Part 5: Chapter 2 – Day 4: We Receive You

Welcome to Day 4 of Part 5‘s Chapter 2 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the fourth free will offering of purple thread (royal compassion)

We Receive You

Taken out of their midst
God asked him: "return"
And he full of fear cried:
"But what shall I tell them."

I AM WHO I AM

Drawn out of water
In a basket
Wonderfully and fearfully woven
God's people out of Egypt to lead.

Not his own merit
But the Voice
Of I AM WHO I AM
Slavery's heavy yoke would lift.

Not just his people's
And his very own heart
Breaking in mercy
But ours too.

Into a desert
The Living Word
Led them
The Spirit ever interceding.

The Promised land
Moses saw from afar
And trusted by faith
Would one day be his.

Through all the heat
And longing of the desert
Overshadowed in mercy
By day.

Through all the darkness
And unknown of the night 
In the jealous heart of God
Aflame.

And yet
In Moses' body
That Promise
Was buried on a mountain.

But to that mountain
One day He returned
The I AM WHO I AM: Jesus
With Moses, before a Cross.

Christ walked
To that Cross
For the joy
Set before Him.

Sin and pain
In His royal blood
Exchanging
Compassion unveiling.

The Promise
Died on a Cross 
Eternal life from a tomb
Resurrecting.

The seed
Breaking open
Multiplying life
Everlasting for all.

Now Gentile and Jew
Together as One
We receive You -
Jesus - in each other.

Hebrews 11:23-29, 39-40 (ESV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned . . . And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Matthew 17: 1 – 3 (ESV) And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

Deuteronomy 33:18 – 19 (ESV) And of Zebulun he said, “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
    and Issachar, in your tents.
 They shall call peoples to their mountain;
    there they offer right sacrifices;
for they draw from the abundance of the seas
    and the hidden treasures of the sand.”

Isaiah 9:1 (ESV) Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

Dear Holy Father,

We are amazed that You would choose to come to us, to make Your dwelling here in our heart. We have nothing to offer you except these shards and pieces that are the bones and bodies holding our vulnerable hearts. But we thank You that Your Word declares these very bodies Your holy Temples.

We thank You that where we, and others who look at us, see nothing but brokenness, You see Your chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for Your own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of You who called us out of darkness into Your marvelous light.

We thank You that as our bodies, minds and hearts are failing us, Your Son, in whom all Promises are yes and Amen, is awakening His strength in us. Thank You that You have placed the seal of Your Holy Spirit upon us, securing our eternal inheritance in You, and that nothing can separate us from the love that is in Christ Jesus.

Thank You that the light momentary affliction we are walking through here on earth is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. For, in You, we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For we know that the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Thank You for compelling us not to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but to lay up for ourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Thank You for setting our hearts on You, as we walk through the fire and are met by storms. Thank You for uncovering hidden treasure in the darkness.

Thank You that You dwell here within us, in this secret place, created to be our home: Your heart in us. Thank You that You have hidden us in the clefts of the rock to protect us from every scheme of the enemy. Thank You for the love of Jesus that has been shed abroad in our hearts that we might love You as You love us.

Thank You for Your great and wonderful promises to us. Thank You for compelling us to cleanse ourselves in the light of these Promises from everything that contaminates body and spirit. Thank You for prompting us to live our lives set apart for Your purpose in holy awe of You alone. Thank You for fulfilling the prayer of Your Son in us to make us One in You.

As we come to Jesus, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by You and precious to You— thank You that You are building us like living stones into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to You through Jesus Christ, just as You have promised us in Your Word.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we praise You today,
Amen.

John 16:13 – 15 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

2 thoughts on “Part 5: Chapter 2 – Day 4: We Receive You

  1. Bettie G September 2, 2021 / 8:59 pm

    This poem touched my heart so much. The picture of God’s working through history to bring salvation to His people, to call us all into His royal family–just tears at the grace of our I AM THAT I AM.

    Like

    • Anna Smit September 2, 2021 / 9:58 pm

      Won’t it be amazing seeing the full picture one day? We only see in part. How incredible it will be in full.

      Liked by 1 person

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