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Psalm 104 introduction (verses 1-9)

This study was written for a bible class that I was asked to do recently. Reproduced here for the benefit of anyone interested.

Introduction

Thought the words of Psalm 104, we see the bringing up of the ark back to Israel with jubilant song and dance. We see the setting up of the priestly order. And we see the unbounded wisdom of the almighty, as he shapes and guides world events bringing about his spiritual creation–the heavens and Earth of the future age. We will try and go through chapter this verse by verse and allow spirit word to guide our study.

The psalms seem to be divided into thematic sections by headings. In which case Psalm 104 is part of a series of psalms starting with psalm 103 and ending with psalm 107. The title to this section heads up psalm 103, “To David”, in the AV. However in the Hebrew the phrase can be equally translated, “of David”. So the subject of the Psalm IS David, “the beloved”, the greater David which is Christ.

Unfortunately we will not finish the whole Chapter tonight there is just too much to cover. I hope that I encourage you all to follow up the study yourselves.

  • Verse 1 addresses the saint body, showing the wonders of their blessing.
  • Verse 2 shows the expanding of the kingdom of Yahweh till it fills the whole earth
  • Verses 3-4 introduce the Cheruvim, the guardians to the tree of the Lives
  • Verses 5-9 the anti-typical Noahic flood which is turned back by the rainbowed angel
  • Verses 10-18 shows the blessings of the kingdom
  • Verses 19-30 shows the current order of things through nature
  • Verses 31-35 praises the wisdom of the Father

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Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (High priest)

In the last post we looked at the throne and the exalting of the saint body to the political rule of the future age. This time we finish our study with a more detailed look at the High priest of our calling who occupies that throne, and the prophetic reason for this vision!

The train or Skirt

The train or skirt filled the temple. This word is used exclusively in two contexts in scripture.

  • The skirt of Israel lifted up as the skirt of a harlot (Lam 1:9, Jer 13:22,26 and Nah 3:5)
  • The rim of the robe of the ephod of the High Priest (Exo 28:33-34, 39:24-26)

This draws our minds to the great contrast between the leaders of the nation at the time and our lord. He is the faithful one the Amen, holy and true are his words. The false leaders of the time spoke smooth things, and committed fornication with the false doctrines and “gods” of the nations around.

Exo 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:
34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before Yahweh, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

The word for pomegranate is the word rimon רמון, the same as the place Rimon, in Zechariah 14, “Gevah to Rimon”. This word again comes from the word high, ram רמ, of av’ram אברם. Hence drawing attention to the high or exhaled nature of the pomegranate. It’s used along with other plants that represent the Israelite people in Numbers 13:25: Continue reading

Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (the Throne)

The last post we looked at Yashua as the true high priest, and showed from scripture that this vision has historical and future aspects. This time we will look more into the details of the prophecy and the wonderful vision of the throne.

The exalting of the righteous

Now lets go back to Isaiah 6 and look at some of the details, specifically the throne.

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord (Adonay) sitting upon a throne, high (ram רם) and lifted up (nasa נשא), and his train filled the temple.

The word “high” here is ram רם, it is found in the name av’ram אברם, exalted father whose seed will also be exalted. This links the lord of the throne to the fulfilment of the Abrahamic promises and many of the prophecies of old. One example is Numbers 24:7, we start in verse 5 for context:

Num 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob (the overcomer), and thy tabernacles, O Israel (Prince with Ail)!
6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which Yahweh hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.

Aloes

Young Aloe Vera plants (Psa 1)

Incidentally the word “Aloes” here is the the same as the word Elohim אלוהים or mighty ones, with two letters transposed, showing the identity of this symbol to be the saints. Psalm 1, they plant themselves on the living waters of the temple, soaking up the words of the Father.

Do we delight in soaking up the word, Brethren and Sisters? Do we thirst after it as a deer longing after refreshing waters, the gentle waters of Shiloach in the heat of this world?

Continuing in verse 7:

7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher (ram רם) than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted (born up).

What is the nature of this exalting? We are told in the lovely words of Hannah’s prayer.

1 Sam 2:6 Yahweh killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 Yahweh taketh away, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up (ram רם).

Hannah recognises the state of Israel and there reliance on Yahweh. He had indeed taken away the land and possessions of those around and given them to the children of Israel. They had followed the lies of Nimrod, sinking into all manor of vile worship, therefore Yahweh had removed them from the land. This is a great lesson to us, those who multiply there talents will be given of the inheritance of those who have not. If we neglect our estate, it will be taken from us and we will be “brought low”.

The word lifteth up is from our root word ram רם and is used of the resurrection and exalting of the meek of the earth.

1Sam 2.8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up (ram רם) the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are Yahweh’s, and he hath set the world upon them. (also Psa 113:7-8)

The dust of the seed of Abraham will be raised from there sleep and gathered together a body prepared for the beloved (Heb 10:5). Those who do the works of Abraham will be quickened by the spirit dwelling within them (Rom 8:11). They are as the line Aloes, soaking up the word, upright in there actions and growing in the character of there father … that when there betrothed returns, they will see him as he is (1 John 3:2), and they shall be made like him, not just in mind but in alos in body. Not only that – “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Apoc 3:21). What a privilege …

bearing of the throne

Not only is our lord “high” or exalted as is typified in his father Abraham, he was also “lifted up” or born up. This is the word used of the priests shouldering of the alter, and bearing up the tabernacle as they followed the cloud. We find the same vision in Ezekiel chapter 10, where the throne is born up by the Cheruvim כרובים.

Psa 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of … spirit.

Not only do the saints, the Cheruvim, bear up the throne, they are also filled with the spirit of Yahweh.

1 Sam 4:4 Yahweh which dwelleth between the Cherubim

Notice the word “between”, found in italics in the AV, is not there in the Hebrew: not only is the throne born upon the Cheruvim, as the priests of old; his spirit inhabits the Cherubim themselves, his spirit fills them. If we are to be part of the Cheruvim, then we are filled with his spirit, driven by it. What drives us, where is our focus? Is it the lusts of our bodies … or the wisdom and character of the Father?

For the final part of the series click here.

Character of Yahweh – Mercy רחם

After forty years of exiled — by his own people — Moses finds himself speaking faces to faces with the creator of the Universe. Only days ago the regional superpower (the Egyptian army) was buried under the waves of the red sea; washed up on the shores before them. Now he is shepherding a new nation — the people of Yahweh — under the guidance and protection of the glory in the cloud.

Now returning to the mount where Yahweh revealed his purpose from the midst of the bush, where they were to serve him (Exo 3:12). It is here were they would receive the law and the pattern of the tabernacle, the pattern of things in the heavens of the future age (Heb 8:5); and here where he pleads with Yahweh, “I beseech thee, cause me to see thy glory” (Exo 33:18). Moses wanted to understand Yahweh so that he can lead his people (:12-16)

Exo 34:4 – and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as Yahweh had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

Notice how eager he was to see the visions of the Father! Yahweh has recorded a multitude of visions for us… are we trying to understand them with the same fervid zeal as Moses?

5 And Yahweh descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Yahweh.
6 And Yahweh passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahweh, Yahweh Ail (powerful), merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping goodness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

In Exodus 3, Yahweh explains the purpose of his name – that he will be manifest in a multitude. Now he explicitly declares his character, and also the character of the people he will raise up as his body!

Yahweh El — יהוה אל

First of all the proclamation starts with a double emphasis on the name — Yahweh, Yahweh El. So why the emphasis on “El”, the might or power? This is exactly what Moses associated with the name.

Exo 15:2Yah is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my El, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s Elohim (mighty-ones), and I will exalt him.

This is what Moses thought Yahweh was, and why Yahweh now labours the point in Exo 34:6. Yes Moses, I did destroy the power of Egypt and drown there army in the sea, but that’s not what my name is about Moses: mercy, grace, long suffering and abundance of goodness and truth! Yahweh does not have pleasure in the death of the wicked, but will by no means clear the guilty (Ezk 33:11).

In our series on the Name we saw the “what” of the name, here is the “how”. Yahweh explains what it is to manifest his name. And we plan on looking at each of these in detail.

Mercy רחם

The first characteristic is “mercy” in the AV. What does that really mean? We can look it up the English dictionary, but that would be pointless: we really need to know the meaning of the original  word. In this case the lexicons are also lacking, supplying definitions such as “to love”… but again what does that mean? Few can define such a word.

I would usually look at the root word (the verb) and see where that is used, often there is an event that we can empathise with, or some context that brings the word to life. However in this case that doesn’t really help — this is the root! So in desperation I checked the noun hoping it makes something clearer; rechem רחם, a mothers womb! To have “mercy” on someone is to “womb” them: to nurture, to teach, to protect, provide everything that that person needs to grow.  At this point tears were running down my cheeks.

At times the shear beauty of Hebrew still leaves me breathless…

The scriptures were not recorded to explain Nature; Nature was made to demonstrate scripture. The reason we have male and female, the reason we have parents and families, husbands and wives, children… is so that we may know Yahweh.

To follow this up further we could search through scripture to see where “mercy” is used elsewhere, to see many examples of how to be “merciful”. I would encourage you to do this search yourself, but due to time and space I’ll have to leave that to you for now.

Finally we look to ourselves, as we should do with all scripture. Do we show “mercy” — rachem רחם — to our brethren and sisters. We are doing if we are part of the Yahweh Elohim (1 John 5)! Furthermore we will also show the same loving care for the children of Israel; they will be taken once again as the “people” of Yahweh. And eventually all nations of the earth will become part of that body.

Note: I put “people” because the word does not simply mean a people as we know the word people, they never ceased to be the people of Yahweh, a people he created for himself. They did however cease, and will be restored again, as a “people”, am עם… but that’s another subject!

Next week, Yah willing, “grace”…

A people for his Name

So far in part 1 we looked at why the Name is so important – we must know it to love it. Then in part 2 we delved into the etymology of the name as a normal Hebrew word, to find out what would have conveyed to the children of Israel… the answer is “Cause to breath!”. Then in part 3, we followed Yahweh’s explanation to Moses and see that the name Yahweh is the family name given to a multitude of Elohim (mighty ones).

The question is who is part of this family and what part can we have in this?

Breath of life

We have mentioned before that the Yahweh means “cause to breath!”. We plan to address the concept of “breath” in future word studies, for the moment we will draw attention to the beautiful link to the creating of man. Yahweh formed Adam’s body from the dust and he breathed life into him.

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What is his Name? – A memorial to the Generation of the Race (Part 3)

Why is his name?

Now having established, in part 2, the meaning of the name Yahweh… “Cause to breathe!”. What does this mean… do we not breathe already? Most of us have been doing this since we were born. So what does the spirit mean? This is the first commandment, to love Yahweh, and before we are able to truly keep it we need to understand the meaning of the name!

The children of Israel serving with hard labour there crule Egyptian taskmasters, preoccupied by their bondage in the “eternal” Egyptian Empire, would have been just as perplexed. And Moses, understanding his brethren and sisters, asks Yahweh how to respond to their questioning:

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