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Psalms 89 – God’s Loyalty To His Children (Hesed)

4 Apr

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Note: This is a condensed revised version of just one aspect of the Hebrew word hesed, perhaps the greatest word in all of the Hebrew Testament.

Psalms 89:1  “I will sing of the mercies (hesed) of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.”

Since my last blog was disturbing… (even to me) I have decided to write something really nice.  The Hebrew word hesed is to me one of the greatest words in all the Old Testament… so much so that for years I have been unable to publish even one iota of my research on this word as it is so important and valuable, even to me.  It is a type of how Jesus treats his church.  The word hesed is so beautiful, that even the demons tremble at the sound of it, as it is God’s covenant between heaven and earth… the whole Bible summed up in one word, it is the most beautiful word in all of Hebrew.  This will just be an introduction to my favorite word in all the Bible as it is so important to me.  Let us begin.

As we can see in the scripture above, the angels sing over God’s creation.  The scripture says, I will sing.  If we can sing and we are made in the image of God, than for sure the angels, who are more beautiful than anything God has ever created on this earth (besides women of course) also have a right to sing when they are pleased with faithful stewards of God’s creation, namely people both men and women.  God gave Adam the right to choose between Good and Evil and he failed… it was eve the woman who had to pick him back up again after such a terrible fall, at least emotionally.  Thus sex began again, this time outside the garden and man was told by God that it was his responsibility to work to provide for his offspring.  Adam failed, Jesus shed his blood and now the story goes on and on about how much we love God.  There is more to the story but for the sake of my readers, I will move on.  (For more on this wonderful story please see note 1.)

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As you can see from the drawing above, the Hebrew word Hesed is a beautiful word.  You can see it branch out in the English language as all of the words in the above diagram.  Can you spot the most important word?  It is the one in purple!  The color of majesty!  God always keeps his covenant with his faithful… that is beyond question!  So basically, you can replace the word Hesed with God’s love!  Hesed is the deepest expression of God’s love and thus is the reason why the Lord asked me to wait to write this one.  I needed to see something in real life to know that God does keep his covenant as I was saved at a very early age.  Some Christians barely get in, others God says no.  You can go to church all your life, be a good person and still miss what matters most – God’s heart.  Thank you to that wonderful pastor in seminary school who sent me his email that thoroughly defined the word.  His website will be listed at the bottom of this post.  I highly recommend you read his work… it is delicious food to feed the hungry.  We have been friends online for years now and he occasionally sends me some of his writings for me to review and expound on.  He is truly a man of God and a man of holy communion and of course, prayer.  Thank you pastor for making my life complete!  He is a true friend.

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Hesed in the reason why I became a true believer of the Jewish Bible.  It is the only word that actually makes the Bible complete; for without God’s love, we would all be lost souls looking for a savior.  Hesed can be seen in about every instance of the Bible for it is God’s mercy for mankind.  God expects us to keep our covenant of love with Him, and in exchange He rewards us with unlimited mercy for our many sins.  I am writing this way because God showed me at some point the very sins you consider minor become a major problem the longer we walk with God.  For example, most Christians in America won’t steal, won’t lie, but they keep money in their fat wallets while hungry people suffer all around the globe.  Not good for those false Christians!  What is communion but a chance to start over again with God’s creation?  God gave Adam the responsibility of taking care of the animals in the garden, watering the garden, etc.  When he broke covenant with God, Satan took over and now look what we have here on earth.  Terrible people do terrible things… you ever wonder why?  Satan may come as an angel of light to some people but to others they call him a father too.  What a terrible decision not to go all the way with God.  The Bible tells us that all men have free choice to serve God, but eventually their time runs out and then Satan, laughing claims them for his own.  Women can be this way too, but generally the men are the masters of their own home and thus pay a higher penalty for what they allow especially on television and in the private home computers, especially in front of other people… never mind God!

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Please allow me, my faithful friends and defenders of all that is holy to continue this at a later time… rest in sweet eternal bliss… my dear friend and fellow lover of truth… Robert Chupick (1930-2015)

Note 1: This is just one interpretation… A far stretch albeit… but worth the read, I’m sure!  I was thinking about the Garden of Eden while I was suffering a few years ago… the results are wonderful and I believe faithful to the scriptures that we have for us to learn about Jesus today.  Adam was so in love with his soul mate that he intentionally ate the fruit… choosing his wife over Yahweh.  Which of course Yahweh already knew about and was already prepared for.  A lamb was already being prepared already to cover his sin… Perhaps Eve desired Adam in the Garden and until this point sex was something that was not yet invented… so to speak… Maybe not, but this is one view.  Was it God’s plan at that particular moment in time to let them see each other naked… but without sex… as the angels covered their every move?  This we do not know for sure.  Once Adam made his decision to eat the fruit which I believe contained the only poison in the garden – (a type of fermented fruit perhaps) he got a little tipsy and wound tying the knot with his beautiful lover and soul mate.  Know where in the Bible is it ever recorded that God married Eve to Adam (or vice versa) but God obviously planned it and thus their union was blessed.  Even the serpent played into God’s hand by seducing eve to try the fruit… as sex was God’s idea in the first place (be fruitful and multiply) and something the angels never ever even think about doing… the fallen ones are a different story and are considered in this day and age haters of man and demons… or aliens… which ever you prefer.

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Note 2.  Now that you see a true Hebrew diagram… the donate button Jesus has never wanted on this blog till now… if anyone can afford me a new/used computer please feel free to contact me via email or whatever… thank you so much for your friendship in expanding the wonderful language of our Risen Savior… Sincerely, your faithful steward in the Lord, John Mark Butzu.

Creation Waters

15 Feb

Here is a little Jewish tidbit I hope you enjoy.  It is a story about the first letter of the Hebrew “aleph-bet”* and it’s correlation to “water.”  The teaching is taken taken from the first and second day of creation, Genesis 1:1-2, & 6-8.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
“Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.”
Genesis 1: 1-2, 6-8 (NLT)

In rabbinic teaching, whenever God does something there is always more than meets the eye; a reason.  Genesis states that when God separated the water from above the earth (think clouds, atmosphere) and the waters below the earth (ocean, lake of fire) there is deep spiritual significance.  The waters are actually opposite to each other as we will see in the portion below.

The waters above the earth are said to be God’s joy, while the waters below the earth are said to represent man’s bitterness being separated from God.  Thus we have salt in our water while the water above is fresh.  But wait… there is more!

Here is a quote taken from the book (I highly recommend) The Alef-Beit… made available at this website… (See Note 3).

“In the service of the soul, as taught in Chassidut, the higher water is water of joy, the experience of being close to God, while the lower water is water of bitterness, the experience of being far from God.”
In Jewish philosophy, the two intrinsic properties of water are “wet” and “cold.” The higher water is “wet” with the feeling of
oneness with the “exaltation of God,” while the lower water is “cold” with the feeling of
separation, the frustration of experiencing the inherent “lowliness of man.” Divine
service, as taught by Chassidut, emphasizes that in fact the primary consciousness of
both waters is the sense of the Divine, each from its own perspective: from the
perspective of the higher water, the greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater oneness of all in His Absolute Being; from the perspective of the lower water, the
greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater the existential gap between the reality of God
and that of man, thus the inherent “lowliness of man.””

Another interesting feature about God’s first acts of creation is in he Hebrew letter “A,” (aleph).  The aleph is made up of two yuds (think English “Y”) connected by a vav… (see last post).  The yuds represent the upper and lower firmament separated by the vav… a pillar of truth!  Our world was formed in truth and accuracy… a pillar to measure against all forms of science and technology that man can invent to try to disprove God…   Thus, the higher waters (God’s wisdom) are separated by a pillar of truth from the bitterness of man’s refusal to acknowledge God as the creator of all living things… thus a life filled with bitterness.

To take this one step further, eternally there are waters of bitterness that floods man soul… the heavenly refreshment of God’s word mends the weary heart…

Be blessed!

* Note 1… Hebrew enthusiasts use the phrase aleph-bet and this is correct for two reasons.  One, the Hebrew aleph-bet came first (this honoring our languages origin) and two, the aleph and the bet are the first two letters of the Hebrew language and is where us English folk get our beloved phrase the alphabet.  And yes, our English can clearly be seen in the Greek “alpha”…lol).

Note 2:  Here is a good definition of the word Chassidut.  It’s purpose (Chassidut) is to awaken the Jewish People to its own inner self through the inner dimension of the Torah, thus preparing the way for the advent of Mashiach (or messiah).  http://www.inner.org/chassidut/chassidut.htm

Note 3:  http://www.templesanjose.org/JudaismInfo/tradition/Kabbalah/alephbet.pdf

Why The Emphasis On Hebrew?

7 Sep

I couldn’t sleep last night and wound up finding this article on the internet that sums up perfectly so many things – but for one, why so many Christians are tracing their roots back to the Old Testament, Judaism and Ancient Hebrew.  It is taken from an excerpt from a book that is supposed to come out sometime in 2013 written by J.K. Mckee (see note 1).

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“It is indeed phenomenal that many Believers are coming to a revelation of the Hebraic Roots of our faith, are adopting a Torah obedient lifestyle, and are seeing themselves as a part of Israel. But as with any move of God, there are concerns that exist—concerns that sometimes wrench at the heart and soul of what we should be doing, as opposed to what we should not be doing. We should be proclaiming the gospel message of salvation and discipling others as they grow and mature in their faith, fulfilling Yeshua’s Great Commission, and aiming to see the restoration of God’s people and the Kingdom to Israel.

Of course, with this restoration comes many things, such as the realization that our Heavenly Father does not have two groups of elect as is commonly supposed, Israel and “the Church,” but rather one, the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13; Galatians 6:16). As all Believers, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, are a part of the community of Israel, such an Israel is called to obey God’s Torah, and via their obedience to Him be a light to the entire world (Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:5-8).

Many Believers who are seeing the eternal validity of the Torah think that it is important to learn the Hebrew language, the language of the Tanach or Old Testament. This is to be commended and encouraged, as these Scriptures make up the first two-thirds of our Bible that many Christians, sadly, ignore or feel are important only for Bible history. However, there is another portion of the Bible, the Apostolic Scriptures or Messianic Writings, commonly known as the New Testament, which is not written in Hebrew, and should not be cast by the wayside.”

 Notes:

1)  Mckee is the editor of TNN Online (www.tnnonline.net) and is a Messianic apologist. He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers. He has also written many articles on theological issues, and is presently focusing his attention on Messianic commentaries of various books of the Bible.  (Taken directly from author’s website).

All Christians Must Die! (Part One)

2 Sep

Note:  This is a sermon that I intend to preach one day.  For now it will have to suffice only on the internet.  I wrote this while waiting for a bus after someone had stolen my truck.  I will copy it word for word unless there is some profound reason not to.  Take care and be blessed!

Sincerely  –  John

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John 12:23-25: “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Some Christians choose not to die to their own dreams, ambitions and pride – thus they are left alone to reap the consequences of a bitter life apart from the one who suffered in their stead.  The self in us must die completely before Christ can fully manifest his glory in our lives.  Only then will we truly be able to minister effectively with others – leading the lost to salvation and spreading the good news with joy.

Of course, it is possible along the way to bear fruit to God each and every day – even as new Christians – but the longer we are saved the more the Holy Spirit will prod and probe the innermost thoughts and recesses of the human heart.  This process of pruning (see note 1) is designed to bring about a deeper understanding of exactly how Jesus lived and what he wants each of us to do with our lives.  This process is excruciatingly painful – as dying to one’s own fleshly desires is never easy.  Yet, this is a mandatory process for the immature and carnally minded Christian to experience if they truly want to live a life that is pleasing to the God the Father, his blessed Son and the Holy Spirit.

John 12 verse 25 states: “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  Although there is a much deeper meaning in this verse, still I believe it is useful in explaining this wonderful yet altogether painful truth.  Those Christians that love their natural lives down here (hence the American dream) without taking to heart the suffering and chaos all around them will themselves suffer great loss in the day of judgement – perhaps missing heaven altogether!  Jesus said in Matthew 25 that he will separate on that day those that reached out to the needy and those who remained idle, standing by.  There is no mention of sins such as adultery, fornication or covetousness, just the sin of doing nothing with the life God had given them (see note 2).

Just because you sit in a pew does not mean you are going to heaven!  Jesus himself warned about this in Matthew 7:22-23  “Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and cast out devils in our name and in your name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me you that are filled with impure motives and lawlessness!”  In other words Jesus will say to them … “Who gave you the right to do the things you do – your heart was not once aligned with my will – depart from me – you who took my name and sacrifices that I made on the cross for granted!”

You see, some Christians try to escape the cross that Jesus has set before them by doing things that they are naturally good at doing – things that are easy for them to do.  Donating money, running charity programs, playing Christian music and even public speaking or ministry may come naturally for many born again believers.  Yet without the inner workings of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct the affairs of the heart  – all that work amounts to nothing – having all been done without the expressed consent of God – thus they are works of the flesh for they are done without God’s approval.

Believers must seek a honest relationship with God born out of a holy awe and respect for Jesus before ever pushing out into any form of public ministry.  This is not to put a damper on personal evangelism for the new believer, as many souls have been won this way – but after a season, just like the apostle Paul, a desert experience is altogether necessary to groom the heart for a more effective witness for the sake of the souls that are suffering alone and apart from God.  Paul had to spend 13 years alone with God before he was truly ready to venture out into a Roman society that was cruel, wicked and abounding in sexual depravity, idol worshipers, pride and every other imaginable lust of the flesh.  The reason God did this was to teach Paul the ways of the Holy Spirit – for it says in the book of Isaiah: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Thus, a great distinction will be made between those believers who allowed themselves to be trained to listen to the Holy Spirit and those that recklessly plunged ahead in what they thought was the will of God, being driven by their own lusts for personal success and larger than life egos.  What a shock it will be when these “too busy to pray” secondary group of believers will have to stand before a holy God and try to explain why they refused to bend their will to the will of the one who created them and loved them.  Mind you, those whom God has called he will train – unless the human heart cries out otherwise!  Many are called to follow Christ – yes – but few are truly chosen.  Jesus Christ himself said: “Strive to enter into the narrow gate for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many follow its path.”

Notes:

1.  Every branch in me not bearing fruit, God removes it. And every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it, so that it may bear more fruit.  John 15:2

2  Here is the whole account of how Jesus will judge Christians in glory: (Matthew 25:31-46)  “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me:  I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Psalms 83:16 Fill Their Faces With Shame!

26 Aug

I was reading this passage of scripture before church today as the worship leaders were warming up.  I was in another room praying for the service when the Holy Spirit graciously allowed my eyes to fall upon this passage.  Let me share with you what I found!  It may be short but I believe may bless your heart and increase your desire and method of praying for the lost – especially those who are living in a perpetual state of rebellion against what they know to be the truth.

Psalms 83:16 states “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name O Lord!”

What an amazing verse.  What boldness!  “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy face?”  Let me give you the Hebrew here.  The Hebrew word from which we get the English word shame is qâlôn (pronounced kaw-lone) which literally implies “shame, disgrace, dishonor, and ignominy” (see note 1).  This word can be traced back one step back to its root word qâlâh (pronounced kaw-law’) which gives us a much stronger understanding of this passage and justifies my interpretation of this verse (see below).  Qâlâh, the root word is much stronger and hence the King James uses such words as “to disgrace, dishonour, be lightly esteemed, be dishonoured, and be despised!”  (again see note 1).

Thus, what the Hebrew psalmist can actually be saying is “Lord, let your enemies (those that take lightly your wonderful blessings) be so disgraced and despised (reproached, dishonored, etc) that they will mournfully turn back and begin to once again (or perhaps for the first time) seek thy wonderful face!”  Amazing passage from the Old Testament!  And who said there was no grace in the Old!

Let’s now look at the verse right above (verse 15):   We read: “So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.”

I do not have time to dig deeper for more rich nuggets in the Hebrew right now, but rest assured these verses are a wonderful way to justify your prayers for your unsaved loved ones that you know are in a declined spiritual state – slumber so to speak.  “O Lord, let something happen to them that they might find your mercy and forgiveness before it is too late!”  Let them be so disgraced by those whom they seek to find shelter with that with hopes of your wonderful mercy they turn towards you!

I think of the prodigal son in the New Testament who lost everything and was eating out of the pigs trough (dining with the pigs as I like to call it…lol).  All his light-hearted and worldly friends left him when his resources ran dry, and was thus left to fend for himself without the aide or blessings of his heavenly Father.  He was filled with qâlâh (shame, reproach and dishonor)!  Only then, did his thoughts turn towards home and mercy was knocking on the door!  What a wonderful and such loving Heavenly Father we have who allows us to wind up in as many pig pens as is necessary to gently restore to us the true meaning of life and of finding purpose in God’s magnificent and everlasting Kingdom.  May his grace and mercy be with you and your loved ones today – and dare to ask God to put those you know are currently rejecting him in a pigs pen – only that they may find his mercy and love before it is too late and they are swept away with all that reject God.

May God’s peace and mercy be upon you today – and pray for this blog as I know it is affecting at least one life… mine (and hopefully yours as well)!

Shalom and peace be to you and yours.

John

Notes:

1. Taken from the Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions Concordance

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