Always Two

“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place where He Himself would come” (Luke 10:1).

There is something very special when we examine the Scriptures that shows a pattern in the way the Lord makes appointments and sends forth His disciples to labor in the Kingdom. What we discover in our examination is these special assignments and sendings are always by twos.

Of note is the calling out of the Apostle Paul with Barnabas and later Silas: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them'” (Acts 13:2). Then after the split between Paul and Barnabas “Paul chose Silas and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God” (Acts 15:40).

There is a peculiarity in the economy of God and the always two motif:

Joshua sent “two men to spy secretly, saying ‘Go view the land, even Jericho'” (Joshua 2:1a). John the Baptist “calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying ‘Are you He that should come? Or look we for another?'”(Luke 7:19). Jesus sent “two of His disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village over against you. . .and you shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat; loose him and bring him here'” (Luke 19:29b-30). Paul “sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a season” (Acts 19:22). These are just a few of the many more examples in the Scriptures of the sending by twos employed by the leading of the Lord.

The wisdom of Solomon says, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat, but how can one be warm along? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

The Scriptures tell us of “two olive trees and two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” (Revelation 11:4; Zecharia 4:11). “Two witnesses prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore day clothed in sackcloth” (Revelation 11:3). “Two cherubim are upon the Ark of the Testimony” (Exodus 25:22). “Two of every sort shall you bring into the ark to keep them alive; they shall be male and female” (Genesis 6:19). “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16). “And God gave unto Moses when He had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two Tables of Testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).

There are two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Jesus said “Again I say unto you, if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two, or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19-20).

Jesus was crucified between “two thieves, one on the right hand, and another on the left” (Matthew 27:38).

“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing” (Mark 12:42).

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6).

In the Kingdom of God, the coin of the realm is two. No one should go it alone. It is wisdom to always be joined to another in fellowship, brotherhood, ministry, service, prayer, worship, doctrine, and calling. It is the way of the Lord, the way of being in the Body of Christ, the Bride, and it is the way of the Spirit. Always two, a good rule to follow that will always serve you well.

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’. And let him that hears say, ‘Come’. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

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My Delight!

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4).

Delight (Heb.): Chephets (Khay-fets): Pleasure, desire, a valuable matter of the mind

There are valuable matters of our minds upon which we set our hearts, that occupy our thoughts continually, upon which we meditate day and night, and inevitably upon which we act.

The Psalmist exhorts us to “delight yourself in the Lord”! In another Psalm it is written:

“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His Law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).

Examining our delights is a very good exercise to determine what is foremost in our hearts and minds. What occupies first place? What is uppermost in our meditations? Where do our affections lean? It is convicting sometimes when we become aware that the time and space in our lives that we are giving to the Lord is in serious competition with other things and suffers from other preoccupations.

Delighting in the Lord is a discipline to which we can all give more heed. Perhaps there are things of which we must let go altogether as they are a hindrance to our calling and purpose in our lives before the Lord.

It is good to remember that the exhortation of the Psalmist to “delight yourself in the Lord” comes with a promise “and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. God is ever the faithful One to keep the promises made in His Word and to reward those who “delight to do His will” (cf. Psalm 40:8).

Delight is also spoken of in the Scriptures as something that is in the heart of God toward the Son and toward the Saints.

“Let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24).

The Lord delights in us as we commune with Him and begin to understand His ways, as we grow in our knowledge of Him and delight to do His will and fulfill His purpose for us; that to which we have been called.

The Lord certainly also has great delight in the Son as written in the Gospel of Matthew: “And lo a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matthew 3:17).

Whether from the Lord or from the Saints, my delight is a wondrous thought, so full of pleasure, desire and of great value. May we, as saints continuously find our delight in Him, the “desire of all nations(cf. Haggai 2:7); and may we all exclaim with pure joy and pleasure as we meditate upon Him and behold His Face: “My delight”!

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Holy Brethren

“Wherefore, Holy Brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).

Holy: (Gr) Hagios from Hagos: Sacred, Physically Pure, Morally Blameless, Consecrated, Saint

Brethren: (Gr) Adelphos: One from the womb

There is a holiness to our bond as Brethren and that holy bond is our common origin from the same womb. This womb is not of flesh and blood, not of woman, but is heavenly in nature and is of the Spirit of God. The Psalmist declared:

“Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning; Thou has the dew of Thy youth” (Psalms 110:3).

In the Day of Messiah’s power His Holy Brethren were born “from the womb of the morning” yes, the dawning of the New Creation, from the Matrix of the Spirit in the Beauty of Holiness. In the Day of His Power consider Him, our Apostle and High Priest, Christ Jesus.

“The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, ‘Thou art a Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek'” (Psalms 110:4).

Holy Brethren, do you know of whence you are? Brethren of Christ Jesus, after the Order of Melchizedek, “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (cf. I Peter 2:9) after the Order of the King of Peace and King of Righteousness (cf. Hebrews 7:2), a priesthood of royalty, indeed. A sacred, pure, morally blameless priesthood continuing ever in the power of an endless life (cf. Hebrews 7:16).

Holy Brethren, born again of incorruptible seed (cf. I Peter 1:22), by the Word of God, our common origin from the womb from which we were birthed, from which we came forth to live and abide forever in Him.

Holy Brethren, “partakers of the heavenly calling,” a celestial calling from the Spirit to live and abide as Brethren, separated unto God to holiness by His grace to a confession of faith in our “Apostle and High Priest, Christ Jesus”.

Holy Brethren, “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, not of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Our common origin as Brethren is God. A common origin of faith as we have received the Son (cf. John 1:12) and have been given in the day of His power the right to be called His Brethren.

Holy Brethren, sanctified in Christ Jesus for “both He that sanctifies, and they who are sanctified are all of One; and for this cause, He is not ashamed to call them Brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). Brethren in Christ, birthed in the womb of the Spirit, set apart unto Holiness. Sanctified unto good works.

Holy Brethren, foreknown of God and called with a heavenly calling “to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many Brethren” (Romans 8:29). Oh, Holy Brethren we are of the Firstborn, even in Christ Jesus, our great Apostle and Hight Priest, and have become One in the Beloved for our common origin has forever been in Him.

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The Heart of Uriah

“And Uriah said unto David, ‘The Ark, and Israel and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord, Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing'” (II Samuel 11:11).

There is something very noble in the heart of Uriah that is worthy of note and contemplation in our day of self-centeredness, ease and entitlement. Uriah is a man of great honor, discipline and protocol, from whom we can learn great lessons in our service to our King, if we dare to divine his nature.

Uriah was of Hittite birth, the name of whom means light of Jehovah. Uriah rose to high honor and was one of the thirty commanders of the thirty companies into which the Israelite Army under King David was divided. He served under Joab in the battles against Ammon at the siege of Rabbah, the chief city of the Ammonites. Uriah was a soldier, a warrior, and a leader of men. His austere and self-denying character were evident in his response to David’s invitation to dine at the king’s table and go home to his wife; whereupon he “slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord and went not down to his house” (II Samuel 11:9).

Uriah was a solitary man, who served with dignity for his King. He was a humble and faithful husband to his beautiful wife, Bathsheba. The Prophet Nathan metaphorically describes him as a poor man who owned nothing but had one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished, who grew up with him and ate of his food and drank from his cup and lay in his bosom and was unto him as a daughter (cf. II Samuel 12:3).

The heart of Uriah is a special heart that is precious in the sight of the Lord. Those with the heart of Uriah, the light of Jehovah, are, however, at risk from duplicitous deceivers, liars, murderers and thieves. David, ostensibly called Uriah from the battlefield to Jerusalem to hear a report from a commander of how the battle fared; but deceptively he called him as a cover for his own sin with the commander’s wife, Bathsheba, hoping it would appear Uriah was the father to the son soon to be born of her. When the ruse was foiled by the noble heart of Uriah, he was compelled by David to carry on his own person the orders to his leader, Joab, of the battle plan of his own death at the hands of his enemy, the Ammonites, whose arrows pierced him through at the wall of the city gates (cf. II Samuel 11:14).

The heart of Uriah is a heart of love for his Lord and his companions, a love that “seeks not its own way” (cf. I Corinthians 13:5); a love that looks “not on his own things, but on the things of others” (Philippians 2:4); it is a self-denying love that sacrifices its own pleasures for the greater good of all.

The heart of Uriah truly is a light of Jehovah for it shows the light of Christ in love, loyalty and self-denying devotion to the Father and is obedient unto death.

Of course, the heart of Uriah is not mentioned in our stories and lessons of glory and victory and exaltations of our Bible heroes, icons and legends; for of necessity, it is the self-effacing and hidden nature of Uriah’s heart to have it so.

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Leaving Home

“For we know that if our earthly home of the current tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a home not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Corinthians 5:1).

Home (Def): (Gr. Oikia from Oikos): Dwelling, Residence, Abode, House, Temple

All of us at the age of military service, college, or starting a career have left home to start with something new in our lives. Empty nesters know all about that and the tears shed in the departure. There is definitely a melancholy in leaving home, but also an excitement for the change and exploring the new environs.

The Apostle takes the typology of the earthly home and relates it to our earthly bodies in which dwells the eternal spirit of man. He equates the body with the clothing of the spirit, just as we all wear clothing over our bodies, so as not to be naked.

“For in this house we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, if be that being clothed, we shall not be found naked” (II Corinthians 5:2-3).

The truth is eventually our earthly house will crumble, or be dissolved, and we will leave our earthly home for our new dwelling place in the heavens. Our new dwelling place will be our immortal home wherein our spirit shall dwell forever in the Spirit of Christ, our Lord. The Apostle says God prepared us for leaving home by giving us the “earnest of the Spirit” (II Corinthians 5:5), the down payment for all that awaits us in Christ Jesus in the age to come.

While we are in the earth realm God gave us His Holy Spirit as a Helper and a Presence as we walk by faith and not by sight (cf. II Corinthians 5:7).

Leaving home was always a conscious awareness among the Apostles, and was more so with the Apostle Peter, as he had been given specific words from Jesus regarding his departure (cf. John 21:18). Peter makes reference to this in his second Epistle writing: “Yea, I think it meet as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me” (II Peter 1:13-14).

To the Philippians Paul wrote: “If I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet, what I shall choose I know not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith. That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again” (Philippians 1:22-26).

Do you ever think about your leaving home? Have you resolved your departure in your heart? Are you at peace with it? Do you know you have an eternal home in the heavens? It is good to meditate upon these things, so you are prepared whenever the time for your departure may come. You are not too young to be prepared for no one is guaranteed life and breath and to live to old age.

The Apostles lived with the reality of martyrdom daily. Paul wrote to Timothy “For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand” (II Timothy 4:6). Shortly thereafter he was executed by order of Caesar according to tradition.

Before leaving the Apostle gave us those immortal words, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (II Timothy 4:7-8).

Leaving home is the grist of living out our lives in faithful service to the Lord. We live in confidence and “willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him” (II Corinthians 5:8-9).

Willing to leave, willing to stay. Willing to fight, willing to pray. Willing to serve every day in service to the King.

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Our Glorious Resurrection!

“So also, is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (I Corinthians 15:42-43).

The resurrection of the dead is the great hope of all mankind. Raised to the glory and power of Christ, the Son of God is worthy of a shout of praise to our great God and King! This bringing of many sons to glory through the glorious resurrection of Christ is the pinnacle of victory over death, hell and the grave by the suffering of death through the Cross by our precious Savior and Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Hebrews 2:10).

The resurrection of the dead is glorious in part because of the contrast of the two-part living in man. The Apostle describes it this way:

“And so, it is written, the first man, Adam, was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (I Corinthians 15:45,47-49).

All who have lived on earth will experience this two-part living of mankind. As we have experienced living in the terrestrial, so we shall experience living in the celestial; and this is the promise we have received of God, that we shall bear the image of the heavenly and that image is Glory. Describing these various degrees of glory, the Apostle declares:

“There are celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differs from another star in glory. So also, is the resurrection of the dead” (I Corinthians 15:40-42a).

The exact nature of our glorious resurrection is a mystery, as described by the Apostle John in his first Epistle:

“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God. . .Beloved, now are we the Sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:1-2).

The glorious resurrection is a resurrection into the Glory of Christ, and we shall forever be like Him.

Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us: “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever that we may do all the words of this Law”.

There are mysteries yet to be revealed to us. Our glorious resurrection will be revealed at the second coming of Christ. Then we shall know, even as we are known (cf. I Corinthians 13:12b). Until then:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fades not away; reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-5).

Today we walk by faith and not by sight. Today we live in hope: indeed, a living hope in the Resurrection of the dead. Whatever the nature of it may be, we know this: It will be glorious!

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Rally to the Trumpet’s Call

“Wherever you hear the sound of the ram’s horn, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20) CSB

Rally (Heb. Qabats): Assemble, Gather, Bring Together, Heap, Resort

There is a trumpet’s call sounding forth to the saints in all the earth today to which there must come a response that will unite the Body of Christ, as we rally to the trumpet’s call.

As in the days of Nehemiah there is much opposition in our time to the people, purpose and work of the Lord. In this day of confusion, chaos, and darkness we need to hear the clear voice of the trumpet’s call to lead, direct and shine forth the way through the madness.

The Apostle used the metaphor of the trumpet in his Epistle to the Corinthians, saying: “And even things without life giving sound whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (I Corinthians 14:7-8).

From the days of Moses, the Trumpet has been the instrument of rally (cf. Numbers 10:1-3). At the sounding of the trumpet the people prepared themselves for assembly. Whether sounded by the Prophet (Isaiah 58:1); Priest (Numbers 10:8) or Angel of God (Revelation 8:13) the message was always clear and direct. Whether a call to repentance, preparation for battle, warning of imminent danger, or coming disaster, or command to “come up hither” (Revelation 4:1), to be shown things to come, the trumpet’s call was a call to gather, to assemble to the Lord.

The Trumpet’s Call is also a call to freedom (Leviticus 25:9-10) in the Day of Atonement, and the year of Jubilee “to proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”. It is a call to restoration and returning, each one gathering to his family. It is a call to rest. It is a call to holiness. It is a call to fear the Lord and to keep His commandments and judgments for His blessing awaits those who will obey His voice.

The Trumpet of the Lord is sounding forth today and those who are awake, aware, listening, discerning and wise can hear it and will rally to its call. It is time to gather. It is time to assemble. It is time to unite and prepare for battle. Our God will fight for us for the battle is the Lord’s.

Yet, there is one last Trumpet to sound and all to be gathered to its call.

“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (I Corinthians 15:51-52). “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Oh, what a rally that shall be. What a gathering. What an assembly when the Trumpet calls.

Behold, He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, in the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s Hill salvation comes!

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The Tree of Life

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the Tree of Life also in midst of the Garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (Genesis 2:9).

Life: (Heb. Chay Khah-ee): Alive, Fresh, Strong, Living

The Tree of Life is eternal. The Tree of Life is Spirit. The Tree of Life is eternal life in the Spirit.

There is a promise of God to us in the Word that overwhelms our hearts that tells us we can have this eternal life simply by believing in the Son of God. Not by works, or sacrifices, not by ritual or following the traditions of men, but by simple faith in the Son.

The Tree of Life was in the midst of the Garden, yet there is no evidence in the Scriptures that Adam ever ate of it. Supporting this is the Genesis record saying, “And the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the Man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take of the Tree of Life and eat and live forever'” (Genesis 3:22). Immediately after the Fall of Man the Lord had to get Adam out of the Garden lest he had eaten of the Tree of Life and lived forever in his fallen state (cf. Genesis 3:24).

According to John’s Revelation the Tree of Life “is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (cf. Revelation 2:7) and is now freely available to the overcoming believer who prevails in his faith in Christ Jesus. This promise of God is witnessed to by the Spirit of Truth. Therefore, His witness is true and faithful in every way.

The blessed state of the Redeemed who live forever by the Tree of Life is an eternal promise that cannot be broken. Our blessed assurance of this hope fulfilled gives great joy and happiness to the soul; it refreshes the spirit and gives strength to the weary one who perseveres in life through many trials and temptations in this present age.

Eternal Life. The Tree of Life is Eternal Life and is freely available to all who believe:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Eternal Life is a gift of God through Christ as the Apostle stated in his Epistle to the Romans: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Eternal Life is the fresh, strong and living Life in the Spirit of God. It is a Tree of Life for it grows and comes forth out of the Spirit from the precious seed of the Word, the Son.

The Tree of Life gives us wisdom (Proverbs 3:18); the fruit of righteousness (Proverbs 11:30); and a wholesome tongue (Proverbs 15:4). The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the Nations (Revelation 22:2).

The Apostle encouraged his son in the faith, Timothy, with the words: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and has professed a good profession before many witnesses” (I Timothy 6:12).

Indeed, lay hold of the Tree of Life, partake of the fruit thereof and live in the Spirit. This is our inheritance in Christ, our Lord. This is what He restored to us from the Fall. This pleases the Father, and it is His great desire that we live our lives in communion with Him.

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The Grand Espousal

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy, for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (II Corinthians 11:2).

Espoused: (Gr. Harmozo from Harmos): To join from joint (as in the body); to betroth

In various passages in the writings of the Apostle reference is made to the nature of the relationship between Christ and the Church. It is a relationship of husband and wife, and most particularly Bride and Groom for the espousal is the period of betrothal, the timeframe in which we are now living awaiting the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (cf. Revelation 19:9).

There was a time in the life of the Virgin Mary when she was espoused to Joseph (see Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:27). Mary accepted the offer of marriage from Joseph and the wedding plans were set in motion. Now we all know what happened during that timeframe: “before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost“. The period of the grand espousal is important for us to contemplate, for it is the period in which we now live.

The Church is the Bride of Christ being presented to Christ as on a wedding day when the Bride walks down the aisle to her waiting Groom. This presenting of the Bride is expressed in the Apostle’s Epistle to the Ephesians, thusly: “That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). This timeframe of being prepared as a Bride for her Husband (cf. Revelation 21:2) is the time of sanctification and cleansing by washing of water by the Word of God, as the Apostle explained in Ephesians 5:26. Therefore, the Grand Espousal is a time of preparation, a time of separation from the world and whatever there may be to defile, so we can be presented to Christ as a pure, chaste virgin, even as the Apostle wrote to the Church at Corinth.

Paul further wrote to the Church at Ephesus regarding the leaving and joining of the Bride and Groom: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32).

As members of the Bride, we must allow the cleansing work of the Word do its work in our hearts, minds and bodies to prepare us for the Blessed Wedding and Marriage Supper that is coming. The Grand Espousal is the time of preparation and the Lamb’s Wife must make herself ready, even as it is written:

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His Wife has made Herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).

There is an imperative in the Church today for the Pastor/Shepherds and Teachers to minister to the saints as the Apostle did to the disciples at Corinth. He knew and wrote regarding our relationship with Christ that it needs to be a pure and holy union as between a virgin and her husband. Paul’s words resonate with the holiness of pure love and devotion that creates a godly jealousy by the Holy Spirit toward us to exhort and encourage us to be pure, sanctified, cleansed and prepared as the Bride for the Lamb.

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The Cool of the Day

“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the Presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).

Cool of the Day: (Heb. Ruwach/Yowm): The Spirit/Breath of the Daytime or Daylight

There is a blessedness to communing with the Lord in the Spirit, breathing in His Presence in the Light of His Word, meditating on the rich treasures of wisdom and revelation of His Glory and Majesty. There is a sweetness to the pastoral care of the Great Shepherd and His watchful eye upon us. It is deeply personal and special as no other bond; yet, as wonderful a bond as there may be with husband and wife, mother and child, father and son, siblings and the love of friends; the love of the Lord excels them all.

That is the great tragedy of Adam’s fall. You can sense it in the verse, from sweet communion in the Presence to hiding from the Presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden. Oh, the tragedy of sin in Paradise.

There are those in Scripture who sought to restore the bond of love with God. Such a one was Isaac.

“And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the South Country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide; and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming” (Genesis 24:62-63).

Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi, the well of the Living One my Seer, for Isaac sought to know the God of his father, Abraham, and the God of his mother, Sarah. Isaac teaches us to dwell by the well of living water, the fountain of the Living One who sees us and knows our sorrows and bears all our grief. Isaac sorrowed after the death of his mother, but the Lord brought Rebekah to him, “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death” (Genesis 24:67).

David was another who sought the sweetness of fellowship with the Lord and to drink of the fountain of living waters that flow from Him. It was more than natural water that he sought when he cried, “Oh, that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, by the gate” (II Samuel 23:15; I Chronicles 11:17). David longed for the true and living water from the well of the House of Bread, the True One who was to come from heaven and give living water to all who thirst (cf. John 4:10).

Therefore, whether at noontime, eventide, or morning, we can find our “cool of the day,” our Spirit and Breath time with the Lord in His Presence to listen for His voice and be inspired by His personal and tender care in the garden of His heart.

Are you hearing? Are you listening? Are you waiting? Are you longing for His Presence? It may surprise you that the Lord is waiting, listening and longing to be with you. Can you hear Him calling, “Where are you?” Are you running to see Him, or are you hiding? Sin in Paradise will cause us to do that. But thanks be to God there is a Redeemer. There is a Savior. There is a Mediator, an Advocate to bring us together in holy union and communion in the Spirit and Breath, the Cool of the Day with the Father.

Let me encourage you. There is a cool of the day for you. There is a special place in the heart of God for you. You are loved and longed for; you are greatly desired, more than you know. Open your heart to Him and find your true love in the cool of your day, right now.

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