MAKING PEACE WITH THE COSMOS (PEACE WITH GOD)
08-30-15 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the audio and notes without video are archived.
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THE WORD OF GOD
(Heb 4:12) For the word of God is quick [Gk: alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword [an allusion to the “logos” & “rhema” word of God as a single twoedged sword], piercing [Gk: penetrating] even to the dividing asunder [Gk: separating] of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of [Gk: discriminator] [one who perceives, understands, fathoms] the thoughts and intents of the heart [the inner man].
sharper = Gk: to cut; more comprehensive or decisive [precise] than “to chop,” as if by a single stroke; whereas “to chop” implies repeated blows, like hacking; more keen: - sharper. [like a Doctor’s scalpel compared to a kitchen knife]
THE WORD OF GOD INSIDE ME
(Psa 18:28) For thou wilt light [Heb: kindle, set on fire] my candle [Heb: lamp]: the LORD my God will enlighten [Heb: illuminate] my darkness.
darkness = Heb: the dark; (lit.) darkness; (fig.) misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
(Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy word [inside me] is a lamp [Heb: to glisten (the burner)] unto my feet, and a light [Heb: luminary (happiness)] unto my path.
glisten = Synonyms: gleam, sparkle, glint, flash, shine, shimmer. [the Shekinah]
THE WORD OF GOD OUTSIDE ME
(Mat 5:14) Ye are the light of the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)] [outside me]. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid [Gk: concealed, covered: kept secret].
light = Gk: to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; luminousness: - fire.
Commentary: “set on an hill” = As we attempt to conceptualize the presently unknowable vastness of the cosmos and our collective position (indicated by “city”) in it, one might anticipate this phrase to read “set on a mountain” rather than “set on a hill,” but the Lord God is herein teaching, encouraging, and leading us upward into the positional humility of Christ (Gk: the anointed) and out of the experiential pride of life.
I WILL KEEP MY MOUTH WITH A BRIDLE
(Psa 39:1-5) To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue [the prayer of Jabez “that thou wouldest keep me from evil” 1 Chron 4:10]: I will keep my mouth with a bridle [Dict: anything that restrains or curbs], while the wicked is before me. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow [Heb: suffering, adversity: grief, pain] was stirred. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I [intensely but humbly] with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure [length] of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
HOW GREAT A MATTER A LITTLE FIRE KINDLETH!
(James 3:1-5) My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm [Gk: rudder], whithersoever the governor listeth [the one who steers desires]. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things [Gk: to talk big]. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
(Luke 12:47,48) And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes [e.g., the city of Succoth: Judg 8:16; Luke 8:14]. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes [Gk: strokes; wounds, calamities: plagues], shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
(Judg 8:16,17) And he [Gideon] took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught [Heb: to know, have understanding] the men of Succoth. And he beat down [Heb: tore down, destroyed] the tower [Heb: rostrum: castle, pulpit] of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
(Luke 8:13,14) They on the rock [the city of Penuel] are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [Gk: testing] fall away [Gk: desert: withdraw self]. And that which fell among thorns [the city of Succoth] are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked [Gk: strangled completely, throttled /// taken by the throat] with cares [Gk: distractions] and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: completion, maturity].
(James 3:6-8) And the tongue is a fire, a world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)] of iniquity [Gk: injustice; moral wrongfulness: unrighteousness]: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth [Gk: stains, soils] the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly [Gk: unrestrainable] evil [Gk: worthless, depraved, injurious: wicked], full of deadly poison [Gk: venom].
(James 3:9-12) Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
(James 3:13-18) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation [Gk: behavior] his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife [Midian] in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure [Gk: clean, innocent, modest, perfect], then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated [Gk: good for persuasion], full of mercy [Gk: compassion] and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy [Gk: sincere: without dissimulation]. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
1. Midian = Heb: brawling, contentious, discord, strife.