The beginning of 2009, I was led to study the Bible in a new way (to me). I have been writing down the Scriptures (starting at the Genesis 1), Word for Word, and studying as the Lord leads and time allows. This has been such a MAJOR blessing to me! God has revealed so many new, interesting and exciting things from His Word, that I always want to share. I haven't had time to blog, sooo ... I am going to attempt to marry blogging with my morning study. I hope I can, in some way, impart my blessings to you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Leviticus 26:4a ~ Then ... Rain in Due Season ~ Reciprocity: Part Three

Good Morning, fellow seekers of GOD!  During this "holiday" season, the highways are crowded and rushed.  Fret not, there is always plenty of room in the narrow way!  Here we will find peace and joy ... in all seasons!  Especially during these busy days, we relish the time that we take to stop, sit and sup with our LORD.  Oh, I like that!  Triple S ~ Stop Sit Sup.  Don't you just love how the Lord shows you stuff, while your are in His Presence??  Bless His heart!

You are welcome to taste this wonderful manna, His Living Word with us.  The LORD has such a beautiful feast prepared for those that love Him!
 
At our last meal, we shared Leviticus 26:3 click here: to review.  Basically, our Father laid the foundation for His principle of reciprocity (responding to a positive action with another positive action).  He told us, exactly, what positive actions He wants us to take.  He gave us three action words: walk, keep and do ... which led to some serious introspection!

Now, that we have had time to digest the richness of Leviticus 26:3; we are ready to sample the blessings that the LORD our God is about to spread before us.  He has set the table with His conditions.  Now, based upon our freewill choice to meet those conditions ... GOD is going to tell us, specifically, how He will respond!  God's principle of reciprocity in action!  Wow, oh wow!  What a privilege it is, to be a child of the Almighty GOD!

Please, come in, as we stop, sit and sup (Triple S) on this Morning's Measure of Manna (Triple M).  Too many acronyms ... yes?  Ahhh ... but good things do come in threes!  *smile*

IF you walk in My statutes, keep My commandments and do them (Leviticus 26:3) ...

THE FIRST OF GOD'S CONDITIONAL BLESSINGS:

LEVITICUS 26:4a ~ "Then I will give you rain in due season ... "
 
"Then I will give you rain in due season. " 

God never fails to keep His promises!  The Almighty God that we serve cannot lie!  See: Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18(b).  Thankfully, God is not like me (whew!), or you, or any other being.  We have good intentions; yet we often fail to follow through with our promises. (ugh)

When  The LORD says, "I will" ... we can count on it ... He will Nothing in this life, is as sure as that!  Sidenote: Apologetics Press has an in depth and reassuring expository on this subject:  here.

God, our Creator, gives to us ... not because we deserve it, nor because we earn it (we absolutely cannot) ... but, simply  because He loves us SO much!  He manifests His love for us through His Son, Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit, through nature, and even through you and I.  It is so humbling to really think about how personal His love is towards us .... humbling and quite overwhelming.

Just as there are conditions from which flowers grow, so there are conditions from which God's blessings flow!  We, ourselves, cannot make either of these things happen.  We can only follow the instructions we are given, do the best we can, and trust God for the outcome.

Once the conditions are right ... woohoo ... look out for blessings!!

The LORD, in His infinite wisdom, promises to give us rain ... in His appointed time.  Only God knows that time.  We "sheep" (baaa) tend to expect that He should give us the "rain" we ask for, when we ask for it.  Sometimes, it works out that way ... but many times it does not.  We do not and can not know God's ultimate plan.  His ways are not our ways ... His thoughts are SO far above ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Hallelujah! 

The LORD is our GODHe created us, He alone, knows what is best for us ... and how to accomplish it!  He says that He will send the rain, when His conditions are met!  That settles it.

Oh, my fellow sheep, we are in the hand of our Shepherd (Psalm 95:7)  He wants us to truly and fully trust Him ... at all times!  I believe that those times when we don't "see" the rain or the provision ... are the times when our trust is being tested.  Yikes, I am already having "test anxiety," just thinking about it.  I SO desire to trust Him completely.  I want to lean fully, with all my weight, on You, Lord; I know You will never fail me.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ...  He hath made every thing beautiful in His time ..."  Ecclesiastes 3:1 and Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • season: an appointed time, appointed occasion, appropriate time
  • time: after, always, certain, continually, evening, long, due season, so long as
I think of how beautiful a new life is, when it is born in due season.  Not as much, when it is not.
In Due Season

Before Due Season
Fruit and vegetables are never as beautiful, yummy and nutritious, as when they are "in season."  Fire is magnificent when it warms, cooks and cleanses ... as purposed.  Even death can be beautiful  at its appointed time.

The sun is so warm and fun, in the Summer ... the winds carry seeds of new life, in the Spring.  Dying and falling leaves are beautiful, in the Autumn ... as is snow in the Winter.
But outside of GOD;s seasons, each of these things can be not beautiful, at all ... even tragic and terrifying.  Premature births, senselessly caused death, drought, rain out of season, floods, tsunamis, blizzards, hurricanes, tidal waves, tornadoes, premature frost on blossoms, a seed unearthed before its time, fire out of control ... and the list goes on endlessly.

When those showers do come, in His appointed time, (not ours) we know it in our "knower" ... we feel it in the core of our being ... they are obviously a gift of God!  Gratitude and love for our Maker gushes out, like a fountain, as we point to the Source of our blessing and provision.  His glory is obvious over all the circumstances ... many see, take note, and look toward God.  In God's eyes it is the perfect time, place and purpose.

We need to learn to see as our Father sees ... when the rain hasn't  come ... yet.  Will I trust Him and act on my belief that His provision IS on the way???  I pray so.

Boy, I surely needed this lesson!  It is so easy to get discouraged and disgruntled, when we don't "see" our rain coming.  *Gasp,* I believe that I actually get impatient with God! 

Oh Lord, please forgive me.  Help us all to follow Your instructions for the conditions that You have laid before us.  Your time and Your way is always perfect, we do trust YouLORD GOD of heaven and earth, shut out the voices of doubt that whisper to us.  Let us hear only Your voice.  Draw us into Your Word; equip us with the Truth, to come against the lies that we are bombarded with.  Thank You, Lord, amen. 

My dear sisters and brothers, as we part company today... and we each go about learning how to walk in GODs statutes, how to keep His commandments, and how to do them ... let us encourage one another.  We all need loving reminders, that the rain is coming ... especially during difficult times!
The rain IS coming!
The Lord's mercies are fresh every morning, but some days we just don't feel it, our the body and/or mind is weak/clouded/confused and vulnerable to doubt.  Let us recognize these signs and help each other to re-focus on God's promises.  Let us praise Him and thank Him for His grace, mercy and faithfulness ... no matter what we see or do not see!  This is the kind of faith that delights our LORD! 

This measure of manna has been the "first course" of blessings that our awesome LORD has promised to us from Leviticus 26.  Next visit, Lord willing, we will finish Verse 4.  Definitely not "fast food" ... this manna is to be savored ... bite by bite.

Until we meet again, may God bless you, Sampai kita bertemu lagi, semoga God berkati Anda (Indonesian)


I am blessed every day
with some new revelation of God's Word.
I will be sharing my measure of manna
with all who come to my "tent."
Please, let me know if you have been blessed
by the way it was prepared for you this day.
 ~Shalom~

Monday, December 5, 2011

Leviticus 26:3 ~ IF I do...? ~ Reciprocity: Part Two

Good morning!  What a blessing it is to meet fellow seekers of the truth, on our journey through this land called earth.  Welcome to our humble tent ... please come on in, sit down and relax,  as we prepare to share the amazing manna that God has so graciously given us today.
At our last meeting, we had a sort of "appetizer" as we began Leviticus 26:1-2: click here to reviewGOD began to lay down the conditions of blessings for Israel, who were now in the Promised Land.  (1) No idolatry (2) Keep the Sabbaths (3) Reverence the sanctuary.  He reminded them of the strong and sure Foundation upon which everything good is built; "I AM the LORD your God"!

The LORD is now about to lay out 24 Conditional Blessings ~ blessings that are based on conditions being met: the principle of reciprocity (responding to a positive action with another positive action).

Today's measure of manna seems small in amount (only one verse).  However, it is very, very rich; best taken in smaller portions, so we can digest it properly.


LEVITICUS 26:3 
"If you walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them; ... "
Here we have 3 more conditions, to which our GOD so graciously responds with blessings.  The first 3 were commands; the next 3 seem to imply our free choice.  Free-will choices are, sometimes, the more difficult for us, aren't they?  They are certainly the most precious to our Father!
:3(a) "IF you ... "

This is the HUGE condition, right here!!  We must choose to obey.  Will we ... or won't we?  It is a moment by moment, day by day, choice!   God has already established His absolute Authority, Ability and Power. He is now about to tell us what He will do, predicated on what we decide to do.
:3(b) ~ "walk in My statutes,"

Action: walk ~ come, go, accompany, follow, move, travel, walk around in, come and let us go (wow! I love this definition ... thank You, Jesus!)
Where: statutes ~ something prescribed, an enactment, appointed, fixed order, ordinance

*NOTE: GOD set up statutes, ordinances, commandments, laws, precepts and boundaries for our safety and blessing ... not to be rigid restrictions of our actions.  Bless His heart;  He loves us SO much!

:3(c) ~ "and keep My commandments,"

Action: keep (8104) ~ preserve, take heed, pay attention, observe, look narrowly, watch(man), protect
What: commandment (4687) ~ whether human or divine (collectively, the Law) -- (which was) commanded(-ment), law, ordinance, precept, order, obligation.

:3(d) ~ "and do them;" 
Action: do (6213) ~ accomplish, practice, perform, carry out, bring about
What: commandments ~ same as above ... GOD wants us, not only to keep His commandments safe and close, in our hearts and minds.  He also wants us to do them, which requires our action!

Sounds simple, yes?  Well, it is.  And ... it is not.


WALK ... KEEP ... DOthese are all verbs ... action words!

Walk in them, keep them and do them ...

Doesn't seem so simple ... after all ... 

OK, we have plenty here to ruminate on.  Let us just relax here and chew over the conditions that we have so far, before we go on to the on the blessings that the LORD promises to us.  I am feeling full to overflowing, myself ... I need to digest what is my part in this lesson.  Wow ...

A Quick Review ~ To Do List:
GOD commanded us: 1. No idols
2. Keep His Sabbaths
3. Reverence His Sanctuary

Here, the LORD gives us the privilege (and responsibility) of choice (if we):
4. Walk in the His statutes
5. Keep His commandments
6. Do His commandments


For study purposes, we may want to keep a list handy.  We are no longer bound by the Law (thank You, Jesus)However, according to God's principles and promises, every choice we make does have consequences.  Which makes this measure of manna, as all of God's Word, a truly a "Super-Food."

Surely, knowing that our Lord is the Great I AM is enough.  I should do as He says.  He made me.  He knows what is best for me ... but, is that enough for meIs that knowledge and belief really all I truly need, to obey HimDo I really believe HimHow do I show it?  Do I act on His commands and instructions, or (gulp) do I sometimes walk away and forget, or ignore, Him?  I would like to want to be obedient in all these things, before even knowing what He promises will follow my obedience.

So, dear friends, I am going to make myself an action list.
How and where do I walk?  Do I always walk humbly with my God? (Micah 6:8)  How, exactly, do I depend on Him?  Have I been heeding God's statutes, or do I still rebel?

Am I always aware of God's commandments?  Where do I keep them ... on my wall or bookshelf?  Or, in my heart and forefront of my mind?  What do I do about protecting our right to display them? (oh my, this is getting a little uncomfortable)

OK, how exactly do I do His commandments?  Have I memorized them?  Have they yet become habits, that I do without thinking ... or not?  How can I improve my performance of my Father's commandments?
On these things, I must sit quietly and meditate ... or, as Nike says; JUST DO IT!!!


Until we meet again, may God bless you, Tot ons weer ontmoet, mag God jou se├źn (Afrikaans)



I am blessed every day
with some new revelation of God's Word.
I will be sharing my measure of manna
with all who come to my "tent."
Please, let me know if you have been blessed
by the way it was prepared for you this day.
 ~Shalom~