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His Testimony Goes Before Us and Returns With Us

So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.” And when it rested, he said: “Return, O LORD, To the many thousands of Israel.”

— Numbers‬ ‭10‬:‭35-36‬ NKJV

The ark is the Ark of the Testimony. As I have written before, this is the container that held the items which were things that testified of G-d. The Ten Commandments, G-d’s Word, Aarons staff, G-d’s Power, and the Omer of Manna, G-d’s Provision.

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Cleansing Stripes

“Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.”

— Proverbs 20:30 NKJV

Some translations may use belly instead of heart. In the original language this is translated as belly, so why do translations put heart instead?

In Hebrew culture of that time, the belly was used to describe the core of one’s inherent mental and emotional abilities. In English today that description is our heart.

So with that understanding we can see how this verse can be used with the word heart, but we can also understand Isaiah 53:5 even more when reading this verse with understanding the translation.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

— Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“By His stripes we are healed” refers to our heart being healed from our transgressions and iniquities against G-d. Our heart is made whole again through His act of redemption.

Solomon is telling us that stripes cleanse the inner depths of our heart. Isaiah is telling us that by the stripes of the Messiah, our heart is healed and made whole.

What Jesus went through before he was put on the cross, was for our cleansing. It was for the process of our purification in order to stand before G-d. Jesus then went to the cross to pay our debt of sin once and for all.

A sacrifice has to be made for our sins. Traditional methods were not working because our hearts were not changing. G-d came in the form of His Son to conquer what we could not. Not only did He pay our debt, but He also went through a torturous beating to prepare us to stand before the Almighty King.

Beaten, crucified, and then to show His Power over death, He rose. Through His resurrection we now have the power to overcome sin and temptation. He took care of it all.

Complete… That is what He made us.

He has empowered us to think differently and to overcome what we can’t on our own. Through Him, we conquer. Not the physical things per say, but the spiritual.

We need to be diligent in seeking G-d and His Will daily. Through our relationship with Him, because of Jesus, G-d has forgiven us and made us whole again. We are not perfect, but await perfection in the day that we come face-to-face with our Loving G-d.

Our Lot

“The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the L-RD.”

— Proverbs 16:33

The things that are out of our control is our lot. Sometimes we are blind-sighted with it being dropped into our lap. We have to remember that it is from the L-RD. That does not mean that G-d purposes for bad things to happen. What this means is that the L-RD has permitted a thing to take place in order to refine us, to perfect us. It means that there is something in our life that must be either removed or worked out. This lot is purposed for that very thing. It is not going to be easy, and it may even be down right difficult, even to seeming impossible. However, we must remember to trust in the L-RD with all of our heart and not lean on our own understanding, but in all of our ways acknowledge Him.

We must ask ourselves, “What am I to learn from this Papa, where do I need to change, what needs to be removed from my life?” For it is with a Father’s Love that He permits lots in our life. It is to make us a better person. It is to make us more like Him.

I’m Not Done with You Yet

In the book of Joshua, chapter 13 we read that G-d is telling Joshua,

“You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.”

G-d basically told him, “I am not done with you yet, there is still much to accomplish.”

As we get older we tend to foolishly think that G-d can’t use us for certain things because it is too late for us, that our time for use has passed us by. This is an absurdity. G-d has ALWAYS used ANYONE who is WILLING to be USED OF HIM.

Seek G-d and His Will in your life and NEVER STOP. He has an assignment for you and when that one is done, He has another.

As David wrote in Psalm 1, verse 2 (second half)

“…and in His Law he meditates [plans] day and night”

we need to plan according to G-d’s perfect Law, His perfect Will. The only way to do this is to spend time in prayer and in His Word. Talk with Him, walk with Him, grow in your relationship with Him.

Delight yourself in His Law and He will bless you, beyond your expectations and beyond your abilities regardless of your age or physical condition.

To G-d be the Glory forever!

Our Father Knows Best

We do not always understand the path G-d takes us through, but we must trust in Him.

Read: Proverbs 20:24.