THE RENEWING COMFORT THAT STRENGTHENS US TO WAIT ON YAHWEH! - Isaiah 40

     15th of the 8th month 2018/2019

Shalom all,

The favour of our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah, be with you in great measure. As part of this week’s Torah portion readings, we will be reading Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40, which is a chapter that I would like to take a closer look at, so that we can be encouraged to be trustworthy servants who are holding fast to our Master with an unwavering and  confident expectation that we have in Him, so that we have our strength continually renewed as we wait for His soon return for His ready Bride. As we faithfully wait on Him, we are to endure all kinds of trials and battles, keeping a firm grip on the Truth, as we guard to keep His Torah and commands, with a consistent and complete set-apartness that is lived out with continual thanks and praise unto His Mighty Name!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 35:3-4 “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the weak knees. 4 Say to those with anxious heart, “Be strong, do not fear! See, your Elohim comes with vengeance, with the recompense of Elohim. He is coming to save you.

Part of this passage is quoted in Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12, and it is in reference to His disciplining of those that He loves!

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12:12-13So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed.

The instruction to strengthening the hands’ is a call to obedience, as we know from a Hebraic mind-set that the hands represent one’s works, and in terms of being a faithful servant of the Most-High, it is a reference to works of righteousness; and to ‘make frim the weak knees’ is a clear call to strengthen one’s walk, in order that you may walk upright and stand in Truth, armed with the complete armour of Elohim, which is to be dressed in His Torah, so as to not be found buckling under the pressures of life that we are to face each and every day!

When we see these instructions to strengthen the hands and make firm the weak knees, being quoted in terms of discipline, we can recognise that and unrighteous and whoring Yisra’ĕl was being called to righteousness.

When disciplined, we can either draw back in depression and get all negative and as a result never change or, we can respond correctly to the Truth and, with great urgency and intensity, do what needs to be done in order to correct the error of our ways, so that we can be what יהוה our Elohim has called us to be! And in the process of responding correctly, we must be ardent in continually shining the Light of His Truth, as we proclaim the Besorah, to the nations who need to hear the call to repentance.

The one who receives and accepts discipline, and loves the knowledge of Elohim, enabling Him to be ‘good’ – which is to be functioning the way the Creator intended us to – will find favour from יהוה.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 12:1-2Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 The good obtains favour from יהוה, but the man of wicked devices He declares wrong.

When יהוה breathed into Aḏam, He gave man a deposit of Himself, in giving us the breath of life! Through sin, that breath begins to fade and can only be restored through the Blood of Messiah, that He Himself shed for us for us, giving us, who call upon His Name, the ability to receive a recovery of breath from Elohim, so that we may have abundant life in Him.

How many of you find yourselves at times in a place where you seemingly have no breath to keep going, in the call to endure pressure and hardships as we await the return of our Messiah?

We know that the Spirit gives life and by His very breath we, in Him, live and move and are; yet we are also told that the worries of this age, the deceit of riches and the desires for other matters can come and choke out the Word, causing it to be fruitless.

If we have too many ‘thorns’ in our life that have not been dealt with, so to speak, then the danger of losing our breath and being choked is a serious threat.

In these wicked days, we are instructed to redeem the time, walking exactly as we ought to, in Messiah, guarding to do all His commands, as wise servants of the Most-High!

How are you redeeming the time?

Have you experienced some choking and have you found that you have been a little short of breath lately?

If you have, then listen up – it is time to take a deep breath, stand up and fight the good fight of belief!

In a message called, “THE RENEWING COMFORT THAT STRENGTHENS US TO WAIT ON YAHWEH!” please turn with me to Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:1-11 (Read).

 

Many have regarded this Chapter 40 as being the start of the second part of Yeshayahu, with the first 39 chapters dealing with impending judgement that was decreed upon a rebellious Yisra’ěl. And from chapter 40 onwards we see the clear promise of deliverance, that יהוה Himself will bring to those who call, and wait, upon Him, by repenting and returning to the Redeemer of Yisra’ĕl and commit to be steadfast in walking in His ways.

Yisra’ĕl was in captivity, and while the threat of destruction hovered over their heads, here in this chapter there is an encouraging call that is being given to the chosen of Elohim. A call to take heart, because the promise of their sure deliverance was coming!

In verse 1 we see the repetition of the word ‘comfort’, which, in the Hebrew text, the phrase, ‘comfort, comfort My people’, is written as follows:

נַחֲמוּ נַחֲמוּ עַמִּי naḥamu,naḥamu, ami

The repetition of the Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘comfort’, is clearly being done for emphasis; and the Hebrew word נַחֲמוּ naḥamu comes from the root word נָחַם naḥam – Strong’s H5162 which means, to comfort, console, to be comforted and also can express the meaning, to be sorry, to be moved, have compassion, suffer grief, repent.

The original root of this word often seems to reflect the idea of ‘breathing deeply’; hence the physical display of one’s feelings, which can usually be of sorrow, compassion or comfort.  It can, therefore, mean, ‘to breathe deeply with sorrow for your sin’ or, ‘to breathe deeply as you comfort and console someone’. 

In Scripture, we take note that the majority of the times that the root word נָחַם naḥam – Strong’s H5162 is used, and translated, as ‘repent’ actually refers to Elohim’s repentance and not man’s.

Man’s repentance is most frequently indicated by the word שׁוּב shuḇ – Strong’s H7725 which means, to turn back, return, repent, recover, meaning to turn away from sin and turn back to Elohim and follow in His ways.

The term ‘naḥamu’, which is a derivative of נָחַם naḥam, can give the understanding of, ‘to cause to breathe again’ – in other words, it is יהוה Himself that would bring the ‘recovery of breath’, and this is His comforting words that is being given here to His people, in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40. In a sense, it could render the encouragement of knowing that Elohim Himself is declaring to a people in exile, the following:

I AM BRINGING YOU A RECOVERY OF BREATH

This recovery of breath, that was surely needed, is sufficient for His people to get strengthened and prepare the way for His soon return!

The Master יהוה continually called Yisra’ĕl to return, yet they continually turned a deaf ear and did their own thing and He made it clear to Yisra’ĕl, in:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 30:15 “For thus said the Master יהוה, the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl, “In returning and rest you are saved, in stillness and trust is your strength.” But you would not,

 

While Yisra’ĕl would not return we certainly see the clear message given here: In returning and rest you are saved and in stillness and trust is your strength!

The Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘returning’ is שׁוּבָה shuḇah which means, retirement, withdrawal, repentance, returning and this comes from the root verb we have already discussed, as the word used for man’s repentance: שׁוּב shuḇ – Strong’s H7725 which means, to turn back, return, repent, recover.

The Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘rest’ is נַחַת naḥath – Strong’s H5183 which means, quietness, rest and this comes from the root verb נוּחַ nuaḥ – Strong’s H5117 which means, to rest, cause to rest, set down, leave, depart from. The Name of the man who found favour in יהוה’s eyes, is derived from this root: Noaḥ - נֹחַ – Strong’s H5146 whose name means, rest, comfort’, as already mentioned.

In turning back to Elohim, in true repentance, and having turned away from wickedness and self, entering into His rest, as we walk in His clear instructions, we are saved.

In stillness and trust is our strength!

The Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘strength’ is גְּבוּרָה geḇurah – Strong’s H1369 means, strength, might, courage and comes from the root word גָּבַר gaḇar – Strong’s H1396, which means, to be strong and mighty, prevail’, which comes from our ability to be still and trust!

The Hebrew word that is translated as stillness comes from the root word שָׁקַט shaqat – Strong’s H8252 which means, to be quiet, undisturbed, calm.

The Hebrew word for that is translated as ‘trust’ is בִּטְחָה bitḥah – Strong’s H985 which is the feminine of בֶּטַח betaḥ - Strong’s H983 which means, security, confidence and comes from the root בָּטַח bataḥ - Strong’s H982 which means, to trust, rely on.

The clear call here is that Yisra’ĕl was to turn back to יהוה and trust in Him; and now here, in chapter 40, we see the clear message being proclaimed: declaring that deliverance was near – these were certainly comforting words of encouragement that Yisra’ĕl needed to hear – yet they needed to respond correctly!

And it is the same Word being proclaimed, and correct response needed, today!

Trust in יהוה – the very thing that every true believer must do at all times!

Tehillah/Psalm 40:4 “Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust, and has not turned to the proud, and those turning aside to falsehood.

In saying that the blessed man not only trusts in יהוה, but also that the blessed man’s trust is יהוה, we are able to see that to trust in יהוה is not just something that we do as an active response to a particular circumstance, but rather it is who we are – we are ‘trusters’, so to speak – people who are continually trusting יהוה in all things, aměn!

What then is true ‘trust’?

Trust is the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. It is a dependence upon one, or one in which confidence is placed. It is the confidence, reliance and resting of the mind in the integrity/friendship of another person.

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in יהוה, and whose trust is יהוה8 “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and does not see when heat comes. And his leaf shall be green, and in the year of drought he is not anxious, nor does he cease from yielding fruit.

When you make the bold statement that you ‘trust in יהוה’, do you really mean it?

Or do you allow doubts and fears to come and cause you to waver in your ability to fully trust – especially when things do not seem to go your way?

Pure trust in יהוה results in the blessing of being stable and unshaken by unfavourable circumstances that we may find ourselves in. As Yirmeyahu writes here – when יהוה is your trust you will not get affected by the heat or pressures of life – in other words when the heat is turned up and persecutions are on the rise or difficult circumstances and trials are hitting you from all sides – the true ‘truster’ in יהוה stands unaffected!!!

Are you a true ‘truster’ in יהוה, or are you easily shaken like the rebellious that do not trust in יהוה?

Proper trust in יהוה reflects a true steadfastness, and we see in:

Tehillah/Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in יהוה Are like Mount Tsiyon – It is not shaken, it remains forever.

The Hebrew word translated as ‘shaken’ is מוֹט mot – Strong’s H4131 which means, removed, to waver, slip, fall, shake, totter. We who trust in יהוה shall never be ‘shaken’ and never waver or slip or fall, or even totter as we stand firm in the Truth! Those who are trusting and never shaken shall inherit the earth, while those who waver shall not dwell in the earth.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in יהוה with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 14:26 “In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, and His children have a place of refuge.

Walking in the fear of יהוה is strong Trust, as you hear, guard and do His clear instructions (Torah) and find your refuge in Him, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in.

This root word for ‘trust’ – בָּטַח bataḥ – Strong’s H982 – in the ancient pictographic script looks this this:

chettetbeit 

beit 

This is the letter ‘Beyt’, which is written as בָּ in the Modern Hebrew text of this word we are looking at. This pictographic letter is a picture of ‘a tent floor plan’ and means, ‘house’ or ‘tent’. It represents family and the importance of those who are inside the tent as opposed to the tent structure itself, and represents the Dwelling Place of the Most-High, which we are, as we are ‘living stones’ that are being built up in Messiah.

 

tet   

This is the letter ‘Tet’, which is written as ט in the Modern Hebrew text of this word. The original pictograph for this letter is pictured as ‘a container made of wicker or clay’. Containers were a very important item among the nomadic Hebrews. They were used for storing grains and other items. Wicker baskets were used as nets for catching fish. The meaning of this letter is ‘basket, contain, store and clay’. It can also mean ‘surround’ as a basket is used to ‘surround’ something in order for it to be protected and secure.

 

chet 

This is the letter ‘et, which is written as חַ in the Modern Hebrew text of this word. The ancient pictographic letter is pictured as a tent wall’, and carries a meaning of SEPARATION’, as a tent wall separates two halves of the tent. It can also reflect the outside walls that separate the people inside from that which is outside and can therefore also symbolise protection and security to those who are inside, while picturing ‘a cutting off’ of those who are outside. Hence this letter can mean ‘established, secure’ as well as ‘cut off, or separated from’. As a tent wall we are also able to recognise the picture of stones that are being built up to make a complete wall, having been separated from the world and built up in the Master!

 

When we look collectively at these pictographic letters that form this word we are able to glean some valuable insight into the encouraging message that is being given through this word, as the following meaning can be rendered from these pictures:

THE HOUSE OF THE BASKET IS SAFELY ESTABLISHED!

Our Master and Elohim has firmly established the end from the beginning and for this reason we are able to put our complete trust in Him and stay in Him, as He is coming to gather us to Himself and let His kingdom be firmly established forever, where He will rule and reign with His adorned and capable Bride!

When you grasp that He has firmly secured the House – His House – and all who are in it, then trusting in Him should be something we should do without hindrance and in trusting Him we are equipped to wait patiently.

 

Yeshayahu was told to speak to the heart of Yerushalayim, crying out to her that her hard service is completed and her crookedness is pardoned! This is a clear Good News message of redemption! This message was one that was to be used to prepare the remnant Bride to return and make right her ways in order for the pure set-apart highway of Elohim is ready for His imminent return!

Prepare the way of יהוה!

The voice of one crying in the wilderness – prepare the way of יהוה! We all know that Yeshayahu was prophesying here of Yoḥanan the immerser:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 3:1-3 “And in those days Yoḥanan the Immerser came proclaiming in the wilderness of Yehuḏah2 and saying, “Repent, for the reign of the heavens has come near!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Yeshayahu, saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of יהוה, make His paths straight.’

These prophetic words carry great insight for us, in declaring for us the clear message of the call to repentance! It is the voice in the wilderness that is to be heard and by saying that, we take note that the wilderness is metaphorically the place of having ears to hear what the Spirit says!

Yoḥanan was also likened to being the Spirit of Ěliyahu, representing the prophetic call of repentance:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 17:11-13 “And יהושע answering, said to them, "Ěliyahu is indeed coming first, and shall restore all. 12 “But I say to you that Ěliyahu has already come, and they did not recognise him but did to him whatever they wished. In this way the Son of Aḏam is also about to suffer by them.” 13 Then the taught ones understood that He had spoken to them about Yoḥanan the Immerser.

The phrase, ‘In the wilderness’, is translated from the Hebrew word בַּמִּדְבָּ֕רbamiḏbar which comes from the root word מִדְבָּר miḏbar – Strong’s H4057 meaning, ‘wilderness, desert’ and can also mean ‘mouth’.

This word comes from the primitive root דָּבַר daḇar – Strong’s H1696 which means, ‘to speak, command, counsel, declare, proclaimed, converse, warn, threaten, promise’; and a derivative of this word is also translated as ‘speech, word, commandment/s, message’.

The 4th book of the Torah of Mosheh is called Bemiḏbar and is known in English as Numbers.

The Hebrew word בְּמִדְבַּרBemiḏbar means, ‘in the Wilderness’ and the literal meaning of this actually carries the concept of ‘The place of words’ or ‘The place of speaking’. It was ‘in the wilderness’ where Yisra’ĕl learnt to hear the ‘voice’ of יהוה and be in the necessary place to listen to what was spoken through Mosheh, after having ‘come out’ and been ‘separated’ from Mitsrayim!

The prophetic words of Yeshayahu are a clear call to repentance and when likened to the call of Ěliyahu, we take note that Ěliyahu was the prophet that stood up against the wicked and false prophets of Ba’al, on Mount Karmel, and told Yisra’ěl to choose that day who they would serve! Therefore, this prophetic call in Yeshayahu is a living call to us here today too, calling people to take comfort in the deliverance of our Master and make the proper choice to follow Him, and Him alone! The voice of יהוה has been made abundantly clear and anyone who does not have ears to hear will face a devastating destruction when יהוה comes in His wrath against the disobedient! To those who find comfort and renewal in His voice, which is His Word, they shall work out their deliverance with fear and trembling, as they make straight their ways and walk in the Highway of set-apartness!

The Hebrew word for ‘voice’ is קוֹל qol – Strong’s H6963 which means, sound, voice, noise, thunder, proclamation, and comes from an unused root meaning, to call aloud.

What is clear to us is that the VOICE of יהוה has been spoken and leaves the choice up to each individual of whether they will hear it or not – and by hearing, I mean to hear it and respond to it by guarding to do what He commands!

In the ancient pictographic script, the word קוֹל qol – Strong’s H6963 looks like this:

lamedwawquph 

Quph – ק:

This is the Hebrew letter ‘quph’, which is pictured in the ancient script as – quph– which is a picture of ‘the sun at the horizon’ and depicts the elements of ‘time’, as it pictures the sun in its rising and setting. It therefore carries the meaning of ‘circle’ or ‘to go around’, representing for us both, appointed cycles or times as well as eternity. It also is understood as the ‘gathering of the light’.

 

Waw/Vav – וֹ:

This is the Hebrew letter ‘waw’ or ‘vav’ which in the ancient script is pictured as waw, which is a peg or ‘tent peg’, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’ as well as ‘bind’.

 

Lamed - לֵ:

The ancient script has this letter as lamed, and is pictured as a ‘shepherd’s staff’, can give the meaning of ‘to or toward’ and can represent that which pushes or pulls a flock in a direction, and can speak of authority or a yoke that is used to lead and guide, as well as the ability to bring back by Authority.

 

These letters combined can give the understanding of:

GATHERING TO THE SECURE STAFF OF THE GOOD ETERNAL SHEPHERD

 

When the shepherd called the sheep they swiftly came to him. The staff of the shepherd was his tool of authority. With it he would direct, discipline and protect the flock.

Our Good Shepherd’s voice has gone out and, by His Word that does not return empty, He has secured for us the ability to be brought back under His Authority, by His own Blood; and therefore we, as true set-apart children of Light, respond correctly as we hear His voice, submit to His Authority, take His easy yoke and guard His Torah and gather together, as we should on His Sabbaths and Feasts!

If you do not do this then you clearly have misunderstood or do not know the power of His Voice.

The voice of יהוה – is the voice of our Good Shepherd – ‘are you listening – are you following?

Yoḥanan/John 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

 

Hear His voice and prepare the way!

While all has been prepared by our Master, we have a huge responsibility of ‘preparing the way’ for His soon return! It was a common custom in ancient times for people to be sent on ahead of their king’s journey so that they could level the roads and make them passable for their king.

Mattithyahu/Matthew 3:3 “For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Yeshayahu, saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of יהוה, make His paths straight.’

The Greek word used here for ‘prepare’ is ἑτοιμάζω hetoimazō – Strong’s G2090 which is a verb that means, to prepare, get ready, make arrangements, and comes from the root ἕτοιμος hetoimos – Strong’s G2092 which means, prepare, ready, ready at hand, prepared, accomplished.

This is a quote from Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:3, and the Hebrew word translated as ‘prepare’ is פָּנָה panah – Strong’s H6437 which means, to turn, turn towards a direction, and in order for us to ‘turn towards a direction’ we must ‘turn from’ another direction! We must learn to ‘turn our backs’ on many things that we picked up in the enslavement of Mitsrayim and all its inherited lies and dogmas of man, especially after the hearing of the Torah, in recognition of where and what we are heading for! A derivative of this word פָּנָה panah is פָּנֶה paneh or פָּנִים paniym – Strong’s H6440 meaning, face, faces’.

What we see here is the need to hear the clear invitation and call of our Master and literally ‘turn our faces toward יהוה’; and keep our eyes fixed on יהושע and walk in Him, as we guard to do all He commands us!

 

Make straight in the desert a highway!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘make straight’ comes from the word יָשַׁר yashar – Strong’s H3474 which means, to be straight, right, pleasing, be level, upright, just and lawful.

The Book of Yasher, commonly known to us as ‘Jasher’, means the book of the ‘upright/straight’ or, the Book of the ‘Righteous’. This is what יהוה has chosen Yisra’ĕl (His called-out Bride) for - to be straight and upright and walk in His Torah, shining the Light of His Besorah (Good News) amidst a crooked world.

 

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘in the desert’ is בָּעֲרָבָה ba’araḇah, which comes from root the word עֲרָבָה araḇah – Strong’s H6160 which means, desert, desert plain, wilderness, and comes from the word עָרַב araḇ - Strong’s H6150 meaning, to become evening, grow dark.

As the days get ‘darker’ so to speak, יהוה sets, and places, us in the Wilderness – the place of hearing – for it is time to listen! As we hear, guard and do His Word and shine the light of His truth in a dark world, we prepare the highway for His return!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘highway’ is מְסִלָּה mesillah – Strong’s H4546 which means, a highway, course, courses, paths, steps’, and comes from the root word סָלַל salal – Strong’s H5549 which means, to lift up, build, exalt, prize, esteem highly, and we see the reference to this highway being used in:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 62:10 “Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Lift up a banner for the peoples!

The root word סָלַל salal – Strong’s H5549 is used twice in a row and is translated as ‘build up, build up’.

The highway that is to be built up is a clear reference to the ‘main way’ that is to be walked upon; and we recognise the clear reference to a highway of Elohim, being that which refers to a steadfast walk of set-apartness where there is no compromise found!

Another noun that comes from סָלַל salal – Strong’s H5549 and is translated as ‘highway’ is מַסְלוּל maslul – Strong’s H4547 which we see this word being used in:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 35:8 “And there shall be a highway, and a way, and it shall be called “The Way of Set-apartness.” The unclean does not pass over it, but it is for those who walk the way, and no fools wander on it.

The highway of the straight is the Way of Set-Apartness!!!

Understanding this makes it clear and obvious that the highway of the straight, upon which no fools wander on it, is a way that keeps one upright and able to properly turn away from all evil, and the one who guards himself to keep himself on the highway, the way of set-apartness, turns away from all evil!

 

In order to pass through the gates, prepare the way and build up a highway, we need to remove the rubble out of our lives and then lift up a banner to the people! In other words, we are to make know the Kingdom Reign and shine the light of His Truth, as we raise the proper banner of praise unto our Master Deliverer and King!

Tehillah/Psalm 60:4 “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it might be lifted up because of the truth. Selah.

 

Messiah is our banner, as He had to be lifted up and impaled for our sin, just as Mosheh lifted up the serpent in the Wilderness (Yoḥanan/John 3:14); and was exalted and given the Name above every Name (Pilipiyim/Philippians 2:9). The Hebrew word for ‘banner’ is נֵס nes – Strong’s H5251 which means, a standard, ensign, signal, sign, banner, distinguishing mark, and is the word translated as ‘pole’ for that which Mosheh put the bronze serpent on.

In Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:10 we are told that the Root of Yishai would stand as a banner to the people; and this banner would be given for the nations to gather the outcasts of Yisra’ĕl and assemble the dispersed of Yehuḏah – the very work of Messiah our Banner who has by His sacrifice made it possible for us to be accepted in the Beloved, and be a set-apart nation in whom He can take great pleasure!

Shemoth/Exodus 17:15 “And Mosheh built an altar and called its name, יהוה Nissi

This altar was built after the victory Yehoshua had over Amalěq, and the sure promise given to us that יהוה would fight for us from generation to generation as we walk under His Banner of praise!

 

In verse 5 of Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40 we are told the following:

The esteem of יהוה shall be revealed!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘revealed’ in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:5 is גָּלָה galah – Strong’s H1540 and means, to uncover, remove, to be uncovered, to reveal oneself. His esteem shall be revealed to all flesh!

The Good News of peace – the Good news of the good is the clear report that THE WORD OF יהוה has been revealed!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 53:1 “Who has believed our report? And to whom was the arm of יהוה revealed?

While many, who stubbornly have deafened their ears from hearing the Truth, are ignorant of the clear revelation of the fact that יהושע Messiah is יהוה our Saviour, all flesh will see and confess that He is Master and Elohim!

In Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:6-8 we see the clear message that tells us that to walk according to the flesh will kill you, and in the call to build up a highway and prepare the way for the coming Redeemer and King (being a ready Bride), we are to die to self and put to death the misdeeds of the flesh, before a proper highway of set-apartness for יהוה can be made straight in the desert Wilderness!

 

When His Spirit moves over us the fleshly part of us must die!

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 1:22-25Now that you have cleansed your lives in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned brotherly love, love one another fervently with a clean heart, 23 having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, and all the esteem of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 but the Word of Elohim remains forever.” And this is the Word, announced as Good News to you.

 

We are to let His everlasting Word cause us to put to death the fleshly so that our spirit can be renewed and are able to breathe deeply!

These words in Yeshayahu are a great encouragement to us who sojourn in the Wilderness and are finding our strength in Him, as His Word stands forever!

 

And so, we have a sure and promised assurance of deliverance, if we remain steadfast and not let our breath be taken away by tough circumstances!

The fact that grass withers but His Word stands forever is the Word that is announced as Good News!!!

Good News – because the Word is forever and the sinful flesh will die and so to hear this is certainly good news to those who respond correctly and are walking in obedience, but not such good news to the lawless flesh feeders who refuse to hear, guard and do the commands of Elohim:

Yoḥanan Aleph/1John 2:17And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but the one doing the desire of Elohim remains forever.

In Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:9 we are given a clear encouraging call to lift up our voices and not be afraid, when declaring our Master and Elohim! We need not fear what the flesh can do to us, we have the good news of the good – the revelation of יהושע Messiah, who lives forever; and so, our ability to be trustworthy ambassadors of the coming reign can be greatly encouraged in the call to get up and speak up and make our voices heard!

 

Our King is coming!!! Are you making that known?

Or do you find yourself being threatened by fleshly matters that should be overcome?

Our Master is coming with strength and His reward for each one is with Him and He is coming to gather His sheep who know His voice and have been following Him in the wilderness!

In verses 12-17 Yeshayahu highlights the clear fact that there is no knowledge or counsel higher than Elohim, for He is above all and is creator of all and the nations are just a drop in a bucket for Him!!! This is encouraging facts that the prophet is giving to a people who needed to receive the comforting breath of Elohim.

These verses ought to be verses that encourage us when we may face times that seemingly choke some of the life out of us! We need not fear the circumstances of the world, for we serve and follow the Creator!!!

I do think that there may be times when some of us need to be reminded of just how big and immeasurable יהוה is. In fact, we are able to see the clear point that the prophet is making in verses 12-31, where He is contrasting the might and greatness of Elohim against the weakness of man and the futility of idols!

 

Our Mighty Creator never grows faint nor does He get weary and His understanding is unsearchable! There is nothing comparable to our great and Mighty Elohim! Knowing this is an extreme encouragement to the set-apart ones of Messiah, and ought to be a great recovering encouragement to any set-apart one that has found themselves to be out of breath, due to circumstances that they have been tried under!

 

Tehillah/Psalm 40 is a wonderful psalm that expresses a clear praise for יהוה and His deliverance and calls for the righteous remnant bride to make יהוה great in all that we do, as we wait patiently for His imminent return!

Are you able to make יהוה great and esteem Him in all you do or have the daily battles of life got you so bogged down that you find yourself slipping away from a position of a steadfast and committed stand on the Rock of our Deliverance?

Let me remind you, that we can wait patiently on our Mighty Master and Deliverer, for He is our expectation that shall not fail!

Tehillah/Psalm 40:1 “I waited, waited for יהוה; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

The opening statement of this melody is “I waited, waited for יהוה” and clearly sets the tone for the rest of this wonderful melody of praise for our Master and Elohim, from which we would do well to learn from, so that we too can be encouraged to:

WAIT, WAIT FOR יהוה!

Some translations have rendered this opening statement as ‘I have waited patiently for יהוה’ and what we take note of in the Hebrew text is that the root word for ‘waited’ is used twice in a row, signifying an emphasis on waiting patiently and not giving up in one’s wait!

 

In Hebrew, we see this phrase, ‘I waited, waited…’ written as follows: קַוֺּ֣ה קִוִּ֣יתִיqavvoh qivviythiy which is a repetition of the root word קָוָה qavah – Strong’s H6960 which means, to wait for, eagerly wait, expect, hopefully waiting and this word carries the intensity of being commanded to look eagerly for the soon return of our Light, Saviour and Refuge in who we continually trust and praise and are taught by; for when we wait on יהוה our strength is renewed – and waiting on יהוה requires our active response to who He is, with great intensity.

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:28-31 “Did you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting Elohim, יהוה, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men stumble and fall, 31 but those who wait on יהוה renew their strength, they raise up the wing like eagles, they run and are not weary, they walk and do not faint.

This passage of Scripture from Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40, is a powerful Truth that reaffirms why Sha’ul could say that he has strength in all situations, because it is our Master and Elohim and Saviour who empowers and strengthens us.

The One who made all is the One who empowers us!!! This is something that we must never forget.

There will certainly be times when we may feel faint and out of strength. Yet, as we properly wait on יהוה we will have our strength renewed, so that we shall not faint or grow weary but press on and overcome, as we guard to do His Word.

 

In another psalm of Dawiḏ we see his commitment to waiting upon יהוה, acknowledging the need for the Truth of יהוה to be that which leads and teaches in the way of deliverance:

Tehillah/Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the Elohim of my deliverance; on You I wait all the day.

In the above verse we see Dawiḏ emphasising a key element that must be evident in the life of a true praising and trusting believer of the Most-High, and one that must be added to praise and trust! This is a proper ‘waiting’ upon יהוה!

This is something that many fail at doing, when facing various trials and, in the process, find their trust being questioned within themselves, causing their praise to become non-existent, as bitterness takes over, destroying the joy of the Master that ought to strengthen the one who looks to Him and waits patiently for Him!

Dawiḏ declares something extremely important here in Tehillah/Psalm 25:5 as he states that it is on יהוה that he waits all the day!!!

How long do you wait on יהוה? Waiting on יהוה is an all-day thing and when I say this, please take note that this ‘waiting’ is not an idle sitting around and waiting for better days, for it involves and requires obedient action!

 

Proper waiting involves an obedient submission to being led and taught in the Truth, as we clearly take note of Dawiḏ’s words in verses 4-5 as it highlights for us a clear picture or pattern of what true ‘waiting on יהוה’ entails!

Tehillah/Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me Your ways, O יהוה; teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the Elohim of my deliverance; on You I wait all the day.

In verses 4-5 we see Dawiḏ asking יהוה these 3 things:

1 – Show me Your ways; 2 – Teach me in Your paths; 3 – Lead me in Your Truth!

He then summarises these by saying teach me!

Here we have a clear picture of a diligent student of the Master who desires to learn as he seeks to be shown the right way and be taught and led in the true path of life! While being hunted by enemies Dawiḏ seeks to be taught in the narrow way of set-apartness! 

 

From the root word קָוָה qavah – Strong’s H6960 which means, to wait for, eagerly wait, expect, hopefully waiting we get the noun מִקְוֵה miqveh – Strong’s H4723 which means, hope, expectation, as well as being translated as ‘a collection or gathering of waters’. This noun is used to describe יהוה for He is our expectation:

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 14:8 “O Expectation of Yisra’ĕl, its Saviour in time of distress, why should You be like a stranger in the land, or like a traveller who turns aside to lodge?

These were the words of Yirmeyahu after the word of יהוה came to Yirmeyahu concerning droughts and the fact that there would be no rain due to lack of obedience. Yirmeyahu appeals to יהוה to act for His Name’s sake, and says, though our crookednesses witness against us and acknowledges and says, our backslidings have been many, we have sinned against You.” (Verse 7).

And in his urgent appeal to יהוה, Yirmeyahu addresses יהוה as, ‘Expectation of Yisra’ĕl, its Saviour’.

He asks in urgency that in a time of distress why should the Expectation and Saviour of Yisra’ĕl be like a stranger in the land or a traveller who turns aside to lodge. What he was basically stating here was that יהוה was not being welcomed or received as He should.

יהוה was being treated like a stranger or traveller that had no permanence among His people for they did not receive His presence in the proper set-apartness as they should due to their crookedness and sin.

He continues to ask יהוה why He should be one as stunned and as a mighty man that is unable to save and that with His Name being called upon us he urgently appeals to יהוה not to leave.

The reason why I am mentioning these verses is to put into context that which I am highlighting in terms of our ability to wait patiently for יהוה, who is our expectation. Yirmeyahu calls upon the Expectation and Saviour of Yisra’ĕl!

The Hebrew word that is used for ‘its Saviour’ is מוֹשִׁיעוֹ‘moshiyao’which is another variant in the structure of the Hebrew term מוֹשִׁיעַ Moshiya, used to highlight who our Saviour is – and having said that – it highlights who our “Messiah” is (as an English transliteration of the term)! For more detailed information on this vital truth please see the article called YHWH our Saviour – YHWH our Messiah! which can be found on our site (Http://atfotc.com) under the ‘articles’ menu or by clicking on the following link:

http://atfotc.com/index.php/2012-04-19-08-30-28/view/512-yhwh-our-saviour

 

The people of Yirmeyahu’s day were not waiting on יהוה and lacked proper restraint and obedience to His commands, while everyone did whatever they considered to be right for them as they wavered and hopped between opinions. There was no true stability in the True Expectation and Saviour of Yisra’ĕl!

 

With the Hebrew term מִקְוֵה miqveh – Strong’s H4723 coming from the root קָוָה qavah – Strong’s H6960 meaning, to wait for, eagerly wait, expect, hopefully waiting, we are able to clearly recognise that the מִקְוֵה miqveh is the expectation that we have been looking for and been expectant to come!

In other words – יהוה who saves is our מִקְוֵה miqveh! While this word carries a broader meaning of a collection of waters, it became commonly known to the Yehuḏim (Jews) as the word to describe a bath or pool used for the purposes of ritual cleansing and is primarily understood today as the Hebrew word that is commonly referred to when speaking of one’s ‘immersion, baptism’. When we recognise this, we are able to understand more fully how important ‘immersion’ is!!!

Immersion in His Name cleanses us from all our sin! The enemy has been very crafty for a very long time in redirecting people, through false traditions and futile lies, to being immersed in a false name that cannot save!

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 10:23-27Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy. 24 And let us be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging, and so much more as you see the Day coming near. 26 For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter offering for sins, 27 but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents.

Those who properly wait of יהוה will have their strength renewed! It is the faithful remnant who stay in the Master that have their strength renewed! It is of vital importance that we understand this as we take note that we will face many troubles in our day, and if we do not wait on יהוה as we should then we may end up without any breath!

 

The Hebrew word that is used here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:31 for ‘renew’ is חָלַף ḥalaph – Strong’s H2498 which means, to show newness, change for the better. The message is clear – if we are not being continually renewed and refreshed and changing for the better then we are not waiting on Him in the way we should, and are in danger of becoming stale! His Word is alive and we are to be refreshed each day, keeping His presence fresh in us as we do not forget His dealings!

The word used here in Yeshayahu for ‘strength’ is כֹּחַ ko‘aḥ - Strong’s H3581 which means, power, might i.e. the potential to exert force in performing some function; physical strength; virility; power and ability to do that which on is capable to perform’.

In other words, this word speaks of one’s ability to be firm and do what is required!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 24:5 Mighty is the wise in strength, and a man of knowledge strengthens power

Knowledge and wisdom of Elohim increases our power or strength to do what is required! Being adorned in righteousness as a true chosen and called out Bride is our strength!

 

The ‘comfort’ that is being proclaimed here at the beginning of Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40 is also a clear call to repentance, in order to find the necessary breath needed to be a voice in the wilderness, as the spirit of Eliyahu must first come again before Messiah returns and this is the spirit that proclaims righteousness and the call to repentance – just as Noaḥ did to a wicked generation!

Ma’asei/Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and turn back, for the blotting out of your sins, in order that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Master

The Greek word that is translated here as ‘refreshing’ is ἀνάψυξις anapsuxis Strong’s G403 and means, ‘recovery of breath, refresh’ and we see that when we repent and turn back to The Master we may receive a recovery of breath – that is – His Word giving us our very life, that we may be continually strengthened to live and breathe and praise His Name – for everything that has breath praise יהוה!

 

It takes an obedient hearing to clearly guard to do what His instructions tell us to, in order to be filled with His Spirit/Breath/Word that He puts in those who turn back to Him!

In Ḥaḇaqquq/Habakkuk 3 we see the prophet pleading with יהוה to ‘remember compassion’ in His wrath – in other words – remember those who return and are recovered by His Breath, through the Fear of Elohim – remember the righteous who do His will and please refresh His faithful remnant in the midst of these dark and perilous times!!!

 

We are to be a people who are strengthened to lift up our voice and not be afraid, as we proclaim the True Shepherd and Saviour of our souls – The Master יהוה of Hosts!

Qorintiyim Bet/2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, the Father of compassion and Elohim of all comfort, 4 who is comforting us in all our pressure, enabling us to comfort those who are in every pressure, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by Elohim.

The Greek word used here for comfort is παρακαλέω parakaleō – Strong’s G3870 which means, call near, invite, invoke, be of good comfort, encourage and so we again see the two fold message in the call to return to the Truth we will find our true comfort and rest, as we acknowledge the work of Messiah and recognise that we who put to death the flesh, turn to Him and confidently guard His commands, witness that His Blood satisfies the wrath of Elohim that ought to be poured out on us, and we who drink the ‘Cup of Messiah’ in the partaking of the Pěsaḥ Meal and remain steadfast in our active belief will not drink of the cup of His wrath!

 

True repentance renders sin powerless, yet where there are any areas of sin/lawlessness in our lives, sin is crouching at the door waiting to pounce and it is only through true repentance that we can rule over the flesh and walk according to the spirit with bold confidence breathing deeply, having our breath renewed daily that we may faithfully praise יהושע our Master in all we do, whether in word or deed, aměn!

 

Are there any thorns in your life that have caused you to lose breath and sigh in exhaustion, as the Word gets choked out through worries and deceit of riches and unnecessary stuff?

Then hear the call from The Living Word and King and get rid of any thorns that may be hindering your sight, hearing and walk in Messiah and find your strength in Him as He causes you to breathe deeply, renewing that which has been weakened, so that you can confidently prepare the way for His imminent return!

 

The comfort that renews our breath to prepare the way, lies in our response to His call to set-apart living – He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying as we hear the words of our Master:

Yoḥanan/John 4:35Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and the harvest comes’? See, I say to you, lift up your eyes and see the fields, for they are white for harvest – already!

If you have breath, which you do if you are reading this, then breathe deeply and praise Him, by doing what He has called us, as a set-apart people, to do; and if you have been short of breath, then repent and turn back to Elohim so that a recovery of breath may come from the One whose Word is forever!

 

Perhaps you have been or currently are facing difficult time and have found it extremely hard to get your eyes focused on יהוה and His Truth. If that is so then take great courage from the words of this chapter 40 of Yeshayahu/Isaiah and be urgent in your proper praise, trust and waiting on יהוה, seeking Him with your all and giving Him your all, as you understand:

THE RENEWING COMFORT THAT STRENGTHENS US TO WAIT ON YAHWEH!

 

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you shalom!