Thursday, March 23, 2017

I can still be surprised

Recently I read, "Reading translations are like drinking downstream of the source. You cannot be sure it is pure." I wish I had taken time to write down the authors name so she could have credit.
Picture by Leah Tetzlaff

That phrase sums up why I study Hebrew. Meaning is often lost in translation. I am convinced that translators do their work with the best of intentions, but as the translation ages, readers, even teachers and preachers add their own understanding to the translated passage. I'm sure that happens even with perfect understanding of the original language.
Trust YHVH with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
The surprise this morning is Psalm 23. That simple psalm of trusting the Almighty when life is scary. We teach it to our little ones to give them comfort from the shadows that hide in the closet or under the bed.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
The pictograph message of the Hebrew letters tells me more about "my shepherd" and "shall not want". Shepherd is ra'ah and tells of man who looks to the hand of the Almighty for his needs. But want is chacer which tells the story of being fenced in and dependent on man for my needs. Those who look to the hand of the Almighty are not wanting, Those dependent upon men suffer from want. It is rather like government health care. There are all sorts of benefits promised to citizens but we are wanting what was promised. Benefits and good health remain unattainable. We who look to the Almighty already have... what we desire.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me. Psalm 23:4
This verse might have been an even bigger surprise. The Valley of the Shadow of Death is not a dark hike through the mountains, but a trench that is dug for your dead body, a grave.

All of our lives, all that we do, how we live on this earth, lead to one unavoidable destination. A grave. I honestly thought that this passage was about the difficult times of life. It is actually about our ultimate destination on earth. Death.

Hope is found in the pronoun "Thou" from the Hebrew attah, which speaks of Y'shua-Jesus. The root word of attah is the Aleph-Tav 'ot whom Y'shua-Jesus said was him. (Revelation 1:8, 21:6 and 22:13) We get our English translations down stream of Hebrew. The phrase came to us from Greek so we say that Y'shua is the Alpha and Omega from the Greek alphabet, which has no real meaning (unless we lean on our own understanding instead of acknowledging Him). The 'ot has a hey (the 5th Hebrew letter) as a suffix. Hey pictures insight from heaven. As a suffix it makes the root word fruitful (Some say it feminises the word, assuming that Hebrew is like French or Latin). When a believer goes to the grave, Y'shua-Jesus is with them.
And God raised Him (Y'shua-Jesus) up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it is impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24
When life ends and your remains are set in the trench, the grave, Y'shua-Jesus is with you. Since death has no power over Him, it has no power over those who are in Him. But you MUST be born again. If not... you probably know the consequences of death without the Savior. I urge you, look to the Almighty, not men. ...and dwell in the house of the LORD for all eternity Psalm 23:6b

Maranatha,
Mrs. Hagerty, March 23, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

What does the Bible say about Overcoming trouble?

"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 nasu #Overcomers


Overcome: from the Greek nikao (nik-ah'-o) G3258 from the Greek root word, nike meaning conquest and the means of success. Subdue (literally or figuratively) Strong's Greek Definitions to Conquer Thayer's Greek Definitions to win a Victory over- to be Victorious over, to be a Victor, to Conquer, Victory Louw and Nida Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testiment to be Victorious, to Prevail: From the Hebrew Zakah (zaw-kaw) to be translucent, to be innocent. H2135
What does it mean to be an overcomer? We live in a world that at one moment is filled with forbidden delights and things we dread the next. But now we live in the world as new creations, fresh and clean in heart by the blood of Y'shua (Jesus). Daily we feel the pull to go off of The Way of life because the way of the world, the broadway to death, seems easier; after all, everyone is doing it.

How can a young man keep his Way pure? Buy guarding it according to Thy Word Psalm 119:9 rsv
In Hebrew, the word that comes to us as "overcome" (from the Greek word nikao) is zakah and means to be translucent, innocent. The Almighty has created a clean heart within us (Ps 51:10) and set our life on the difficult, narrow Way of life. How do we continue on that Way? By living according to the Word of the Almighty. (Ps 119:9) That is what overcoming is all about.

Coffee to start the day's Journey

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My mom is probably coming home today. Bypass surgery is life-saving but the road to recovery and strength is long. It cannot be walked alone. She has my dad and he is fully committed to being there for her; but my dad doesn't know what many of us who have been caregivers before know. One person, even in the strength of love, cannot do it all. Exhaustion is harsh.

My brothers, my sister-in-law and I have committed the next four to eight weeks of our lives to being full time care givers while my mother recovers. It is as much for my father as it is for my mother. My husband wants to be there for her, but he is committed to taking care of me and our home during this time. That IS how he can best minister to my mom... it makes this old woman able to give this time.

If my mom comes home today, then tonight is my first shift.

"All to Jesus, I surrender... " More then once I have sang this song from my heart. Always I mean what I sing. All to Jesus. Seldom does He ask for ALL. But like Israel who would not leave Egypt without their wives, their little ones or without their livestock because they were not sure what they had that the Almighty would require of them, (Exodus 10:26) I too bring all that I count as mine. Whatever he wants is his. That does not make it simple, but it is simply what we who believe do.

Honestly, the next four to eight weeks is not "ALL," it is only the comfort of my own bed, the sounds of my husband sleeping, the comforting heat of my little dog snuggled against the small of my back. I may be giving the March chores that make early summer in the garden bountiful. For a brief time I am giving up the morning routine of letting the dogs out while I make coffee, and the warm nest of my quilt during morning prayer with the Word (and if I am honest, time on facebook).

Four to eight weeks of my small, normal life because the Almighty answered my prayer for my mother. Hallelujah! I love the grace that is my life. Today I am praying for a manifestation of the Power of YHVH through Y'shua to minister; not just to my mom, but to my dad, my brothers and Sheri, to my sons and my husband, even to my students. I long to hear the words fall easily from the sweet mouth of my LORD, "Well done," because I chose Him instead of the little things that are me.

March 4, 2017
Mrs. Hagerty

Monday, February 6, 2017

Y'shua is the Creator: Morning Devotions

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And now in these final days, (He) YHVH has spoken to us through His Son. YHVH promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. The Son radiates YHVH's own Glory and expresses the very character of YHVH and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic YHVH in Heaven. Hebrews 1:2-3

Are Mondays really bad when they glisten with fresh snow? I do not have to be anywhere today. Ray and I got the few groceries that we wanted yesterday. If the power does not go out I might make a batch of biscotti to help warm the house with their twice baked goodness. Other then that there is not much I need to do beyond the daily work from my Distance Learners. There is time today... time to plant the parsley and the artichokes I meant to plant two weeks ago. Time to start broccoli and cauliflower, maybe a few peas (all in the greenhouse, not in the snow!) Time to meditate on the balance that is the creator and the redeemer.

Americans love Y'shua-Jesus as their Redeemer. Praise The LORD! We who violate Torah (we don't like that) and could not pay the impossible price to make us right and whole for our violations against the Almighty's will (no getting around it, His will is spelled out in Torah) appreciate that Y'shua is Bruised... for our transgressions, our violations. Because of his deep, painful bruises, we can come boldly to the Throne for the Grace we need in this world. And coming to that throne, who do we see? The Bruised One. I have to pause here for a moment to breathe in that Holy thought.

Y'shua is the Creator. As amazing as the thought of Y'shua being Bruised for me is, being the Creator is the greater name. To deny Him as Creator brings specific judgement. The Torah teacher, Paul, lays it out for us in his letter to the Romans, chapter 1. He was bruised because Americans idolize random chance and luck. Random chance created everything we see? That is what we pay taxes for, to teach children that they are an accident with  no destiny but Mammon, the good or bad luck that is money. But because Y'shua is bruised, we can live the life of purpose and power. Nothing is random. Giving Him praise is to be like Able, who brought fruit from the ground. Our good ground is our hearts (Mark 4:7-8, Hebrews 13:15)

Acknowledge Y'shua as the Bruised One, then come to the throne of grace with your offering. Abide in Him (John 15:4) and glorify his bruises with more good fruit. Honor the latest of His creation before he comes to receive you to himself and take you to the place he is creating for you.

What is His latest creation? A clean heart in you. (Psalm 51:10)
Mrs. Hagerty, February 6, 2017

At the Name of Jesus, by Sarah Hornsby was the spark for today's flame.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Y'shua is the Babe: Morning Devotions

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Did you see the snow last night (Everett, WA)? If you didnot have to get up and let your dogs out you might have missed it. Morning is supposed to be all about winter rain and ....ice pellets? Whoa!
I miss one day of school work and I am swamped! During the late fall, early winter holidays my students traditionally slow down then, about March, they start picking up the pace again. This group! It is only February and they are working like it is already spring. My day flies by. Then comes the night shift students who start working after supper. They all bring me joy!
Today my "go to" prayer verse is Luke 2:16 They (the shepherds) hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
Y'shua is the Babe*
The Almighty, the Creator of the universe... who set all of his identity aside to be born to a young mother who would personally suffer; not just for the loss of her reputation (her marriage nearly ended before it began), and for the rest of her life lies would be spread about her. Snide remarks would be made about who the Father of her first born really was. Joseph would also suffer with his wife. People knew what they saw with their eyes. But there were some who heard the Spirit of the Almighty with the ears of their heart and in faith, rushed to see the babe. Elizabeth and Zechariah knew, they heard with their heart. Anna and Simeon knew. But most did not. Mary and Joseph's own children, the earthly brothers of Y'shua were skeptical.
When you gave up everything that defines you to be born on high, born again, the surprise was the people who reject Y'shua (Jesus) rejected you. But those who hear with their redeemed heart will encourage you on The Way. Will you trust what you see or, by faith, trust what you hear in your redeemed heart?
Run to see this great thing that YHVH has done, run to the babe.
Mrs. Hagerty, February 3, 2017

* At the Name of Jesus by Sarah Hornsby c1960 (1975 edition)