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From Slaves to Soldiers

Chapter 19

Yahweh told Moses and Aaron to get a ritually clean cow that had never been in harnessed and give it to Eleazar the priest to take outside the camp to butcher while he watched. Rashi says it was to be a perfectly red cow[1] and David Zucker says[2] parah adumah may have meant “ruddy” and because Hebrew doesn’t have a word for “brown” that is probably what is meant in this context.

The Jerusalem Post says the rarity of finding a cow that meets the stringent stipulations of Jewish law; and the level of required supervision over such beasts makes it challenging to fulfill the law’s regulations and produce a true red heifer[3]. “Some Fundamentalist Christians believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ cannot occur until the Third Temple is constructed in Jerusalem, which [would require] the appearance of a red heifer born in Israel. Clyde Lott, a cattle breeder in O’Neill, Nebraska, United States, is attempting to systematically breed red heifers and export them to Israel to establish a breeding line of red heifers in Israel in the hope that this will bring about the construction of the Third Temple and ultimately the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”[4] Hebrew4Christians points out that these things were shadows of things to come and the “red heifer” is a picture of Yeshua/Jesus[5] and the temple[6] is a picture of the Church – including both Jew and Gentile. Yeshua doesn’t need either a cow that meets the requirements of the law, or a physical temple to be built. Only Yahweh knows the day and the hour when the Son of man will return,[7]or the conditions under which he will return. What we do know is that Yahweh has told us what is good and what he requires of us: to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him. He told us how to do what he requires when he gave us the ten commandments; and he made it possible when he “sent his Son” – came to us in the form of human flesh to defeat sin and death by his own death and resurrection. He is the resurrection and the life, blessed is his holy name.

Eleazar was to take some of the blood from the butchered cow and sprinkle it seven times in the direction of the Tent of Meeting. Remember that seven is a number signifying completion or perfection. The cow was butchered outside the camp[8]. It had to be perfect. The cow was a picture of the one who would restore purity to the world[9]. The symbol of blood is the life of the flesh, so when Eleazar sprinkled the blood toward the Tent of Meeting – the symbol of Yahweh’s presence – it pictured perfect life toward Yahweh – acknowledging that Yahweh is perfect life.

Yahweh told Moses and Aaron that the whole cow – hide, meat, blood, and dung – was to be burned under the supervision of Eleazar.

Cedar symbolizes power, majesty, royalty, and beauty. Hyssop was for healing, and scarlet represented suffering and sacrifice. Yahweh instructed the priest to take a stick of cedar and some hyssop wrapped in a piece of scarlet material, and throw them on the burning cow. These were pictures of the attributes of the one the cow represented – Yeshua ha Mashiach/ Jesus Christ, the one who overcame sin and death when he rose from the dead[10]. Rashi said that the cedar is the highest of all trees, and the hyssop is the lowest of them all. This symbolizes that the one of high standing who acts haughtily and sins should lower himself like a hyssop and a worm [for the תּוֹלַעַת means ‘worm’ as well as ‘crimson.

The people of Israel would have been familiar with ancient Egypt’s approach to cleanliness. The rituals of washing, bathing, and applying cosmetics were very important to them. They believed that the cleaner and better-oiled the person was, the closer they were to their gods. They used a scented paste consisting of ash and clay for soap; therefore, the chosen people would have understood that the ash of the pure young cow was for cleansing.

The priest and the Levite who burned the cow were both unclean. They had to take off their clothes and bathe well with water. When they were washed they could return to camp but were ritually unclean until evening. Remember that death is the result of sin and corruption and; therefore, represents the rottenest evil. Yahweh made special mention of the priest’s condition and the instructions for him because he represented the people to Yahweh and Yahweh to the people.

A ritually clean Levite was to remove the ashes to a ritually clean place outside the camp. The congregation was to keep them for the Water of Cleansing and the absolution Offering.

The man who gathered the ashes was to scrub his clothes because he, too, was ritually unclean until evening.

Yahweh reminded them that the rule about touching a dead body was perpetual and inclusive. The health risks of dead bodies, according to Wikipedia, are dangers related to the improper preparation and disposal of cadavers. When the decomposition and putrefaction of cadavers goes unchecked, it raises a series of health, logistical, and psychological issues. Disease from dead bodies is due to living in harsh conditions with poor sanitation – or when death is caused by contagious diseases. The substances cadaverine and putrescine – toxic in large doses – are produced during the decomposition of animal (including human) bodies, and both give off a foul odor.[11] The ancient Israelites wouldn’t have known any of this, but they would have had some of the same ideas that are held by the Spiritual Science Research foundation[12]. The ceremony that Yahweh commanded his people to go through would elevate these fears; but Yahweh was teaching his people spiritual truths. He wanted them – and he wants us – to realize that death isn’t the result of perfection. Corruption – sin – causes death and Yahweh is the author of life[13]. Death is as sin made visible.[14] Death is the result of sin. Therefore, death is the symbol of sin.

Yahweh repeated his instructions for a person to purify himself or herself after contact with death, and added that the ritually unclean must purify himself or herself on the third day with the Water of Cleansing[15] so he or she could be clean on the seventh day. The water purification ceremony was a picture of purifying the heart by the Word of Yahweh[16]. The number three pictures completeness, but to a lesser degree than the number seven, and points to something that is solid and substantial. Also in Jewish tradition graves were watched for three days. The number three is used in the Torah to mediate between two [2] opposing or contradictory values. The third value mediates, reconciles, and connects the two. Three is the number of truth.[17]

A person who was ritually unclean needed purification, and could not ignore their condition, but was still part of the nation – unless they refused to correct their unclean condition. Today if we are “bathed” by Jesus, we only need to – symbolically – have our feet washed, as they become unclean in the normal practice of life. Yet, if we don’t let Yeshua/Jesus “wash” us, we have no part with him. We must receive a once-for-all cleansing Yeshua/Jesus brings to us when we are born again; but we must also come to him continually to be cleansed of our “day-to-day” mistakes. Under the New Covenant, the Christian also has a special call to purity, because we can also defile the dwelling place of God [18] the ancient Israelite who refused to perform the ceremony of the Water of Cleansing couldn’t be one of Yahweh’s chosen people but was cut off from his people.

Everyone who went into the tent where someone died was ritually unclean for seven days. Every receptacle, without a cover fastened over it, in the tent where someone died was unclean. Anyone in the open field who touched one who died in any way, even a bone of a human, or a grave, was to be considered unclean for seven days. An open container could potentially harbor disease causing bacteria. The lesson Yahweh was teaching his people is that death is corruption at its worst and they needed to avoid it at any cost.[19] Death is our enemy. Yahweh is the author and sustainer of life.

Yahweh instructed that the ashes be put in a bowl and fresh water added, then a ritually clean Levite was to dip a sprig of hyssop into the water and sprinkle the affected tent and its contents along with the people who were in the tent. The ritually unclean person was to be sprinkled on the third and seventh day. After that he or she would considered clean and had to scrub his or her clothes and take a bath to be clean by the evening of the seventh day.

For a ritually unclean person to refuse to go through the procedures set by Yahweh, he or she was desecrating the sanctuary of Yahweh and was to be excommunicated from the community. There were to be no exceptions. It was a matter of believing Yahweh. Uncleanness cannot correct itself. The unclean person must do what Yahweh says must be done in order to be clean. Human plans or schemes for spiritual cleansing are ineffectual. Obedience is the result and sign of belief and belief is an act of the will. The ancient Israelite had to make the decision to believe Yahweh whether he understood or why or didn’t understand. The same is true today. We must make a decision to believe Yahweh whether or not we understand. The natural mind cannot understand spiritual things but when we make the decision to believe Yahweh his Spirit gives our spirits understanding and confidence.[20]

Ritually uncleanness included the one who sprinkled the water of cleansing so he had to scrub his clothes along with anyone else who touched the Water of Cleansing or the ritually unclean person. Uncleanness was easily transmitted, but cleanness had to be deliberately sought.

 

Summary of chapter 19

The Bible Commentary of the United Church of God says that this is one of the most mysterious sacrifices in the Bible. We may not understand all of the symbolism in this most interesting offering, but we do know that we are cleansed by the blood of the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ[21]. The book of Hebrews confirms that this is part of the symbolism here. The heifer was also a representation of Israel in the Scriptures. Perhaps, there is some sense of this offering being fulfilled in the people putting to death their old natures. Indeed, that would seem to tie in with having our consciences purged from dead works. Christ stood in Israel’s place in a number of respects. Besides the spiritual significance, there was a medical benefit to what God was prescribing here as well, just as there was with the laws for dealing with leprosy. Jeffrey[22] says, “The water of purification described in Numbers 19 actually had the ability to destroy germs and infection. The resulting water of purification solution contained ashes from the Red Heifer sacrifice combined with cedar, hyssop and scarlet thread. This water of purification contained ‘cedar’ oil that came from a kind of juniper tree that grew in both Israel and the Sinai. This cedar oil would irritate the skin, encouraging the person to vigorously rub the solution into their hands. Most importantly, the hyssop tree—associated with mint, possibly marjoram—would produce hyssop oil. This hyssop oil is actually a very effective antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Hyssop oil contains 50 percent carvacrol which is an antifungal and antibacterial agent still used in medicine, according to the book None of These Diseases. When we note that the waters of purification from the Red Heifer Sacrifice were to be used to cleanse someone who had become defiled and unclean due to touching a dead body, we begin to understand that this law was an incredibly effective medical law as well as a spiritual law” (p. 153).
Of course, it is not clear how much of the cedar and hyssop oil would remain after burning in the fire. There was probably some. Perhaps God was interested more in the symbolism of cleansing agents here than their actual effectiveness. Burning is itself symbolic of purification.[23]

 

Prayer: Lord, I know that death is the absence of life and you are life. The grave – or Hell- is the eternal home of death. Every perfect gift is from above and comes down from you, the Father of Light. Thank you for going to the extreme lengths that you did to show your creation what is good and right and what you require of us. Thank you for your commandments. They spell out graphically how to be just, how to love mercy, and how to walk humbly with you. Thank you for the pictures in your legal ceremonies that point to ultimate solution of what to do about sin and death – your Son.

 

 

Things to think about

  1. Why do you think Yahweh instructed Moses and Aaron to get a cow without blemish? Why would he specify the color? Why do you think it had to be a young cow that had never been harnessed?
  2. Do you think Israel needs to produce a perfectly red cow before the Mashiach can come? Do you think the temple has to be rebuilt before Yeshua/Jesus returns? What do you think about what Hebrew4Christians’ says about the cow being a picture of Yeshua ha Mashiach and the temple being a picture of the Church?
  3. What does the second coming of Christ – Yeshua ha Mashiach – have to do with the way we live today? Is it more important for us to try to figure out when he will return, or for us to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, Yahweh until he returns?
  4. Why do you think Yahweh instructed for the whole cow to be burned completely? What do you think the consuming fire symbolized?
  5. What did your meditations on the symbols of cedar, hyssop, and scarlet tell you?
  6. Do you think it is wrong for you and me to touch a dead body?
  7. What did our Savior, Yeshua ha Mashiach’s death, burial, and resurrection do about death?

 

 

[1] http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/9947/jewish/Chapter-19.htm#showrashi=true

[2] Page 149

[3] http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Holy-Cow-Biblical-Red-Heifer-in-production-409240

[4]  “Readings | Apocalypse! FRONTLINE”. Pbs.org. Retrieved 2015-06-03. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_heifer

[5] Hebrews 9:11-29 CJB (Complete Jewish Bible)

[6] I Corinthians 3”16

[7] Mark 13:32; Matthew 24:36; Revelation 16:15

[8] Hebrews 13:11, 12

[9] Rabbi Chaim Richman, the world’s foremost expert on red heifers and director of The Temple Institute https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/17303/holy-cow-red-heifer-born-us/

[10] Romans 6:

[11] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_risks_from_dead_bodies

[12]http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/difficulties/ancestors/deadbody_effects

[13] Romans 6:23

[14] Romans 5:12; 7:24

[15] That has the ashes of the cow in it, combined with the symbols of Yeshua – scarlet, cedar, and hyssop and his work of salvation – For soap Egyptians used a paste containing ash or clay http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/timelines/topics/cosmetics.htm

[16] James 4:8

[17] http://www.betemunah.org/three.html

[18] John 15:5-11; I Corinthians 6:19-20; https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/guz/numbers-19.html

[19] Proverbs 8:36; John 5:24; I Corinthians 15:26

[20] I Corinthians 2:14-16

[21] 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 9:13, 14

[22] https://www.amazon.com/Signature-God-Revised-Conclusive-Teaching-ebook/dp/B0036S4BPS/ref=la_B000APP9Z6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486828217&sr=1-1

[23]http://bible.ucg.org/bible-commentary/Numbers/Red-heifer-for-purification/

Running The Race As A Winner – Day Eighteen

I Value my adoption – loving, honoring, and obeying my father;
And Yeshua my Savior, my Lord, and my Brother;
My Kinsman redeemer who cares for me.
I will demonstrate love to this Royal Family, to which by his grace I belong.
Father, humble me and make me your own true child.

We have been adopted by the Father and are of the seed of Abraham. We are children of the promise by faith. We are positionally a royal family member; therefore, we walk worthy of our calling with all discernment and gentleness; and with tolerance accepting one another in love.

Knowing Yeshua compels love; it is the result of knowing the One whose name is Love.

We love God with every emotion available to us, with every breath we take, with every thought; and we love him as mighty, as strong, and as intently as we are able to.

In loving Yeshua we love ourselves because he loves us; and we love others because he loves them – because we understand how precious and dear every individual is to our Father. This is the complement of love, that our self-interest grows to include God and others with an awareness of “being” in relation to the family of God. The total of our personality finds expression. We are integrated with the Love of God and that love finds its fulfillment in its expression to others.

As winners in the race we have a mindset toward comforting love, affection, and mercy in the Spirit; and we are aware of our place in the body along with the equal importance of every other member of the body. We regulate our actions for the good of the whole with the spirit of co-operation.

Prayer: Lord, you are Love. You are the love of my life. I commit my will to you and your love flows through me like rivers of living water. I have not always known how to love or why I should love. The world has a counterfeit love that I have often confused with real love. I will practice the love which my position in you makes me capable of and I will rely on your love to take over where my practice is faulty. Thank you, Love. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time forth and forevermore.

Running The Race As A Winner – Day Sixteen

My constant concern must be
To deliberately perform well.
I must conduct myself in such a way
As to glorify my father.

Faith is a product of grace; the material and evidence of our unseen hopes created from promises God made to us. Mashiach/Christ is the one who our faith comes from and he is the only one who can strengthen and work it to perfection. We are his well-done, completed production; therefore, we function correctly.

In the beginning God created us faultless. However; through our disobedience since the beginning we are dead (separated from God) in our transgressions and failings. But God, rich in mercy, great in love; by grace made us alive in Christ, which united us again with our Creator.

We are his workmanship: the product of his effort. Created unto good works, we are not repaired with old parts, but given new parts that are working right and made into a good man in good working condition. God takes the dim eyes and gives them clear sight, the ears that are heavy and gives them hearing; the slow tongue, he gives words to utter.

When the gears get dirty, we wash them in the water of the Word and oil them with Rauch Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit. When they wind down, we plug them into the power source – The Light of the world.

Prayer: O Lord, from you comes every good and perfect gift. In you there is no shadow of turning. You are consistent in all your ways. You have brought me forth by the word of truth that I might be among the kind of first-fruits of your creatures. For this reason, Lord, you will direct me into and through the perfect law of liberty, so I am working well to demonstrate your attributes to the world.

Running The Race As A Winner -Day Sixteen

My constant concern must be
To deliberately perform well.
I must conduct myself in such a way
As to glorify my father.

Faith is a product of grace; the material and evidence of our unseen hopes created from promises God made to us. Mashiach/Christ is the one who our faith comes from and he is the only one who can strengthen and work it to perfection. We are his well-done, completed production; therefore, we function correctly.

In the beginning God created us faultless. However; through our disobedience since the beginning we are dead (separated from God) in our transgressions and failings. But God, rich in mercy, great in love; by grace made us alive in Christ, which united us again with our Creator.

We are his workmanship: the product of his effort. Created unto good works, we are not repaired with old parts, but given new parts that are working right and made into a good man in good working condition. God takes the dim eyes and gives them clear sight, the ears that are heavy and gives them hearing; the slow tongue, he gives words to utter.

When the gears get dirty, we wash them in the water of the Word and oil them with Rauch Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit. When they wind down, we plug them into the power source – The Light of the world.

Prayer: O Lord, from you comes every good and perfect gift. In you there is no shadow of turning. You are consistent in all your ways. You have brought me forth by the word of truth that I might be among the kind of first-fruits of your creatures. For this reason, Lord, you will direct me into and through the perfect law of liberty, so I am working well to demonstrate your attributes to the world.

Running The Race As A Winner – Day Fifteen

As I do the will of God,
Jesus is my Brother and I am a branch;
Identifying with the vine,
Living by the Royal family Code.

A search of the scriptures reveals 13 words for love -a  passionate, spiritual, emotional attachment that reflects the high regard one has for another person; a gentle and solicitous feeling.

To list all these words here would be pointless, but their meanings will help us understand the immeasurable power love has in the life that seeks to honor Mashiach/Christ.

These are the meanings:
1.         Spiritual and sexual affection
2.         Tender friendship
3.         To have pleasure or delight in (admiration)
4.         Desire
5.         Amorous words (very lovely, etc.)
6.         To Caress
7.         To have compassion, mercy,
8.         Benevolence
9.         Brotherly bond
10.       Fondness for mankind
11.       A husband and wife being a friend to each other
12.       Fondness for one’s children – Warm instinctive affection (has to do with choice or preference)
13.       An inclination to preform acts of kindness and to love in a social or moral sense (denotes the love of esteem, embracing the judgment and deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty, or propriety).

All the above are love; all are the same action verb described in I Corinthians 13 – the Royal Family Code. All, whether from a social or moral sense, love for brother/sister, husband/wife, one’s child; whether it is love from choice or preference; love for a friend, or love between God and man – all are patient, kind, not fearful about loss of position or affection, not boastful or self-important, polite, puts the loved one first, forgives eagerly, encouraging, supportive, optimistic, and consistent. This love is produced by the Rauch Ha Kodesh/ the Spirit of God and fulfills the law. It is alluring, enduring, faithful, and sure.

As we run the race with our eyes on Love we take on the qualities of love. We see Love in action and Rauch Ha Kodesh produces love in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, you who are perfect love, teach me to love. You are planting the seeds in my heart as I seek to obey you. You water them with the water of your word. Your spirit breathes life into the flames of my love so it burns brightly. The love that flows through my life will take root in the dirt of the world and produce the fruit of the Spirit, returning beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for sorrow, and the covering of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Then I will be a tree of righteousness that you have planted (you who are the root of the tree) and you will be glorified.

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Running The Race As A Winner – chapter Thirteen

I Peter 2:5
Ephesians 2:19-22

With a parent entirely wise and good,
And my position permanently assured,
I abide with absolute security and stability
In the family of God.

God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s house and go to a land that he would show him. Abraham’s father and his father’s house left for Cannon, not directly across the wasteland but up through what is now Turkey where they lived until his father died. Abraham missed the mark on two counts: he didn’t leave his father’s house, he took it with him, and he failed to go directly to Cannon. When he was seventy-five years old he left Turkey for Cannon but when life got hard because of famine, he went to Egypt where he lied and risked Sarah to ensure his own safety. God blessed him in spite of his breakdown and for a time Abraham walked close to God. But he nose-dived again when he tried to accomplish God’s purpose with his own plan for a son. Again he lived in partnership with God for a time, and again missed the mark of perfection when he lied to Abimelech about Sarah to save his own neck.

The Accuser would say,”He’s worthless. He disobeys, procrastinates, and stumbles at every turn. What good is he?” But God’s Word says, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.

Abraham’s position with God was absolutely secure and stable. He was called blameless looking forward to that city whose builder and maker is God of which we are a part, with our position secure in Christ.

Prayer: Blessed are you, the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Yeshua. Thank you for the security and stability of my position in Yeshua ha Mashiach, and the confidence that you are working in my life to cause me to become more like you as I study your face in the mirror of your word and match my practice with my position.

Running The Race As a winner – Day twelve

Emotionally involved with the King
In the vicissitudes and victories of his cause in the World
Known by him,
In spite of which he wants me as his friend.  (Psalm 139)

We are in love with the King and he is in love with us, and our personalities inter-penetrate as we live in his world where we have a mutual understanding and shared subjectivity with its own special music and emotional quality.

He is our emotional support system, our sanctuary, source of nourishment and energy, and a point of certainty that is solid and real.

We and the King have committed ourselves to each other. We have chosen to join forces. This kind of love takes courage on our part and unlimited grace on his part. As it made him vulnerable to the death of his only Son, it makes us vulnerable because it requires self-disclosure. We must be willing to know and encounter ourselves. The King has a genuine interest in our private worlds. In an atmosphere of respect and acceptance we are involved in his viewpoints, passions, and responses – his pain and anger, his joy and happiness. We are attentive to what he has to say and are confident in his concern about what we have to say. Our King and “I” communicate to each other the full range of our mental and emotional worlds: love, joy, excitement, perceptions, and thoughts.

Prayer: I will praise you with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praise to you. And praise your name for your loving kindness and your truth; for you have magnified your Word above all your name. In the day that I cried out to you, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. Search me O God and know my heart. My soul delights in you. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time forth and forevermore.

Running The Race As A Winner – Day Eleven

Ephesians 5:8, 17, 18

Filled with the Spirit,
I develop a deep acquaintance with Yeshua,
My God and my Savior –
Practically applying the truth.

Born in the flesh, we grew without God; separated from him in our desire, action, intent, and purpose. Born of the Spirit and adopted by God we are united with Yeshua and grow closer to the aspiration, accomplishment, purpose, and objective of God as our own craving, accomplishment, determination, and drive are disciplined by Rauch Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit of God.

When the last trump sounds and this body of flesh joins the spirit of life, united in hope, deed, aim, and goal with the Spirit of God our salvation will be complete. Until that day compliance is the key word. He says, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love …that your joy might be full.” We let Rauch Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit control us so His fruit will germinate and become effective in our lives, then the body of Christ will, with one mouth and one mind exalt the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord, you are very great. How precious also are your thoughts to me. You understand my thoughts afar off. You comprehend my path and are acquainted with all my ways. Fill me with your Spirit, Lord. Control my action and manifest your gifts in me.

Running The Race As a Winner – Day Ten

John 14

Personally involved with the Spirit –
Appreciating the flavor
Of tasting the truth.

Ruach Ha Kodesh/the Holy spirit is the facilitator of the new birth. He is the Spirit of adoption. Because he makes us, keeps us conscious, and motivates us, as we run the race we will look to our Father with boundless respectful boldness.  The Spirit inspires us to act out our position as a royal child by displaying the royal family likeness, which is the fruit of the Spirit. We further the family welfare and demonstrate the family honor.

We take the truth – the Word of God – with us as we run. We taste it, chew it, and ingest it. It gives us pleasure, strengthens, and matures us. With the Holy Spirit as our teacher and final authority on the word, we constantly find more of its riches.  Not simply taking on empty calories, we are nourished and invigorated; acquiring the characteristics of our Father and Brother. We are becoming strong stones in the building of the body of Mashiach/Christ; not because of what we do, but because of the Spirit of God that motivates us.

Prayer: Holy God, my constant friend and companion, you move me to the music of your thoughts and renew my mind to think like you. You are molding my awareness to understand and appreciate your will. Use my emotions, Lord, to glorify your name. You are producing the fruit of the Spirit in my life. Thank you Lord. And blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

Running The Race As a Winner – Day Nine

John 10:1-30

God reveals himself to man
Through the incarnation of Yeshua his Son.
To know God
We must know Yeshua.
Yeshua the King, the Lamb,
The Shepherd, the Door, the Way – bids us come:
To know God through knowing him.

Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus the Christ, whose position is in the heavenlies, far above all principality and power, might and dominion, and every name that is named (in both the here and the hereafter), is the head of all things. He is the power that loves us with such a love neither death, life, angels, principalities, powers; anything that is now or will be in the future, though it be high or low there is nothing that can keep his love from us. He is no fair weather friend. He is the power that conquers tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword. He is the power that blesses us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. That is how we can have peace while we are facing the distresses of this life. We know we are running the race safe in the yoke of the one who is carrying the heaviest part of the load.

Prayer:  Give ear to my words O Lord, and consider my mediation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I will pray; my voice shall you hear in the morning, O Lord, I will direct it to you and I will look up. Thank you for your Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood; and forgiveness of our sin according to the riches of your grace.