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Jacob Demands a Blessing?

July 31, 2013

I’ve often heard the place in the Bible where Jacob wrestles with God used to encourage people to wrestle with God in prayer. They are encouraged to demand God’s blessing and not give up until they receive it. Something about this approach has always bothered me – maybe the fact that there appears to be no humility in this approach?

God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. -1Pe5:5;Ja4:6

Is this what Jacob really did? Did Jacob really wrestle God and demand a blessing? Did he wrestle God until he received a blessing? Is this a good model for prayer? Let’s take a look!

From the study below some interesting things can be seen.

  • Jacob did not initiate this wrestling –  God did.
  • At first, Jacob did not even know he was wrestling God
  • God’s touch on Jacob’s hip cripples him – a devastating blow
  • Jacob was wrestling in his own strength
  • Jacob asks for a blessing after he stops wrestling, after God cripples him, after he recognizes the “man” he was wrestling as supernatural
  • The asking for a blessing does not sound like a demand — Jacob was weeping when he asked.  Jacob came to the end of his own self-sufficiency.
  • Jacob receives his blessing only after he stops wrestling with God and comes to the end of his own self-sufficiency. Only after he “sees God face” and recognizes God as God.
  • Jacob’s prayer in v11 has more to do with him being afraid of his brother than asking for a blessing.
  • Jacob’s prayer of v11 was answered. Was this answered prayer the blessing or was the blessing Jacob’s recognition of his need for God – he came to the end of his self-sufficiency and saw God’s face?

Coming to the end of your own self-sufficiency – isn’t this exactly what being humble means?!

Jacob Wrestles Bible Study
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Genesis 32
24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

From NetBible Gen 32:24

  • Reflecting Jacob’s perspective at the beginning of the encounter, the narrator calls the opponent simply “a man.” Not until later in the struggle does Jacob realize his true identity.
  • The verb translated “wrestled” (וַיֵּאָבֵקvayyeaveq) sounds in Hebrew like the names “Jacob” (יַעֲקֹבyaaqov) and “Jabbok” (יַבֹּקyabboq). In this way the narrator links the setting, the main action, and the main participant together in the mind of the reader or hearer.

25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.

From NetBible Gen 32:25

  • “injured”; traditionally “touched.” The Hebrew verb translated “struck” has the primary meanings “to touch; to reach; to strike.” It can, however, carry the connotation “to harm; to molest; to injure.” God’s “touch” cripples Jacob – it would be comparable to a devastating blow..

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

From NetBible Gen 32:26

  • Jacob wrestled with a man thinking him to be a mere man, and on that basis was equal to the task. But when it had gone on long enough, the night visitor touched Jacob and crippled him. Jacob’s request for a blessing can only mean that he now knew that his opponent was supernatural. Contrary to many allegorical interpretations of the passage that make fighting equivalent to prayer, this passage shows that Jacob stopped fighting, and then asked for a blessing.
  • He took his brother by the heel in [their mother’s] womb, and in the strength [of his manhood] he contended and had power with God. Yes, he had power over the Angel [of the Lord] and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He met Him in Bethel, and there [God] spoke with [him and through him with] us— -Hos12:3-4

27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”

From NetBible Gen 32:27

  • What is your name? The question is rhetorical, since the Lord obviously knew Jacob’s identity. But since the Lord is going to change Jacob’s name, this question is designed to bring focus Jacob’s attention on all that his name had come to signify.
  • Jacob[03290] = heel holder or supplanter
  • [Esau] replied, Is he not rightly named Jacob [the supplanter]? For he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing! Have you not still a blessing reserved for me? -Gen 27:36

28 He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”

From NetBible Gen 32:28

  • The name Israel is a common construction, using a verb with a theophoric element (אֵל’el) that usually indicates the subject of the verb. Here it means “God fights.” This name will replace the name Jacob; it will be both a promise and a call for faith. In essence, the Lord was saying that Jacob would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for him.
  • You have fought. The explanation of the name Israel includes a sound play. In Hebrew the verb translated “you have fought” (שָׂרִיתָsarita) sounds like the name “Israel” (יִשְׂרָאֵלyisrael ), meaning “God fights” (although some interpret the meaning as “he fights [with] God”). The name would evoke the memory of the fight and what it meant. A. Dillmann says that ever after this the name would tell the Israelites that, when Jacob contended successfully with God, he won the battle with man (Genesis, 2:279). To be successful with God meant that he had to be crippled in his own self-sufficiency (A. P. Ross, “Jacob at the Jabboq, Israel at Peniel,” BSac 142 [1985]: 51-62).

29 Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.

From NetBible Gen 32:29

  • Tell me your name. In primitive thought to know the name of a deity or supernatural being would enable one to use it for magical manipulation or power
  • blessed – The verb here means that the Lord endowed Jacob with success; he would be successful in everything he did, including meeting Esau.

30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

From NetBible Gen 32:30

  •  Peniel means “face of God.”
  • I have survived. It was commonly understood that no one could see God and live (Gen 48:16Exod 19:21, 24:10; andJudg 6:11, 22). On the surface Jacob seems to be saying that he saw God and survived. But the statement may have a double meaning, in light of his prayer for deliverance in v. 11. Jacob recognizes that he has survived his encounter with God and that his safety has now been guaranteed.
  • Jacobs PrayerDeliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. -Gen 32:11

31 Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.

For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). -2 Cor 4:6

32 Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew of the hip.

John 8 – Jesus as Judge

July 28, 2013

John 8:11 … “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

John 8:15 … You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no-one.

Question – Jesus did not condemn this woman caught in adultery –> does this mean that He did not “judge” her? That He does not judge us?

From NetBible Jn 8:11

  • condemn[2632] = to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment

From NetBible Jn 8:15

  • judge[2919] = to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions –> to condemn, punish or vindicate, set free

*What is the meaning of Jesus’ statement “I do not judge anyone”? It is clear that Jesus did judge (even in the next verse). The point is that he didn’t practice the same kind of judgment that the Pharisees did. Their kind of judgment was condemnatory. They tried to condemn people. Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it (3:17). Nevertheless, and not contradictory to this, the coming of Jesus did bring judgment, because it forced people to make a choice. Would they accept Jesus or reject him? Would they come to the light or shrink back into the darkness? As they responded, so were they judged – just as 3:19-21 previously stated. One’s response to Jesus determines one’s eternal destiny.

Jesus stating “Neither do I condemn you” indicates that He did judge the woman caught in adultery and decided not to punish her. As the footnote in v15 indicates – Jesus did not practice the same kind of judgement as the Pharisees. 

Seems the woman’s choice to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, her Master is part of the reason Jesus did not condemn or punish her.

From NetBible Jn 8:11

  • sir[2962] =
    • he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
    • the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
    • is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence,
      with which servants greet their master
    • this title is given to: God, the Messiah

Part of recognizing Jesus as Savior is recognizing your sin and turning from it. Jesus saw the woman’s heart and gives the additional instruction – “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

John 3:16-21 NIV …  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 12:47-18 NIV … If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

Related:
John 8 – Notes

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John 8 NIV
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,”Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

Healed By His Stripes

July 27, 2013

The Living Word poured out
From hands and feet
Nailed to the cross.

His grace and truth -Jn1:14
A healing balm pours forth -Ps107:20
Over my wounds, my soul.

By His stripes …

By the stripes of Jesus Christ my LORD
I am healed
Made whole.

Isaiah 53:4-5 AMP
Surely He has borne our griefs[02483] (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains[04341] [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed[07495] and made whole.

From NetBible Isa 53:4-5

  • griefs[02483] = sickness, disease, illness
  • pain[04341] = physical/mental suffering/wounds, sorrow
  • healed[07495] = to mend, repair, make whole, to cure(physician/healer)

From NetBible Mat 8:8,16-17
But the centurion replied to Him[Jesus], Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured[2390]. … When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health2323] all who were sick[2560]. And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities[769] and bore away our diseases[3554].

  • cured[2390] = healed, made whole, free from sin
  • restored to health[2323] = healed, cured, relieved disease
  • sick[2560] = (physically or morally) ill, diseased
  • infirmities[769] = weakness, feebleness (of mind or body)
  • diseases[3554] = sickness, infirmity, illness

Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing[04832] to their whole body.

From NetBible Prov 4:22

  • healing[04832] = medicine, cure(physician), sound mind, deliverance
    *from [07495]
Quote Nigel Mumford:
“The Word” is a medication to your soul. “The Word” is a balm of healing grace poured over the wounds of life. Just say “The Word” Lord …

Jeremiah 8:22 AMP
Is there no balm[06875] in Gilead? Is there no physician[07495] there? Why then is not the health[0724] of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!]

From NetBible Jer 8:22

  • balm[06875] = a kind of balsam, salve, medicinal ointment
  • physician[07495] = to mend, repair, make whole, to cure(physician/healer)
  • health[0724] = restore to soundness, make whole, heal the wounds

*The prophet means by this metaphor that there are still means available for healing the spiritual ills of his people, mainly repentance, obedience to the law, and sole allegiance to God, and still people available who will apply this medicine to them, namely prophets like himself.

*Jeremiah is lamenting that though there is a remedy available for the recovery of his people they have not availed themselves of it.

Related:
A Healing Balm
His Words = Medicine

John 8 – Notes

July 20, 2013

John 8:11 … “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Question – How come some versions of the bible like the NASB say Lord instead of sir? Is this a contradiction?

This question turns out to be very significant to this passage. It relates to another question I was prompted to ask in earlier verses 5-6.

John 8:5-6 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

Question – What was the trap? Were they trying to see if Jesus would ignore the law and set the woman free? Were they trying to get Jesus to be a judge?  The Pharisees probably didn’t recognize Jesus as a judge, did they?

Look at the strong’s meaning of the word sir that the woman used to address Jesus!

From NetBible Jn 8:11

  • sir[2962] =
    • he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
    • the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
    • is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence,
      with which servants greet their master
    • this title is given to: God, the Messiah

—> From this we see that the woman recognized Jesus as her master – the one who was deciding her fate. Isn’t this what a judge/master does – decides someones/a servants fate?

—> It’s also interesting to see that the Pharisees did not address Jesus in this way. They called Him Teacher.

From NetBible Jn 8:4

  • teacher[1320] =
    • of those who by their great power as teachers draw crowds
      around them
    • by preeminence used of Jesus by himself, as one who showed
      men the way of salvation

Look at the place that this happened – Mount of Olives
—> Isn’t this where Jesus will return on judgement day? -Zec 14:4

Seeing Jesus as judge and understanding how He judges seems to be more of a theme in this parable than at first glance.

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John 8 NIV
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

I Will Lift Up My Eyes

July 17, 2013

 

I will lift up my eyes
To my help and shield
To the One to whom my spirit yields
In the Lord I put all my hope and trust.

I will lift up my eyes
To the Maker of heaven and earth
Ever watching, ever guarding
He never sleeps
He alone has the power to keep my stumbling feet. -1Sam2:9

As I lift up my eyes
To the One who guards my ways
I will lift up my hands
To Him I will give all my praise
He is my Rock, my strength,
my impenetrable shield and -Ps18:2,62:7,73:26,144:1
my joyful song! -Ex15:2;Is12;2

Psalm 121 AMP
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—From whence shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps{watch with care} you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps{guards} Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper{protector}; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield].
6 The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep{preserve} you from all evil; He will keep{preserve} your life.
8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 28 AMP
1 Unto You do I cry, O Lord my Rock, be not deaf and silent to me, lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those going down to the pit [the grave].
2 Hear the voice of my supplication as I cry to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward Your innermost sanctuary (the Holy of Holies).
3 Drag me not away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace with their neighbors, but malice and mischief are in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their work and according to the wickedness of their doings; repay them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.
5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord nor the operations of His hands, He will break them down and not rebuild them.
6 Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications.
7 The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.
8 The Lord is their [unyielding] Strength, and He is the Stronghold of salvation to [me] His anointed.
9 Save Your people and bless Your heritage; nourish and shepherd them and carry them forever.

Psalm 33:20-22 AMP
20 Our inner selves{souls} wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield.
21 For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.

Know the Joyful Sound

July 14, 2013

Blessed are those who know the joyful sound
They know the LORD and how to enter His presence.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Serve{worship} the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. -Ps100:1-2

They experience His favor{smile,grace} and walk in the light of His face.

May the LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you. -Num6:25

In His name they rejoice all day long
By His favor{smile,grace} they are vindicated{lifted up}

They are victorious.

The Lord is the glory of their strength – He is their adornment, so they walk with uplifted faces!

Those who trust and look to the Lord are radiant – their faces will never be ashamed.-Ps34:5

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Today, may you know the joyful sound that comes from knowing and praising the Lord Jesus Christ. Come before HIm with joyful singing! May His praise be continually in your mouth.

 

Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. -Ps 100:3-4

 

Psalm 89:15

NET … How blessed are the people who worship you! O Lord, they experience your favor.

NIV … Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

NASB … How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

AMP … Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!

Psalm 89:16

NET … They rejoice in your name all day long, and are vindicated{lifted up} by your justice.

NIV … They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.

NASB … In Your name they rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

AMP … In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.

Psalm 89:17

NET … For you give them splendor and strength. By your favor we are victorious.

NIV … For you are their glory and strength, and by your favour you exalt our horn.

NASB … For You are the glory of their strength, And by Your favor our horn is exalted.

AMP … For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!

Related:
Know the Joyful Sound{prayer}

The Lord Bestows Grace

July 10, 2013

Psalm 84:11 NASB … For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives[bestows] grace[02580] and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly[08549].

Who does the Lord bestow grace on?

  • Those who walk uprightly – who repent, seek the Lord and turn from sin
    • But Noah found grace[02580] in the eyes of the LORD. These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless{upright[08549] } in his time; Noah walked with God. -Gen6:8-9
    • He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly[08537] -Prov2:7
    • But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor[07522] as with a shield. -Ps5:11-12
    • Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor[02470] of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention{understanding} to Your truth. -Dan 9:13 NIV
  • The humble
    • He mocks proud mockers but gives grace[02580] to the humble. -Pro3:34 NIV
    • Does the LORD take delight{favors[07521]} in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? -Mc6:7-8
  • Those who fear and seek the Lord
    • The Lord favors[07521] those who fear Him, those who wait for{hope in/expect} His lovingkindness{mercy}. -Ps147:11 NASB
    • Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. -Ps34:9-10
  • Those who keep the Lord’s mercy and truth in their actions and hearts
    • Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor[02580] and good [and] understanding, in the sight of God and people. –Prov 3:3-4 NET 
    • Good understanding produces favor[02580], but the way of the treacherous{deceitful/unfaithful} is hard. -Prov13:15 NASB
  • Those who know the joyful sound and walk in the light of His face{favor/beauty}
    • Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance{favor}.  … For You are the glory of their strength, And by Your favors[07522] our horn is exalted. -Ps89:15,17
    • Hannah said, Let your handmaid find grace[02580] in your sight. So [she] went her way and ate, her countenance no longer sad. -1Sam1:18 AMP
    • But You are a shield around me, O LORD; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head. -Ps3:3
    • May the favor[05278] of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. -Ps90:17
    • One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty[05278] of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious[02603] to me and answer me. -Ps27:4-7
    • May God be gracious[02603] to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah -Ps67:1
    • The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious[02603] to you. -Num6:25
Word Study

From NetBible Ps84:11;Gen6:8-9;Pro3:34;Pro3:3,4;Prov13:15;1Sam1:18

  • grace[02580] = favor, acceptance
    *From [02603] = to be gracious, show favor, show mercy

From NetBible Prov3:3-4

  • *The teachings are not only to become the lifestyle of the disciple but his very nature.

From NetBible Num6:25;Ps67:1;Ps27:7

  • gracious[02603] = to show favor, show mercy

His Grace Flows Down

July 3, 2013

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Look upon the Lord
In wonder and awe of His beauty
Behold Him
Jesus, King of kings
Lord of lords
The Lion and the Lamb
The great I AM.

Amazing grace
Amazing love
Now flowing down ….

Your grace alive in me
Forever my love
Forever my heart
Forever my life
Is Yours!


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Psalm 27:4 AMP … One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

Philemon 1:25 AMP … The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with your spirit. Amen (so be it).

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