do!”

First mentioned of “decision” in Scripture

“…the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14 The Hebrew Strong’s word number 2742, points to the Strong’s root word number 2782.

Decision #2782 – charats (khaw-rats’) definition

  • To point sharply.
  • Figurative to be alert.
  • To decide, determine and move.

The word picture illustrates – Decision #2782 charats (khaw-rats’)

Chet – ח Fence – Inner-room, private, protection

Reysh –ר  Head (of a man) – a person, the first.

Tsadik – צ Hook – to catch, desire, to grasp, to praise.

So what does this all have to do with making a Decision? In Joel 3:12 the place of “decision” is mentioned as “the Valley of Jehoshaphat.” What happened in the “Valley of Jehoshaphat?” The story is found in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. “Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD.” Verse 3 visually retelling the story how “A great multitude” was coming against Jehoshaphat. In this valley of fear and despair, one of the most memorable lines in the Old Testament was spoken for our encouragement. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” Verse 12

In our daily lives, many decisions are required. Frankly, I too, do not know what to do!  The Hebrew word charats for “decision” visually reminds me.

The protection for my head, the first place I need to look, is to grasp the power of the One Who loves me and praise Him in my valley of decisions. There, I too can be as Jehoshaphat and hear the word of the Lord from our Prince of Peace, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s…You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf.” Verses 15 and 17

Thank You LORD, for You are “near in the valley of decision” comforting, strengthening and fighting our daily life battles. When “great multitudes” come against us, in our weakness, we look to You and stand firm in Your Word, position and saving power. In Your Mighty Name Jesus! Amen!

 

Photo of “the brow of the hill” in Nazareth, Israel, where “all in the synagogue were filled with wrath” and attempted to throw Jesus “down the cliff.” Luke 4:16-24

What did John see?

So what did John see when Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega” in the beginning of Revelations 1: 8 and “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” again at the end of Revelations 22:13?

John saw the Hebrew letters

  • Alef – א Ox, the Sacrifice, the First, Leader, Strength, Power.
  • Tav – ת   Cross, the Sign, the Miracle, the Seal.

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Welcome to my Blog

Greetings…welcome to my Blog.  Writing letters to friends, family and often strangers (we use to call them pen-pals) has always been something I enjoyed.  The desire of my heart is to share the beauty of Jesus gleaned from digging deeper into the Hebrew Alphabet or Alef-Bet letters and word pictures.  My interest in the Alef-Bet word pictures was ignited the first time I heard the statement, “Jesus would have been speaking to His disciples in Hebrew and not in Greek!”  As I considered this truth, it planted a seed, began to take root, and I dug deeper into the subject. Uncovering a truth, word pictures, have the ability to illustrate Scriptures. I pray our journey together will be an exciting time. So let’s “Enlarge the place…” of our understanding and “let the curtains of (our) habitations be stretched out…”  allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal hidden treasures of Jesus found in the language of God – Hebrew.    Isaiah 54:2 (ESV) Continue reading “Welcome to my Blog”

In the beginning…

“In the beginning was the Word, Bet [ב] and the Word [ב] was with God [א], and the Word [ב] was God [א]. He was in the beginning [ב] with God [א]. All things were made through Him [א] and without Him [א] was not any thing made that was made. In Him [א] was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

The beauty of Jesus [א] illuminated in the Hebrew letter word pictures Alef [א] – Bet [ב].