Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bible Study Method of First Mention

Breads first mention

One bible study technique is to find the first instance in the bible where that word is used because there you will find the special significance of the word and usually Gods primary thought process whenever that word is used elsewhere in the bible. The first time the word bread is used is in
Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread

Toil: God is saying that from here on in they are going to have to work to eat, because they tried to provide for themselves they had lost His over abundant Provision. They are going to have to toil and to fight to put bread on the table. They will have to fight so hard that they will sweat. Sounds like what we do every day when we go to work.
So, led by the Holy Spirit I took that understanding of the word bread and I applied it to Jesus and the breaking of the bread at the Last Supper, where He took the Bread, giving thanks, broke and gave it to His disciples saying “This is My Body Broken for you…”
Breaking the bread turned into breaking the fight of it all. He broke the fight of earning to put bread on the table ourselves and this was the symbolism of the Blessing of the Garden of Eden, the Blessing of Abraham being brought alive in Christ for those who believe, have faith in the finished work of Jesus at the Cross.
It doesn’t mean we no longer “go to work” it does however, mean our job is not our source. We have been transitioned; from having to achieve only by the sweat of our brow, to being led by God to do as He asks so He can be our Provision, our Single Source.
When Jesus broke the bread He was using symbolism to show us several things all at once.
He was taking heaven by force (He was tearing the veil that stood between man and God)
He was breaking the fight to feed ourselves
He showed how He was about to be battered
He was using the OT scriptures to show us the Reality of His deliverance of us from our bondage

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Ancient Hebrew Word Meanings

Bread Part 2
Even in the ancient Hebrew the word for BREAD is a show of the redemption of Jesus to the people. Ancient Hebrew was a base of certain pictures that represented things and ideas as well as specific letters as with the English language. For the word BREAD we start with the Hebrew word Lechem, which is actually written using 4 characters from Ancient Hebrew.
The Hebrew letters represented go like this: LCHM (pronounced: LaCHaM)
These letters are also known as Lam Chet He Mem (the names of the letters).
Here is how the ancient Hebrews represented the letters in this particular word…
Lam- is represented by the picture of a Shepherds Staff and carries the meanings yoke or bind
Chet- is pictured as a tent wall and means outside and divide/ half
He (hay)- is a picture of a man with open arms and means look, reveal, breath
Mem- is a picture of water and means chaos, mighty, blood
If you view the letters that make the words as concrete parts of the word we get to see the following picture:
Bondage outside open arms blood, all specific ideas and parts associated with the Crucifixion of Christ.

In Ancient Hebrew the meaning for bread is eat, to eat grain and fight. I thought fight, where does that come from? They went on to explain that when you use a rising or leavening agent like yeast, you had to punch down the dough after it had risen once and then you had to knead the dough. Well, once they explained it, it made perfect sense to me.

Bread (לחם lechem, Strong’s #3899): The dough is placed on the table and it is kneaded by hitting it with the fists, rolling it back and forth, picking it up and turning it over, and… Kind of sounds like a fight doesn’t it? Actually, the Hebrew noun lechem meaning “bread” comes from the verbal root lacham [str:3898], same Hebrew spelling as lechem) and means to ‘fight.’ The place called Bethlehem is actually two Hebrew words beyt [str:1004] meaning house and lechem meaning bread – house of bread. In Genesis 3:19 we read, In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread. Could this be because we have to fight the ground to bring up the crop, fight the grain to remove the husk from the seeds, fight the seeds to turn them into flour and fight the dough to make the bread?
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew research Center

So, from this description we can see the cross and the redemptive work of Jesus quite easily. Remember that the meaning of a word or a group of pictures is dependent upon all of the rest of the words around it and the picture drawn by the Ancient Hebrew word LCHM becomes a very powerful pointer to the finished work of the Cross.
So we can take this picture of the finished work of Jesus at the Cross and carry it with us as we enter into the New Testament where Jesus is describing Himself as the Bread of Life. We must carry this understanding of the word Bread, with us as foundational, because it is the understanding that Jesus and all of the Jews around Him were using. This was their language and they understood the intricacies far better than anyone today.
If we can even get a glimpse of how they heard, saw and interpreted Jesus’ words we can hope to get a better revelation of the Him. Matthew, Mark, and John were all written in Hebrew and or Aramaic (which is a variation of the original Hebrew) and Jesus and His disciples spoke Hebrew to one another. They all had the same upbringing, the same language, and the same base of understanding, which is why some of the parables and things Jesus talked about are a bit hard or lose some measure of comprehension to those of us without that same basis of understanding.

Ancient Hebrew Words Part 1

Ancient Hebrew

I have no desire to bore you, and it is important to understand a small bit about the Ancient Hebrew used in the Old Testament and during Jesus’ life.
Words, in the course of time, lose their original meaning, and acquire a conventional one very often considerably different, and which, from constant use, becomes little more than the shibboleth of a party. (excerpt from Preface to the First Edition, Young’s Literal Translation f the Holy Bible)
It gives us a better understanding of their thoughts and how things connected for them.
The Hebrew language of the Bible is a concrete language, where each word is related
to an image of action. In contrast, our own English language, as well as most all other
modern languages, relies heavily on abstract ideas. The English translations of the
Hebrew words in this translation will reflect the concrete nature of the original
Hebrew.

For example… When we read Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

we see that the word word is italicized. Which means the interpreters added this to make the sentence and the meaning more clear. The original Hebrew text actually says “man does not live by bread alone but by the breath coming from God”. This is extremely important because in ancient Hebrew a person, his being, his character, his breath were all synonymous.
So the statement is better understood if I were to restate it this way…
Man does not live just because he eats but he lives because of the character the true loving nature of the Creator Father God! (God IS Love – emphasis mine)
“As we talk about the breath of God as in Gen 1:27 And God created man in his own image. A better interpretation is
And Elohiym, the Great Powerful One, filled the man with a representation of himself
When we read “And God created man in his own image” our minds form a mental picture of what we look like and then attribute this picture to God himself. In the Hebrews mind it is not the appearance of something that they concentrate on but its function. This passage is not implying a picture of man or God but their function. Through the Hebrew words of this text we see that God had placed within man a shadow or representation of his own function – goal, purpose, thought, etc.” Quoted with permission from Ancient Hebrew Research Center.
Hebrew always refers to things in the concrete because their language did not have, at that time, the ability to use abstract images. This is why there are pictures of concrete (can be sensed using the five senses) items.

David and the Exodus

Davids use of Exodus

We are going to stick with the exodus but we are going to change the vantage point from which we see it, to King David’s in the Psalms. I am always amazed at how many times David repeats the story, the testimony of the exodus. In at least 13 of the Psalms David brings to remembrance the mighty work of His God, our God, in the deliverance of His people Israel specifically, and numerous times as a note, not recalling the entire testimony. In many of the Psalms David starts out with; God I’m in trouble, I’m struggling; my faith is weak, my thoughts and circumstances are getting the better of me.
As David speaks to the Father he begins to remind himself of the work that God has already accomplished thru the exodus. He reminds himself, brings to remembrance, and speaks to himself about all the God of his Fathers had done for Israel. We know David and the Israelites of his day spoke these things aloud because many of them were songs. David even declares in Psa 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Why? Why declare the work of God? Why not declare just as many times, a mighty of work of God from his own life? Why the determination to continually recall, speak out the work of God at the Exodus? It is because it was a foreshadow of what we have today in Christ. Our release from bondage and SO much more.

The Exodus

Exodus

At the exodus from Egypt, when the Israelites sat at the table that night before being released from Egypt and their slavery (bondage, burdens and yokes), what do you suppose they talked about, how did they encourage one another, did they encourage one another? No way every one of them had faith to move a mountain, every human is the same. Can you imagine some of the conversations, and how they spoke to one another of the Word they had received from God. They all knew about the plagues, they watched them from their back doors They spoke to one another, reminding each other as the fear came, and went that night, waiting for death to pass by, would it pass by? They had no Psalms to comfort themselves with, they had no experience outside of the most current ones watching the plagues come from God against Egypt and themselves being spared. What they did not realize and really only becomes apparent to us as we do read the Psalms, what they were doing when they were encouraging each other and reminding themselves of all they had seen, they were speaking the Truth of God over their lives.

It was their remembrance of the power they had already seen that gave them the courage to continue to stay put, in one place depending upon what must have seemed to them, a ridiculously small amount of lambs blood on the doorposts of their homes. You tell me… Put yourself in their position. You are instructed by a reputable source that someone in your house will die unless you put this Lambs Blood on the door. How likely are you to stay in the house? Do you suppose all of them thought how impossible it is for a little blood to stop the death. How many of us would have left town trying to get away ahead of the disaster? Can you even imagine the level of fear and doubt that must have permeated Goshen that night.

They spoke to each other, they held each other’s hands, they were brought together by the prescription of a special meal. No one was to be alone, ever notice that the Father was so careful for His precious children, that He didn’t want even one to face the terrors of that night alone (you are NOT alone). Even more than that, the very small families were to be brought into the larger ones, the reason given was so the Lamb might be shared and none wasted. So the Lamb would be shared and none wasted. What a powerful statement! Say it out loud “so the Lamb would be shared and none wasted.” What a remarkable insight into the life of a believer…we will revisit this statement later in the book.

You can read about this meal in Exodus 12. I realize that the conversations of the Israelites are not included in the scriptures but as the Bible teaches us, each man is the same and sometimes what is not said speaks just as loudly as what is stated.

God, because of course He IS God, could have done any number of things to free the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He could have smote every person in Egypt and just let the Israelites take over that land, but He did not. He had bigger better plans, plans that required an act of faith from the Israelites to sit still under the Blood of the Lamb, with imperfect faith waiting to see who would be dead or alive in the morning.

And a plan to show His faithfulness, love, protection and covenant to them, that He alone was dependable. These people were slaves. They knew no goodness, no Sabbath, no rules of Law on how to behave. They did not know their God, their Deliverer. Yet in PS 105 it says specifically that as they left Egypt none of them was feeble. They had eaten the Passover meal, they had made it thru the night, as they left Goshen, none were sick, lame or even I dare say afraid (in that moment, they did become fearful soon after, but that’s another story). Father God had, thru the exodus established forever the Communion.

NOTE: Please remember God honors honest doubt, ask Him about these things, He will answer!

What Feast? Part 2

Psalm 23:5 talks about the Lord preparing a table, a feast for us in the presence of our enemies and that we are anointed with oil, and our cup runneth over. I believe the writer was talking about our condition after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our cup running over is the cup of the new and everlasting covenant as well as how forgiven we are. The anointed with oil, of course is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And last, but not least the table, the banquet, the feast set for us IN the presence of our enemies.

The only time we are in the presence of our enemy is here, in the now moments, of our earthly life. Jesus removes our enemy from our presence according to the Book of Revelations. The table refers to a feast, a Kings Feast. God is setting the Table, therefore it is His Table, the Kings Table. At the Kings Table only the best is served and they do not run out of the good stuff, including dessert (side note: that’s one reason Jesus turned the water into such a spectacular wine, God would never provide second best).

Communion is The Lords Supper, His Feast, His Table, His Banquet. At this table is an unrelenting amount of goodness, of supply, and of Joy.  This is what we shall discover as we read Jesus’ own Words about Himself.

Think about a favorite family gathering and the spread of food, laughter, and conversation. This is what is implied when we talk about a feast and it is even more true in heaven than here on earth.

I am extremely blessed with the family we have. We have our very favorite foods and when we get together to “break bread” we are in Communion with each other. We talk , we connect, we laugh. There is never a dull moment and we share our time and food equally. And inevitably, we reminisce about events gone by.

This is only a part of the idea of a feast, how much more so if you are at the table with your doting Father, who as it turns out, is ONLY concerned with your happiness. This is not to say God is not Just, Righteous and Holy. It is exactly because He IS those things that make this all the more Truth and we shall see this proven by His Word on our journey.

What Feast?

What Feast?

We are about to embark on a journey to build a foundation that Communion is the Kings Feast and that the Kings Feast IS Jesus. This is but ONE facet of how we view Communion, it is a an overview, a taste of the many, many facets of Jesus and Communion.

Please know that God  (meaning; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) honors honest doubt and He (they) will guide you into all Truth. Please ask Him first, if you have questions or concerns about this journey. I, like you, am a Believer, and Jesus is the only Truth.

It is of the utmost importance that thru all of our journey, we recall and put first in our minds as we learn new ways of understanding a facet of scripture, the following items…

1             Jesus has paid the ENTIRE price for our Complete and TOTAL forgiveness

2             The curse and the enemy have NO POWER over us because of Jesus’ payment

3             Scripture is true and can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit

4             YOU ARE LOVED beyond your behavior and circumstances

5             And so many others but these will do to start.

As we journey, we will remind ourselves to remember these things as we turn over in our minds, new thoughts, new connections to ensure they fit with the Gospel of Grace and to ensure we DO NOT come under condemnation.

IF you find the Holy Spirit shows you a place to bring your thinking higher (more in line with His), you are NOT judged, and have no reason to stop your endeavor to learn from the Lord. This journey should bring you joy and revelation as you are in the Presence of God Himself. Jesus IS abiding in you and you are always in His Presence.

Ps23:5 talks about the Lord preparing a table, a feast for us in the presence of our enemies and that we are anointed with oil, and our cup runneth over. I believe the writer was talking about our condition after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our cup running over is the cup of the new and everlasting covenant as well as how forgiven we are. The anointed with oil, of course is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And last, but not least the table, the banquet, the feast set for us IN the presence of our enemies.

The only time we are in the presence of our enemy is here, in the now moments, of our earthly life. Jesus removes our enemy from our presence according to the Book of Revelations. The table refers to a feast, a Kings Feast. God is setting the Table, therefore it is His Table, the Kings Table. At the Kings Table only the best is served and they do not run out of the good stuff, including dessert (side note: that’s one reason Jesus turned the water into such a spectacular wine, God would never provide second best).

Communion is The Lords Supper, His Feast, His Table, His Banquet. At this table is an unrelenting amount of goodness, of supply, and of Joy.  This is what we shall discover as we read Jesus’ own Words about Himself.

Think about a favorite family gathering and the spread of food, laughter, and conversation. This is what is implied when we talk about a feast and it is even more true in heaven than here on earth.

I am extremely blessed with the family we have. We have our very favorite foods and when we get together to “break bread” we are in Communion with each other. We talk , we connect, we laugh. There is never a dull moment and we share our time and food equally. And inevitably, we reminisce about events gone by.

This is only a part of the idea of a feast, how much more so if you are at the table with your doting Father, who as it turns out, is ONLY concerned with your happiness. This is not to say God is not Just, Righteous and Holy. It is exactly because He IS those things that make this all the more Truth and we shall see this proven by His Word on our journey.

A First

A First July 9, 2012

Thank you to my dear friends Brian and Amanda Copeland! I appreciate your hearts and your encouragement!
My name is Laurie and this blog is not about me, or my natural world, although some of that will be seen here.
At its heart, this blog is about Communion and the significance of the act of taking Communion. This blog is a beacon pointing to Jesus and His Finished Work at the Cross. This is about Gods version of the Truth and Grace (that) came by Jesus Christ. It’s about getting us to the place where we no longer live in lack and powerlessness. It is Hope, Grace, Love, Mercy, and Power. Using the actual Holy Scriptures in their context and letting the Bible translate the Bible.
I hope to limit the word “I” and increase our awareness of just how big our God is! Having said that, I assure you that I can get things wrong, I can misunderstand with the best of them. If you have any questions about what you read here ask God Himself, as He does honor honest doubt.
Starting a conversation with The One and Only is as easy as asking a question.
Ever His,
Laurie