Friday, November 17, 2017

PSALM 133, THE ANOINTING OF UNITY



 PSALM 133, THE ANOINTING OF UNITY


INTRODUCTON

Not all things that we enjoy are good for us -  sometimes it is the things we dislike that do the most good

I go to the disciple /apostle/ Pauls testimony now and consider how he spent many years in prison and under house arrest. [Yet it was only in these times when  Paul was able to pen his inspired letters and books of the bible to paper.

Consider how these books and letters have been used by God throughout generations ! to bless other people..

Consider how Paul was brought up the son of a pharisee and how he had to let go of his past life and put it to death  and how "his blinding brought him to his knees"

How he was beaten and shipwrecked , stoned and bitten, whipped and oppressed .
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Consider, John [whom Jesus loved] being exiled to patmos [to work in the mines] and given over to slavery, being dipped in boiling oil, going on  to living to an old age  John 21:22


Now John in this situation begins to reveal revelations and see things we now read about in scripture.

Hardly a person who should feel loved by God - seeing his life experiences and circumstances....

John could not see what God was doing in his flesh life and yet he was given revelations - that the Holy Spirit appointed/anointed/inspired/  into scripture.

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INSIGHT

Now I do not know yet what relevance this has - but I will share a dream and a vision in this study [I may well be wrong here and this may something I am meant to share with someone else - but anyway - either way I am sharing it ]

I had two dreams of dead insects on a floor ! I could not make out what these things were - until after the second dream and I now understand it to be dead flies, hundreds upon hundreds of dead flies.

Now a vision of a sand storm - where I became blinded and could not see ahead, all I could do was to keep walking through the storm and hope I was going in the right way

Both the dreams and vision are relating to being blind and walking in blind faith and the flies seem to symbolise the dead things in my life "becoming" or being created / into new things/ only because bad things have happened [what I assume to be bad]

Or maybe this is the people/seen as enemies of God's people /falling around as God's people are raised up.

I also have Jude 1:12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted--twice dead.


Feel free to interpret these things in your own way

The voice I seem to hear is "although bad things hapen in your life, these are meant for your good, they may seem to lead you away from Me - at the time,  but I will draw you closer to me, it will not be of your doing but Mine


You are the disciple I love and so welcome tribulation"


I also receive 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you;

Either way no matter how bad your life, God will/can/  use it / amazingly it may cause you to stop your unity with God - and with others / and so we begin another message "about God and you - building bridges - and  how the bridge can be pulled down"

In a sense,  it is about how you respond - yet in another sense it is about "how God uses the God/Good/bad/ things to draw you into a much deeper place and relationship.

Here we see the disciple Paul letting go of his old life [flies] and beginning a new life .....

Here we see the disciple John being loved by God and yet finding his road and path to be anything but blessed or joyous.

Welcome to the upside down Kingdom of God - where the disciples found adversity and opposition - where the fishermen layed down their nets - but continued to be fishermen - John 21:10 ...

Where Paul continued to be a tent maker to make ends meet while he preached and wrote and travelled.

Al of them found adversity and opposition as they sought to build bridges -  yet it seemed the good life/blessed/ was upside down.

Now when you tell people you are blessed - consider what blessed means....your blessed/good/God/ life may well be turned upside down.

Your anointing is not blessed - but your anointing is being able to walk through the storm na dcome out the other end - your unity is only because God chose you and so we begin the next step/ascent/ one in which you may lose your identity .
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THREE VERSES



In Psalm 133 we  are presented with three verses and three images .

1. The anointing of Araan with oil

2. The dew of Hermon

3. And as the dew descends on the mountains of Zion [surrounding Jerusalem]

It is interesting here in these three verses that we are taken to from literal to spiritual.

Here heaven touches earth or earth touches heaven.

Here the literal is affected by the spiritual - but also the spiritual is affected by the literal.

Here we go on in this Psalm to "for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for ever more"



Quite how the mounts of Zion could have life for evermore - means that these metaphors are broken and are no longer pictures/images/metaphors/ but are literal and not only that but are speaking in the plural sense - that God anoints and God declares that He will give dew in the morning and water to quench our thirst and bring anointing by oil to those who are His FOREVEMORE.


Here ascend the steps of our lives and heavenly places and go from pictures and mere images to God's Promises -to quench the thirst of the deer [another metaphor] and to anoint those that are His.

Here we might be baptised - only to find that we were already or that we will be.

Here we might find that God did give us dew in the Morning - but also will.

Here we may receive the oil of anointing from God or from a person . [as with Araan from a person - yet from God]

Here we find that God in scripture - turns spiritual to literal and literal to scriptural [or spiritual]

Here anointing is turned to water and water to oil.

THREE IMAGES

This is a metaphor or image that firstly uses bethren in unity and turns to the anointing of Araan and then to the dew on mount hermon [using a picture/metaphor] but going onto the mountains surrounding Jerusalem - but now goes to a future literal and present /past/ by declaring "commanded the blessing, even life for ever more"

Herby not all those who are baptised [jewish tradition] are of God .

Well now today we may have no idea of the mountains surrounding Jersusalem or the dew on mount hermon - we have no memory of the oil that dripped from araans beard - but however we now know that God gives water to the thirsty and oil to anoint.

Life forever more in this Psalm of King David could not be applied to all his subjects in his kingdom as many were enemies of God at this time and of David - but here David again prophecies and declares God's word.


It is quite obvious that not all under Davids kingship and kingdom were of God [even in his own family]

And so - It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. NIV

or = Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting. NTL


As if the dew from mount hermon falls on Zion's hills....

We see from previous studies - that this harmony was not always known [even in Davids own family]

This is the prophetic scripture being spoken from God through King David - using pictures that we might understand.. [now today]

Now today God's water or dew gives us life and His oil causes us to go through difficult times as He gives us the ability.

Do not forget that an anointing will break through and have an effect on others around.


Here King David takes a known literal as in "the dew of mount hermon and brings it to [as if it falls on the mountains of zion [Jerusalem] and then steps up and takes it to a heavenly inspired view as with "life forevermore"

In it's day -  the dew on a mount or dew on the mountains surrounding Jerusalem had no relevance - it only comes alive in scripture - once the reader understands the picture - being broken - by something that they would not understand [but some might]

It is as if and now as if upon the mounts of Jerusalem the dew and oil descends.


Here the metaphor is broken as to  future generations - as if David saw beyond his time... but more so that God is speaking through King David of a time that is not in time.

Now I can be born/saved/  if water or  oil in the spiritual or of literal makes me new -  where heaven touches earth or earth touches heaven.




In Exodus 29:19 and Leviticus 8:112 we see how Moses anointed Aaron, to sanctify or consecrate him, to set him apart for God?s holy purpose.

Now there are many kinds of anointing, they are anointings for every beleiver and specific anointings for the purposes God had called them to

Here Araan in Exodus is being anointed for the role God has purposed for him - most priests were anointed with oil, to consecrate them their role /to be set apart/

King David was anointed/appionted for his specific role and life /purpose/reason/meaning/role.

Do not get fixed here [hung up]  with the regular anointing -but understand that every individual is unique and there are some that walk on a totally different level [hence we are on the steps of ascension / the path to ] here the journey in it's context leads us to the temple/ also seen as the ascention from babylon to Israel / this ascent would later be to Solomons temple.

Abraham walked this hill to sacrifice Isaac.

Jacob made this ascent and saw the ladder to heaven and King David also went up to this place.

Do not get fixed on a context or theology now - but simply see that anointings can be unique for certain appointed people at certain times and that "it can be at any time in history".

Also see that anointings can also be general and quite ordinary [as in an anointing for keeping books or an anointing for making jewellery.

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.

Here you see a rushing of wind, a continuous filling...


There are greater and lesser in this Kingdom of God, where even Abraham bows down to a Priest in

Hebrews 7:4 Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. 5 Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 7 And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. 8 The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on,

Whoever this anointed Priest was he has the ability/anointing/is greater. - see : John 14:28 - Matthew 11:11

Regarding a new covenant

20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron?s descendants became priests without such an oath, 21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,?The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow: ?You are a priest forever.?



Melchizedek has a  unique priesthood and is a type of, Jesus' new priesthood however is superior and above  the old levitical order and above the priesthood of Aaron see : Hebrews 7:1?10

Now Jesus Christ is the person to build the new temple - as in

Zechariah 6:12 Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD.

Exciting stuff - if you believe it is prophetic and speaks now



While ultimately this Psalm can be said to be written by God as "all are" in the end. [and all scripture is = in the end]

I want to see this as a Psalm of encouragement "whether written by King David encouraging his own children and family to seek unity"

Or God asking His "children - family to stay in unity" [which they evidently  do not] - [in the real world]

I cannot help here to look at instances in sciptrure where, over and over again there is disunity "as scripture declares the opposite" to encourage us to stay together.

I do not want to appear negative but  "but am being realistic as  I was never an idealist."

EG : "My friend is an idealist, who  thinks  we should always agree.- but I disagree

In scripture [as we have seen in Davids own family] families do not always dwell in unity....


I remember somewhere that Paul had such a strong disagreement with Barnabus that they parted ways [God can use this]

I also remember an old song that went something like "the Spirit will not be hindered by divison"  well this is correct in a sovereign [God] sense - but also incorrect.

But to end this study I want to go to Genesis 13:7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land. 8 So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. 9 "Is not the whole land before you?  Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left

You know the going to the left or the right is not always separating the sheep from the goats [in this life]

Okay Abram chose the barren land which turned out to be the land of plenty while Lot chose the rich pastures [which would take him and all his herdsmen, family, livestock and blessing to what would be sodom and Gomorrah. [which turned to be a curse upon him ]

While Abram, chose the barren land [not really seen as promising at all  and so we know that Abraham rescued Lot and his daughters and so now God makes a covenant with Abram and he now becomes Abraham as we  know him now.

So we now see that later on in Genesis 19:36 So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father.


And so we see again that the original decision to go to the left or to the right has "now/today/ramifications and judgements" as one baby [of lot's daughters] becomes the Moabites and the other becomes the Ammonites.

This was all due to the lingering affect that Sodom and Gomorrah had on lots, daughters and on Lot .


And being confined to a cave in which lot dwelt after the affects of his experiences. [ in which he became a recluse ]  in Genesis 19:30  Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.

It is great when brothers dwell in unity - and indeed families should always dwell in unity [the perfect Will of God]  .... in the ideal world we should all do this..

Here Lot and Abraham were family [brothers] here lot was a nephew - but seen as a brother ...

Hereby you might suggest two hearts and two paths - and you are drawn to two different eternal directons [in your natural mind]

I might suggest we have all made mistakes in our Christian lives

But is that our Lot ?  you decide whether that is your lot !

Is your eteral future really defined by a Lot !


You may decide that Lot is the one who misses the mark due to his drunkeness - however you may also decide that Abraham missed the mark when he laid with Hagar - his maid servant - Ishmael became ....  twelve tribes.....

I end with Galatians 4:21-31  21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.




Pray with me and speak these words.... as I speak.

I move on today Lord of my life and in Jesus Name I pray for for those in my famly and outward family [those who are brothers and sisters in the You]

I ache in my heart and yearn for you to act [on behalf of this family] I sob all night for You to act and interceed in their lives, may my tears be the number of acts You perform as you intervene and interfere in lives /interact and change .

Lord of my life hear my prayer [as You hear al prayers] In Jesus mighty Name Amen


Today Lord I change direction and  change in the eyes of others - may ,my repentance be true and seen, may I continue to let those stupid flies die and as I sob  may You do what only You can do..

Thankyou in gratitude and servitude.

In the Name of my God that I put over my life  before You - in the Name of  God the Faher - God the Son and God The Holy Spirit.

I realise today that I cannot do anything - without You being  Lord of my life.

Thankyou -thankyou - thankyou.

May the cost not even be seen .

May the hurt that others have done and the distress that they have caused me be forgotten.

Indeed let the cost bw hidden from others  eyes and this Psalm/song -  be hidden in You and forevermore Amen.



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Psalm 132,THE TEMPLE BUILDER

 Psalm 132,THE TEMPLE BUILDER


THE TEMPLE BUILDER


Reflect on


2 Samuel 7:4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

5  Go and tell my servant David, ?This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.



11 The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever.


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THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


Again an unknown author - but can be seen as being in the time of rebuilding after the return from exile and the rebuilding of the second temple Ezra 5:11 .

The first temple built by Solomon also can be seen here and there is a link to Solomon being the author of this Psalm.

Which ever is seen or whatever theory / theology/ this Psalm can be said to be  by King Solomon and being  written in the second or third person/on behalf of/ intervention of/ intercession for.

It can be said to be a dedication Psalm written by Solomon and this seems to be confirmed to me by this ongoing study.

Notice the difficculty encountered in 2 Samuel 7:4-16 where God moves from person to person in His Tabernacling/tent to tent/ dwelling to dwelling/.

Also notice the human paradox in 11 The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom

And again with 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong/iniquity/sins/, I will punish him [today Judgement/word/] with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.

These verses begin with Solomon [remembering David his Father and the Oath /Promise/ made between the two and the son of David building the first Temple instead of King David [who dwelt in a palace and felt that God should have a better more fitting dwelling place]

Now we  continue on in the line to Jesus Himself and so you see the conflict here unless you break the metaphor and see that God [The Holy Spirit] now goes to the Son of God "who does not  and can not sin" and therefore is not punishied for His iniquity - but rather for others [Like David and Solomon] this is the breaking of a picture/metaphor /image/in scripture / as God moves through time/tabernacles/ as we leap to 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever.


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THE EAGLE


Isaiah 40:31 They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk ... for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles....


I keep seeing over and over again an eagle  - but this time this is a different eagle, this Eagle is a very vivid picture and she is soaring through the sky and circling around.

She is circling overhead and her eyes can see for miles around [indeed their is nothing she cannot see]

I see a nest which has been built and she is returning to this nest, which is her home, it is well built and I see a nest that is well made and attended too.

She has protected her brood and they have been born - she has brooded over her infants and has seen them come alive, she has sheltered them under Her wings and lifted them up/ raised them up in times of trouble, she has led them through the wilderness with such care and attention, She has raised up over and over again.

Now this Eagle is circling around and I see Him/Her/ looking down from a great height and she is ascending and descending in the ruach winds ... wow what freedom and what liberty although there is no emotion here.

I keep getting glimpses of Her/His nest and then down below as The Eagle circles, I see a dark building, a dwelling place, a building, a place built by man and by God and I ask "what is this ? as I see a dark place " it is not a real building.....

The reply is "It is a shadow - you see a shadow of something that was"

I begin to realise that this is a Temple built once upon a time - but is no more and it is a shadow- something that is yet to come - but has been  and will be and was.




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SONG OF DEDICATION


Pray with me

Lord I dedicate myself to You now in Jesus Name, I allow You to have your way in me,be Lord of my life today.

Fill this tabernacle and rest in me - that I might find rest in You.

Lord - Sovereign Lord be soveriegn in me and abide in this Temple - in Jesus Nmae Amen


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So here King Solomon is dedicating the Temple in Psalm 132  and how pious for King David to build a temple for God to dwell in  2 Samuel 7:5 - but now see :  Exodus 25:8 - now look at Isaiah 66:1 

Indeed how can man build a place for God to dwell in ?

Indeed - a persons best works are like filthy wags before God.....

So why does chose to dwell in human beings ? who are sinful and disobedient...

Why would God chose to be obedient to those who are disobedient !

Compare these two scriptures at different  times in history..

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

Psalm 132:8 Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.


menuchah is the hebrew rest here ....

Although God never rests -  He continues to work in His people in all the days of their lives.

He does not take a rest [if he did'nt then we are in trouble as He would no longer be omnipresent nor omniscient ]

Here in Psalm 132 God is being asked  to dwell /tabernacle/make His home/"in a dark place" to tabernacle and make His home in us.

That we might be clothed with His salvation..


King David wanted in his pious state [living in a palace] to build a house because he he felt that God should have a better  place to live in - rather than an ark/tabernacle/tent/ - King Solomon [his son] was to one to build the dwelling place of God [the shadow]

Now the Temple that solomon built is gone  - a shadow...

Now is the time for rebuilding . = a body that God builds and continues to "how pious to believe - that God will dwell in a dark tabernacle - that He never built and only depending on  Him being the indweller. [how pious for me to believe that God might dwell in me and make His home in me...... [what can I do to deserve such an eterrnal promise ?]


So now lets allow God to  destroy the old Temple and allow Him to rebuilt a new Temple and this is the reason why so many people decide not to take this step - because they do not want to allow God to destroy who they are...


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NOW WORD


I want to share a word with you now - which was given to me  [now today]

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Don't dwell in the town,
 place yourself in my rest.

I cover you with my feathers,
 and  you will fly from my nest.

Listen to me and don't despair
Come into my sanctuary
 and not your  groundly affairs.

I uphold and I resolve.
My love makes you tender
 and my love makes you bold.
I give you fish(life and pertaining to life)
 and not a bone.(death and pertaining to death)
If you make my sanctuary your place of rest
and your garden ,
and your home.

Dont worry about your cares, burdens  and  your strife
For I give you eternity,
and an abundant life,
and the very best,
And all the rest.

From me at my request,
on my test.

Silly birds circularing  around ( all directions)
upwards downwards , light and  profound.

East and west, put to the test,( the sign of the cross)

Backwards forwards , come to me to rest.( God rocking you like a baby)

Rest in me, rest in me
 in my sanctuary.

Rest in me ,rest in me,
for I'm more peaceful than the hammock in the trees,
And more creative than the birds and the bees.

Is that you Lord talking  with me, or is that just me.
If its me I'm just silly see,
but will be resting in the Lord with glee.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Psalm 131,As a Child Weaned.


 AS A CHILD WEANED



Now we come back to David as he looks up to the hills/Lord/ humbling himself before God as a child weaned.

Here  David is being pursued by King Saul - here David is speaking to God alone and not before men [although the Holy Spirit chose to reveal this prayer in scripture.]

And so we begin another story/fact with only 19 Psalms to go we are running short of time and Psalms  

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Here we have three verses to work on

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THE TWO KINGS


Lets  lay some groundwork here and get the background scene to this as David is persecuted and his life is threatened  by the King he continued to see as "anointed"

Now after "the small David had killed the Philistine giant.there came the day when the women sang   "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands"


King Saul was enraged by this and became jealous of David, the very next day King Saul saw the Holy Spirit depart from him and an evil spirit allowed by God "take over"

Here even though Saul continues to be seen by David as anointed 1 Samuel 24:10  -Saul see's him as a threat to his Throne. 1 Samuel 16:14 - 1 Samuel 18:10 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
Now King Saul seeks to kill David and continues to hunt him down and this takes us to the cave of Adullam in 1 Samuel 22:1

David is a man on the run as King Saul plots against him  1 Samuel 23:9   but God was Davids Guardian and fortress

Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.


Indeed David spared King Saul's life twice and let him go twice  - yet the lord had departed frm King Saul 1 Samuel 28:16 so King Saul was an enemy of God.

And so King Saul took his own life and died by his own sword.

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THE THREE HEARTS


David now becomes Kings Saul's son inlaw - now compare this to the family troubles within King David's family and Solomons family - where son's seek to take their thrones away from their fathers. [the difference here was that God saw that David's heart was not trying to take the Throne [become his own god] we saw in previous studies that "man son's and daughters sought power and fame - to raise themselves up [as eagles]  but here David sought after God's heart [both Saul and David were anointed [had God's Spirit] but one lost it.

Here King Saul was plotting against David and manipulation and betrayal was the order of the day [as it happens Michal adulterated with another man named Phalti and became his wife.

After David had become King she goes back to David even though she despised him  2 Samuel 6:16  now Michal was as one divorced 2 Samuel 6:16

Here you have two hearts and I believe this is where and what  the torch is focussing on here in this study.

The difference between two hearts - the one purposed towards God and the other pursuing it's own end

The heart of David and the heart of King Saul  [both anointed by God]  - the heart of David and the heart of Michal [King Saul's youngest daughter - the first wife of David]

Here we have the Two Kingdoms...

I am reminded of "a kingdom divided aginst itself will fall" well no- here - [the now King David restores michal as the first wife] even though she betrayed him 2 Samuel 3:13

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THE HEART OF MICHAL


Here the difference was  in Michal's heart that sought influence and power - that did not want to follow the fugitive, small man, without money ... living in caves and on the run.... [from her father - being used as an instrument by her father to defeat David  - who wanted nothing of a man after God's heart] who continued to despise King David after he became King and spat at him as He danced before God.

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What of the heart of King Saul ? he was told by Samuel to wait 7 days .


1 Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

Here King Saul could not wait until the end of the seventh day and became impatient and therefore took it upon himself to make sacrifices. 1 Samuel 13:9 So he said, ?Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.? And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

And so the commandment here was not a written word [what you see as a bilbical command - but a word given by God "a now word"

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you: for now would the LORD have established your kingdom on Israel for ever.



Now King Saul later goes against his own decrees and sought to summon up Samuel from the dead ...
1 Samuel 28:3 Meanwhile, Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him. He was buried in Ramah, his hometown. And Saul had banned from the land of Israel all mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead.

4 The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. 6 He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by [color=blue]sacred lots [/color]or by the prophets. 7 Saul then said to his advisers, ?Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.

This is the Witch of Endor - a medium - King Saul here sought another source of power and did not wait or ask God - and God refused to answer or give a word to him.




Like a child or teenager who has selective hearing and only answers or speaks when they want to [and even then with limited mouth movement] King Saul would not seek God and so God did not seek Saul .

Not because God did not want to or that Saul's responses to Him made God love him any less - but simply because God could not respond Jeremiah 5:21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear they indeed have unhumbled hearts..

The Divine to human element and metaphor may fail here [as a parent may not see their child as Christian or a child of God - but God may] or the other way around.

Indeed although your own children may not be mentioned by name in scripture - this neither means they are or are not God's .

Indeed there responses to you may be quite different to their responses to God and so this is an unknown .

On the other hand responses can be purely to please parents and not God and responses alone - do not equal eternal life.

As good does not equal God's goodness - neither do good works enable me to be good in God's eyes.

This is where the human response and metaphor may fail.

However - David here was lifted up [in this life] to be the King . [even though he had done dreadful things before God] Hebrews 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. and so David lost out in 2 Samuel 12:18



 I often wonder what this child had done to deserve this .... however we do not know what happened to this this child "who had never lived" I wonder how somebody with no ability can respond / can be saved" and how somebody who has never had the chance to live can be "born again"

Here in this afterlife [which was never non life [ and can only be called "non existence" we must assume that "eternal llife" is only through Jesus and not bound by response or heart" maybe a different  rule is writtren here.. [who knows] here all our theology and learning falls down before God.

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And so David is persecuted for years by many including Saul and his armies.

Remember this is the song of degrees, the Psalms of ascent as each in Saul's /Davids and Solomons family attempt to find a higher rank and we have found that each gets lowered.

In this study we have glimpsed at Michal, David and King Saul where we find Michal being lowered, Saul being lowered and David being brought to a higher place / another step.

David this says Psalm 131:1 My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me

Now this is where this prayer is coming from as David runs and hides and dodges and seeks to follow God.

I get the impression of foundations here and a Door and a person walking through it -  I have Revelation 3:7 - Job 12:14 - Isaiah 22:22 - here Jesus holds the keys.

David never sought Kingship 1 Samuel 16:11 - but was being prepared for it. he was being weaned as a child  in the Lord .

This study simply shows where David is coming from [in these three verses]

This is Davids reply "while being sought, persecuted and misled"

His only concern was to follow God and seek God's heart.

This is the overiding theme in Davids life. [I lift my eyes to the hills - was also a psalm of "the now King David as he battled with his own son "absalom" in Psalm 121 and this is where absalom also dies by his own sword.[again trying to take Kingship by his own steps/ascent/degrees/]


We now begin to see how these psalms are put together with an underlying theme and we view the power struggles [whether in families or between nations or within nations] here nations battle with God as well as people [individuals] and hearts against hearts.

But it is only God who opens doors and shuts doors and this was spoken of King Cyrus [an eagle] in Isaiah 45:1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut.

Now King Cyrus releases God's people to rebuild the ancient walls - allowing Nehemiah [being raised up] to take the lead.


This is not human will - but God's Sovereign Will - declaring the future days of His reign over the people -as here God declares who will be raised up and who will not.

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Lord God in Jesus name even though things may not go my way - I thankyou that you may be raising me up for greater things even though many come up against me - this is only for a season - or be it many years,

Thankyou Lord of my life - that you have a purpose and a meaning - a reason and a future for my life - In Jesus Name Amen.





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Psalm 130, WHO CAN STAND.


 Psalm 130, WHO CAN STAND.


IN THE DEPTHS OF SIN


Again we return to Israel and an unknown author - as they struggle with sin and the depths of it.

Before looking at this Psalm - I have two pictures.

The first is of a rain drop hitting a pool of water and the ripples made by it - as it produces ripples affecting the water around..

And secondly I have a picture of a waterfall that flows down to a great depth and cascades down..

Depth seems to be the picture here and influence around.

The water seems to be significant ...in this picture.

It is a downward spiral ...

I cannot see anymore than this - and so lets begin looking into Psalm 130.


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THE REMNANT


With Psalm 130 we continue in the same path as  Psalm 129 with an unknown author praying from the depths of despair and  sin, whether that depth brings with it  depression, sadness, despair, oppression, darkness, poverty, rejection, shame, fear,  and any culmination of these and more.

The bird is in this place due to sin and cries out to God from these depths.

Israel is under a new ruler and is a remnant of what it was.

Yet even in this place we see God do amazing things through Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, here even though Israel had lost it's identity and had no home - Yet God still uses His people in this situation and circumstance. 2 Corinthians 12:9 :

Now their new names were taking away their individuality Daniel 1:7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.


Now we know that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, would not bow down to the statue of  Nebuchadnezzar and about the fiery furnace and Daniel  [now named - Belteshazzar] in the lions den and these were  great miracles  of God [in a foreign land]

Here in these depths of despair God gives Belteshazzar [Daniel] a vision to interpret the dream of  Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 2:19

This is a very similiar parallel to Joseph in egypt, the only difference being that Joseph did what God wanted  [by folowing God and the dreams /visions] and found himself in this dark place due to obedience and no fault of his own.

Where as Daniel and his friends were in their place [babylon] under [bondage/imprisoned/oppressed/ ]  due to Israels sin/disobedience/.

As with Joseph King Nebuchadnezzar put Daniel in a high place Daniel 2:48  ...


Now back to Belteshazzar's [Daniel's] neighbours/friends/family/   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were lifted up from the depths Daniel 2:49 Moreover, at Daniel's request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.
Meanwhile the speckled bird looked for the waterfall or a ripple, when God would lift it up and give it flight - that it may return to it's home and God might hear it's prayer.

Here others of the "Lord" [Israel now under exile and bondage] continued under persecution/bondage/inprisonment/but a remnant/ destitute,alone,forsaken/

God used a few to proclaim His mighty acts while under babylonian rule while exiled - but many continued to cry out from the depths and too interceed on behalf of Israel and hope [for God had plans to propser them and not to harm them - to a hope and a future. And this is the Psalm 130 and where it comes from.

So God would save this nation yet again . [In His time] and this was prophesied by Daniel in Daniel 9:12  :  and so the exile and depths - lasted 70 years and a new generation re entered the land/home/restored/redeemed/.


We must note "that God still continued to use His people while in their depths/exile/ [whether they are mentioned in scripture or not]

We have to wait a generaton or more  for the a king called cyrus to release the captive bird and for  God to relent amd bring His people back to their homes and to their identity.


Here Israel stood and rose up [like the speckled bird]

Whether you  are in the place you are in because you serve the Lord or you are in this  place  because you have rebelled against the Lord - we see in these two instances and parallels that   - God will use rise up  and bring you  out and renew you  =  up to new levels . this is the eleventh step.

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THE OTHER BIRDS


Okay - I will let scripture now prophecy what happened and things that will happen . [also applies to individuals NOW]


Isaiah 47:11  Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.
[which it did and does]

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.  and maybe this scripture might be looked at here in this context of the prophecy of Isaiah pertaining to "the captivity of Israel in babylon"

Here the people are in a deep/dark place. [that God had sent them too - but which they also created themselves]

 Isaiah 44:27 who says to the watery deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your streams, 28 who says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, Let it be rebuilt, and of the temple, Let its foundations be laid.


"The waterfall and the fallen water affecting those around"


Isaiah 45:13 I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty.


God used King Cyrus to release Israel.

Isaiah 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.


This is not the speckled bird - nor Nebuchadnezzar [the golden eagle] raised up by God for a purpose to create the darkness in Isaiah 45:7  - BUT king Cyrus in   Jeremiah 48:40 raised up by God to deliver Israel. [another bird of prey] you also know that God is likened to an eagle  Deuteronomy 32:11

The speckled bird however is Jeremiah 12:9 Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey [color=blue]that other birds of prey surround and attack  [Now God rises to create  light in the darkness]


Isaiah 48:9 For my own names sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.


 Isaiah 48:20 Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say,  The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob.


Isaiah 49:9 to say to the captives, Come out, and to those in darkness, Be free! They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.


 Isaiah 49:21 Then you will say in your heart, Who bore me these I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up I was left all alone, but these where have they come from



Isaiah 58:12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings



Okay so the watchman of the city watch over the city  until the dawn ...it is like being in a darkness that will never end [an oppression] it goes on and on and seems to be in vain - until one day God raises up a person [eagle] that permits the speckled bird to leave and go back to it's home.

Now the light has dawned and it is likened to a dream - now the third watch has seen the Light of dawn ...

The watchman did not wait in vain as God raised up Israel yet again [as an eagle]

Again and Again God raises up people and this nation - this is the song of ascents.

Here scripture speaks for itself

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THE WATCHMAN



  Although your  future is by faith - your future can also lead you into dark places [into the depths] what of your faith now ?

There is a time when God will lead you out of this dark place - not by your faith but by His mercy and grace...


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LETS PRAY


Lord God thankyou for raising up the eagles in their time and to cause them to fly - for the specific purpose of directing Your people - thankyou that You care enough to do this -so that You might lead Your people back home.

Thankyou Lord that You cared enough to raise up these eagles and that they were the sign /route/clear path/ and John the baptist of their time/ to not just draw people - but to lead them back to Youself.

Even though we do not "always Like Your ways"

In Jesus name Amen

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Psalm 129, The furrows of the plow

 Psalm 129, The furrows of the plow


VISION


Okay - I have Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Here I an drawn back to Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
here God's Church was persecuted while in egypt - yet grew in number and they knew  abundance under persecution and egypt could not prevail agianst this mighty force. [as it grew in number]

It seem's whatever came up against the early Church -  would  never prevail

Abundant life after the desert experience where they experienced that which they did not deserve... [it was if a dream - another exile to deliverance]

The Hebrew slave experience brought healing..

[end of metaphor]  your homework [to find out how many metaphors of the early Church there are - where slavery and persecution became a rebuild and healing]

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I have had a vision for many days of a bird of prey picking up a branch in its beak - I have a new season beginning and the spring and new hope.

The bird is as clear as clear and actually  it is time to begin rebuilding.

This picture is so clear as the bird begins to rebuild yet another nestn and I almost become familiar with this .

No idea what this means - and so lets begin another study.

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No idea where we are going here - so lets light another torch and see where we go.

One thing is clear this bird /person/ is about to begin rebuilding.


THE SPECKLED BIRD


Now the vision begns to make sense to me, I read Psalm 129:1 - yes this is the speckled bird I saw as few days ago.

She is in Jeremiah 12:9 Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.


Yes and this is the furrows - it begins to make sense now

I have onlly just read this psalm and had no insight before - and so this is really a revelation to me and wow- hello bird..



THE RIGHT SEASON


Of course the bird is Israel - but is also the Church under persecution, which takes us to exile and redemption/restoration/again and again, as the bird returns each season to build another nest.

The speckled bird must return each season to begin rebuilding...

Israel beginning with Adam and Eve [exiled from the garden "yet restored"

I  see this as a "person" nation / as Abraham Isaac and Jacob/ or beginning with Joseph who was led to Egypt by his brother and their furrows /scourges/ like a whip upon the back/ like a bird that has been pecked by all the birds around/ like a Church persecuted/ like a single bird going back to a nest time and time again/ lets begin rebuilding/ for this is the way I am made/season after season/.... Sorrow upon sorrow/ indeed seven sorrows/. many birds .

The resurrection in peoples lives...

And so end of insight and lets begin the bible study @ Exodus 1:11-22...  beginning with the people in captivity in Egypt and their restoration [as the bird yet again flies its nest/ in it's season]

THE PLOWMAN


And so the workers/labourers/plowman/ here, are not like those in well known metaphors of the New Testament or to be compared with them, as these are not working in the vineyard [world] as those mentioned or ploughing the ground to prepare it for fruit or harvest. [but in a strange way are used to prepare the way for God -  in people]

Instead the plowman here are those  mentioned in Exodus 1:11-22   those egyptian taskmasters who whipped and scourged the backs of the hebrew people and this is the ploughing mentioned in Psalm 129:3

The plowman  can be seen as Joseph's brothers selling him to slavery or Nebuchadnezzar seizing Jerusalem and taking captives into exile.

Here the plowman are those delivering stikes again and again to Israel all through scripture and into the prophesied future or past Luke 21:20

Their plows are like the scourge of the whip on the back- that turn and strike again and again.


THE SPECKLED BIRD


Can be likened to Israel and her suffering throughout the ages - and do not forget Israel's youth - but we should not forget the sufferings of Christ and His Church - as in Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


Only here with Jesus Christ we see that the  oppression and suffering - has a purposes and  a meaning and a purpose and a cause....

Now we return to Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Jesus has cut us from the cords of the enemy - therefore they will not prevail /overcome/


Again and again God takes charge and delivers the speckled bird of Israel - this bird is like no other, she is chosen/set apart/ unique/ and this is why others around - attack her.

This imagery here in this Psalm conveys many things - but we should not take this particular metaphor too far - as it is simply used as a picture to convey an image /impression.

It can be seen as a double metaphor or double entendre - [the plow being the whip upon the back of the bird]

Here the bird appears over and over and season after season - in scripture.

But in Christ the plowman have a purpose ...





THE WRONG SOWERS



Have you ever seen moss grow on a roof ? in this day and age we will often see this - due to the birds.

After a time of drought this moss will fall from the roof and into the gutters and soon to be cleaned out by people like myself @ http://www.tjscleaningservices.co.uk/Gutter-clearing

In this naton of Israel flat roofs would grow grass and this grass would only be short lived as it was only dependent upon the soil distributed by the "bird"...

At the same time the seeds - could not grow without the rains that God provides.

Here in this illustraton/picture/ God is soveriegn and has the power over the rains.

Now the grass whithers and falls 1 Peter 1:24 this is perishable seed, here today and gone tomorrow - like the grass on the rooftop - that dies and is fades away and this is  Psalm 129:6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow.

Psalm 37:2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. -  this was a prayer of King david - yet Psalm 129 is an unkown author - I like to think of this Psalm as a psalm of Israel [the speckled bird]

I like to consider this Psalm as a song of Israel and her history - yet of course the Author is Jesus and by His stripes /scourges / we are healed.

Simply because He sowed the seed n the right places.

Here God scatters the seed - but the  birds  gather it - Matthew 13:4

The birds here in this imagery [Psalm 129] are people throughout the history of Israel who have pecked and persected the speckled bird [Israel - Christ/Church  - or His people] they here in this psalm are like the grass on the roof [that whither and die] their attacks had no lasting affect. [eternal/spiritual]

They are rhe sowers on the rooftops in Matthew 13:4 the attackers of the speckled bird.







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Monday, May 8, 2017

Psalm 128, Walking in God's way.



Psalm 128, Walking in God's way.



THE 8TH STEP - BLESSING




A general rule and observation, Psalm 128 is a  family Psalm  with applications that cannot always be applied - to Christian family life.

Many children, -  does not naturaly mean "more blessing" [depending on the influences upon them [in this day and age ] but also upon their ways and how they walk and how their walk affects yours as a parent [remember times have moved on since this Psalm was written.

[therefore I would recommend not applying this particular word to your life or acting upon  it.

Depending on what you see as "God's blessing" as God's blessing can be disguised as troubles and turmoil [at times] as in the story of Job.

Whereas the Jews may have seen blessing in monetary terms or properity as cattle and herdsmen /servants/ The Apostle Paul encountered many trials as did John and all those who belonged to God. [who were seen as "early disciples"

Some being sawn in two / crucified upside down / dipped in bioling oil/ skinned alive - etc.

Many may not see this as "happy" or [blessed] indeed there is a Cross to carry [as stephen lifted his eyes to heaven in Acts 7:55 we realise that blessing has many connotations.

Thus we must conclude that -psalm 128 is a general rule "of a fear of the Lord" and the blessing that comes from fear "in His Love" or reverence of Him.

I remind people here of Matthew 10:21  and rather "the persons general walk and fear /reverence of God and perservering through the blessings/trials/tribulatons/ will ultimately be seen and remembered/ and receive reward. [at a point in time your walk will be seen and blessed] "or outside of time - in the future [afterlife]


This word is pointing to individuals who walk with God and the general welfare of the children [If they have children]


Many children in poverty can mean cursing and deprivation / poverty/ rather than blessing depending in which age you live in.

Rather the walking of children "in the last days" can mean disturbance and turmoil for parents and anything but blessing.

Now we only have to turn to Sodom and Gomorrah to see the children of parents who caused anything but blessing.

This is a general family Psalm referring to the "walk of a person" man or woman influencing the "family"


As  all scipture is Holy Spirit inspired - we must conclude that - "this can work in particular individuals lives" as they walk within the fear and Love of God. [but cannot and does not apply to all]


Therefore I want to apply this particular study to certain individuals - that God speaks too.

This is about a personal walk with God and so as parenting is the most difficult thing you will ever face - [as it goes on for the rest of your life]

This is more about the individual walk and God's walk with the individual [rather than family]


As Absalom was a son of David so he sought to , do as said in Matthew 10:21

Then again King Solomon foolowed God and feared Him until his last days  and then adulterated - so too King Saul was a child of a Father.

It appears this Psalm is based on general hebrew origins/beliefs/ and can be applied to certain individuals -  but not to all [including those who remain single and do not marry]

Hereby you now see that not all of scripture applies to you [but it can]

THE FATHER OF MANY SON'S




Okay lets now look at an opposing scripture that argues the contrary and written by one of the son's of King David.


Ecclesiastes 6:3  A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

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Lets now apply this to Abraham and see the fruit, as his children are like the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky [second heaven]

Lets apply this to Jesus and see He is the firstborn of many -  whether they sat at His table and witnessed the breaking of Bread. or they are stting around the table final banquet  Luke 14:16

Jesus was/is/  the person who is the Vine and the new shoots appear around the Vine.

In this parable/picture/image/poem/ this psalm begins to make sense -  as in

Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
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With this I want to share a picture/vision/image/  of a person wearing a bag over their head, the bag is crumpled is is of no value, until Jesus lifts this veil/bag/ and suddenly a new shoot appears around the Vine and the person apears and I can see the face.

Now Jesus begins to appear in the persons life/heart/ and they become fruitful - but not [always seen by others]

It seem's Jesus is being revealed through them as they move on [but only to certain individuals]

 And so this vision applies to only to those who are cihildren - end of word of knowledge/vision/image/

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Now this Psalm points to the individual in my image/ picture/ I am pointing to Abraham and Jesus.....rather than to the children of a particular family.

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Here I see a Hand pointing and a direction to walk in - a step/ pointing.

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Okay it now begins to make sense as I walk upwards in the darlk place..


Thankyou Lord for revealing this to me - today -  in my life.....

THE FAMILY WAY




Okay - this may take time to review and digest - take your time and take a few steps forward,

A proverb of Solomon [a son of David - aduterating with many prostitutes [worship of other god's]

Solomon   writes.


Proverbs 7:6-15  6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening*, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:



Solomon speaks from wisdom as he steps up and steps down. [as did his Father]

Retracking over the individual called David, we once again see David the shepherd boy being chosen by God through Samuel the prophet and leader chosen himself by God to be a leader and Prophet and recognised a such . [a watchman and Guardian/protector/over others]

Okay back to this young individual who defeats a giant and spends many years running from King Saul and on this day David the shepherd boy took the sword of Goliath to defend himself against his enemies, where he pretended to be crazy  while in the hands of his enemies to save himself - see :

Luke 9:39 and Luke 22:54-62 - Genesis 20:2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.





There are times when like Peter we have to save ourselves [lie/deceive /be like Jacob/] - as in Luke 22:58 A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied.


I have heard people say "if you break one commandment you break them all"


Okay so David broke all the commamdments, but continued to be  "as a man after Gods heart"

Now David see's his place as ministering the King Saul by playing music to him and later we know that God rejected King Saul as King, "took away his ofice" God relented/repented/regretted/depending on your translation/. Here King Saul rejected God himself and God had to reject him as a King over the people [he was no longer a leader]


God now makes David a King as he see's his heart - now King David takes the role of leader and Prophet./ruler/minister/

Some Son's disobey and become a problem in Davids life - King David is now tempted and falls [down the steps] to adulterate and not only murder, but to commit - premeditated murder and derives a way of obtaining what he wants. see : 2 Samuel 11:2 as King David now meets many wives of many nations.

From this adulteraton - Solomon is born [like Father - like Son]

It's almost like "eastenders as events unfold on a daily basis"

Now the situaton is reversed upon King David as helpers use Abvishag to try to keep King David healthy and warm [in his final days]

Now Abvishag the Shunammite comes onto the scene - you see Adonijah [another son of King David] wanting  Abvishag as a wife, because this would give the Kingdom of that was now ruled by Solomon   to Adonijah his brother. [yet another overthrow/ahh lets tate the inheritance/easy money/easy Kingship/ownership/power/ [Adonijah means "Jehovah is Lord or my Lord is Jehovah"]

Here now we see yet another enemy within Davids own family trying to  take the throne of Solomon,

Now we will not even enter the into the life of King Solomon and His wives ... [we will neither look at the life of another son of David, amnon who  raped tamar and was murdered  a few years later,]

And so the individual is saved "as one who is still born"

Lets hope not all the words are remembered and that not all their sins are remembered ...adulteratons must therefore be forgiven by God [otherwise neither Father  nor son, have any hope.....

[some would sugest now /today that "Neither David nor Solomon have any place in scripture and we should not be following them"
 - but we are talking about Kingship here and rulership and the urge and of power play .

God certainly see's things dfferently ...


God takes shepherd boys and does not give up on them [thereby I am confident that He who began a good work in me will........}

POWER STRUGGLES


Now as in life as in death

 Kings 2:24 And now, as surely as the LORD lives--he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised--Adonijah shall be put to death today!"


Today in that time - yesterday but now in today .


So Adonijah was put to death[by the orders of Solomon] for seeking along with Haggith his mother [the fifth wife of King David] to advance his level /step/ and to take the Throne of Solomon..

Never believe you can take a short cut, you must wait on God and wait for God to act.

It is God's act that advances your step.

I can never do it by myself.

So although Adonijah / lost hislife to King Solomon's wisdom, this does not mean that - [his name - represented by "My Jehovah is Lord] died forever and even though Abishag  became a hot water bottle for King David - does not mean she was forgotten either...

This was Politics on an earthly level and power play and so King Solomon speaks in scripture [chosen by God to be there.


Psalm 127:1 A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.


It might be quite normal to believe that  Adonijah and Abvishag  are now second to David and Solomon.


We npow assume that  Abvishag [is merely a hot water bottle for King David] and  Adonijah is simply seeking to overtake Solomon and become ruler [but this has no relevance to the afterlife and whether they were in or out of the Kingdom of God]

This is not for us to decide [although we do] because we sight those appointed by God in scripture and relate those dying as - ones who are not chosen] yet there is no distinction between King David and Solomon apart from being chosen to be Kings /leaders/.

We have all sinned and all fall short.  as in Romans 3:23

In this we have a tendency to like King David "a man after God's heart" and feel drawn to Solomon [but we must not forget the subjects] serving those of higher position.

We have a tendency to forget those who are less in our society [believing that they are not chosen/born again/saved/.

We need to look deeper instead of looking at general culture and society.

Forget about death and see deeper into the heart of God.

THE WARING OF BROTHERS


 So lets finish by consdidering the battle between flesh and Spirit - you see there's all this waring between brothers and the Son's and the Father and wives and brothers.

Even though Solomon was chosen to be King beforehand 2 Samuel 7:12 - 1 Chronicles 28:6- etc


This family seems to have a continuous war and battle as one seeks to overthrow and usurp the next.

The eldest brother of David and the next in line to the Throne was amnon... he was murdered by Absolam [premeditated]


After Chileab was absalom - who was killed trying to overthrow [his fathers] King Davids reign.


This now left Adonijah and once his father was dying, caused himself to be proclaimed king. [as was his right]

But Solomon was chosen, as already declared - Adonijah could never let go of his right to the Throne and what it meant.


So we have the urges of the flesh and what the Spirit says = at times we can have the  heart of Abishag and we can have  the heart of Adonijah. [we battle between the two]

One serve the King and the other yearns to be the King. [the war within]



So lets end with Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

And Matthew 23:11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

Choose to be the body warmer and nurse/servant and put on abishag and put the Adonijah in your life to death.

THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT


Now Jesus begins to appear in the persons life/heart/ and they become fruitful - but not [always seen by others]

It seem's Jesus is being revealed through them as they move on [but only to certain individuals]

 And so this vision applies to only to those who are cihildren - end of word of knowledge/vision/image/[/quote]

Okay we now see the face of Abishag and her serving spirit as she seeks to please the King .

Here we seek to put Adonijah to death and do so for the rest of our lives. [as we  do not want to be a god]



Lord and provider of my life Adonai - make me put to death my Adonijah and serve with reverence and fear [in Love] - let me put to death my flesh on a daily basis and let my family warings begin cease and let me begin to walk in "Your way" in Jesus name Amen.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Psalm 127,The House that God built.



Psalm 127,The House that God built.



A Psalm of solomon, Solomon built a house .

1 Kings 5:5 "Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.'


It was not for King David to build the house.


SEEMINGLY NON FRUITFUL - SOLOMON'S TEMPLE



Again a  short psalm and the "Eighth step"

And verse one= A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
This is a verse I used to have around my house - hung on walls]

Why would anyone wake up early and labour in vain unless they had the blessing of the Lord upon them .?

The building of a house must have God's blessing upon it - otherwise it is a wasted journey - as the house will fall down.

We all know the story of the house built upon the rock Matthew 7:24-27  24 ?Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.?

I can be as as one who wakes up  early to begin a new day having my  foundatons on the "Rock" but my labour can be in vain "without God's blessing"

I can spend years and indeed I have building a  house only to find it tumble down - this is how we grow and learn.

Have you ever spent many years working and labouring on something - only to find it crumbling down  ?

You have built on the foundations of your faith and have followed Jesus only to find your doings become nothing ?

[This has  nothing to do with my  foundation  in Jesus - but my building  - you know all you do will come to an end ....even Solomons temple..

It all crumbles down eventually - but it is about what is lasting or everlasting.

Some suggest that God looks at the heart and see's deep within your intentions "have you ever had people say "God will bless your good intentions ?"


How many times have you done something with good intentions - only to find it has caused harm ! offence/disunity/affected a family....

Indeed rather than doing good it has boomeranged back on you !


Indeed most parents have find this  as they try to do good in the family and it comes back on them - trying to help children and having put everything into them they may find it rebelling against them - good intentions within a family [house/home/  does not always find instant reward or reward at all.

It seems Proverbs 22:6   Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it.  has no building at all and crumbles - indeed David knew this with his son absalom.   [who fell by his own sword]

What turmoil within aheart that was after God's heart ? [wanted to build a house for God]


It is bilblical fact/ knowledge/

So where did David go wrong ? indeed solomon departed from the Lord as an adult and wandered into relationships with women from other beliefs.

Here Solomon writes a proverb only to "not" live it -[  in [color=blue]Proverbs 22:6 [/color]] as he did not abide in the way.  1 Kings 11:4   4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

It would seem a lifetime a dedication can lead to non fruit.

Yet as a parent you will /should/ anticipate/long for/hope/ for your children to come back /this is natural [or not] as not all parents are like this/ however they will assume be to as such to keep appearance.

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And so - we continue with the tabernacle - God in us and us in God - a home / a house/ a living place for God to dwell/ shadow/ a place where God builds within/ a place where God dwells/ and a plce where we build = as in Nehemiah/Solomon/ and Jesus[color=red] John 2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."[/color]

You see now that the building laboured upon could be destroyed within a few days.

Here the labours of a lifetime can be destroyed - my family can be destroyed /unless that , that is raised up can stay raised up.

VISION



With this study I want to share a vison with you.

It is a vision about the future and here Jesus is standing before me and His feet are like pure gold , I look further uo and see pure light - brilliant white light, But I cannot look any further, I cannot look up any further and bow down before His feet.

All I can see are the feet of Him and I see gold coins reigning dowm at first one and then many and then countless coins riegning down like snow

He touches my shoulder and puts His hand upon my life..

This is the end of the vision that lasted many hours


A HOME OF GOD OR A HOUSE THAT I BUILD


So  Solomon [in the last days of his life] had many wives - and married into the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites and wohipped the god's of them.

He indeed did as Israel had done and God was angered by his ways and so the Kingdom was torn away from him and the king of Edom  became Solomon?s enemy - and one tribe was left to solomon.

Solomon now had many eneimies because of his actions and deeds and his house/home/  tumbled...

I wonder how much of King Davids time was invested in Solomon ? I wonder how bathsheba may have felt as a mother ?

How could this house/home ever be rebuilt ?

Here as she may have been in a relationship that never should have been "with King David] [before the Lord] she must have wanted to do anything to help her child [but he must have seemed in the end like the prodigal son] and would he ever come back ?

[However  the Holy Spirit picked up on the proverbs of this man - [we now read his proverbs -  words of Wisdom and Ecclesiastes] and he was saved and was still found in favour because of his Father David   .


 1 Kings 11:12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.



Whether solomon being included in the word/bible has any relevance to his being born again/God's child/a tabernacle/ the bible does not mention this.

However because he is included in the bible /Gods's word/ we can assume that He was a child of God.

1 Chronicles 28:6  He said to me, ?It is wSolomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

Even though he was like a prodigal/Israel/  in his later years.

Of course I am sassuming that bathsheba was as a usual mother that would do anyhting for her child- however she can be conveyed as a manipulating person and actually more interested in her place in society - interestingly she was the seventh daughter, [after the seventh psalm] and her  name means  "daughter of an Oath"

Although there are no writings from bathsaheba we see scripture about her [this does not mean she was God's child]/ or had any place in His House.



We do see that Israel having done the same as Solomon had a Father - Exodus 3:6 Then he said, "I am the God of father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.



So it seems God continues to build but it seems as a parent it becomes nill - I wonder how much time God must have put into his children >? and how as a mother He must have felt for them.....How He wanted to build His house in them - but how they wandered away.

How could Solomon build a house for the Lord ?

O how God cried out for His Children and how He still does. [outside of time and in time]

Yet He is preparing a place for us ? a home within His Kingdom


UK TRIBES



 And so the tribes of the UK continued to worship other gods as solomon did in his last days

Interesting that solomons temple took seven years to construct and King Solomon dedicated it to the Lord on the twelth year.

And so God allowed  King Nebuchadnezzar the 2nd to bring down the building [although God was the builder and the watchman] - God had to leave the people to their own ways until they were ready to return. [there fore the labours were in vain and solomons temple was destroyed] John 10:10  ...

The Uk of tribes - no longer had a builder or a watchman and so Solomon?s great temple was now a ruin. It would stay a ruin for many years, until it was humbly rebuilt by the returning exiles and these are the days of  Ezra/Nehemiah/

DOING WHAT GOD WANT


Shame will make you hide things and make you hide away - disappear, be a nonhuman , nonperson, be quiet, feel unequal with those around you, feel a lesser person.

the enemy will say "You time is wasted, your temple is wasted, your bulding is wasted, you a waste of time"


The enemy will declare you a deceiver, liar, manipulator, heel catcher, trickster, supplanter, guilty,


No matter what you are  building in life - arise lazuraus and rise .deceiver, liar, manipulator, heel catcher, trickster, supplanter, guilty, wrestle with God today.

Take hold of your inheritance and take your place/step/from Jacob to Israel. [one who westles with God]

I go back to the original vision of a body of a person .

Of course you do not deserve your place - but it is not you who takes your place it is Jesus [the first born]

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Ha ha , you know the greatest thing you can ever do is to do what God wants - whether it seem's  the least or the greatest role - whether it seems to be working or not - whether your building/role/  seems to be working or not - do you know no building willl last ?

Not in this life anyway - as long as you are following God and doing what He has led you into that is all that matters.

Whether it be the cleaner who cleans up after the builders have finished or the cook who fills the bellies of the builders, or the teacher or the leader, the person who has'nt got a clue what he was doing as in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem where everyone came together "not being gifted in building"

Do what God wants - and it is as simple as that, now you are building the body of Jesus and this is the vision of the person of Jesus Christ.

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Your ministry is using the gift [or not your gift] for the purposes of God - whether it be building or nursing - doctoring or nurtering.

In the end it is about where you are and He will take you from there.

Ha , the greatest thing you will ever do is to do what God wants in society, it is not about the greatest or the least, it is about doing ehat God wants in your life, you may not be a preacher or a teacher - you may well be the cleaner or the cook or the nurse.

That is the Body of Christ.....



AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE


I finish with the words of King David [the adulterer]  the father of Solomon "[color=red] Psalm 27:4  One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. [/color] "

His Temple .....[tabernacling]....



Lord God in Jesus name I have made you Lord over my life today and You are the Builder - whatever my building in response [which I know will not last ]

I ask that my intentions [which have no value  in Your eyes ] would be reversed by Your works and intentions.

As I know that my intentions can cause harm  and my building can be torn down by my own doing.

Work in me not by my outward doings but by Your inwork working

Build my life today and make me the House that God Built / that my doings would be Yours in Jesus name Amen.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Psalm 126, THE OIL OF GLADNESS/JOY.

Psalm 126, THE OIL OF GLADNESS/JOY.



I keep getting "the oil of gladness above thy fellow men repeating over and over"

I get the words "unexpected"  where God takes control/intervenes/ speaks over/.

And so we continue this Pilgrim  journey - day by day and one step at a time - walking with the Light in front of us [with no idea of what will happen next]

Here we are coming out of babylon and are being restored/renewed/ and begin to work together to build .

We come together as a parculiar people/ odd group/ gathering/set apart/  to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. [past/present tense]

I have no idea where this study will go [as usual] but lets begin to walk in darkness and see where it leads.

ALL THE EXILES AND RELEASES



So the Jewish nation spent 70 years in exile/captivity and it was not the same generation that returned to rebuild the walls [now notice they had to rebuild the walls / action] and this is where we will turn to the book of Ezra and not Nehemiah.

But before we begin delving into the darkness to find light - lets go back to the first exile - when Adam and Eve weere expelled from the garden due to sin.... they/ were given  skins in which it is believed "blood was shed" for them, these skins were the skins of animals.

It seems that the skins of animals never takes away sin, here you could suggest that Adam and Eve were simply saved from this event - but this does not answer the question of why God would simply save them from this sin but not save them from eternal death.

In this event all humankind is bound for eternal condemnation because of Adam and Eve and now it is only up to individuals to change this.

You may suggest there were many exiles [both individual and national] but the next exile I want to consider is the exile of the nation of God to Egyptian captivity and here the hebrew nation groaned under this captivity/slavery and God heard the groaning.

I might suggest another captivity/exile into the desert wilderness as God's people are led by the Light through a barren life - yet none of them made it to a promised land on this earth.

Indeed another generation walked into the promised land - a new generation - as with the exile to babylon and their release from exile/captivity to babylon.

In all these real life events we see people saved from disasters or be given longevity of life or material things. [on this earth]

And so all through the bible we see people or persons being made captive and released, exiled and made free again.

[these being images/metaphors/pictures/ that we can realte to our own lives [but are we only saved temporal or eternal ?]

Indeed why would a person be saved temporal and not eternal.... [now you may suggest that all humanity is God's] but it is quite clear that "many even those seeming to be God's are not]

There is a physical / reality /real life event/ slave to free person/ dead made alive/ [in this no one knows who is and who is not]

It is up to us now to relate this to our lives, to begin to rebuild the walls and be reconciled to God and to other people or family.

Meanwhile God is in the business of reconciling us to Himself/saving/redeeming/building/

YET MORE EXILES AND OVERULING DREAMS


Lets go to Joseph and being sold into slavery/exile/captivity/

The beginning of this egyptian captivity/ which gave Joseph / his liberty/release,

Here he was in a well being sold [not under his own will] to the captivity /bondage to potiphar/.

Here he spent a long time in the darkness of a prison/dungeon/ with a baker and a cupbearer.

Why ? because of his dreams.....  verse one - psalm 126 -  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed

Sorrow to gladness here...


What sorrow for the Baker ?  and Jesus died for all of them !

Yet Jospeph was forgotten  [in the darkness] 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.


Here the cupbearer was saved in this life ! /from losing his life ?



You see this is the unanswerable question as to the question /doubt/ both the cupbearer and the baker were friends of  and knew "Joseph" they had a relationship with "Joseph" [a type of Christ"] but one was reborn yet another died.

Were both "forgiven" yes we are all forgiven - once we turn to Him....

This is the "paradox" that none of us can answer.


So are we left in doubt ? 


The baker had faith in sharing his dream after hearing the dream of the cupbearer....

He was waiting for the same answer....

Jospeph however was forgotten about  /continued to live ni this darkness / as usual.

Yet he was made great [in this life] to be in charge of Egypt - now you see the picture /metaphor/melting as egypt becomes
the picture /metaphor/ of slavery/bondage/exile/  in itself.

So now Joseph is no longer the primary person who leads the hebrew people into bondage / he has now died/gone/deceased/ [as the baker]

HIS NAME IS SOVEREIGN



You see it was never through our obedience - but through the obedience of Jesus to the Cross.

Now once we have begun to build to walls - Jesus builds - and now we turn to the book of Ezra.

I have not answered the eternal question - however we continue - because the eternal question cannot be answered

What was the difference between Cain and Abel  and the cupbearer and the baker ? and Joseph ?

They all had dreams and faith to believe ... as the baker had faith to share his dream - hoping that he would receive the same answer.......

You see all rhese instances in the old testament are /visions/pictures/metaphors/ that only exist within their own context and that we can relate to in this day - in our lives.


SORROW TO JOY AND JOY TO SORROW


Adam and Eve were sorrowed at their loss - but joyed at their salvation.

Cain was filled with sorrow..

Abel was filled with joy...

The nation of the hebrew people - were filled with sorrow and yet to be filled with joy.

As too - Joseph could not belive what happened to hm [and he knew the oil of gladness above his fellow men]

Yet Joseph  led to the captivity of the hebrew nation under the egyptian reign ...[exile/captivity]

What will you do today ? and what will God do in your life ?

I cannot answer this eternal question - but you can .... and only you can.

As only the baker could..


God hated Esau - why ?

it is an Unanswerable question ... to  ask "who are God's"

I mean beng that cain had faith offering unto God  - Israel had faith - the baker had faith hoping he would receive  the same as the cupbearer..

WHATEVER NAME IS OVER YOUR LIFE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME


These biblical events /metaphors/pictures /images/ only go so far

I repeat again "Joseph's dream led to tears of joy above his fellow men - however in anotherr image/picture / Jospeph's redemption led to "the hebrew peoples bondage".

The death of one generation led to the redemption of the next as they walked into the promised land under "Joshua"


So we are looking at snapshots here.

THE NAME ABOVE ALL - WHATEVER THAT NAME IS - NOW


But in Psalm 126 it is unbelievable - something we can not believe in,

As if God should do this ?

Not something in trust or faith  but something not believed in [as it could could never happen to me] unexpected and unimaginable.

Not done by our will - but done by God's Will.

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM - ISAAC AND JACOB


Again lets look at another Exile - as Joseph's redemption led to the hebrew people under egyptian bondage/slavery/exile/.


Again God takes control and are led out of captivity into the captivity Of God.....

Their journey through the wilderness is now ended as another generation now enter the promised land.

And so the story continues through generations - liberty  to exile - and exile to liberty.


The overall scope here is about God's sovereign Will above human will.


As God can create out of nothing and use a person who has nothing to make them something.

God takes the people that the world would look down on and makes people look up  to them.

So God does great unexpeted things for His people [not reliant on faith]

As they look upwards so others look up to them


THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE / STEP OVER


To finish and believe me I had no idea what this Psalm was about - we shall end with 

"I keep getting "the oil of gladness above thy fellow men repeating over and over"

I get the words "unexpected"  where God takes control/intervenes/ speaks over/.


Do not believe that you are not abel -but know that God is abel [spelling intentional]


THE NAME ABOVE ALL


Lord God in Jesus name /Joshua's name/ Moses name/ Joseph's name / Isaac's name / Abrahams name.

What ever Your name is at this point in time - to me - I ask that You would act in Your Will to do what I cannot do and overall my life.

Change things Lord that I could never imagine or comprehend - so that when You act - I might be amazed and it might be as if a dream...

Let me live in this dream - where You just take me - In Your name [whatever that is in my life now] or whatever Name I allow over my life now Today as I walk. [one is my will and the other is Yours] amaze me Lord as You Act over my life.

By whatever Name You use over my life to release me and bring me out of exile - yet again.

Overall my life today.

AMEN and so be it.

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THE 7th STEP


OK IN ENDING - not dependent on your will .

Expectancy or faith

You know you can never save youself - or have hope unless - unless God is in your life....

He can do what you cannot...

Expect the unexpected ... this is where hope comes from... this is not hope in the expected - but a hope in the unexpected and this is faith in God -  hope for intervention in yourlife - TODAY.

As spoken to the hebrews - Hebrews 3:15  Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts  as you did in the rebellion.
TODAY - let God take action over and above "your steps"

Or see God take steps over and above your will.

As it is written and as we read .


Goid is above your steps and this is the seventh step [the perfect step]


Let Him speak into your life - TODAY and give you hope . above your expectatons/hope/faith/.

As so the one who was without child should hope for a child because of  - here God enlarges expectations - Isaiah 54:2  "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

Tabernacling with God is not just about our will - but we are in an relatonship within this tent.

Learn to expect the unexpected - this will give you the "HOPE" future, faith, meaniing, purpose, reason.... for living.

Do not envelope faith in your own gift wrapping - but open up that wrapping and see God do a new thing.

Take hold of this - TODAY and unwrap a new hope in a God that does what we do not expect.

Unwrap TODAY - and find that God is above our steps - expect the unexpected.

NOW WORD - begin to walk in new ways as you tabernacle and see that tent grow bigger.

Now this is the new name over your  life..


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