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There’s Something About That Name – YHWH Rapha

There’s something about that Name – YHWH Rapha

In this episode we will look at YHWH our healer which appears in Exodus 15:26. After undergoing a fourteen year journey to health restoration this aspect of YHWH’s character continues to be one of the most vivid ways that He shows up in my life. While divine health is best and that is what I strive to obtain, experiencing YHWH as healer is an awesome reminder of who I must put my trust in because He has never failed me.

The root word for Rapha is RP (pr) which is the picture of the head of a man and also the picture of an open mouth put together it means “man open”. At first glance, I understood how this could relate to a wound, it is something that should be closed which is open, hence an open wound. Jeff Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible reveals this concerning the root meaning of this word:

1454) (rp) ac: Heal co: Medicine ab: Sick: The pictograph r is a picture of the head of a man, the p is a picture of an open mouth. Combined these mean “man open”. Wounds, sickness and illnesses are cured with medicines made from plant materials which were pulverized into a medicinal power. AHLB

This is the root meaning for the word Rapha which means Heal. Now as I begin to look further into the word I was reminded of a scripture in Psalms 40 that gives us a hint for understanding scripture in the context in which it is written.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, (Psa 40:7)

How do these two characters reflect the revelation of what our Saviour Yahushah did for us? It is clear as we read the prophet Isaiah who received amazing prophetic insight into what Yahushah would come and do.

 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:4-5)

 

As a plant that is crushed and bruised as a means of remedy for our sickness, all typifying and pointing to the work Yahushah did on the cross they stand even to this day as a reminder of Him. It is by His bruising and from His wounds that we are healed. All of this just from two characters that make up the root of this word, however, the completion of this word requires us to look at one more character.

 

rpa

                Now we have already stated that the first two characters (resh) and (pey) means “man open” we see that the word that stands for “cure”, “heal”, “physician” ends with (a) a character that means “strength” or “first”. This reminding me of one of the old hymnal’s which beautifully reflects the meaning of this word, “Power in the Blood”. For indeed there is power in the blood of Yahushah and most definitely that power includes that of healing as Isaiah 53 pointed out to us.

The strong’s number for rpa is H7495 and this word appears 68 times in 63 verses in the Old Covenant writings. This word appears twice in Genesis however, the context doesn’t specify that YHWH is the Healer until we see Him revealed as such to the children of Israel through the prophet Moses in Exodus 15:26. It is clear that YHWH healed Abimelech in the first occurrence of the term, however, it is specifically stated in Exodus 15 that he is identifying himself to the children of Israel as YHWH that healeth thee. Yet, even in that context Abimelech was only able to receive the benefit of YHWH’s nature as Healer through the intercession of Abraham. Hence, the prayers of the righteous availeth MUCH!! (1 Peter 3:12; James 5:16) Abimelech would be able to say amen to that. While we see in Exodus it is plainly stated who will heal us, Isaiah 53 reveals descriptively who it is that will do so. We of course, as stated earlier know this is a prophecy concerning Yahushah who like a plant that is crushed to produce medicine for us was fulfilled in our loving Savior Yahushah, who died for us, that we might have life. Once again proving the medicine of the word is healing balm indeed.

Next time in There’s Something About that Name we will uncover the meaning behind YHWH Nissi, our banner of victory.

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The Benefits of Wilderness Living

The Benefits of Wilderness Living

For this week of Hanukkah I am focusing my bible reading to a book that contains a rich history of an event that is spoken of by the prophet Daniel as well as Yahushah (Jesus) in the gospel’s but has been taken out of most of our bibles. This book wouldn’t be one of the books that we would ordinarily read if we were one of those who read through the entire bible every year because it has been erased from the collection, much like revisionist history. Nevertheless, praise be to Yah it is possible to get this book and this book is essential to read to get a full picture of what our future has in store. Those who do not know their past will be unprepared to handle their future when the beginning occurs again in the end.

The world then was not much different than the world today you had people in power who had their own belief concerning how things should be. Those who opposed the laws of the land in favor of the laws of their God were strongly encouraged to change their position, at the point of death. Like Alexander the Great they would attempt to win the people over with bait (fishers) but those who would buck against the tide would be forced to change even to the point of death (hunters). This is the circumstances around the time of the Maccabees. A remnant of people who would rather die then forsake the laws of their God rose up against the powers that be during their day. Chapter after chapter heralds their victory over armies mightier than their own with them having that which caused them to be a majority, YHWH. Reading the book of Maccabees is like reading the story of David’s victory over the Philistines or the myriad of battles that he conquered as this family of men rise up to fight against the powers that be which would dishonor their God and the laws that He gave.

Reading the book of Maccabees makes me think just how out of touch we are and fallen we are as believers in this nation. We fight to preserve a pagan holiday that has absolutely no connection to the birth of our Savior, nor represents a lawful feast that he mandated we celebrate. Yet, forsake and ignore the feasts that he kept as well as the one’s he commanded us to keep. (Lev. 23) We position ourselves to save a holiday that his word has already condemned as that which we were instructed not to learn. (Jer. 10:1-5) Those who keep such rituals and ignore the Holy Day’s that the Father has set apart have already been deceived, they are like those willing Jews during the days of the Maccabees who gave up their laws and commandments to keep the feasts of the wicked government of their day. They have already forsaken their God to serve the idols of wood (Christmas trees) and stone.

I am currently on 2 Maccabees chapter 5 and it is recounting 1 Maccabees how this family of priests as well as those who held true to the word of God were forced into the wilderness, living in the mountains after the manner of beasts and eating herbs. This reminded me of all the shadow pictures that Yah has given us in His word of this “wilderness” experience that His people were sent or driven to starting in Genesis. We take Lot who lived in a place very similar to the place we live in today in the U.S. all the conveniences of worldly living at the expense of eternity. Where was he driven too? The wilderness. The book of 2 Peter 2:7-8 tells us that this righteous man vexed his righteous soul staying there day after day. Yet we know that even with him being displeased with the circumstances he would rather stay in the filth and try to work within it (politicking) rather than separate from it to live keeping the laws of his God. We know this because the Angel’s had to drag him out and even when he got out he was begging to enter into another city that was in much the same condition. Then we look at John the Baptist in the New Testament who was forced to live in the wilderness because of his miraculous birth he was thought to be the prophesied Messiah. This caused him to be hunted by those who were in power. Yet we see such a purity in his ministry coming from fasting from the things of the world and being raised separate from the filth.

Those of us who are returning to the word of God and understanding the level of holiness Yah expects of his children are beginning to see the sewer our world has become. Our eyes are beginning to open to the truth behind the deceptive marketing that romanticizes living any sort of lifestyle we please. We are recognizing that there is a high cost to following the imaginations of our wickedly deceitful hearts. (Jer. 17:9) Coming to grips with the truth has painfully revealed the stinking residue that resides on our garments that were supposed to be without spot. For those who have already made a commitment to follow Yahushah this commitment will be challenged. The wilderness is the challenge to us, will we be willing to give up without looking back at the conveniences of Sodom and Egypt to pursue the purity and holiness that can only be found in Messiah or will we be like Lot’s wife or the children of Israel who even though we have been brought out will continue to look back with longing?

The Feast of Dedication means to me a time to present myself before the Father desiring to be made clean on his altar. A time to not just reflect on the beauty of the sacrifice Yahushah made for me but to desire to want to keep His word with passion and zeal. A zeal of course according to knowledge and therefore it is a time to return to understanding his laws, statutes, judgments, and precepts. Understanding not because I have to, but because I want to, because like the Maccabees I would rather die keeping my Savior’s words then live without them.

There’s Something About that Name – El Shaddai

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Gen 17:1)

Abram was ninety nine years old when God Almighty appeared unto him. That will preach all by itself. Offering Abram something that in the natural was impossible for Abram to make happen only the Almighty one could do it. The Hebrew word “Shaddai” that is used is H7706 and it appears in scripture 48 times. In the book of Exodus, YHWH appears to Moses and informs him that unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob he was known as El Shaddai (God Almighty).

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (Exo 6:3)

However, by the name YHWH he was not known to them, and it is not until studying this name do I realize what that means. When we look at the accounts before Exodus six when YHWH appears to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, what was the context of Him being known as God Almighty? It was as it related to being fruitful and multiplying. What we today if not by mouth by our actions esteem or treat as a curse was of great price then and sought after, considered a blessing. Has Yah changed? I can name a few scriptures that reveal that his purpose from Adam and Eve, from Noah’s three son’s, from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, did not change then and there is no reason to believe that it has changed now. Children are a heritage unto the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa. 127:3)

As we continue we see that this word appears in the book of Ruth twice and what is the context of His appearance? Her reference to El Shaddai is after she is bereaved of her children and her husband. It is in accordance with her returning to Israel without the fruit of her womb. El Shaddai appears mostly in the book of Job and in this book we see that Job experiences both the multiplying of Job as well as the subtracting from Job, maintaining a consistent picture of the Father being the one who allows one to be fruitful as well as being able to take away that fruit or in the case of Job allowing for that fruit to be taken.

Now let’s look at the characters that make up the word Shaddai

sdi In order to understand the meaning of this character we will have to dig a little deeper into some other resources to find the connection. As I looked this word up in the AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) this is what I found it to mean along with the root word that it comes from.

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AHLB – Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of Bible by Jeff Benner

As you can see the root word is missing one character to complete our word Shaddai and that is the Yad (Yad1). When we put this together we see that the root describes “breast” and with the addition of the Yad reflect the breast work or make. We know that the Breast makes milk only when there is a baby that has come forth. This would make perfect since as to why Shaddai shows up in Genesis as the one who promises to make Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fruitful and multiply them. He is the one who is able to make the breast bring forth milk, to nourish a child unto life. Proper nutrition being an essential component of life for anyone especially a baby it would make sense that the word would mean “breast”. We know that it is Yah alone that makes the breast bring forth milk.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psa 91:1)

So now when we read this scripture it makes perfect since that the picture being represented here in the dwelling place of the Most High is connected to a “secret place”. This connects to any mother who breastfeeds her child, the baby is covered as well as the mother’s breast so that only the child sees that secret place that belongs to the mother. In many cases like a mother hen when those chicks are in the secret place they are hidden from the world. In the New Testament we see that Yahushah uses how a hen would gather her chicks so he would have gathered Jerusalem under his wing as an illustration of the “secret place” that he had for his people, but they of course would not. (Matt 23:37)

We also know from John 1:18 that it is in the bosom of the Father that the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us reside.   We can now see that at the Heart of the Father is the son and it was the word of God that was on tablets of stone in the first Tabernacle made by man’s hand that would later tabernacle with us made by the Spirit of God. Therefore, if the son is in the bosom of the Father and we are in Him as we are told in the book of Ephesians, then we know we reside in a place in Yah that no man can pluck us from out of His presence we just need to make sure we don’t leave. Indeed there is something about that name that brings us into fellowship with the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Priceless!

In our next episode we will uncover the Hebrew meaning behind the name YHWH Rapha the Lord our Healer.

All Hebrew characters courtesy of Jeff Benner http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/2_alphabet.html

Tis the Season

What do Golden calf’s and Evergreen Trees with Golden ornaments have in common?

  • Neither one has anything to do with serving the one true God YHWH or His son Jesus.
  • They both are celebrated on days other than the Feast Days that Yah set apart.
  • They both are focused on us instead of Him. Under the calf were the people; under the tree are gifts for the people.
  • At the calf they gave praise to it for bringing them out of Egypt, at the tree we spread Christmas Cheer rather than sharing the Gospel truth.

Golden balls dangling from evergreen trees are no more well received by our Abba than golden earrings producing golden calves. Despite the media and false prophet’s it does matter how we serve Him.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Co 6:14)

There is no way in the world the children of Israel could have made dancing around that calf right. Aaron knowing that calf didn’t bring them out of Egypt attempted to do what we do today attempt to give Pagan worship legitimacy by calling it a Feast unto YHWH or in our case Jesus birthday.

And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD. (Exo 32:5)

What was Yah’s response?

And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you. And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. (Deu 9:16-20) Emphasis mine

Why do I call those who profess to “save Christmas” false prophets?

Because, like Aaron did with the calf, they also do in choosing to attempt to give legitimacy to a holiday that clearly is contrary to scripture, and their words lead to other’s serving another god, since our God says HE seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24):

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. (Deu 13:1-5)

Make no mistake had Moses not prayed for Aaron, Yah would have destroyed him.  Therefore I pray that those who as believers choose to sanction this holiday as a feast to Yah repent and begin to share the truth.  These false prophets will lead you to embrace the lie of Christmas while saying Yah did away with His Feasts in Leviticus 23 which are clearly stated in scripture to be “forever”.  They make movies about “Saving Christmas” but will not spend one dollar to educate or make movies about “Saving the Feast of YHWH” that He established in Leviticus 23.  They make keeping the Sabbath optional or able to be done as it suits your schedule, rather than as a perpetual covenant as it is described in Exodus.

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
(Exo 31:16) Emphasis mine

Notice that it doesn’t say “children of Jews” but rather “children of Israel”.  While Israel include the Jewish people it isn’t limited to them.  Thus, who is included in Israel?

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Eph 2:11-13) 

Those who are born again are born again into Messiah Yahushah (Jesus).  Thus born into the covenant.  Therefore, you are now grafted into Israel, and one of the Pagan rituals that we must put aside if indeed we have been born again is the celebration of pagan holidays.  Whether you knowingly, like Aaron, or unknowingly like those dancing around that calf are engaging in it.  Today, is the day to repent and be ye cleansed.  To become the chaste bride our Messiah will have at His return.  Don’t be foolish and think that you can continue walking between the line, but rather pick a side because the time of spewing the lukewarm is coming.  Make sure that the words you keep are those of your Husband Yahushah (Jesus) and not those of the enemy.  Ask yourself if Yahushah (Jesus) didn’t say it, and the word doesn’t condone it, then why do I do it?

They tell you it’s okay to do what Aaron did because God knows your heart. Yes indeed Yah knows your heart just as he did those who were dancing around that calf. Just as he knows the heart of the stampede of folks who rush the stores and will beat down and kill folks to get that perfect gift for their children, all in the name of saving Christmas.

What is the alternative?

Do what Jesus (Yahushah) did during the winter. Celebrate the Feast of Dedication, also known as Hanukkah (John 10:22). It’s not just a Jewish thing it is a Jesus thing because He is the light of the world. (Matt. 5:14) He brings light to the blind just as he did during Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) in His day. (John 9-10:22) Read the prophet Daniel who prophesied this event as well as the book of Maccabees that was removed from our bibles, which chronicles the history of the fulfillment of Daniel’s vision and provides the context for how this holiday came about. As you read notice the similarities between their time and ours, so that you can see the future.  Because indeed Tis the season to celebrate and serve Yah in spirit and in truth.

There’s Something About that Name – YHWH Yirah

There’s Something about that Name – YHWH Yirah

YHWH Yirah is a name many of us are familiar with as it relates to Abraham offering up his son Isaac the promised seed as a sacrifice at Yah’s request. This event was profound because in no instance before or after do we encounter YHWH requesting that anyone offer up a human being as a living sacrifice. While this was common place for those who worshipped other gods, it was never until this time a request made by the one true God, YHWH.

You would be amazed to know what it means and how closely related it is to the previous weeks name El Roi.   The Hebrew number (H3070) appears only once in scripture and it is here in Genesis 22:14. A great picture this reveal for the Messiah as this was the term used to describe the deliverance YHWH performed on behalf of Abraham’s seed, and it took place only once in all of history. Does this sound familiar? Do we know of any other Father who sacrificed his son? Yes we do, that Father is YHWH who sacrificed His son Yahushah (Jesus) who fulfilled both the position of Isaac as the only begotten of the Father and also fulfilled the position of the ram that was sacrificed in Isaac’s place as the substitute sacrifice for us. Scripture tells us that this would only happen once. (Heb. 10:10) Is it possible this was what he was showing us all along in this story?

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Now let’s look at the characters that make up the word YHWH Yirah. YHWH is the proper name for our heavenly Father in Hebrew. Many of us are familiar with seeing it written this way, JEHOVAH, however, for many reasons this is not an accurate rendering of his name. One being unlike English Hebrew has only twenty two characters all of which can be viewed in 8 verse stanza’s in your bible in the book of Psalms chapter 119. Another reason why it wouldn’t be Jehovah is because vowel’s in Hebrew work differently than they do in English. There are no separate characters as there are letters in English that stand for vowel markings. In order to accommodate our language the vowels in JEHOVAH were added for phonetics. Finally, the letter “J” is new to our language and was added to give a masculine sound to the letter Y. Therefore in the original bible “J” would not have been there, but, rather “Y”.

So now let’s look at the word again, reading from right to left the four characters spell (YHWH) which is made up of (Yad1) Yad, (hey) Hey, (waw) Vav or Waw, and (hey) Hey again. The first character (Yad1 ) is a closed hand and means to “work”, “make” or “throw”. The second and fourth character (hey ) means to “reveal”, “look” or “behold” and the other character of the first word YHWH is (waw) which means “to establish”, “nail”, “add” or “secure”. So when we put it together we see that the hands reveal the nail revealed. As we said in a previous episode that the Father saw His son from the beginning and yes indeed Yahushah was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World. He came forth from the bosom of the Father from heaven as a living sacrifice to spare us the Isaac’s of the world who are appointed unto death as all of the first Adam’s children are appointed. He, Yahushah (Jesus), taking the full wages due to us as a penalty for our actions.

Now let’s look at Yirah which starts with the same first character for YHWH (Yad1) the second character (resh) reysh is the picture of a man’s head and since at the crown of creation Yah produced Adam and he was given dominion over the earth and all that was put therein he is considered the “chief” or “authority” along with Eve of course who comes forth from out of him. The next character is (aleph ) Aleph which is the picture of an ox’s head and since an ox is known for its strength and Hebrew also doubles for numeric value and Aleph is the first character of the Aleph bet then it also has the meaning “first”. The ending character is Hey (hey) so when we put this word together we see that “the work of the chief’s strength is revealed”. As we know indeed the hands that reveal the nail revealed is the work of our Lord’s strength revealed and there is no disputing that for any of us who understand that we should be the one on the altar being sacrificed. Our guilty blood was made clean by His innocent blood in our stead.

In our next episode of There’s Something About that Name we will explore El Shaddai, God Almighty. Once again we will see the mighty ways that Yah revealed himself to father Abraham as a living example for us to understand more about who He is also for us. When we know who has all might we can then understand why there is nothing too hard for him and nothing we can’t do with Him in us.

A Sanctified Plate

When it comes to ideas and innovation I am the queen of coming up with stuff. I enjoy encouraging others to pursue their dreams and helping them bring their thoughts to life.   I remember when my nephew was under nine we were stuck in a car together leaving from Atlanta to Columbia, S.C. I was never one who could travel long distances without getting sleepy so I thought it would be great to have company on the way. However, I soon realized that nine year old’s are not very talkative when they are cooped up in a car and that like myself sleep is exactly what they want to do. This wouldn’t work for both of our safety so I prayed and asked the Father to show me how I can engage him. I was just over twenty one at the time and in order to make the time go faster and encourage him I remember telling him I could build the best amusement park ride of all times. This of course encouraged him to use his mind to come up with something better than me. Therefore, I used this opportunity to provoke him to greatness and to expand his imagination to think BIG and dream BIG. This trip would become an etched memory in my mind that would last forever and we both enjoyed it. I saw Yah transform a dull mundane trip into an engaging and exciting conversation that challenged us both in something we both enjoyed.

In the area of design and imagination I am abundantly rich, however, in the area of focus and consistency I am an abysmal failure, with the exception of writing. For some reason the greatest challenge for me to conquer are finances. Something about just sitting down and looking at the “books” fill me with grief. Today, as I was pondering what it was about this area of my life that makes me feel so defeated I found the answer in how I fix a plate. See, in my mind having a separate plate or dish for desert, unless of course its ice cream seems like a waste of resources, yet what Yah is revealing is the same way I do not see the need to sanctify a plate, it is the same reason why I can’t get finances. Everything must have its place and order brings about harmony which brings about clarity which is necessary to have success. I know that if I ever plan to achieve success I am going to have to understand finances and indeed I do want to I just haven’t found an angle of it that gets me excited. A system that provides that harmony that allows for leaving a permanent memory that I want to go back to so that I can implement it in my daily life. When I relive that moment in the vehicle with my nephew I get the warm fuzzies and more ideas about how I can encourage people to build upon what God has given them and provoke them to greatness.

When I think of finances my head spins and this feeling of great depression and failure comes to mind. I know that this is the enemy, and I have to overcome it. Don’t get me wrong I like making money, its managing it that is not my forte.

Yah wants us to have victory over every area of our lives and recognize the reality of the scripture that our strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) So I am excited about the fact that as I confess this weakness to Him that He will give me a system of checks and balances that will strengthen me.