The Tomb

23 Jul

The Tomb…

There once was a man who decided it was time to start preparing his final arrangements. The man’s name was Yosef of Ramata, Joseph of Arimathea.

He became a secret follower of the Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth. Out of compassion, when Yeshua was publicly executed, Joseph gave up the tomb he prepared for himself and placed Yeshua’s body there instead.

A tomb is something that most people don’t lend out with the idea of getting it back. But the Rabbi happened to be God and so was only borrowing the tomb.

When He rose from the dead, Joseph had his tomb back. But now people saw it as a place of hope and life. A tomb is supposed to be a place of mourning and tears. Yeshua ruined a perfectly good tomb and a perfectly planned funeral.

But He doesn’t mind ruining our funerals, spoiling our sorrows, crashing our self-pity parties, and wrecking our fears.

Let Him ruin your funeral. Let Him mess up that indulgence of self-pity, let Him mess it all up with joy, and demolish it with thanksgiving and laughter. Let Him mess up your funeral, so you can start living.

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Matthew 27:57-60

Is there a funeral that you’re still living in, a sorrow, a regret, a bondage, a grudge, a failure, a scar – Jesus wants to ruin your funeral – let Him!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

First Fruits

22 Jul

First Fruits…

In Leviticus 23, God tells Israel that on the day after the Sabbath of Passover, they are to go out into the field and reap the Bikoreem, the first fruits, of their harvest.

So on that day, they would reap the first sheaf of the barley harvest and offer it to the Lord, the first fruits of blessings to come. Once it was offered, the great spring harvest could begin. It was called, Yom Ha Bikoreem, the Day of the First Fruit.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul speaks of the resurrection and calls Jesus the first fruits or, in Hebrew, the Bikoreem. It’s not an accident. For the day that Jesus rose from the dead was the Hebrew holy day called Yom Ha Bikoreem.

Jesus became the First Fruits of the new life on the actual Day of First Fruits. And so, the Resurrection is the Bikoreem, the beginning of life for all who receive the new birth.

Overcome today, and break through, for Yom Ha Bikoreem is just the beginning of a miracle that goes on and on in those who walk in its power.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops Proverbs 3:9

Jesus has given you the power to break through into the new – Use that power today to take a miraculous step out of the old.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Feast Of Remembrance

21 Jul

The Feast Of Remembrance…

For over three thousand years it’s probably the most ancient, widespread, and continuously celebrated feast in history. God commanded the Jewish people to keep the feast forever and to pass it on from generation to generation.

But why? For this one reason – to remember. The Lord told them to never forget what happened to them in Egypt, the slavery, the miracles and wonders that God performed for their fathers.

Passover is a testimony that God’s people need to be people of memorial. What about the New Covenant? When you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, you’re celebrating Passover, in a simpler form. Messiah said, “Do this in REMEMBRANCE of Me.”

So God is telling you this: “Never forget your Egypt, where you came from, or how I took you out of the land of bondage, and the miracles I performed for you, the salvation, and how I kept you in the wilderness, and brought you to the promised land.

Keep it as a Memorial, and celebrate it all the days of your life that you may never stop being blessed in the Promised Land.”

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Take time to remember your own Passover, the life He saved you from, the sin, the bondage, the hopelessness, the darkness – and the blessings He’s brought you to.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Jesus And The Dip Of Bitter Herbs

20 Jul

Jesus And The Dip Of Bitter Herbs…

We’re all used to being at a party and dipping a potato chip or vegetable into a sour cream dip. Dipping is Biblical.

At the Last Supper, the disciples asked Jesus which one of them would betray Him. He answered that it would be the one who dipped with Him into the bowl. Why?

Well, from ancient times and to this day, at the Passover meal, Jewish people take a piece of matzah and dip it into a bowl of bitter herbs. The bread is a symbol of redemption, and of Jesus Himself.

The bitter herbs are symbols of bondage and slavery, sin and death. You see on Passover, there’s a special blessing of thanks you say over the dipping into bitter herbs.

That means Jesus even gave thanks for this, which represented His pain and death. So you return the favor and learn to give thanks even for the bitter herbs in your life and to bear His reproach joyfully and with love.

Because when you move in His love and give thanks for all things, your burdens become light, your bitter herbs become sweet, and your daily bread becomes holy communion.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

For each waking hour today, stop and take a moment to give thanks to God for the good and the not so good day you are having. Give it all to Him and you’ll be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,,

Ed

The Passover Mysteries

19 Jul

The Passover Mysteries…

In the original Passover command, in Exodus 12, it reads, “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male.” The word male, in Hebrew is ZACHAR. It also means “TO REMEMBER.”

The Passover Lamb was known as the Zachar, the Remembrance. Jesus came as the Passover Lamb. So His name is also the ZACHAR, the REMEMBRANCE.

Thus when He died on the cross, the remembrance of your sins, your failures, your guilt, all perished – in the death of the Zachar.

So how do we honor the death of Jesus? We celebrate by also finishing our remembrance, by letting go of our regrets, guilt, sins, and who we were. But just as importantly, we take our remembrance of the sins of others and we sacrifice the remembrance.

It was only because the Zachar was sacrificed on Calvary, that the blessings of resurrection and new life could come. So the blessings of new life, new beginnings, healing, restoration and joy is waiting for you.

They they will happen only when you let go of the Remembrance and offer it up. So let it go, as He has done for you, for the Zachar has been sacrificed.

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34

Do unto others today as Jesus has done for you. Remember their sins, their mistreatment, their hate no more.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Isaiah 53 – Your Appearance

18 Jul

Isaiah 53 – Your Appearance…

Hidden inside the prophecy of Isaiah 53 is something strange. You won’t read it in English because the translators couldn’t quite handle it.

Verse nine says, “… and with a rich man in His death.” But what it really says is, “B’et Asheer B’Mo-taihv”, which literally means, “with a rich man in His deaths.”

“In His deaths” doesn’t make sense in English. How can one man die many deaths, and how can many deaths be linked to one man?

There’s only one answer. Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, alone of all men did not die his own death. When He died on the cross, it wasn’t one death but many deaths. He died for you and me.

He’s the Prince of Life. 2 Corinthians says, “… one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him.”

So Isaiah 53 is not only a prophecy of the death of Jesus – but of the death of your old life – thus you are no longer in your old life or under sin. For the proof is there – the death certificate of your old life – Isaiah 53.

Read Isaiah 53. Read the one verse that says “in His death” and ponder the Hebrew – that it’s a death certificate of your old life – Live today in the fullness of what that means.

Reference: Isaiah 53

The Joy Command

17 Jul

The Joy Command…

Palm Sunday is Jewish! – A Hebrew holy day foretold by the prophet Zechariah who wrote: “Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion. Shout O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your King comes to you… he is humble and riding on a donkey.”

What does that mean? It means that we, as human beings, actually have a part in fulfilling prophecy. Part of the prophecy is a command to be followed. “Rejoice greatly… shout!”

This is the only proper response to the coming of Jesus. So if Jesus has come into your life, the only proper response is joy – such great joy that you almost have to shout about it.

What’s the evidence of Jesus coming into your life? That you live a life of joy. And notice two keys from the prophecy: Rejoice is a verb and a command. It’s something you choose to do.

Behold – Take your eyes off everything else and truly behold Him. When you see who He really is and how blessed you are – you’ll rejoice. Rejoice greatly for your King has come and you too must fulfill prophecy.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Today, choose to walk in the power of holiness. Seek the Lord and receive His righteousness to transform your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ride The Donkey

16 Jul

Ride The Donkey…

The writings of the ancient rabbis of Judaism say an amazing thing. There is not one Messiah, but two! How did this happen?

The rabbis were confused. They read in Zechariah 9:9 that Jesus would come on a donkey riding into Jerusalem, humble and with salvation – Palm Sunday. And yet, Daniel 7 says Jesus will come on the clouds of Heaven in glory.

Other prophets said Jesus would die for our sins – and yet reign forever. The rabbis couldn’t deal with it so they came up with two Jesus’s.

The first Jesus, son of Joseph, would come humbly on a donkey and die for our sins. The second Jesus, son of David, would come on the clouds of heaven and reign forever.

But the Bible speaks of only one Messiah. The only answer – one Jesus, two comings. The only one in history to fulfill this is Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth.

If you follow Jesus, you must follow His example – first the donkey, then the clouds. Walk in humility as God’s servant and you will be lifted up in glory – Jesus has two comings – and so will you!

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. Daniel 7:13

Seek to live this day as Jesus did, coming humbly to glorify God and to bless and save others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Secret Of Heart Guiding

15 Jul

The Secret Of Heart Guiding…

When I was growing up, I used to take my dog, Princess, for walks. Whenever Princess saw something of interest, another dog, a rabbit, a mailman, she would take off after it – or she would try.

I was on the other end of the leash and it was my job to restrain her. Either I was going to be pulled by Princess, or Princess was going to be led by me.

It’s the same way with our feelings, our emotions, our desires, our lusts, even our thoughts. Our thoughts and feelings tend to go all over the place, and to things they have no business going after.

Most people are led by their emotions and their thoughts, even many believers. But that’s like a man being led by a dog. God has called us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus.

That means you can have victory over every thought, every whim, desire, lust, and feeling. But you have to choose to take control.

The next time that thought, that feeling, that temptation comes up, you reign it in to the obedience of God – just remember whose on the other end of the leash.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Today make it a point not to be led by your feelings, or your flesh. Learn to not be led, but to lead these things, even your emotions as you are led only by the Word and Spirit of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

The Great Divestment

14 Jul

The Great Divestment…

The philosopher Aristoppus lived a comfortable life by flattering the tyrant king Denys. He began looking down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers.

One of them was Digoeness. One day Aristoppus saw Diogeness washing some vegetables. Scornfully, he said to him, “If you would only learn how to flatter King Denys, you wouldn’t have to be washing lentils. To which, Diogeness replied, “And you, if you had only learned to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter tyrants.”

If you are to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and greatness, you have to wean yourself from the world… from vested interests and dependencies.

The more you content yourself with God… the more free you will be from the world. And the more free you are from the world, the more you’ll be able to live a life that is holy, godly, and blessed.

Esau lost the promise and the calling because he longed for lentils. Jacob found it, because he didn’t. Be like Paul, content in all things, and you’ll be free to live a life of greatness.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

Are you dependent on anything in this world? People’s acceptance, comfort, money. Seek today to find all your needs answered in God. Fill yourself up with God, and practice the secret of contentment.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed