Seed of Abraham – Deeper Meaning


Genesis 15:5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

This promise is related to several other references to the promise of descendants that God gave to Abram, now Abraham.

  1. Genesis 13:16 – seed as numerous as the dust of the earth.
  2. Genesis 15:5 – count the stars, so shall your seed be.
  3. Genesis 22:17 – seed will be as numerous as the stars and the sand on the seashore

But, there are three things different about this particular verse.

First – bowels: In verse 4 God said that he would have an heir from his body. The King James says from his “bowels.” Abram will have an heir from his “bowels.”  Does this mean that God did not know that the bowels have nothing to do with the bowels? No. In Genesis 3:15 God knew that the woman carried the seed and science did not prove this until 180 years ago.

This word can also means “womb.” So, does Abram have a womb? So to speak, yes. That womb would be in Sarai. This is one reason why it was not enough for Hagar to have a son for Abram. Hagar was not his womb. Sarah was. This is on the same terms by which God describes a nake wife as the husband’s nakedness.

Second – seed: “Zera” – This word is translated as “descendants” in the New King James and offspring in others. Whereas, it is translated as “seed” in the King James. This is one time that the King James has the better translation.

The word is not plural but singular. At first glance we would say that it would be ok to translate the word as descendants. That is the meaning, right? But to translate it as descendants removes a deeper level of meaning. On the surface we can look ahead and know that this seed is Isaac. But, it has a deeper meaning. The original word literally means seed. It’s the same word used in Genesis 1 during creation.

To better understand the deeper meaning of the word seed, let’s go back to Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.

Then, let’s remember that in the pictograph of the Hebrew alphabet for Noah’s name means protected seed and grace, with the same two letters but reversed, means the protector of the seed. Grace secured God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 across the flood. The seed that God told about, the first mention of the Messiah in Genesis 3:15, came across in the ark through the undeserving favor or grace of God.

Therefore, the deeper meaning of Genesis 15:5 is that God is promising the coming of the Messiah through Abraham.

Am I stretching this? Not if you believe what Paul says:

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.

Therefore, “Zera” should remain as seed not descendants.

If it is ONE seed then how do we explain counting the stars? It goes back to translation again. There is Genesis 15:5 again, Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Third, – count & number: Both of these words are the same Hebrew word – Safar, which also means “rehearse or relate.” How do you relate or rehearse the stars?

According to God in Genesis 1:14 the stars were for a sign. Today we have a zodiac that is very similar to constellation signs found in many old cultures around the world.

Have you every asked how in the world do they get a Virgin or a lion out of a constellation? What the constellations look like are not by connecting the dots but by knowing the names and means of the brightest stars in each constellation, going to the brightest to the next to the brightest and so forth. Most of the pictures we still have but many of the names of the stars have been lost through time.

It is believed that through the names of the stars that even Adam understood the history of man and the coming of Jesus. Man, after the flood, customized the signs to center around him rather than God.

If this is true, could God have been saying to Abram, “Look at the stars and rehearse the stories told by them and the seed promised in the stories will come from you.”

Therefore, in light of Genesis 1:14, 3:15, and Galatians 3:16, verse 5 of Genesis 15 could be translated as follows: Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and rehearse the stars if you are able to relate to them.” And He said to him, “So shall your seed (the Promised Messiah) be.”

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The Shepherd, The King, The Lamed


There is a letter of the Hebrew alphabet that rises above all the other letters and is considered to be the middle of the alphabet. This letter in the original script looked like a shepherd staff. In the modern Hebrew it looks like a throne. On top of the Lamed is a crown. What is interesting is that the Lamed with the two letters on either side spells the word “King.”

The meaning of the letter from the original pictograph is shepherd, goad, or control. This letter, who is the letter above all letters and the King of all kings, started out as a shepherd.

The name of the letter comes from the root word “Lamad” which means to teach. This letter is drawing attention to the source of all learning, the Bible. As a goad, it prods us on into it’s truth.

Jesus told Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

So, who is the shepherd? Who is the King of kings? Who is the Word for learning?

Let me throw out something else that is out there. Keeping in mind that the Hebrew alphabet is also their numerical system, the Lamed is a Kaf (20) with a Vav (6) on top. The total is 26. Each letter within Yhwh, God’s name, also totals 26. The Lamed actually represents 30 which is the same value as Judah, the Hebrew word for praise. In Genesis 49:10 you will discover that the law or Word of God will come from Judah. Just an interesting note.

When the Lamed is used as a prefix in a word it denotes direction such as the word “to,” such as “to the house” or “to the father.” It is only when we place Jesus, the king, first in what we do as our prefix that we receive direction.

There is something very interesting in Exodus 19:5

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special teasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

The word for the underlined above is Lamed Yod. What is different is the Lamed in this word is larger than normal and the Yod is smaller than normal. God is telling Israel that they will be a special treasure, but not to just anyone. They will be special to Him, the King of kings, larger than life, when they understand how small they are. It is when we allow God to be larger than life in our lives and we understand our smallness that we become the special treasure to God.

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Renewing Your Mind


Here is a list that I came up with years ago to promote biblical thinking. I will say that I did see a small list like this that began it’s creation within me. I challenge read this every morning or pick one at a time as a devotion.

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart, so does he become.

  1. I am a child of God. (Rom. 8:16)
  2. I am redeemed and forgiven of my past. (Eph. 1:7)
  3. I am saved by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8)
  4. I am cleaned up and set apart, sanctified. (1 Cor. 6:11)
  5. I am shedding the old man of my past and putting on the new. (Eph. 4:22-24)
  6. I am adopted by the Spirit of adoption. (Rom. 8:15)
  7. I am dead in my body but alive in the Spirit. (Rom. 8:10)
  8. I am the temple of God. (1 Cor. 3:16-17)
  9. I am allowing the fruit of the Spirit to grow in me. (Gal. 5:22-23)
  10. I am led by the Spirit of God. (Rom. 8:14)
  11. I am being filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)
  12. I am delivered from the powers of darkness. (Col. 1:13)
  13. I am kept in safety wherever I go. (Ps. 91:11)
  14. I am sealed with the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing my inheritance. (Eph. 1:13-14)
  15. I am holding firm to my faith that I profess. (Heb. 4:14)
  16. I am denying myself, taking up my cross and following Jesus. (Mat. 16:24)
  17. I am seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mat. 6:33)
  18. I am glued to Christ by His love and nothing can separate me. (Rom. 8:38-39)
  19. I am denying worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, godly. (Tit. 2:12)
  20. I am getting all my needs met by Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
  21. I am casting all my cares on Jesus. (1 Pet. 5:7)
  22. I am satisfied with what I have, not overspending. (Heb. 13:5)
  23. I am fearing the Lord and keeping His commands. (Deu. 6:2)
  24. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to grow His ministry gifts in me. (Rom. 12:6-8)
  25. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to work power gifts through me. (1 Cor. 12:7-10)
  26. I am trusting the Lord with all my heart. (Pro. 3:5-6)
  27. I am hiding God’s word in my heart so I will not sin against Him. (Ps. 119:11)
  28. I am receiving the Kingdom of God as a little child. (Mark 10:15)
  29. I am loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30)
  30. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Eph. 6:10)
  31. I am not tempted by God for God tempts no one. (Jam. 1:13-15)
  32. I am a possessor of the sure mercies of David. (Acts 13:34; 2 Sam. 7:8-15)
  33. I am doing all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
  34. I am dressed in garments of praise instead of the spirit of depression. (Isa 61:3)
  35. I am rejoicing always and praying without ceasing. (1 Thes. 5:16,17)
  36. I am boldly coming to God’s throne in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)
  37. I am presenting my requests to God only in the attitude of gratitude. (Phil. 4:6)
  38. I am giving thanks in everything. (1 Thes. 5:18)
  39. I am not quenching the Spirit or despising prophecies. (1 Thes. 4:19,20)
  40. I am holding fast to what is good and abstaining from evil. (1 Thes. 5:21-22)
  41. I am an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. (Rom. 8:17)
  42. I am heir to the blessings of Abraham. (Gal. 3:13,14)
  43. I am seeking God’s will on earth. (Mat. 6:10)
  44. I am a doer of the word and not hearing it only. (Jam. 1:22)
  45. I am blessed coming in and blessed going out. (Deu. 28:6)
  46. I am an heir of eternal life. (1 John 5:11,12)
  47. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6)
  48. I am blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3)
  49. I am healed by His stripes. (1 Pet. 2:24)
  50. I am healthy and prospering as my soul prospers. (3 John 2)
  51. I am exercising my authority over the enemy. (Luke 10:19)
  52. I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. (Deu. 28:13)
  53. I am more than a conqueror through Christ. (Rom. 8:37)
  54. I am asking my Father for wisdom who gives liberally. (Jam. 1:5)
  55. I am establishing God’s Word here on earth. (Mat. 16:19)
  56. I am redeeming the time for the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15-16)
  57. I am an overcomer by His blood and the word of my testimony. (Rev. 12:11)
  58. I am daily overcoming the Devil. (1 John 4:4)
  59. I am putting on the whole armor of God. (Eph. 6:10-18)
  60. I am not moved by what I see. (2 Cor. 4:18)
  61. I am walking by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7)
  62. I am where my faith takes me. (Mat. 9:29)
  63. I am asking according to His will. (1 John 5:14)
  64. I am casting down vain imaginations. (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
  65. I am bringing every thought into captivity. (2 Cor. 10:5)
  66. I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind. (Rom. 12:1,2)
  67. I am filling my mind with only good things. (Phil. 4:8)
  68. I am not allowing corrupt communication to come from my mouth. (Eph. 4:29)
  69. I am making God’s Word a daily part of my life. (Josh. 1:8)
  70. I am seeking to know God face to face. (Ex. 33:11)
  71. I am laying aside every weight and sin, running with endurance. (Heb. 12:1)
  72. I am quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. (Jam. 1:19)
  73. I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation–special. (1 Pet. 2:9)
  74. I am an important part of the body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:14-27)
  75. I am yoked with Jesus, working with Him in His Kingdom. (Mat. 11:28-30)
  76. I am caring for the needs of others before I consider my wants. (1 Cor. 12:25,26)
  77. I am meeting with other believers regularly. (Heb. 10:25)
  78. I am loving my neighbor as myself. ( Mark 12:31)
  79. I am keeping my relationships pure to keep my worship pure. (Mat. 5:23-24)
  80. I am speaking blessing only and not cursing, negative or putdowns. (Jam. 3:10)
  81. I am working on the church that is in my house. (Acts 2:46)
  82. I am looking out for the interest of others. (Phil. 2:3,4)
  83. I am allowing God’s leaders to equip me for ministry. (Eph. 4:11)
  84. I am called to be a minister in God’s kingdom. (Eph. 4:12)
  85. I am called with a holy calling. (2 Tim. 1:9)
  86. I am walking worthy of my calling. (Eph. 4:1)
  87. I am building up the body of Christ, encouraging and blessing. (Eph. 4:12)
  88. I am speaking only that which builds up others. (Eph. 4:29)
  89. I am obeying those who have authority over me. (Heb. 13:17)
  90. I am working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12)
  91. I am rightly dividing God’s word. (2 Tim. 2:15)
  92. I am an imitator of Jesus. (Eph. 5:1)
  93. I am the salt of the earth and a light of the world. (Mat. 5:13,14)
  94. I am not disobedient to the heavenly vision. (Acts 26:19)
  95. I am a true worshiper, worshiping in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)
  96. I am waiting upon the Lord which will renew my strength. (Isa. 40:31)
  97. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for me. (Rom. 8:26)
  98. I am praying and singing in the spirit when possible. (2 Cor. 14:14,15)
  99. I am speaking with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Eph. 5:19)
  100. I am watching and praying for Christ’s return. (Luke 21:36)
  101. I am giving to God according to my heart. (Luke 6:38)
  102. I am receiving more blessings than I can handle because of tithe. (Mal. 3:10)
  103. I am blessing the Lord, His praise shall always be in my mouth. (Ps. 34:1)
  104. I am praising Him in the dance, song and instrument. (Ps. 149:3)
  105. I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem. (Ps. 122:6)
Think on these things

The Crossing


images-23Joshua 3:16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

The water that ran from Adam to the Salt Sea was interrupted with a new crossing. Approximately 1,400 years later John the Baptist is baptizing Jesus in the Jordan in this very spot–Beth-barah, the place of passage, John 1:28. Our sin that runs from Adam and Eve which then leads to the Dead Sea (death) was interrupted by another Joshua, Jesus, when He created a crossing for us.

Interpeting the Bible


I came across someone this week that was very interesting.

  1. He believes that Jesus first came to our planet 26,000 years earlier in a UFO.
  2. He believes that not much of the scripture is accurate, but believes the words of Jesus.
  3. His view of Jesus is in the context of Rome of that day and dismisses the fact that Jesus was Jewish and spoke to Jewish people.
  4. He believes that Paul was a deceiver and can not be trusted.
  5. He believes that Jesus is coming back December 12, 2012 in a UFO.
  6. He believes in reincarnation.
  7. He believes that nothing is spiritual but are electrons and energy and that is how we communicate to Jesus on his UFO.

Sound strange? What is disturbing is that he has teaching videos on YouTube and has a following. He is answering people’s questions with this stuff and they are accepting it.

At the same time there are young men knocking on doors around the world offering “another” gospel.

So, how do we know what is right?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Who are we and who do you trust enough to pick and choose what scriptures are true? Can we afford to pick and choose?

What do we do with scripture that we do not understand or may sound contradictory? Ask yourself why God gave that instruction or why did they respond that way or what does this mean symbolically?

What was God accomplishing when He instructed Israel to kill whole nations? It was God’s judgement upon a nation who had been sinning for hundreds of years in idolatry and sexual sins. Did they receive warnings? Nineveh did. So, why can’t we believe that those nations did too? Did God want to kill thousands of people? No, Nineveh repented and God changed the judgement. Killing has never been God’s first desire.

What do we do with a story of a blind man in one gospel and the same story told of two bind men? Each gospel was written by different individuals to different audiences with different deliveries for different goals. Ask two people to describe an accident. Neither have to be wrong in order to have two different stories. We focus on different things.

What do we do with Jesus talking about eunuchs? If you come from the Roman law it would seem that he is speaking of homosexuals. If you keep it within the Jewishness of the speaker and the crowd then you understand that He is speaking of men who are impotent by choice or birth. You can also see what other scripture says about it. The Hebrew word for eunuch means to crush. I will not say what is crushed.

History can not be used to interpret God’s word. History only supports it. Scripture interpretes scripture. There is no other instruction that is so holy.

Why was Hosea told to marry a prostitute? Hosea and his life were a living message to Israel.

Why would God send a flood to kill everyone but 8 people? It was judgement. He knew that it would not get any better.

Why would the bible talk about God changing His mind or repenting from a decision if He knows everything? Was He changing His mind or was it intercession or repentance of the people or sinful actions that put them into a different light in God’s eyes?

Why was God testing Abraham when He asked him to sacrifice his son? Should not have God already known Abraham’s heart and was not human sacrifice a sin? God already knew Abraham, but Abraham did not know Abraham. What a changed man from his younger years when he would lie about his wife and try to help God out by having a son by another woman. As for the human sacrifice, could not this have been a glimpse of what would happen with one of Abraham’s descendents, Jesus?

The bible is not as hard as many try to make it out to be if you will do the following:

  • Keep in mind the story line or context.
  • Compare it to scripture you already know.
  • Compare it to the God you already know.
  • Find other scripture that clarifies it.
  • Never interpret through feeling or history. The facts will support it, not lead you to the truth. Scripture is truth – history supports it.
  • Always ask questions. There is a message in there somewhere for you.
  • Pray for God’s direction.

As a result, I have been called religious. But, religion follows tradition and rules. When you follow a living Word there is no religion in it. Hungry for God? Yes. Religious? No!

Jesus, the Vav


The Vav

The Vav

This is my second article on the Vav, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Not only is it the sixth letter of the alphabet, it’s numerical value is six. Six represents the number of a man, Revelation 13:18. In the article on the “broken vav” we discovered that it represented Jesus.

The name for the curtains around the tabernacle is the same name that the scribes used to refer to the pages of a scroll. The hooks that held the curtains were called Vav which means hook. Could it then be said that Jesus is the hook that holds up the Word between God and man? But, let’s not forget that He is the Word.

The scribes, when copying the Torah, began each column with a Vav as if to hook the words onto the page. If Jesus is the Vav then even more true the writing of John when he said, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” Jesus is on every page that the scribe wrote.

The very first Vav that is used in scripture is in Genesis 1:1. Not only is the Vav written before the very first letter was placed, but it is also the 22 letter in the sentence. Does that mean anything? Well, if you consider that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet it signifies that the Vav is now the first and the last. Again, another support that the Vav represents Jesus, the first and last.

It’s location in Genesis 1:1 is with two other letters, the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the aleph and tau. These are the two letters that are found two words before which are not translated as I dealt with in another article. The word where the Vav is associated, with the first and last letter, is the word that is translated “and”, between heaven and earth. The Vav is connecting or joining heaven and earth or spiritual and earthly matters. Jesus is the divine connection between God and man.

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Perfected Praise


images4Matthew 21:15-16,  But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”  And Jesus said to them, “Yes.  Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

Jesus was quoting Psalm 8:2 in Matthew 21:16 which would seem to be a misquote.  He did not quote anything which was contradictory to the verse in Psalm but merely clarified it.  After all, He is the author of the Word isn’t He?  John called Him the Word in John 1:1.

Psalm 8:2,  Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

The ordained strength the Psalmist is referring to which silences the enemy, Jesus called it perfected praise.  Children can not always find the right words to say.  Often their praise lacks depth because of their lack of communication skills.  But their praise goes beyond being verbal.

Our praise may not always be very clear or even sound eloquent, but by the time it gets to the Lord’s ears it has been perfected. It is this praise that shuts the mouth of the enemy.

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