Asking God for a word of the day early in the morning gets me headed in the RIGHT direction. Though I am quite lost without asking God to help me understand how do I apply that word today?
Monday God gave me the word, suffer, a great word for me as Paul so often urges us to share in the sufferings of Christ, so how do I do that exactly? I went to the old testament to find a place that spoke to me about the word and check that out in Hebrew, a bit challenging because that word is used a lot like “suffer the little children to come”, so I chose Proverbs 19:19 ”
“A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.”
That word in Hebrew used many, many times for the word suffer is ‘NASA’ meaning to lift up to carry or take away. Ok, so God what am I to carry? Not so hard maybe, “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother?” carry one anther’s burdens.
So Tuesday, God gave me the word, honor. I took off for Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” The word honour in Hebrew is KABAD. Meaning: to be heavy, be weighty, be grievous, be hard, be rich, be glorious, be burdensome. Immediately I saw the connection to yesterday’s word. Then I became more intrigued when I noted the uses of the word very specifically Exodus 8:15 “But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.”
The word translated Harden right there is KABAD and as I ask God to show me how that worked, God reminded me of the crown of Solomn’s Throne from the show I did Getting a Lift From A Lion. Here is the passage that it reminded me of speaking of King Solomon being seated every day. ” No sooner was he seated than a golden eagle brought the great crown and held it just above King Solomon’s brow, so that it should not weigh heavily on his head. ”
AHA… Here is where the right turn comes in, turn right to Him and set my crown on Jesus head so as not to suffer it… Remember Jesus words in Matthew 11:20 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Pharaoh turned left and the burden hardened his heart, that crown was so heavy.
Then Wednesday, God gave me the word, forgive. Once again I went to the Hebrew found in Genesis 50:17 “So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.”
Are you ready for this? The word forgive in Hebrew is also the word “NASA” meaning to lift up to carry or take away. So the burden of forgiveness is a left turn, it hardens your heart and similar if your turn right and put that crown on Jesus head, his burden is light.
So applying that, who do I turn to every-time things get heavy? Jesus his burden is light He is the Suffering Servant. Also of ‘Note’; the word NASA in Hebrew begins and ends with a ‘nun’ the Hebrew letter that bends over as a servant, the middle letter is an Aleph, the first letter in Both God and Man’s name, Adoni and Adam.