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 18: The Hands of Redemption

Our youngest daughter’s hand clasping beauty on our walk together to the local forest. Those precious times with her, after I surrendered my teaching job, were such a gift of redemption for me, the year after I came home to Jesus and grieved my mother’s departure to heaven. God began to show me that all I believed had been stolen from me as a little girl into adulthood, had always been held safely in His hands, and was ready to be given back to me through His free gift of faith – the redeeming work of Jesus in me.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NIV

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

Romans 15:13 MSG

I bless us to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God and the hope, joy and peace that is ours in Christ Jesus. I bless our hearts and hands to open in faith and trust, by the power of Christ’s redeeming work in us. I bless us to now receive back a double portion of all the locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, the cutter, the great army God sent among us.

May we see how Christ’s death on the Cross is now yielding an abundant harvest of righteousness through that very great army that God sent among us, not for evil but for good. I bless us to bless those who have rejected the Word of Jesus speaking through us, recognizing them as God’s blessing to us. May we praise God for pressing us deeper into the heart of our Father for us and for them. I bless us to let go of our idols of self and man to take ahold of the redeeming hands of Jesus and to walk into the joy and beauty for ashes He has set before us.

ALL THINGS NEW 

Behold, I am making all things new
He speaks, deep unto deep
My eyes they turn
There below.

Reeds are swaying
Rustling wind
Waters green, there below
Basket woven, her hands release.

My heart it grips
I see my own
Precious gift
From my own hands, taken.

No, not in trust
But in tight clenched hands
Lies, they ripped
Precious life, stolen.

Behold, I am making all things new
He speaks, deep unto deep
And my heart it rips
Opens wide.

And pours
Longing deep
Yearning cries: His precious gift
Returning.

Reeds are swaying
Rustling wind
Waters green, there below
Basket woven, my hands receive.

Weeping heart it flows
I see my own
Precious gift
Into my hands, returned.

Behold, I am making all things new
He speaks deep unto deep
My eyes turn to waters green
Resting now in all things: Christ REDEEMED!



“I will restore to you the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent among you.
“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
    and praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.
“ You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
    and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.”

Joel 2:25-27 ESV