Pastor’s Blog 12.12.18

For several weeks now I have been thinking about the discovery of the meaning of the word “Understand” from the ancient Hebrew word picture. It means to see the name – and is the same word translated: hear, understand, and obey. The Lord wanted the children of Israel to understand Him, so He revealed himself with a series of names in the Old Covenant. Here are the most noteworthy:

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – Jehovah is my righteousness

Jehovah – Shalom – Jehovah is peace

Jehovah – Shammah – Jehovah is there

Jehovah – M’ Kaddesh – Jehovah who sanctifies

Jehovah – Jireh – God’s provision shall be seen

Jehovah – Rohi – Jehovah is my Shepherd

Jehovah – Rophe – Jehovah is my healer

Jehovah Nissi – Jehovah is my banner

Each of these revelations made God a “personal God” to Israel. Jesus truly is all theses to us and more!

Isaiah 9:6-7

6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor , Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV

Many people today want the Government to take care of them. Look around, our world governments are falling every year. I am glad I have found a Kingdom that is not of this world for sure. If this world was all there is, I would be very miserable indeed. Man’s greatest scholars cannot produce a textbook that can last four years without having to be re-written, but the Word of God is eternal! Last year, I threw away tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of college textbooks from my daughters’ years in college. What a shame. Man doesn’t really understand truth so they keep changing it every year.

However, God never changes!

When I pray, I like to meditate on the names that the Lord has given Himself. I want to see the name so I can hear, understand and obey. So the ancient language teaches us to really hear, gives us the means to see, and to understand and obey. That is a far cry from the way many people are seeing Christianity being represented today. Many believe in Jesus, as does the devil, but they don’t see, understand and obey the truth.

John 18:37-38

37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth ?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them,”I find no fault in Him at all. NKJV

John 17:16-17

16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth . NKJV

I pray that Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus and Who He really is to us in a more tangible way in the coming days and that we would comprehend, we would SEE, HEAR, UNDERSTAND and OBEY His truth!

Til next week!

Pastor Dave