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A Word to the Shorn

One of the most significant experiences in the life of a sheep is in springtime when they need to be shorn. A word of encouragement to those enduring a long season of shearing. We look at a sheep shearing festival in the life of of King David. I Samuel 25:7

A Word to the Shorn I & II

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The Beauty of Safety

All of our lives are a search for safety in people, places and things. We have legitimate needs. Sometimes we meet them in illegitimate ways, but all of our hungers are reducible to safety. Psalm 61:1, 3.

2 part series:
The Beauty of Safety

 

Memory and Hope

Memory is a valuable asset in our walk with God.  Throughout scripture whenever ‘hope’ is mentioned, it is usually found in tandem with an exercise of memory.  Our very capacity to ‘hope’ for anything is predicated upon our ability to ‘recall’ an actual experience of divine intervention.  Memory gives us a ground for hope.  We hope now because we remember ‘then.’  We remember ‘the days of old’ (Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalm 143:5).  We remember ‘His works’ (I Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 105:5).  We remember “His mercies” (Psalm 25:7).

God’s past deliverances remembered equal hope!  The ‘stars’ above Abram’s head, the ‘sand’ beneath his feet, the later circumcision of his flesh, all would serve as perpetual reminders  ‘prodding’ Abram daily to memory and hope!  Eventually his ‘prophetic memory’ would become so strong that the scriptures say of its exercise: 

“…against hope (he) believed in hope that he might become the father of many nations according to that which was spoken, ‘so shall thy seed be’.”  (Romans 4:18).

Abram’s ‘memory,’ would be severely tested when a ‘twenty year curtain’ of barrenness descended upon him.  It is at this point that his tardemah of divine destiny was given.

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Enter A Tardemah Of Divine Destiny

As we mentioned in Chapter One, the posture of sleep is one of vulnerability and submission wherein we relinquish all control to God.  In the Tardemah of Divine Destiny, we witness Abraham’s absolute powerlessness in the face of a humanly impossible destiny.  As Abraham wrestles with deep disappointment over his yet unrealized future, the Bible again reveals God approaching a frustrated servant with ‘divine sleep’.  The Scriptures declare:

“Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram…”   (Gen. 15:12).

Tardemah!  God is going to reconfirm His promise to Abraham by restating his initial covenant oath; He will go even one step further than this by prophesying the future of Abraham and his descendants:

“And God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs,’…” (Gen. 14:13).

Verse fourteen promises the ultimate judgment of Egypt and the subsequent wealth Abraham’s seed will inherit as they leave Egypt.  He concludes in verse fifteen with a personal word of comfort:

“And as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.”

God’s voice of promise is heard yet again!  Abraham’s destiny is secure!  Yet God impresses an even deeper sense of security upon Abraham’s soul.

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