Monthly Archives: April 2016

Day Six and the Sixth Day Counting the Omer

“Six” appears in scripture 106 times not connected to anything else like 600, 6000,three score and six etc.  But on it’s own accord as displayed in the 6th day of the counting of the Omer.

On the sixth day, which is the day that man was created is referenced in Rev. 13:18 is termed “the number of a man”.  In creation this fact was not a bad thing, but represented the crown of creation a marvelous mystery of God’s perfect symmetry.  But then man was corrupted and what was intended for good took a profound shift in direction.

“Sixth” appears 46 times in scripture, while there are numerous things I can point out and extract, but as we know Rome wasn’t built in a day.  For that reason, we will focus on the “sixth day” of the counting of the Omer as reflected in Exodus 16:5.  The significance of on the sixth day preparing “twice as much”.  Many of us talk about the “double portion”, but rarely do we see such a great picture of how or when we can expect to see that.  It is in the sixth day, or the sixth millennium, (Psa. 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8) because this is when it will be needed.  Just as in the seventh year it is a time of rest, it is in the sixth year that your desire is to get enough crops stored up to last you through seven and into the ninth. (Lev. 25:22)  Yet even with the resting that God himself did on the seventh day, we also know that God does work on the seventh day.

“And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” (Joh 5:16-17)

Now don’t get it twisted, Yahushah in no way broke the Sabbath as they supposed, but rather demonstrated that the Sabbath day is a time when all of creation should be resting, and one who is burdened with sickness is not at rest.  Thus the necessity was for mankind to be unburdened with sickness so that they could enter into the rest of God.(Mark 2:27)  Healing is the children’s bread, (Matt. 15:22-26) and bread was to be eaten every day in the wilderness, it just wasn’t to be gathered on the seventh day.
Thus we see the importance of Joseph storing up every year according to this principle for seven years so that he would have enough grain to last through the seven years of famine.  We now find ourselves in the seventh year and still waiting for that double portion anointing.  Most of us like the five foolish virgins didn’t store enough oil to make it in the event our Lord delays. (Matt. 25:1-13)
Scripture teaches us there is a time when He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh and while we like to look at the positive side for us as believers, we must be sober in understanding what this means in it’s fullness.  (Joel 2:28-29)

The double portion on the sixth day is needed because it will have to last us through the seventh day.  Because the seventh day the focus isn’t on us producing the fruit, but on us listening to the Husbandmen of the vineyard.  Depending on the faithfulness of Yah to carry us through the challenges of life.  In the sixth day we needed to have gathered up twice as much bread.  And what does the bread represent?  It represents Yahushah.

I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (Joh 6:48-51)

Do we have enough of Him (Yahushah) in us to make it through the year so that we can enjoy the rest of the Almighty?
The sixth day appears 10 times in scripture.  This is significant being that the number ten appears numerous times in scripture.  It is highlighted as it relates to God dealing with sin.  The ten plagues, the ten times we tested him in the wilderness.  The sixth day is referenced as the number of man, and connected to the six six six which is the number of the beast spoken of in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 13:18)  However, we do know that land creatures were created before mankind on this day. (Gen. 1:25)  But let’s be clear this connection that is spoken concerning man in a negative connotation is a result of man’s choices.  Just as there were ten virgins, there were five who made a wise choice and five who made an unwise choice.  The number six is simply a number and it only is negative to those who are without light in their lamps or oil in their vessels.

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The Day of Grace

We are on the fifth day of the counting of the omer.  Which will end on the day of Pentecost.  I find it amazing that five being the number of grace corresponds to the day that both fish and fowl were created.  Those of you who are familiar with the Creation Week vision given to my husband knows that each day of the creation week corresponds with our growth in Messiah.  Day five in the creation week is when God created sea creatures and the creatures of the air.  Both of these creatures represent for us as believers the picture of grace.  Both animals have one thing in common and that is they have to overcome gravity.  Another “G” word.  The bird has to contend with pressure from without that will seek to pull it into the ground rather than soar as an eagle.  Know that this is the enemies plan for you.  Since sin entered in the menu of the enemy has been dust, (Gen. 3:14) when we ride on the high places of the earth, and are fed with the heritage of Jacob we are in a place where the enemy can’t get us. (Isa. 58:14)

The fish has another form of pressure he has to deal with, that is from without is not it’s issue, it is that which is within that it must properly calibrate.  Scripture teaches us that greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world. (1 Jn 4:4)  Which is why we are admonished to be sober, and to be filled with the Spirit of God. (Eph. 5:18) The enemy will try to appoint pressure in your life, his goal is to find weakness in your armor so that he can infiltrate your purpose.  However, we have been given all we need to navigate around him.  It was for this reason that Pentecost was most significant for the Apostles who were in Jerusalem who were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49)  Having the power of God to both recognize and properly oppose the demonic forces that will come against you is essential, and the good news is you no longer have to wait till Pentecost to get it.  The Holy Spirit is freely available for the asking.  I encourage you if you haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit to study it in the word of God, because faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by his word. (Rom. 10:17)  No one can take from you what the word gives you so seek him, and ask him, and know that he desires for you to receive of his good and perfect gift that was left by Messiah for you.

Today, as you go about your day celebrate the temptations that you averted by submitting to God’s word, and rejoice over the fiery trials he brought you through.  Reflect on the goodness and grace that he has bestowed upon you, not because of who you are, but because of who He is.

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Mat 5:45)

 

Taking Hold of Your Senses

The Fifth Characteristic of a Serpent that Every Believer Should Have

We are constantly being bombarded with  news from every angle and often times it is hard to know what the truth really is.  However, it is so very easy to go off half cocked with all guns blazing when we read or hear something that strikes a chord on our heart string.  However, there is a reason why we are not to judge according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24)  Appearances can be deceitful, and by itself makes a poor witness to condemn a man, not because of what we see but what we don’t see.  The seconds before the crime was done could determine if a person is guilty or if they had been framed.

One of the characteristics of a serpent that we can learn from in this instance is to take heed to how they receive stimuli.  They receive stimuli from their forked tongue, that is constantly tasting the surroundings as it moves along.  Thus it has something tangible to base it’s decisions on.  We already discussed before that its not sensitive to airborne sound, which can be a lot more deceitful then the tangibility of what you touch, or taste which requires direct contact with you making you a witness who experienced what you were exposed to.

It receives stimuli from the forked tongue that constantly tastes the surroundings as the animal moves along.  This means it is informed.  It hears both sides of the story and relies on something tangible, not on lip service or air waves which is fickle, but it has to have hard evidence to make it’s decision.  We are not to be bearers of untruth, false witnesses, or gossipers of unsubstantiated information.  But we had better have something that our senses have in some way encountered to base our decisions on.  Matt. 12:36; Mar. 7:15

Things to Ponder this week?

  1. Have we looked sideways at a situation and made a verdict or condemnation based on half information?
  2. Are we really concerned about truth or more interested in having something to tell? There was a man who witnessed the death of King Saul and in his excitement to tell the soon to be King David of Saul’s demise he communicated an untruth that he thought would rind him a handsome reward with the soon to be King of Israel, David.  In his haste he fail to understand that David was a man after God’s own heart and took no delight in the slaying of God’s authority even though that authority sought to take his life. (1 Sam. 31:4-5; 2 Sam. 1:2; 2 Sam. 4:10)  This mans reward was death, and that was what he was paid for his tale bearing.  We had better be careful about how quick we are to want to be the bearer of bad news, and take part in wicked schemes, lest we find ourselves receiving of the same sort of reward.

He Has Risen, Now What?

We have known for thousands of years now that the King of Glory, Son of God (YHVH) was crucified for our sake.  Took the penalty for our sin upon himself and like a lamb dumb before its sheer mumbled not a word in His defense, (Acts 8:32) but always spoke the truth.  Every sign under heaven aligned every prophecy spoken of by the prophets concerning his first coming fulfilled, yet many having him in the flesh before them still denied him as their Messiah.  So here we are milleniums removed from the event, his disciples, and the Apostles in which letters and testimonies we read and hold dear, even if we don’t follow still resonate off the worn and tattered pages of our leather bound bibles.

So what are we doing about it?  While we who profess Christ as our Savior celebrate holidays that were foreign to him, not a one kept nor sanctioned by him, we justify our ignorance, by saying, “well that is for the Jews”  we say to the Jewish Messiah that wears the blood bought stains for the pain that our sin paid the wages for. Yet, every quoted page that says the “Feast of the Jews” originate from something said in the first five books of scripture that doesn’t record such a message.  So again, as the title of this article suggests, now what?  We can still remember the day that He snatched our lives from hell, and the freedom we felt as his words comforted us from our past sins with the promise of new life.  Yet we hearkened not to Paul’s warning concerning sinning, the more that grace abounds (Rom. 6:1-15) and so we relish in our failures and create traps like a magician depending on him each and every time to help us make the great escape, which is tempting God.

For how can we knowing the agony our sin caused this just man Christ to suffer on our behalf live any longer in the fallen state he brought us out of?  Are we really new creatures in him?  Do we really want a new life in Him?  Only you can answer that question, but I leave this thought with you today, Is Christ just an incantation on your lips that you chant when you find yourself in a self made bed of deception, or is that name that is above every name that is named, holy to you?

If it is then what are you doing?

How are you living?

Are you still in bondage or free, are you fulfilling your God ordained destiny or merely content with just being?   Or for you to live is Christ, and to die is gain is that your claim to fame? (Phil. 1:21) Let’s live our lives for Him, no longer on this whimsical ride because we have decided to hold on to the truth.  Walk with Yahushah (Jesus) in spirit and in truth, study to show yourself approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

Blessings to you all this day as we count the Omer Day TWO (Leviticus 23:15):

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psa 90:12)