Friday, May 3, 2013

Omer 37-38

“Today is the thirty-seven days, which are five weeks and two days of the Omer.”

Theme of the Week: Yesod - Intimacy
Theme of the Day: Gevurah – Severity and Strength
Overall Theme: The Severity and Strength of His Intimacy

Revelation 4

 1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
 2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
 3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
 4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
 5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
 6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
 7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
 8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
 10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 7

 9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Two things fit this overall theme to a “T” and that is praise and worship. When we totally let go of our paranoid, “who’s watching me” inhibitions and lose ourselves praising Him, we begin to receive Strength through the high of Intimacy we get when we worship.

We as believers are likened to a bride, right? And when a married couple have passionate sex, it’s called “making love.” Feelings of Intimacy are there and afterwards you feel closer, the bonds of your relationship is strengthened and you feel an inner, personal strength like you can take on the world. This is similar to what happens when we are intimate with HaShem though our acts of praise and worship, and this is what our traditional text of the Psalms is all about:

Psalm 95

 1O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
 2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
 3For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
 4In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
 5The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
 6O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
 7For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

“Oh Mighty and Majestic Elohim, the Lover of my soul, I pray you would help and enable me to fall more madly, deeply and passionately in love with You. I want to know You and in the Hebrew the word to Know implies intimacy. I want to be like a giddy, love sick school girl who wants to be with you 24-7. I love you Adonai! In Yeshua’s Name I pray, Ameyn.”

“Today is thirty-eight days, which are five weeks and three days of the Omer.”

Theme of the Week: Yesod - Intimacy
Theme of the Day: Tefreit - Beauty
Overall Theme: The Beauty of His Intimacy

The Traditional Psalm to read is Psalm 96, but I would like to focus on verses 6-7:

Psalm 96

 1O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
 2Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
 3Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
 4For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
 5For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
 6Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
 7Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
 8Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
 9O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
 10Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
 11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
 12Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
 13Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Just as sex between a husband and a wife is a holy intimate and strengthening act, because it is holy it is NOT dirty or smutty, but beautiful; just like praise and worship is beautiful.

We often use the word beautiful as an esthetic term of an object or thing.  But here the word is used as an act, as an event.

Today also commemorates the beautiful victory Israel had against Amelek because of the strength gained from the intimate experience of YHWH providing water from the rock.

Exodus 12:8-16 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

Another beautiful and Intimate act is when we love our fellow man by helping him carry a load.

Gal. 6:2-3 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

“Indeed YHWH, We have a Beautifully Intimate thing going on here, help me to further submit to You and therefore deepen and strengthen that Beautiful and Intimate bond. In Yeshua’s Name, Ameyn.”