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Bread of the presence...
Posted On 10/08/2017 14:50:35


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I always like to find new things about the Hebrew language, within the scriptures, that show the depth of what is being taught.  Men inspired by God were moved to write these things and they are for us to discover.

I was examining Exodus 25:23-24, where it describes a table of acacia wood and some of the items associated with it.  The table was to be part of the tent tabernacle furniture.  I noticed this clause, "And you shall set the Bread of the Presence on the table before me always." and I had to check the Hebrew.  When I did this I found something interesting but it made sense because of the concrete nature of the the early Hebrew language. I found the word face "panim" in place where I expected presence, in other words, it was "bread of the face".  What is happening here is that if you are in the presence of God then you are face to face.  If you are close to someone or speaking to them then you are probably very much in their presence and vice-versa.  One can see how concrete the Hebrew is.

Although much more can be said about this the purpose here is to point out that God is always close.  As the scriptures tell us "in God we move and have our being"- Acts 17:28...  Gods face is always looking toward us; God is always present.

Pastor Zomok


Tags: Face God Presence Bread Exodus


Teach and remember
Posted On 09/26/2017 21:37:04

 

We are all very aware of the fact that malcontents are going around and pulling down war memorials along with historical monuments.  This is even being encouraged by so-called civil rights organizations.  These activities are evil and devoid of logic.  Some do not like some aspects of history but it is important to remember the past and to learn from it.  History and heritage are good teachers.  Lets not hide it!!

Spanish American philosopher George Santayana said,  "Those that can not remember mistakes from the past are forced to relive them". That is my paraphrase and many other thinkers have stated many similar statements.  Some might wonder if the word of God promotes the teaching of history and heritage.  Yes, the scriptures do indeed tell us to not forget the past, and even to promote it!  Just look at the wonderful Book of Deuteronomy, at chapter 4 (verse 4)...

“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren."

Actually Deuteronomy is a book full of logic and promotes heritage.  It influenced the prophet Jeremiah as he tried to reform Judah, and it was quoted in the New Testament.

Pastor Zomok


Tags: Heritage History Remember Deuteronomy


Golden Apples and silver plates
Posted On 09/15/2017 23:12:57

TRUTH

Sometimes one can go along ways in combatting depression or sadness just by looking at things of beauty and thinking about good things.. Shaul Paul says this in Philippians 4:8...

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable--if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise--dwell on these things."

This is something to share with the sad and lonely~~~~

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Philippians Paul Good Worthy


The dark tunnels
Posted On 09/02/2017 23:37:00

   

It seems that depression for me is something that is always there but just swells up and down like the tide along a lake.  Loneliness is also its companion.  I just could not stop thinking of many of the laments of David in the Psalms and elsewhere. He was let down by so many and felt abandon even by God...Psalm 13. The fact that you feel this way tells me that you long for what is right but are stuck in the mud of this fallen world. I feel for you and pray. In this life, as believers we have one foot in this world and one in the next. We go through many dark valleys but eventually all this will end...

All we can do is give it to God (Philippians 4:6-13)..

Pastor Zomok


Tags: Saddness Loneliness Depression David


Prayer of Azariah and persecution
Posted On 08/23/2017 22:53:28

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Off and on, over the years I have done research on the apocryphal books that are sometimes found between the Old and New Testaments.  Briefly stated these are generally rejected by Protestant churches but generally accepted by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox churches.  These books are rather borderline when it comes to doctrines and have been the subject of many debates.  Personally I feel that a small number of these are inspired and should be part of the OT.  One of these is the "Prayer of Azariah", which is an extension of the Book of Daniel and specifically chapter 3.  We have to think that these individual were under very harsh persecution and their thoughts and emotions must have been very much as the "Prayer of Azariah" indicates.

I do not know if what is found in the text of "Azariah" is actual history or not but I find nothing wrong with it and it even has a good lesson within.  This would be to not deny God and to continue in praise regardless of ones situation.  This is something to think on.

pastor zomok

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Wreath of Victory
Posted On 08/16/2017 23:57:33

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"And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor." -1 peter 5:4

I like this verse penned under inspiration by Simon Peter.  The "Great Shepherd" is Jesus, our God (EL).  The basic word for God in Hebrew is EL and is an Aleph and Lamda, an Ox head and a Staff, both pointing at strength and authority, which is what Christ Jesus has.  We receive a crown which is not a kingly crown but rather a crown (Stephanos) of victory, because we overcome this world and its woes.  In the Koine Greek is found the word "Amaranthinon" and is translated "unfading" or "never-ending" depending on the translation.  There is a beautiful flowering plant with a form of that name, and perhaps it was used for wreaths in ancient times. We can see that the "crown of never ending glory" is more of a garland wreath akin to the winner of a footrace, in this case the race of life.  We run the race with a focus on Christ Jesus.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Crown Glory Christ Race Shepherd Peter Stephanos


Do not trust in men or flesh!
Posted On 08/08/2017 22:27:02

     

In Jeremiah 17:5 we read, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD’”

There is a lesson here that we know is true. Purely human intelligence, wisdom and understanding are not enough to guide our true destiny. We will fail to reach complete fullfillment and our true destiny unless we look toward a great unseen power apart from ourselves. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by the truths that come from God (Matt. 4:4...Deut. 8:3)...

pastor Zomok

Tags: Trust Cursed Flesh Jeremiah


Be gentle in presenting the Gospel
Posted On 08/02/2017 04:41:35

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I have noticed that many of my fellow believers are being brisk and even rude when going out and promoting the Gospel to others.  This is not needed and helps nobody.  It even turns people away.  When venturing forth we are to heed the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 10:16, "...be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves".  We all know that doves represent peace and gentleness.

Shalom

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Gentle Peace Doves Gospel Acts


The Human Plight: Fire and Rain
Posted On 08/01/2017 00:15:26

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The thoughtful God loving person will definitely suffer and have a multitude of enemies and issues because this is the human condition in a fallen selfish world.  The difference is that the true believer can call upon the true Lord instead of drugs and comfort food.  

I was reading Psalm 55 today and I noticed the plight of David and how it resembles my own in many repectsDavid felt very alone yet surrounded by cowardly and deceitful enemies. His friends often betrayed him!  He says that he wished to sprout wings like a dove and fly away.  I and many others have the same desire. There is no doubt that David experienced the full range of emotions. We also see that the human activity around him reminds us of our day.  In verses 9 to 12 he decribes a modern city and its problems!!!!

Finally in verse 22 David says that he must fall back on the Lord and cast his cares to God, words that echo Matthew 11:28 and Phillippians 4:3-13.

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Attend to me, and hear me;
I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me,
And in wrath they hate me.

My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it on its walls;
Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
11 Destruction is in its midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
13 But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.

15 Let death seize them;
Let them go down alive into hell,
For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
And the Lord shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
19 God will hear, and afflict them,
Even He who abides from of old. Selah
Because they do not change,
Therefore they do not fear God.

20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
But war was in his heart;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You.

I've seen Fire, and I've seen Rain~~~

Pastor Zomok

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