Day 19: In Christ Revealed

Prayer candles lit in a church we visited in France with our girls last summer.
Deuteronomy 33:18-19
Of Zebulun he said, "Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth, And, Issachar, in your tents. "They will call peoples to the mountain; There they will offer righteous sacrifices; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand."

The Hebrew Word translated here as to “draw out” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: give milk, nursing mother, give, make to sucking child, A primitive root; to suck; causatively, to give milk — milch, nurse(-ing mother), (give, make to) suck(-ing child, -ling).

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/3243.htm

The Hebrew Word translated here as “hidden” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: hide, lay privily, in secret. A primitive root; to hide (by covering over) — hide, lay privily, in secret.

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2934.htm

The Hebrew Word translated here as “treasures” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: cieled, cover, seated. A primitive root; to hide by covering; specifically, to roof (passive participle as noun, a roof) or wainscot; figuratively, to reserve — cieled, cover, seated.

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5603.htm

I bless us to be humbled and to humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God. I bless us to boast in nothing but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to us, and we to the world. I bless us, just as Jesus, to become of no reputation, to empty ourselves and to take on the form of a servant, to humble ourselves even unto death, that no longer we, but the glory of our God and His resurrection power, that is perfected in human weakness, may be seen in and through us.

I bless us to walk in the light, as Christ is in the light. I bless us to speak the truth to one another in love, confessing our sins to one another freely and praying with and for one another that we may have fellowship with one another through Christ Jesus, and be cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus. I bless us to lay down our life for one another, to pick up our Cross and to follow Jesus, wherever He leads us.

I bless us to rejoice, in our going forth, and in our places of waiting and camping with our LORD. I bless us, through our obedience in either going or staying, where God has called us to, to call peoples to the mountain of our God to offer righteous sacrifices, to draw out the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand. I bless us to receive God’s acceptance and approval at the foot of the Cross, as we lose our life in this world to find it in Christ alone.

 
On Rock
He teaches
Us to build
With human hands
We go to work
Believing
Our self-righteous works
Our Rock
Must build.

And so
He sends us forth
In waters deep
Storms now come
Our human rock
To shipwreck
Break
On foreign shores.

We sift our debris
Eyes laid low
Yearning now
Our rock of old
To clasp
But on foreign shores
This rock of old
Now lies
Shattered, broke
Undone, we cry.


But in our weeping
He bows our knees
Each missing grain to see
Now bathed in Light
Our tears are washing
Hidden treasures
In shifting sands
Laid bare
Eternity
Now glowing.

His Promises
As gifts in weakness
Now laid bare
Hidden treasures
An abundance
Out of the seas
Christ in us
Is drawing out.

Let waters
Rise
Let storms now
Come
Let sand here
Shift
His Promises
Shall then
In Spirit rise to
Glow.

Rejected by humans
But chosen by God
And precious to Him
Each missing grain
Sparkles bright
Each jewel
In shifting sands
We see unveiled.

Each living stone
God builds
Into a Temple
In Spirit One
A holy priesthood
We now come
Offering
Spiritual sacrifices
Acceptable to God
Through Jesus Christ
Alone.

For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will [most certainly] cause righteousness and justice and praise
To spring up before all the nations [through the power of His word].

Isaiah 61:11 (AMP)

Day 14: Beauty for Ashes

A single red wine-colored leaf that reminded me of the healing leaves mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy. Leaves that are shed and die help to produce new life – not just in the tree they were shed from, but in other plants and trees in the same area. This reminded me of how God sheds our old fleshly seeing and knowing, as He changes and transforms our minds, not just to heal us, but others in our midst, also. For as we openly boast of our weakness and God’s redeeming work in the confession of our sin, we draw others into the light of God’s redeeming grace also.

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. 

JOHN 3:20-21 (NIV)

I bless us to see the seed of eternity (Jesus) hidden in our own and others’ hearts. I bless us to see how God is revealing Himself to each of us in uncovering more and more of Himself in us and others, through each others’ open repentance. I bless us to experientially know and believe that we are a new creation in Christ Jesus, that the old has gone and the new has come. I bless us to embrace the new and fresh opportunities set before us to obey and glorify the Name of Jesus and to recognize and celebrate in so doing, our growth and development in Christ.

I bless us to daily, in the Holy Spirit’s convictions, step into the light of God’s grace, to shed our pride and self-righteousness at the foot of the Cross and to arise anew in Christ Jesus and His righteousness and pride in us. May Christ’s visceral compassions (a joining with in suffering) be revealed in us and through us in our open boasting in our weakness and the confession of our sin. I bless us and others to see Christ emerging in our midst through every change of our mind. I bless Christ’s intercession in and through us for the restoration of His Body and Bride.

You speak 

Of new wineskins

Of the old that has gone

The new that has come.


Oh, let us taste 

Of Your holiness

In the Son of glory's

Overshadowing.


In the darkness

Of Your covering

Let us find hidden

Treasures gleaming.


Oh let us savor the sweet

Honey of Your Word

Not hoarding but

In heaven's dew bestowing.


Let all else now

Be ashes to ashes

Flame your righteousness

In gemstones aglow.


As we seek a firm footing

In this shaking and breaking

Shod Your Good News

To our feet in the waiting.


Oh make us ready

A new heart of flesh  

In our weakness lay bare

Into heaven's glory sowing.


Let the latter rains

In Your breaking clouds

Gush and pour, the seed

In living waters growing.


Make room in our hearts

For more of You

Move us ever forward

Into Your heart's blooming.


Let us, Your family of stars

Arise and shine

In the light of Your face

Calling all: come!


Let each stone 

In Spirit 'n truth breathe

Alive in Your intercession

A Living Temple: whole.


Shoulder to shoulder

Into Your Kingdom

Come Jesus come

Carry us over the threshold


Into beauty

For ashes

Your Body

And Bride.


19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night.

Exodus 14:19-20 (ESV) [my emphasis: note, as Ann Voskamp did in her WayMaker Bible Study, how God’s cloud – His overshadowing Presence- lit up the night.]