Thursday, December 20, 2012

YHVH's counsel

Letter 199  (YHVH”s counsel)   10/10/03

“The counsel of YHVH stands for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose Elohim is YHVH; and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance (Ps. 34:11-12). “For YHVH'S portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance” (Deu. 32:9). “For I am YHVH, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal.3:6). What encouraging words for those of us who have seen and experienced personally the fulfillment of Malachi 4:6 “And He will turn the hearts of the fathers  [Patriarchs] to the children [their  progeny/seed], and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse"! We now have no doubt about the faithfulness of YHVH, His loving-kindness and His tender mercies.  We also have the advantage of understanding the “counsel” of YHVH as it refers to this generation of His nation (“inheritance”).  Even the head of the first church in Jerusalem, James, addresses his letter to the twelve tribes that are scattered abroad, and speaks to them about a Father of light who has no variation or shadow of turning (see James 1:1, 17).  James then continues with these words: “In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures” (James 1:18).  Is this “exercise of His will” going to be contrary to the promises that He made to our forefathers?  Is He now going to establish a lie, by choosing another inheritance?

YHVH said that “Ephraim is My first born [first fruit] (Jer. 31:9), andIsrael is My son, My first–born” (Ex.4:22). YHVH has remained true and consistent to His word.  Knowing this fact is vital to our faith, because had He not stayed faithful to Israel His covenant-bride, and had gone out after another nation, we would have an adulterer for a husband.  Likewise, if we preach another bride and another inheritance, we become a false witness; “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape” (Pro. 19:5). Even the commandments tell us not to bear false witness, especially against God.  We, of the redeemed remnant of the lost sheep of the House of Israel, are to sing a new song; “Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with aloud noise. For the word of YHVH is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Ps. 33:3-4).

 What works?

“Therefore thus says YHVH, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed;, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he sees his children, the work of Mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the Elohim of Israel. They also which erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Is. 29:22-24).

Do we fully understand the responsibility that comes with knowing who we are, and what our purpose here on earth should be?  We are the first-fruit of the new creation order, called to be the servant administrators of YHVH’s kingdom here “on earth as it is in heaven”.  His order in humanity has never changed. It was decreed that Japheth will dwell in the tent of Shem, not visa versa. However, within the “tent of Shem” there is also the order of the first-born. The Patriarchs were the ones to inherit this “tent”, which houses YHVH’s presence. Therefore for humanity to come into the “presence”, the tent has to be fully restored. 

As we celebrate the Feast of Succot this year let us remember who we are, as the first-born is a type of “Succah” (temporary dwelling place of the Most High). As such, we are exhorted to purge and cleanse ourselves that we might be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use and prepared unto every good work.  We are to flee youthful lusts and follow righteousness, faith, love, peace and call on YHVH with a pure heart (ref.  2nd Tim 2:21-22). Before Joshua brought our forefathers across the Jordan into the land, he asked the people to sanctify themselves:  “Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow YHVH will do wonders among you” (Josh 3:5).  I sometimes wonder if the reason why YHVH is not doing wonders among us is because these vessels are not yet fit for the Master’s use.  
In the days of Nehemiah the Torah was read during the entire Feast of Succot, and was celebrated with much joy and feasting. But on the last and eighth day (Hoshana Rabbah), they sanctified themselves with fasting, sackcloth and earth upon their faces.  They read from the Torah one fourth of the day, and the rest was spent in repentance and worship (ref. Neh. 8-9).

“On the last day, the eighth day [Hoshanan Rabbah], that great day of the feast [of Succot], Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’" (John 7:37-38). 

The Holy One of Israel is working today in the area of sanctification, and those who are responding in obedience are receiving healing and deliverance in ways that are almost unprecedented.  YHVH is preparing us today to be, as mentioned above, the administrators of the new creation life, which will flow out of our innermost being.  He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the indwelling Spirit of Holiness (ref. 2nd peter 1:3), therefore we can walk in newness of life and in the more excellent way.

I am reminded of an old song we used to sing in ‘days of old’ at fellowship meetings. Here are some of its verses:
There’s a river of life flowing out of me,
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors sets the captives free,
There’s a river of life flowing out of me. 
Spring up O well within my soul…
Spring up O well and make me whole…


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