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.


The Fine Linen

images6Exodus 27:18 The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits, the width fifty throughout, and the height five cubits, made of fine woven linen, and its sockets of bronze.

The fence or walls were made of fine linen sheets around the Tabernacle. The word for these walls, yeriah, was the same word that the scribes used to described the different pages of the Torah scroll, which were the writings of Moses.

Therefore, could we not say that the whole of the tabernacle and it’s court was encased in the Word of God, the pages of God’s scroll? The Word of God is our boundary.

The word for linen is shesh which means 6. It was said that it was 6 strands of thread woven over 6 strands of thread making it very thin. It separated those on the outside from the those on the inside and yet you could still see what was going on through it. You saw them through the white linen.

God our Father sees us through Jesus Christ. Not for the filth we are but through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Paul tells us to put on Jesus Christ (Romans 13:11; Galatians 3:27)

Revelation 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. We are described as wearing fine linen in heaven.

Inspired Word Of God, Discover the God of the Word

Screen shot 2009-10-08 at 7.04.54 AM2 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.

There is no doubt that the Bible can come to life:

  • It is a mountain of historical facts.
  • It gives us better understanding about humans, communication and relationships.
  • It offers guidance as to how God expects us to live before Him.
  • It is filled with prophecy that was fulfilled during the writing of the Bible, following the writing, being fulfilled right now and has yet to be fulfilled.
  • As vast as it is, it gets even deeper when you search it in the original language.

The Bible is the inspired (God Breathed) Word of God. My understanding has always been – If you can’t believe some parts of it, then who is the chosen one who can tell us what parts to believe. Therefore, I must believe it ALL.

And yet there are those who study it and those who make it a practice to read the Bible through every year and have bad attitudes or live questionable lives. Isn’t it suppose to be a book that brings transformation? Does this lessen the power of the Bible?

As awesome as the Bible is and inspired by God, if we search only for deeper means, knowledge, and word usage we have missed the boat. It is not a book of magic formulas.

Knowing the Word of God is powerful, but reading it to know the God of the Word is LIFE CHANGING!

Read it, as if it were for the first time and look to discover God on every page. It is then that it will come to life! What is more challenging is to read it as if it were your first time reading it. It is amazing how many things we miss because, “we already know this one.”

Let God speak through it. Find more of God in it.

Seeds and Soil Parable, Matthew 13

Screen shot 2009-10-06 at 7.41.14 AMMatthew 13:2-8 …Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

For years there have been some misconceptions about these verses. Jesus does go on to explain them in verses 18 through 23 and yet we it has not really spoken to us.

Misconception 1: The wayside are those with hard hearts. – That is not so. Jesus gives one explanation which happen one of two ways. The problem is that the hearers do not understand. This happens when the teacher, preacher, or anyone attempting to share scripture does not communicate it. The burden falls back to the one sharing God’s Word.

The second way that the lack of understanding does not happen is when we are privileged enough to speak to a crowds or individuals who have never heard the message of Jesus Christ. They do not know the stories of the Bible and find it hard to relate to basic principles. It takes time. Jesus didn’t have much problem communicating to his audience because most of the men had the Old Testament memorized.

Misconception 2: That the four soils represent four types of people. It does not take long as a teacher or pastor to realize that people move through stages. Those who do not understand can become understanding.

  1. Clueless – they do not always find it easy to relate to basic truths of faith, salvation, healing, etc, right away.
  2. Overwhelmed – when it does click they are ready to tackle the world.
  3. Dysfunctional – learning the truths but finding it hard to practice them because the old junk in their lives are battling for influence. Most of American believers are here.
  4. True Learners – Faith is working great. Prayer is working. The gifts of the Spirit are flowing.

Our goal is to move to the True Learner stage and determine to stay there.

Misconception #3: Cares of this world and riches do not affect us. We are effected by these two all of the time. Materialism has a very strong hold an Americans. The cares of this world are the world thought systems. It makes faith hard. It makes praying hard. It makes commitment hard. It makes bible study hard. It makes sharing your faith hard.

The function of every believer in Christ is to produce fruit/results that are godly. When this does not happen then your walk is not functioning correctly, dysfunctional.

Misconception #4: Good soil is always good soil. I have never seen a garden that you only had to week once. It is a constant task. One of the greatest tragedies are when leaders take it for granted that their soil will always be good and begin raising up learners who have the same dysfunction as they do.

The wisest thing that we can ever do is to recruit a friend to help you watch out for thorns popping up in your garden.