YAHWEH’S COMFORT AMIDST THE STORM! - Isaiah 54:11-17

6th of the 9th month 2018/2019

Shalom all,

Yoḥanan/John 16:33These words I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you have pressure, but take courage, I have overcome the world.

After declaring very plainly to His taught ones who He is and what was about to happen, He encouraged them with these words. These words are to be continual encouraging words to us too…. Especially as we face many pressures and endure extreme hardships, for we know that our Master is coming soon and being strengthened and empowered by His Spirit, we can be steadfast in our need to stay in Him so that He stays in us and be more than overcomers through Him!

His equipping Word gives us peace and causes us to endure the pressures of this world, as long as we stay in Him and guard to do all HE has commanded us!

The Greek word that is translated here as ‘pressure’ comes from the root word θλῖψις thlipsis – Strong’s G2347 which means, tribulation, pressure, affliction, distress, persecution, trouble and this word comes from the primitive verb θλίβω thlibō – Strong’s G2346 which means, to press or afflict, to distress, suffer affliction, and in the literal sense can mean, to squash, press, hem in, rub, harassed, and can also be understood as beingnarrow or hard pressed.

The Word of Elohim is what we have, to recognise the True peace we have in our Messiah King; and while we certainly will have much pressure in the world, we are able to be strong and courageous as we stand firm on the Rock of our Salvation and hold fast to the Living Word, aměn!

In the world we have pressure….! How true is that statement!!!

Pressure, pressure and more pressure… is that how it feels at times for most of you?

Well, take heart … because this is our lot, and our only means of enduring the sure pressure is to ‘hear – guard – do’ the Word of Elohim! What is very clear to us is that we, who are walking faithfully in Messiah, will have pressure in this world – the question is how we are handling the pressure – with courage and joy, or do we find ourselves stumbling under pressure?

Romiyim/Romans 8:36-37 “As it has been written, “For Your sake we are killed all day long, we are reckoned as sheep of slaughter.” 37 But in all this we are more than overcomers through Him who loved us.

The Greek word that is translated here as ‘more than overcomers’ is ὑπερνικάω hupernikaō – Strong’s G5245 which means, to be more than conqueror, overwhelmingly conquer, to gain a surpassing victory. This word is only used here in the Renewed writings and comes from two root words:

1) ὑπέρ huper – Strong’s G5228 which is a primitive preposition that can mean, over, beyond, on behalf of, for the sake of, concerning, exceed, more so, more than, and

2) νικάω nikaō – Strong’s G3528 which means, to conquer, prevail, overcome, victorious, which comes from the root word νίκη nikē – Strong’s G3529 which means, victory.

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 15:57-58 “But thanks to Elohim who gives us the overcoming through our Master יהושע Messiah. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Master, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Master.

The word νικάω nikaō – Strong’s G3528 is translated as ‘overcomes’ in:

Ḥazon/Revelation 21:7-8The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.   

This root word for ‘overcomes’ is also used in the messages given to each of the seven assemblies in Ḥazon/Revelation, teaching us to be overcomers and hold fast to the sure promises we have in our Master!

To those in Ephesos:

Ḥazon/Revelation 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Elohim.”

To those in Smurna:

Ḥazon/Revelation 2:11He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes shall by no means be harmed by the second death.

To those in Pergamos:

Ḥazon/Revelation 2:17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I shall give him a white stone, and on the stone a renewed Name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”

To those in Thyatira:

Ḥazon/Revelation 2:26And he who overcomes, and guards My works until the end, to him I shall give authority over the nations

To those in Sardis:

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be dressed in white robes, and I shall by no means blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I shall confess his name before My Father and before His messengers.

To those in Philadelphia:

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:12He who overcomes, I shall make him a supporting post in the Dwelling Place of My Elohim, and he shall by no means go out. And I shall write on him the Name of My Elohim and the name of the city of My Elohim, the renewed Yerushalayim, which comes down out of the heaven from My Elohim, and My renewed Name.

To those in Laodikeia:

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:21To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

One can be greatly encouraged as we see the collective blessing of overcoming the pressures and trials that we face, for those who overcome will get to eat of the tree of life and the second death will have no power over them as they have access back to the tree of life! Overcomers get to eat of the hidden manna and authority over the nations will be given to them for they will be able to rightly rule with proper discernment! Overcomers shall be dressed in white robes and have assurance that their names will never be blotted out and will become supporting posts in the Dwelling Place of Elohim and be given to sit with the Master on His Throne!

This in itself ought to be sufficient encouragement to endure and overcome!

Romiyim/Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

While I have taught on these same passages before, I thought it best to simply lay this as an introduction to the heart of this message that I am presenting here, called: YAHWEH’S COMFORT AMIDST THE STORM!

In being comforted with the Truth that we can be more than overcomers through יהושע Messiah, our Master and Elohim, we need to be strengthened with His Truth, amidst the pressures and storms that we face on a daily basis.

With that in mind, I would like to take a closer look at a very encouraging passage from Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:11-17 (read)

This passage carries a wealth of encouragement, especially when we find ourselves being tossed around by chaotic storms and feel pressure on every side!

In a Chapter that begins with the call for the barren one to break forth into singing and the confirming reassurance that YHWH is our Maker, Husband and Redeemer, we are able to understand the flow of this chapter, as these words of our Master addresses His afflicted and tossed Bride, reminding us that He is with us and we should not fear the threatening dangers of the various struggles and battles that encompass us!

In verse 11 the Hebrew word that is translated as ‘afflicted one’ comes from the root word עָנִי aniy – Strong’s H6041 meaning, poor, afflicted, humble, oppressed and primarily refers to a person who suffering some kind of disability or distress, and the one who is afflicted and literally lives day to day, and is often socially defenceless, being subject to constant oppression.

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘tossed with storm’ comes from the root word סָעַר saar – Strong’s H5590 which means, to storm, blown away, scattered with a storm, storm-tossed, enraged, troubled, whirlwind and here it is written in the ‘pual’ verb tense, which can render the understanding of having been ‘driven by a storm’.

The image that is being relayed here is that of one that is being blown away and being lashed by a severe storm, being tossed about in the violent rage of a storm! I hope you get the picture here.

How often have you felt as though you are being, or have been, lashed by hectic storms and there seems to be no end in sight?

Being tossed by adversity can be an extremely daunting place to find oneself being caught in! It can often feel like a never-ending storm that keeps crashing into you, with each wave hitting harder with seemingly no defence in sight! Hit after hit – the adversity just keeps on coming – wave after wave! And there may be times where it is various waves that seem to be hitting from all sides, as one is being continually shaken by adversity and extremely damaging pressures!

Have you ever felt like that? Be it with the storms that rage within or without, or even both?

What we must take note of here is that Yerushalayim was being addressed here, in the state of being afflicted by the raging storms of Elohim’s discipline!

They were being afflicted and brought low because of their pride and lawlessness.

The affliction and tossing storms that were being felt here by Yerushalayim was the disciplining fire of Elohim, highlighting for us a very clear truth, which we are reminded of in:

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12:5-11And you have forgotten the appeal which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה, nor faint when you are reproved by Him, 6 for whom יהוה loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Moreover, we indeed had fathers of our flesh disciplining us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they indeed disciplined us for a few days as seemed best to them, but He does it for our profit, so that we might share His apartness. 11 And indeed, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but grievous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Discipline is necessary and when we allow ourselves to be trained by the loving discipline of our Master, we will be equipped to bear abundant fruit of righteousness and be like trees planted by the river, that yields it fruit in its season and does not fear when heat comes!

The Greek word that is translated as ‘discipline’ is παιδεία paideia – Strong’s G3809 which means, the repairing of a child, training, discipline. It is used 6 times in the Renewed Writings (N.T.), 4 of which is found being used in Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12 which deals with our need, as children of the Most-High, to accept the much-needed discipline of a Loving Father!

It is also used in Sha’ul’s letter to Timotiyos and translated as ‘instruction’ in:

Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.

We need the Word to instruct us in righteousness; and to despise the instruction and discipline of the Word is foolish, and fools die for lack of discipline!

True ‘children’ are those who ‘listen’ to and receive the ‘discipline’ of a father and walk in the clear commands of their father!

It is often that, in finding ourselves living in the midst of a lawless state, we may find ourselves feeling alone and without any help. This call being given to the afflicted one that was being tossed with storm, is a call that was being given to a remnant Bride that would have ears to hear and be comforted in the knowledge that Her Husband and Redeemer is the one who comforts Her in the midst of chaotic storms and will establish Her!

While Yerushalayim was being hit by affliction and storms, יהוה is relaying the comforting message that He is the One who shall build up His Bride and secure Her inheritance and protect Her from all forms of war and destruction! This was certainly a continued call for the remnant bride to respond to the Master’s voice and have ears to hear.

In the verses that precede this call being given to the afflicted one, יהוה highlights the clear fact that while He had hidden His face in wrath and forsaken His chosen, in great compassion He would gather His beloved and redeem His Bride, showing that His clear His loving-commitment will never be removed!

This passage can be an encouraging call to one who is being disciplined for being stiff-necked and, as a result of this, is being brought low because of their compromised mixing of lawlessness that has been fuelled by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life! Encouraging in the sense that the discipline of יהוה brings about a wonderful change in those who will not refuse it and in being disciplined, there comes the reassurance of being His Beloved Bride that is being built up in Him – therefore allow discipline to have its work!

On the other hand, this passage can also be an encouragement to the remnant faithful, who live in the midst of chaos and lawlessness, being affected by the damaging compromise of others that are around them and facing extreme pressure and persecution for righteousness sake!

There are times where we will face extreme storms, from the pressures of life and find ourselves experiencing the raging effects of those who hate us, because we stand in the Truth and refuse to compromise. These storms may not necessarily be a ‘discipling us’, as a result of our disobedience, but are rather they may be storms that arise because of our obedience, and it is in these storms too that we can embrace the Truth and see the resulting fruit of being trained by the discipline of set-apartness!

How often have you felt yourself being afflicted and tossed by storm because of walking in obedience and refusing to compromise, while most are being stiff-necked and proud in their lawlessness and shun you for guarding the Torah of Elohim!

There is a great encouragement here in these words of Yeshayahu, words that remind us that we can find the comfort of our Master who comforts us, amidst any storm or affliction that we face.

I also find a great lesson contained herein, as we meditate on these words of encouragement! And that is, that when we do find ourselves being afflicted and tossed with storm, we must find refuge in the Word of Elohim and make sure that we continue to meditate on His Torah day and night.

Before rushing to the conclusion that the affliction and storms you may be facing are as a results of that which comes from others, first look intently into the mirror of the Word and make sure that your life reflects the clear qualities of set-apartness and allow His Word to direct you and correct you, if need be, as you find comfort and the ability to grow and be trained by the discipline of His Word.

If the affliction and the raging storms that are tossing you about, are as a result of you simply pursuing set-apartness and clinging to the Truth, amidst a sea of lawlessness, and you feel hopeless and alone, then hear these words from Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:11-17 and be reminded that despite you not feeling comforted amidst the storm, we serve the Elohim of all comfort and it is He who calms the storms and walks on the waters to give us courage to cling to Him and be steadfastly planted and secured in His great love for us!

Whatever the pressure or whatever the affliction or whatever the storm, that you may be facing, hear the words of our Master, as He declares to His beloved that He is setting our stones in antimony and laying our foundations with sapphires!

This is יהוה’s promise to His faithful remnant that will overcome!

His promise here to adorn the afflicted one with precious stones that are built on the foundation of sapphires, is a powerful metaphor of how He is the One who builds us up, as living stones, in Him, the Rock of our Deliverance, as we pursue His kingdom and His righteousness! We are built up in Him in righteousness!

The picture here of setting stones in antimony, highlights for us the very intricate work of the hand of our Master, as He beautifies His House with precious stones of various colours and carries a powerful picture of us being built up in the Master as living stones, which is represented by the High Priests breastplate of righteousness, where the 12 various stones, representing each of the 12 tribes, were set!

The picture of the foundation of sapphire is a clear picture of the righteousness of Elohim, upon which His throne is established! The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘saphire’ is סַפִּיר sappiyr – Strong’s H5601 which is a sapphire gemstone and this word comes from the verb סָפַר saphar – Strong’s H5608 which means, ‘to score with a mark as a tally or record, to inscribe, to count, declare, number, tell’.

When the 70 elders went up to eat and drink with our Master and Elohim, they saw Him and were not destroyed!

As they looked, they saw under His feet a paved work of sapphire stone – this is a most beautiful precious stone of blue colour which is symbolic of His Torah, as we are reminded that it is blue that we are to have on the fringes of our garments (Tzitzit), which is to remind us of His Torah and our need to guard it and do it!

The blue sapphire is also a picture of the heavens, which is blue, and is a witness before us, as heaven and earth are witnesses before us of His loving-commitment to His Covenants of Promise which will never fail!

What is worth taking note of is that a noun that is derived from the root verb סָפַר saphar – Strong’s H5608 is the word סֵפֶר sepher – Strong’s H5612 which means, a missive, document, writing, book, scroll, letters, and is used to describe the Book of the Torah!

Yehoshua/Joshua 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Torah depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you guard to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and act wisely.

Another picture we can take from Scripture as we look at this word סַפִּיר sappiyr – Strong’s H5601 is that it was also one of the stones in the Breastplate of The High Priest, which was the second stone in the second row.

Now, when one looks at the breastplate, as we have seen through our torah portions in Shemoth, we are told that the names of the 12 tribes were to be put on the two stones of the shoulder garment in order of their birth, according to the engraving of a signet.

And we recognise and see that the names of the 12 tribes were to be put on the stones of the breastplate, also according to the engravings of a signet and therefore, I firmly believe that the order on the breastplate would also be as it was on the stones of the shoulder garment – in order of their birth.

Having said this, we can confidently conclude that the sapphire stone would have been engraved with the tribe name of Dan, which means ‘judge’. This is certainly a very clear picture being given to us, when we put all these pieces together, which shows how יהוה is the righteous judge who rules according to His Written Word!

The encouragement we can therefore take from this passage in Yeshayahu/Isiah 54:11-17 is that we are built up on the foundation of His Word and we also know that Scripture clearly defines for us what righteousness is, in Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:25, which states that it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.

As I meditate on these powerful pictures and encouragement, I most certainly do get encouraged to hold fast to our Master and endure under the pressures of life, by guarding righteousness and walk according to His Torah!

In other words, we count the cost of following our Master, each and every day, guarding righteousness with our all, which can only be done if we hear, guard and do His Torah! This is what will cause us to be overcomers amidst the afflictions and raging storms!

Therefore, as we consider the image of the foundation of sapphire, we need to be reminded of our need to be a counting people, who delight in the Torah of Elohim!

This root word סָפַר saphar – Strong’s H5608 highlights for us a very powerful lesson of how we embrace the joy of being built up as living stones, on the foundation of righteousness!

This word סָפַר saphar (spelt from right to left) is with a סָ - samek, פַ - pey, ר – resh).

Now when we see these symbols as written in the ancient pictographic script, we get a wonderful picture of what it means to truly count the cost of being built up in righteousness:

 

THE ANCIENT FORM OF WRITING THE WORD “COUNT/RELATE/TELL” – SAPHAR!

reshpeysamek 

Samek - סָ:

The ancient script has this letter pictured as samek, which is a thorn and has the meanings of ‘pierce and sharp’ and can also carry the meaning of ‘a shield’, as thorn bushes were used by shepherds to build a wall to enclose their flock in the night against the attack of predators. Another meaning would be ‘to grab hold of’ as a thorn is a seed that clings to hair and clothing.

The Word of Elohim is sharper than a doubled edged sword and when we find that we do not grab hold of His Word and allow His Word to be our shield of faith, we may find ourselves being pierced through with sin and compromise! Our praise we have for our Master is that in Him we are upheld forever, for He is the shield of our Help, as He Himself took the crown of thorns upon His head, bearing our sin and shame that we may be found to be shielded in Him! It can also give a meaning of ‘turning’, for it is the thorn that turns us away from danger to that which is secure.

Pey – פָּ:

This is the letter ‘pey’, which is pictured as pey, which is an ‘open mouth’ and carries the meaning of ‘speak and blow’, from the functions of the mouth, and can have the meaning of ‘scatter’ by blowing. It can also mean sword or beard as in things with edges, as well as a region in depicting a place with edges or boundaries. It also can represent that which has been spoken forth from the words of one’s mouth, as being established!

Resh - ר:

The ancient script has this letter pictured as resh, which is ‘the head of a man’ and carries the meaning of ‘top, beginning, first, chief’, as in being the top of the body or the head of a tribe and the one who rules; and also speaks of possession or inheritance that is decided by the chief. Our true life of praise unto יהוה, our Head, begins when we fear Him, for He is the beginning of our strength, and true separated praise entails a true fear of the One who is Chief over us!

 

When seeing the construct of this word for count in its ancient form we have a clear picture of how cleansing entails true repentance through being able to correctly count and relate the Truth to others! This ancient grouping of letters can carry various meanings for us, and in terms of being a people who count and who relate the Truth of the Word to our children, we realise that this can only be done when we:

GRAB HOLD OF THE WORD OF THE HEAD!

This picture, in terms of counting, teaches us that our shield and refuge is in our Head and Master, who teaches us through His Word to number our days and we recognise that When we bring our sins (pictured by the thorn) and confess them (open mouth) to יהושע our Messiah (head of a man); then He is the one who cleanses us!

 

While we are on this topic of being built up as living stones, on the foundation of our Righteous Elohim and Judge, let me also highlight for you the picture of being a living stone!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘stones’ is אַבְנֵי aney, which comes from the root word אֶבֶן eḇen – Strong’s H68 meaning, stone, corner stone, differing weights, plumb line. We know from the breastplate that there were 12 stones that were set into it, with each stone representing one of the 12 tribes of Yisra’ěl.

This root word אֶבֶן eḇen – Strong’s H68comes from the primitive root verb בָּנָה banah – Strong’s H1129 meaning, to build, besieged, construct, fortify, rebuild, establish a family, build up’.

Another word that is derived from the root verb בָּנָה banah – Strong’s H1129 is the Hebrew word is בֵּן ben – Strong’s H1121 which means, ‘son, grandson, child, member of a group, children (plural for both male and female)’.

In the ancient pictographic Hebrew alphabet, the word בֵּן ben – Strong’s H1121 looks like this:

 nunbeit

Beyt - בֵּ:

This is the letter ‘beyt’ (בֵּ), which in the ancient script has this letter as beit, which pictures 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 is the Dwelling Place of the Most-High, which we are, as we are as living stones being built up in Messiah.

 

Nun - ן:

This is the letter ‘nun’ (ן), which in the ancient text is pictured as a nun, which is a ‘spouting seed’, and gives the idea of ‘continuation or an offspring or an heir’, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy.

The combined meaning of these two letters means:

THE CONTINUING OF THE HOUSE

 

When I refer to son or son-ship, in reference to our relationship toward Elohim, I am collectively speaking of both male and female children (or sons and daughters) of the Most-High, as the Hebrew word for sonבֵּן ben - Strong’s H1121, which is used over 5000 times, is not exclusively a reference to the male offspring of human parents. It is also used idiomatically for children generally, as well as for descendants, i.e. grandsons; and for people or items belonging in a category or group e.g. sons of prophets.

And we also recognise that, in Scripture, the term בֵּן ben often specifies an intimate relationship between a father and his children. We see the plural of this word – בָּנִיםbaniym being translated as ‘children’ in:

Tehillah/Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion for his children, so יהוה has compassion for those who fear Him.

Son-ship in Scripture is not always regarded to being a natural position based on physical bloodline, but rather son-ship of Elohim is that which is conferred to us by an act of Elohim. Son-ship should not be understood as an assured son-ship, based on natural descent or merit; but rather it is based on Elohim’s extended favour and mercy, that is received by faith in Messiah!

And He extended His great loving-commitment toward His Covenants of Promise, by coming in the flesh in order to redeem us, and to restore to favour all unto Himself – so that we, who were once estranged and enemies in the mind by wicked works, could be completely restored to favour in the body of His flesh through death, and be presented set-apart and blameless before Him, having received an adoptions as sons of the Living Elohim – if indeed we continue in the belief, not being moved in our fully committed loving obedience to His commands as faithful sons!

When we consider how we are being built up as living stones in our Master, and are the Dwelling Place of Elohim, we see that we can only be built up in the One who is to be praised, and can only be built up according to His wisdom - the wisdom that He has already made clear and by which all is made, for wisdom has already ‘built Her house’. In other words, the design and pattern and function has been given and the continuing of the House of Wisdom can only be done according to Her standards as set forth in the Word of Elohim!

This gives fuller meaning and clarity to us when we look at the word for built in the ancient text:

בָּנָה banah – Strong’s H1129 meaning, to build, besieged, construct, fortify, rebuild, establish a family, build up, therefore, in the ancient pictographic script, it looks like this:

heynunbeit 

You will notice that there is one additional letter that is added here to this word that differs from the word for ‘son’.

This additional letter is the letter:

Hey – ה:

The ancient script has this letter pictured as hey, which is ‘a man standing with his arms raised out’. The Hebrew word letter “hey” means “behold, breath, sigh”, as when looking at a great sight, and can also give the understanding of ‘reveal or revelation; from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out. It also carries for us the meaning of surrender, as we lift up our hands and submit to יהוה as we lift our hands in praise, declaring His authority under which we humbly submit!

Recognising the clear pictures of this word we can see that the continuing of the House of Elohim, that He has built by His wisdom, is only made possible by the One who is to be praised – that is: our Head, יהושע Messiah!!!

Galatiyim/Galatians 3:26-29 “For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Messiah יהושע. 27 For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah. 28 There is not Yehuḏite nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah יהושע. 29 And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise.

When you are being afflicted and tossed by storms, be reminded that you are a precious living stone!

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 2:4-5Drawing near to Him, a living Stone – rejected indeed by men, but chosen by Elohim and precious – 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to Elohim through יהושע Messiah.

We are to be reminded that we can praise our Master, in the storms and praise Him in the light of the fire!

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you, 5 who are protected by the power of Elohim through belief, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time, 6 in which you exult, even though for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by manifold trials, 7 in order that the proving of your belief – much more precious than gold that perishes, and proven by fire – might be found to result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of יהושע Messiah, 8 whom having not seen, you love; in whom you exult with unspeakable and esteemed joy, yet not seeing, but believing, 9 obtaining the goal of your belief: a deliverance of lives.

In this section of Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:11-17 we are able to see the powerful encouragement being given to the chosen city that would emerge from her heap of ruins, which were the resulting actions of disobedience. But now, in a powerful illustration of the Word of Elohim that never fails, we see how יהוה, our Creator and Redeemer, causes His precious and chosen city to rise up from ruin and be built as a splendid house in order to shine the light of the Truth and bring the message of deliverance to many!

The promise of her children being taught by יהוה and her accusers being silenced and all the weapons of her enemies having no more threat upon her, is a powerful picture of the Renewed Yerushalayim coming down out of the heavens, in order for יהוה to dwell with His Beloved Bride!

It is with this picture in mind, that we are called to be encouraged amidst the temporary storms of life, for although we will certainly have much pressure, we have a firm assurance in our inheritance to come, for which we do our utmost to cling to our Master, guard His Word and praise Him amidst the afflictions and storms, being comforted by Him who comforts us!

Verse 13 highlights the powerful truth that the true taught ones of the Master are the true sons and daughters of Elohim and they have complete shalom, which is not hindered by afflictions and storms!

Those who are taught by the Master can be more than overcomers, through Him who loved us!

It is His Word that teaches us to endure and rejoice when we fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of our belief works endurance and we are to let endurance have a perfect work, so that we can be complete and lack nought!

True sons and daughters of the Most-High Elohim are ones who hear, guard and do His Word! They are ones who obey the call to come out and be separate!

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 6:17-18Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says יהוה, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you. 18 “And I shall be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says יהוה the Almighty.

In his letter to the believers in Corinth, Sha’ul is quoting from Yeshayahu/Isaiah 52:11, Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:6 and Hoshěa/Hosea 1:10, and reminds us of the powerful promise of being those who overcome – for we shall be sons and daughters to יהוה. It is יהוה who teaches us and He is the Good Teacher who came in the flesh in order to redeem us!

In the visions that Yoḥanan was given, we see a very powerful truth that is often overlooked by so many, when he is given a vision of the Renewed Heavens and earth!

Ḥazon/Revelation 21:7The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.

What is so powerful in these words being spoken to Yoḥanan, is that they are words that are spoken to him by יהושע Messiah!!! This we are able to clearly see when taking note of who it is who is speaking, by looking at the previous verse that states that it is the Aleph and Taw, the beginning and the end that was speaking to Yoḥanan, which can be backed up by the opening chapter of Ḥazon/Revelation!

Why I am mentioning this here, is to highlight the powerful truth of the revelation of Messiah – that He is יהוה our Saviour and He is our Good Teacher that teaches us! And we who overcome shall be children to Him and He shall be a Father to us!!!

This is a revelation of the revelation of Messiah, so to speak!!!

This passage in Ḥazon/Revelation 21, highlights the vision of the renewed heavens and earth, where the former heavens and earth are no more and deliverance is made complete, with no more need for the role of a son, for at the completion of the renewal of the heavens and the earth, the son who was born unto us shall be called Everlasting Father, a complete fulfilment of prophecy found in:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 9:6 “For a Child is born unto us, a Son is given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong Ěl, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace.

The Son, יהושע Messiah, is our Good Teacher and He is יהוה our Saviour!!!

Knowing this ought to give us confidence and courage to overcome and endure the afflictions, pressures and storms of life!

When Messiah was called Good Teacher, what did He say?

Mattithyahu/Matthew 19:16-17 “And see, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good shall I do to have everlasting life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.

What many fail to realise here in these words of our Master, is that He was not saying that HE was not the Good Teacher, but rather, He was challenging the confession of the one calling Him Good Teacher, which is a similar challenge and question that ought to be presented to many who claim to know Messiah, yet cast aside His Torah!

He made it abundantly clear that there is only One who is Good – Elohim and to enter into life one must guard the commands of the One who is the Good Teacher! If we say that יהושע Messiah is Good then we should obey Him, acknowledging that He is Elohim!

After being challenged to go and sell all and follow Messiah, this rich ruler who called Messiah Good Teacher, left disappointed and could not follow because of his many possessions that he was not willing to let go of!

 

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 48:17 “Thus said יהוה, your Redeemer, the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl, “I am יהוה your Elohim, teaching you what is best, leading you by the way you should go.

יהוה teaches us what is best – He teaches us what is profitable for us and what is good for us!

The root word for ‘teaching’ is לָמַד lamaḏ – Strong’s H3925 which means, to exercise in, learn, accept, instruct, train.

It is יהוה our Redeemer and Elohim that teaches us to do what is best, through His Torah and instructions given to us through His Word, and therefore the laws and right-rulings of Mosheh that we are to ‘exercise in’ and learn, accept and become fluent in, as we diligently train ourselves to be true set-apart people, is what causes us to be true servants of Messiah!

We do not learn for nothing – we learn and are taught – TO DO!

True children obey! And we know that the intense longing of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of Elohim (Romiyim/Romans 8)

Those who have ears to hear and be taught, in order to do, shall have shalom!!!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:14 continues to confirm this train of thought by making it clear that it is in righteousness that we shall be established!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘righteousness’ is צְדָקָה tseḏaqah – Strong’s H6666 meaning, righteousness, righteous acts, merits, righteous deeds and is the feminine form of the word that is often used for righteousness, which is צֶדֶק tseḏeq – Strong’s H6664 which means, righteous, just, righteousness’.

The clear definition of righteousness, as already mentioned, is given to us in:

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:25And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.

Our belief in our Master and Elohim must be seen in our works of righteousness as we guard to do all He has commanded us to!

It is in the proper hearing, guarding and doing of His commands that we are established and built up in the Master!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘establishedcomes from the primitive root verb כּוּן kun – Strong’s H3559 which means, ready, steadfast, established, firm, set up, determined, prepared.

We are told in Mishlĕ/Proverbs 16:12 that a throne is established in righteousness and we therefore recognise and acknowledge that the throne of our Master and Elohim has been established in righteousness; and therefore, as we are clearly called to walk in and follow our righteous Elohim and King, we recognise how we are to walk in righteousness according to the clear right-rulings He has given us through His Word!

When we are firmly established in righteousness, we shall not be shaken!

Ruin and oppression will not affect us!!! How awesome is that!

Verse 15 goes on to say that whoever assembles against you will do so to their own peril and verse 16 highlights that it is יהוה who is in control! He has created all and knowing this then, ought to give us great comfort as we stay in Him and guard not to be found out of Him, so to speak!

Those who are being built up as living stones, in righteousness, shall be delivered from chaos to stability and delivered from the muddied waters in order to be firmly set upon the Rock of our Deliverance! with our feet being established in righteousness, we have the assurance of not being moved!

 

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 12:3A man is not established by wrongness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 24:3By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 25:5Take away the wrong from before the sovereign, and his throne is established in righteousness.

I have made mention of the above parables from Mishlĕ/Proverbs, in order to highlight the importance of being firmly planted in our Master and guarding righteousness, being established as His House by understanding!

His Throne is established in righteousness and so too then are we, living stones, established in the understanding of His righteousness! Our understanding comes in the doing, so to speak! And therefore, we take note that those who refuse to do what is commanded and so easily cast aside the Torah of Elohim, can never be established and built up in righteousness, but will be as the fool who builds his house on the sand!

We who guard righteousness and do what the Word teaches us, shall not be moved by the storms that are coming!

The parable of the wise and foolish builders, highlights for us the clear truth that those who are in Messiah, shall be safe from destruction!

In order to properly put into perspective this parable, let me quote the passage from where it comes:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 7:21-27 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’  24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, 25 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them, shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, 27 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.” 

These words were the final words of what is called by many as ‘the sermon on the mount’! Messiah had spoken to the crowds in various parables, teaching about the reign, and in closing this teaching He made it clear that many who claim to know Him would not enter the reign, for they work lawlessness and would be rejected by Him!

He then finishes this ‘sermon on the mount’ with the parable of the wise man and foolish man! As one reflects on the context of His words, it becomes abundantly clear that if one is not guarding and doing righteousness then they are foolish builders that will be rejected for their many ‘works of lawlessness’!

Law abiding wise builders have a sure foundation in the Master and will be overcomers who endure the storms and rejoice in our Maker!

Many ‘foolish builders’ love to quote Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:17 without any regard for the context of the verse in its passage! This verse highlights the assurance that the righteous, who stay in the Master, have! Many want to claim protection from weapons of destruction, while their feet are not firmly set upon the Rock!

How do we know this?

Well, from a Scriptural Hebraic perspective, we know that one’s feet represents one walk and the way of set-apartness highlights the perfect way of our Master – the hard-pressed narrow way of Truth that few find!

This narrow way is a walk of obedience, in submitting to the clear commands of our Good Teacher and Redeemer!

When we carefully consider what it means to obey, we understand that guarding the Truth entails a belief that works righteousness and does what is commanded, which entails a proper guarding of the Sabbaths and Feasts of יהוה!

Many who disregard the Sabbaths of יהוה are walking in a broad path of destruction and their feet are not secure, but are on sinking sand and when the waves of destruction come on the day of the wrath of יהוה they will be washed away!

Having no weapon that is formed against you prosper, is an inheritance of the servants of יהוה!

Servants serve and in serving they obey!!!

The Hebrew word translated as ‘inheritance’ is נַחֲלָה naḥalah – Strong’s H5159 which means, possession, property, inheritance, portion, gift which comes from the root verb נָחַל naḥal – Strong’s H5157 which means, to get or take as a possession, inherit, acquire, allotted, apportioned. This root verb signifies the giving or receiving of property which is part of a permanent possession. One who inherits would therefore become owner or part owner of that which has been inherited, and from this we are able to see how the meek will inherit the earth and will therefore rule with Elohim!

What we take note of is that the one who inherits becomes involved in the proper affairs of that which has been inherited and this reminds me of the clear words of our Master who tell us in:

Yoḥanan/John 15:14-15You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, for all teachings which I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

The Greek word used here for ‘friend’ is φίλος philos – Strong’s G5384 which carries with it more than simply being an acquaintance, as it speaks of being a close companion who shares the same ideas, values and beliefs and will protect, serve and offer complete support and love at all times! What the Master was making very clear here was that the true taught ones were not considered as servants who are unaware of the Master’s business but that they were now friends who would share in the truth and herein lies the clear language of inheritance. Having said that we also take note that in saying that they were no longer called servants but friends we must realise that this in no way stops the proper required servant hood that is expected of a true taught one of the Master!

In fact, it implies a more committed service as the fullness of the knowledge of His truth is made known and revealed to those who love Him!

 

Our inheritance is the assurance of the perfect shalom of our Master and we are also told in Scripture that the Torah is our inheritance!

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 33:4Mosheh commanded us a Torah, an inheritance of the assembly of Ya‛aqoḇ.

I am mentioning this simply to highlight the importance of the Torah that has been commanded unto us!

The Torah is a lamp for our path and a light for our feet! It is The Word of Elohim that, when obeyed, directs, guides, protects and blesses us and in guarding our inheritance there is a great reward – we shall inherit the earth!!!

Overcomers shall rule and reign with the Master! We have received a righteousness from our Master and we must guard it at all costs!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘servant’ comes from the root word עֶבֶד eḇeḏ – Strong’s H5650 meaning, ‘servant, slave, bondservant, and as a child of Yisra’ĕl, which we have become by the Blood of Messiah, we are servants of יהוה:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 25:55 “Because the children of Yisra’ĕl are servants to Me, they are My servants whom I brought out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.

The Hebrew word עֶבֶד eḇeḏ is used 800 times in the Tanak (O.T.) and is used as a noun and comes from the primitive root verb עָבַד aḇaḏ – Strong’s H5647 meaning, ‘to work, serve, observe, do the work, cultivate, worship’ and carries the understanding of ‘expending considerable energy and intensity in performing a task or function’ – in other words – ‘giving it your all’!

In the ancient pictographic script, the Hebrew word עֶבֶד eḇeḏ is pictured as:

daletbeitayin 

Ayin - עֶ - The original pictograph for this letter is ayin and represents the idea of seeing and watching, as well as knowledge as the eye is the window of knowledge

Beyt בֶ - The ancient script has this letter as beit, which pictures 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.

Dalet – דThe ancient script has this letter as dalet, which is a ‘tent door’. It can also have the meaning of a back and forth movement, as one goes back and forth through a tent door and so speaks of an access point. It can also carry the meaning of ‘dangle’ or hanging as the tent door would hang from the roof pole of the tent.

It speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access. And we also know that Messiah is ‘the Door’, for we only are able to have access into the Kingdom through Him!

 

When we look at this word in the ancient script for a servant, we can see that it speaks of:

ONE WHO WATCHES AT THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE

And this is what our Master calls us to do; and when we consider that יהושע Messiah is The Door, then we further see our need to continually be looking at Him, and praising Him as we diligently are serving in spirit and truth, guarding to do all His commands – and this is how we too keep watch over the House/Body of Messiah with true joy!

 

The equivalent Greek word for servant is δοῦλος doulos – Strong’s G1401 and is translated as, ‘slave, servant, bondservant, bondslaves – both men and women’.

 

In the Greek mind-set where there is the service/duty of a ‘doulos’ (slave) and obedience required by a slave, the right of self-government is seen to be set aside, and another’s takes precedence of one’s own, with the thinking that you have no right to govern self as another governs you by their standards.

 

As you consider these very powerful words that are contained in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:11-17, may you be comforted in the Truth of our Master and Redeemer! Perhaps you have been afflicted and tossed with storm, of late!

Then take courage and be strengthened in the Master, as you cling to Him and keep your feet firmly planted in His Word, being built up as living stones that give continual praise unto Elohim, guarding to do all He has commanded us to do, so that we can be among those who overcome and inherit the fullness of our deliverance that will be made complete at His return!

 

Those who are in the Master shall overcome and will not be overcome by evil but stand firm in the comfort of our Master amidst the storm! When I consider the image of a storm and our ability to be comforted in the Master, I am reminded of the time that Sha’ul was on a ship that would be shipwrecked, due to a raging storm that would last days. Amidst this storm, many were trying to bail and he encouraged all to stay in the ship, saying that while the ship will be destroyed there would be no loss of life! You can read about these events in Ma’asei/Acts 27.

These events present a valuable lesson for us, teaching us to stay in the Master at all times and not be afraid when affliction and storms come.

The image of this is also highlighted in the two occasions that the taught ones of the Master were caught in the midst of a storm. The first time Messiah was sleeping down below and after being wakened up by a panicked taught one, He rebuked the storm and there was calmness (Mattithyahu/Matthew 4).

The second account we have was when the taught ones were out at sea, after having just witnessed the feeding of the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, and the Master came walking on the waters, amidst a storm (Mattithyahu/Matthew 14).

Without going into detail on these three accounts of being storm tossed, I just want to express the image we see being given to us in order to teach us – which is to make sure that we are in the Master and we must stay in Him, keeping our eyes fixed on Him and allow Him to calm the raging storms, for it is He who walks on the waters and commands the storms to be still!

 

As you consider these words that were spoken to a ruined city, that she would be built up again in righteousness and never again be beaten down by affliction and storm, take courage in these words being alive for us, His Bride, His Living Stones, that have been delivered from chaos in order to be set upon the Rock of our Deliverance and find complete stability in the Truth of His Word, as long as we stay in Him and strengthen the hands and make firm the weak knees and, after having done all…keep standing!

 

In this world you will have pressure! In your afflictions and storms, take courage and let יהוה comfort you amidst the storm and have ears to hear His Word and you will be more than overcomers! Storms and afflictions will come and go, and sometimes they may come in multiple waves! Do not let the storms of life cause you to lose your firm position in the Master, as you embrace His comfort amidst the storm!

 

We have been redeemed from chaos to stability and therefore we must live like it!!! Does your life reflect the stability of the Word or has the chaos of this world got you all tossed with storm? If chaos is evident in your life then let the Word wash you and cause you to stand in the Master and be delivered from chaos to stability in Him!

I will close with the words of Sha’ul:

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 15:57-58 “But thanks to Elohim who gives us the overcoming through our Master יהושע Messiah. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Master, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Master.

 

YAHWEH’S COMFORT AMIDST THE STORM!

 

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!