Humility in Nun, the Letter of Life

the spelling of "nun"

the spelling of "nun"

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

There is a Hebrew letter that depicts this principle. It is the Nun, the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It is one of five letters that has a soft equivalent, depending where it is located in a word. One is short and the other is tall as seen to the left.

The word “Nun” is spelt nun, vav, nun. The first nun is bent over as a humble servant. The vav means “and”, the nail that holds things in place. The second nun is upright and tall as to stand in the place of honor.

Jesus was the humble servant who came to die for the world. It was after His resurrection that He took His seat at the right side of the Father according to verses like Colossians 3:1.

The letter “Nun” literally means “life.” In the ancient text it was said to have looked like a fish, but with todays technology it looks more like a sperm. With it’s meaning in mind, Exodus 33:11 says that Joshua was the son of Nun. In many ways Joshua symbolized Jesus. This is yet another example of that, for it literally says that he was the son of life. Jesus, too, was the son of life.


Pride Comes Before A Fall



Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

This is another innocent misquote by many. The Bible does not say that pride goes before a fall, but before destruction. Now, it could be argued that there is not much difference between pride and a haughty spirit and between destruction and a fall. No harm done, right? Probably not, but as short as this verse is you would think that we could get it right.

First, this is a common layout of Hebrew poetry. Solomon used a lot of comparisons and duplications with similarities. This one is an example of two similar ways of saying basically the same things.

Second, there is a difference in the definitions of the four words.

pride – from the letters of it’s root it literally means “look, strong pride” (gimmel – pride; aleph – strong; hey – behold)

haughty – from the letters of it’s root it literally means “look, prideful house” (gimmel – pride; bet – house; hey – behold)

destruction – from the letters of it’s root it literally means “destruction of the head of the house (Shin – destroy; bet – house; resh – head)

fall – from the letters of it’s root it literally means ” staff or control destroyed as a setting sun (Qof – rising or setting sun; shin – destroy; lamed – staff)

Does this change our understanding about this verse? Probably not. The point is that although saying that pride comes before a fall, although it is not an exact quote, it is a reality. That is why Solomon took time to paint this picture twice.

What is the message? Stay away from pride. Isaiah gives a vivid description of this principle in the fall of Lucifer or Satan:

Isaiah 14:12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said  in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit.

Jesus also describes the fall in Luke 10:18 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Lion Laying Down With The Lamb

Picture 6Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

Isaiah 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord.

What a picture of peace, the lion and the lamb snuggled together. Could there be a better picture? Will it happen? I think that it could happen in God’s kingdom. Does the bible paint this picture that is very popular among Christians today? No, it does not. And yet most Christians will claim that it is scriptural.

The only place we find these two animals together is in Revelation 5 where the Lion of the tribe of Judah looks like a lamb that had been slain. This is a picture of Jesus.

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb who laid down his life for us and then rose to life three days later with the roar of a lion!

So, is it wrong to talk about the lion and the lamb laying down together? Probably not. Just do not claim it to be found in scripture.

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What If Starbucks Did Business Like We Do Church?

Picture 33If you follow the life of Jesus you will find that the reason people came to Jesus was to see Him, hear from Him and be healed. Watch the following video and laugh or even cry at the way we do church.

Honorable George Clymer

Picture 25In 1807 a man of great renown in the formation of our government stood up in defense of a small group of worshipers as recorded in the book Reminiscences of Rev. Henry Boehm.

“An incident occurred here worthy of note. Some of the sinners of a baser sort were disposed to interrupt the service. When the disturbance threatened to be serious, the Hon. George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, then a lawyer, residing in Reading, arose in the congregation and addressed the assembly. He spoke of the struggles of the Revolution, of what our liberties cost, and the right our glorious Constitution gives to all to worship under their own vine and fig tree. Then he said. “In vain have patriots bled and martyrs died to procure freedom if we cannot worship the God of our fathers according to our own conscience.” His address had a most happy effect in restoring order.

“Mr. Clymer was a tall, fine-looking man, with a dark, expressive eye, a grave countenance, and hair of a kind of iron gray. He was a great financier, associated with Robert Morris in establishing a bank for the relief of his country. He was a member of Congress, and president of the Philadelphia Bank and of the Academy of Fine Arts.”

What an honor for someone of this caliber to stand for the right to worship God according to our own conscience.

Where Did Camp Meetings Begin?

Picture 16There are many traditions that have been woven into the fabric of churches. One of those is what has been referred to as “Camp Meetings.” This is a time where groups of congregations gather together for a joint time of worship and ministry. But, where did this idea come from?

I came across the following piece in my reading of Reminiscences of Rev. Henry Boehm on page 128.

“The introduction of camp-meetings into the Peninsula formed a new era in Methodism in that section of country. Worshiping in the groves, God’s first temples, was a novelty, and called out the people by thousands. The ministers preached with unusual power, for crowds inspired them, and converts were multiplied as the drops of the morning. I attended all these meetings and kept a record of them.

“Camp-meeting had their origin in Tennessee, in 1799. Two brothers, named Magee, one a Methodist the other a Presbyterian minister, had the high honor of originating them. With John Magee, the Methodist, I was acquainted for several years; I traveled with him many miles, and heard him preach. He was the father-in-law of the Rev. Thomas L Douglas.

“Jesse Lee introduced camp-meetings into Virginia and Maryland, and then to Deleware. But the first camp-meeting in the East was held by the Rev. William Thatcher, in Carmel, New York in 1804.”

My church still enjoys the camp meeting concept and it was interesting to discover it’s first beginnings.

Boehm’s Chapel

Picture 23There are landmarks throughout the world that tell of the wonderful power of God and the experiences of man. One such place is a small chapel just south of Lancaster, PA. It still stands today with a beautiful restoration back in the 1990’s. Although the meetings that once influenced a whole generation no longer are conducted, it presence remains to draw us back to that place.

Here is a brief look through the portals of history. It has been captured in the book, Reminiscences of Rev. Henry Boehm (p 30) who lived between 1775 to 1875.

“Boehm’s Chapel was erected in 1791, the year in which Shadrach Bostwick, Joshua Taylor, and other strong men of our Israel were received on trial. The house was on a hill, from which there is a fine view of the neighborhood country, and was surrounded by trees, which still remain, adding to the beauty of the scene. The house was built of limestone; was forty feet deep and thirty-two wide, and had galleries. It was called ‘Boehm’s Chaple,’ because it was built upon Boehm’s land in Boehm’s neighborhood, and because the different families of Boehms did much toward its erection, and were regular attendants there.

“There were wonderful gatherings at Boehm’s Chapel. The bishops and the great men of Methodism found their way there, and preached the word. At quarterly meetings the people came from Philadelphia and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Western Shore from Watters’s neighborhood. Boehm’s Chapel was a great center of influence. Several itinerant ministers were raised up and went out from the neighborhood of Boehm’s Chapel to preach the Gospel. Ten I now think of, and there may be others: Joseph Jewell, who was Nathan Bangs’s first presiding elder in Canada; Simon Miller, Riehard Sneath, William and James Hunter, James and William Michel, Thomas and Robert Burch, and Henry Boehm. David Best and James Aiken were from the circuit. It is singular they were all from Ireland except Jewell, Miller, and myself.

Great quarterly meetings were held in this house. I will notice one held in 1798. Thomas Ware was the presiding elder, William Colbert and William P. Chandler the circuit preachers. The meeting began on Saturday, and while the presiding elder was praying the Holy Ghost filled the house where they had assembled. The work of revival commenced, and such were the cries of distress, the prayers for mercy heard all over the house, in the gallery as well as the lower part, that it was impossible for Mr. Ware to preach. He came down from the pulpit, and the brethren went to the penitent ones, as they found them in different parts of the house, and pointed them to Jesus, and prayed with them. They were assembled in different groups praying for the brokenhearted, and one after another found redemption in the blood of the Lamb. It was impossible to close the meeting, so it continued all day and most of the night. Sunday morning came, and they attempted to hold a regular love-feast, but all in vain. The cries of mourners, the prayers for mercy, and shout after shout as one after another passed from death unto life, made it impossible to proceed.”

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