Shadows of Messiah – Lent

Shadows of Messiah - Lent

 

Lent is a tradition which came forth from the Apostles according to the early Church Fathers.

Irenaeus (died about 202 AD) recorded an account of Polycarp (AD 70–155), who was Bishop of Smyrna and a disciple of the Apostle John. Irenaeus tells of Polycarp’s visit to Rome where he discussed the issue with Anicetus, the bishop of Rome.

For the controversy is not merely as regards the day, but also as regards the form itself of the fast. For some consider themselves bound to fast one day, others two days, others still more, while others [do so during] forty: the diurnal and the nocturnal hours they measure out together as their [fasting] day. And this variety among the observers [of the fasts] had not its origin in our time, but long before in that of our predecessors. . . . And yet nevertheless all these lived in peace one with another, and we also keep peace together. . . . For neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp to forego the observance [in his own way], inasmuch as these things had been always [so] observed by John the disciple of our Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant; nor, on the other hand, could Polycarp succeed in persuading Anicetus to keep [the observance in his way], for he maintained that he was bound to adhere to the usage of the presbyters who preceded him. And in this state of affairs they held fellowship with each other.”  {Irenaeus of Lyons, from a letter to Bishop Victor of Rome}

Apostolic Constitutions
XIII. Brethren, observe the festival days; and first of all the birthday which you are to celebrate on the twenty-fifth of the ninth month; after which let the Epiphany be to you the most honoured, in which the Lord made to you a display of His own Godhead, and let it take place on the sixth of the tenth month; after which the fast of Lent is to be observed by you as containing a memorial of our Lord’s mode of life and legislation. But let this solemnity be observed before the fast of the passover, beginning from the second day of the week, and ending at the day of the preparation. After which solemnities, breaking off your fast, begin the holy week of the passover, fasting in the same all of you with fear and trembling, praying in them for those that are about to perish.

Lent is of “Hebrew” origin

“It was traditional even in the Apostle’s day to fast before Passover. (Technically, this is a holdover from an ancient Hebrew tradition where the first-born male would fast before Passover.) So Lent, regardless of tales told on the Internet and in Adventist circles, is not of pagan origin either. It was adopted from the Jews.”  {Easter History – part II}

Ash Wednesday begins the Lent season with the custom of marking a cross in the foreheads of believers.  This points to the marking of the servants of God in their foreheads (Ezekiel 9:4).

In Ezekiel 9, believers are marked with a mark which in Hebrew is the word תו ‘tav.’

Eze 9:3  And the glory of the God of Israel had gone on, from on the cherub where it was on it, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed in linen with the ink horn of a scribe at his loins.
Eze 9:4  And Jehovah said to him, Pass through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and mark
(תוה ‘tavah’) a mark (תו ‘tav’) on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning over all the abominations that are done in her midst.

The Hebrew letter ת ‘tav’ is a picture of two crossed sticks:

The Douay Rheims (Catholic translation) Bible translated Ezekiel 9:4 as such:

Eze 9:4  And the Lord said to him: Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem: and mark Thau upon the foreheads of the men that sigh, and mourn for all the abominations that are committed in the midst thereof.

 

In the Book of Revelation it is seen that the Name of God is marked in the foreheads of the righteous.

 

Rev 14:1  And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! And with Him were a hundred and forty four thousands, with the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads.

Rev 22:4  And they will see His face; and His name will be on their foreheads.

His Name is the Word

Rev 19:13  and having been clothed in a garment which had been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God.

The Hebrew letter ת ‘tav’ is a picture of two crossed sticks:

 

The meaning of the letter ת ‘tav’  is covenant.  The mark of God is His covenant which is His Word (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; Zechariah 9:11; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28).  Ashes used to mark the cross (ת ‘tav’) is appropriate as ashes come forth from fire.  His Word is likened unto fire (Jeremiah 23:29; Deuteronomy 33:2).  The word ash traces back to the Hebrew word אש ‘esh’ which means fire.  The Word of God is likened unto fire.

Jer 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Deu 33:2  And he said: Jehovah came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir for them; He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came from the myriads of holy ones. At his right hand a law of fire went forth to them.

This fire – mark connection is further seen in the Holy Spirit which was linked to fire (Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:3) and is that which seals us.

Eph_1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph_4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

2Co_1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

His love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

This love is likened to a vehement flame

Son 8:6  Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame {שלהנתיה ‘shalhebetyah’}.

Son 8:6  שׂימני כחותם על־לבך כחותם על־זרועך כי־עזה כמות אהבה קשׁה כשׁאול קנאה רשׁפיה רשׁפי אשׁ שׁלהבתיה׃

 

This word שלהנתיה ‘shalhebetyah’ is a combination of the words שׁלהבת ‘shalhebeth’ and יה ‘Yah,’ the Sacred Name of God.   שׁלהבת ‘shalhebeth’ means flame or shine, from the 3 letter root להב ‘lahav’ which means the same and goes back further to the two letter root לב ‘lev’ which means heart.

ox plow

The root word for mark is a picture of an ox plowing toward a mark.  In ancient Hebrew thought, God was seen as the strong ox that we are yoked with in covenant relationship.  The word for mark is a picture of walking with your God toward your mark/goal (Philippians 3:14).  We are called to choose the covenant of Life in Messiah Jesus (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; Zechariah 9:11; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28) and walk with Him (Matthew 11:29).

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2Co 6:14  Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what fellowship does light have with darkness?
2Co 6:15  And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?

2Co 6:16  And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God, even as God said, “I will” dwell in them and “walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Lev. 26:12; Ezek. 37:27

2Co 6:17  Because of this, “come out from among them” “and be separated,” says the Lord, “and do not touch the unclean thing,” and I will receive you. Isa. 52:11

2Co 6:18  “And I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons” and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Sam. 7:8, 14; Isa. 43:6

תו ‘tav’ is related to את & תא

את ‘et’ is the root for the word sign (אות ‘oht’).  This is significant because the Word is a sign on the hand and the forehead (Deuteronomy 6:8).  The mark of God is His Word/Name.

תא ‘tav aleph’ is related to the word תו ‘tav’ and את ‘et’ and means a mark/boundary.

 

תא relates to the word תר ‘tar’ which means the ‘mark of man’ or the border/outline.

 

From this root we get תאר ‘ta`ar’ and תואר ‘to`ar.’  These words mean form, outline or border.  This is an important connection to see in that the mark of the beast versus the mark of God ultimately reflects whose image/form you are in.

 

This connection between the mark and the image/form/outline/shadow picture of God is further seen in that the word תורה ‘torah’ comes from this same root.

 

We can have the mark of God and be in His image by walking in His Torah/Word and letting Messiah live through us (Galatians 2:20), or we can have the mark of the beast and be in the image of Satan by walking in his ‘torah’ which is lawlessness (Ephesians 2:2-3; Isaiah 30:8-11; 1 Peter 2:8) .

 

We can choose the tree of life or the tree of knowledge.  The Light of the Word or the false light which is in reality darkness (Matthew 6:23).

 

Connection to the resurrection

 

Rom 1:1  Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, separated to the gospel of God,
Rom 1:2  which He promised before through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
Rom 1:3  concerning His Son who came of the seed of David according to flesh,
Rom 1:4  who was marked out
{ὁρίζω ‘horizō’} the Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;

 

G3724

ὁρίζω

horizō

Thayer Definition:

1) to define

1a) to mark out the boundaries or limits (of any place or thing)

1b1) that which has been determined, acc. to appointment, decree

1b2) to ordain, determine, appoint

Part of Speech: verb

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3725

 

This connection to the horizon is seen in the equinox/’tequfah‘ of the Spring which displays the image of the cross.  More on this below.

 

The meaning of this word corresponds to the Hebrew word תור ‘tor’ which means image.  It is only through the resurrection that we will be formed into His image.

 

1Jn 3:1  See what manner of love the Father has given us, that we may be called children of God. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it was not yet revealed what we shall be. But we know that if He is revealed, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
1Co 1:18  For the Word of the cross is foolishness to those being lost, but to us being saved, it is the power of God.

Believers look to the Word of the cross.  The Word of the covenant.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

 

The covenant with God is His Word which was cut in Christ at Passover when Jesus hung on the tree Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; Zechariah 9:11; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28).

 

The Cross & the Name

In the wilderness Israel was healed through looking upon the serpent on a pole.  This was a figure of being saved through ‘looking’ upon the Messiah on the cross/tree.

Num 21:9  And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole; and it happened, if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

Joh 3:14  And even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Joh 3:15  that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Exo 14:13  And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. Take your stand and see the salvation of Jehovah, which He will prepare for you today. For as you see the Egyptians today, you shall not continue to see them again forever.

Luk 3:6  “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Isaiah 40:3-5

Isa 52:10  Jehovah has bared His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

How was His arm revealed?  On the cross.

Isa 53:1  Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of Jehovah revealed?

Gen 22:14  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Will See; so that it is said until this day, In the mount of Jehovah it will be seen.

Gen 22:14  ויקרא אברהם שׁם־המקום ההוא יהוה יראה אשׁר יאמר היום בהר יהוה יראה׃

Literally, in/on the mountain the LORD will be seen.

 

Joh 8:56  Your father Abraham leaped for joy that he should see My day, and he saw, and rejoiced.
Joh 8:57  Then the Jews said to Him, You do not yet have fifty years, and have You seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham came to be, I AM!

On the mountain the LORD will be seen.  יראה ‘yerah’eh’ is in the Niphal stem 3rd person masculine singular future tense.  Truly the LORD did provide HIMSELF as a lamb in the place of Isaac (mankind).

 

Gen 22:7  And Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, My father. And he said, Behold me. And he said, Behold, the fire and the wood! But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will see to the lamb for Himself, for a burnt offering. And the two of them went together.

הר האלהים ‘har ha’elohim’ (the Mountain of God) has the numerical value of 296.  This is equivalent to לאור גוים ‘l’or ha’goyim’ (For a light of the nations).  This links the Messiah on the cross on the Mountain of God to Light which points to the Menorah.  This will be seen in more detail below.

 

Isa 49:3  and said to Me, You are My servant, Israel, You in whom I shall be glorified.

 

This verse is referring to Messiah as Israel, the Olive tree.

Isa 49:6  And He said, It is too little that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You for a light of the nations, that You may be My salvation (ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus) to the end of the earth.

Isa 42:6  I, Jehovah, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand, and will keep You, and give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the nations;

Luk 2:32  a Light for revelation to the nations, and the Glory of Your people Israel.

Isa 40:5  And the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.

How was His glory revealed?

 

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.


Joh 19:19  And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself (John 8:28 Messiah states this is how they will know He is ‘I AM’).

 

Joh 12:33  But He said this, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.
Joh 12:34  The crowd answered Him, We heard out of the Law that The Christ remains to the age. And how do You say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?
Joh 12:35  Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, that darkness not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going.
Joh 12:36  While you have the Light, believe into the Light, that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things, and going away He was hidden from them.
Joh 12:37  But though He had done so many miraculous signs before them, they did not believe into Him,
Joh 12:38  so that the Word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, “Lord, who has believed our report? And the arm of the Lord, to whom was it revealed?”
Isa. 53:1

Joh 12:39  Because of this they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
Joh 12:40  “He has blinded their eyes” and “has hardened their heart,” “that they might not see with the eyes” and “understand with the heart,” “and be converted,” “and I should heal them.”
Isa. 6:10

Joh 12:41  Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory, and spoke about Him.

The pictographs of יהוה ‘Yahweh’ speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands.

 


Joh 20:27  Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and thrust into My side, and be not unbelieving, but believing.
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!

The Cross (ת ‘tav’) is linked with His Name.

 

Eze 9:4  And Jehovah said to him, Pass through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and mark (תוה ‘tavah’) a mark (תו ‘tav’) on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning over all the abominations that are done in her midst.

Rev 14:1  And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! And with Him were a hundred and forty four thousands, with the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads.
Rev 22:4  And they will see His face; and His name will be on their foreheads.

His Name is the Word

Rev 19:13  and having been clothed in a garment which had been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God.

We are marked by the Name/Word/Jesus.

 

Rev 7:3  Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we seal the slaves of our God on their foreheads.
Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of those having been sealed: one hundred forty four thousands, having been sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:
Rev 14:1  And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! And with Him were a hundred and forty four thousands, with the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads.

 

The numerical value of תורה ‘torah’ is 611 which is equivalent with יהוה אלהים צבאות ‘Yahweh Elohim Tsevaot’ (Lord God of Hosts).  Scripture declares this is the ‘name’ of God.

 

Jer_15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jer_32:18  Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,

Amo_4:13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

His Name is the Word

Mat 12:18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Mat 12:19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

Mat 12:20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Mat 12:21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Isa 42:2  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Isa 42:3  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

Isa 42:4  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

His Name is the Word…the Word is the Torah…His Name is the Torah…Jesus is the Word…Jesus is the Torah.  This is not to say Jesus is the law of Moses, this is showing that the law of Christ/law of God reveals the character of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.

 

Isa 5:24  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

The Hebrew word for name is שם ‘shem’ which literally means one’s breathe or character.  What is the character of the Almighty?  Love (1 John 4:8).

 

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters  אב ‘av’ which means father and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ which has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son on the cross as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

 

It is God’s name/character of love that is written in the heads of His redeemed people (Revelation 22:4).  The prophet Ezekiel was shown that His mark is depicted in the letter ת ‘tav’ which was written in ancient times as the image of the cross (Ezekiel 9:4).

 

The word תורה ‘torah’ also pictographically displays Messiah on the cross, revealing the love of God.

ת – cross

ו – nail

ר – head, leader

ה – man with outstretched arms

 

Jesus’ declaration of God’s love was manifest on the cross.

 

Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

The English word love is related Etymologically to the Hebrew word לב ‘lev’ which means the heart.  Scripture declares that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34-35).  If one reads this portion of Scripture, it is seen that the subject of blasphemy is directly related to the words which one speaks dependent upon the state of their heart (Matthew 12:24-37).  Messiah declares that the origin of blasphemy comes from the heart (Mark 7:20-23).  What is the remedy to overcome this?  The Love of God (Colossians 3:8-14).  We are to sanctify the name of God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15) by abiding in His love (Romans 11:16; John 15:1-10).

Lent cross

Lent is a time of year in which believers deny themselves in order to seek God’s will.  This is designed to help believers take up their cross to follow Messiah.

 

We are to take up our crosses (Mark 10:21; Luke 14:26-33), dying to the self (Philippians 3:10; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:31; Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14-15), giving our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2) that He might live through us (John 11:25; Romans 6:7-18).

 

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Luk 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Luk 14:29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

Luk 14:30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Luk 14:31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

Luk 14:32  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

Luk 14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Gal 2:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Rom 6:15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

 

 

Lent begins at the end of winter and continues into the beginning of Spring.  The word Lent originally meant Spring.  It derives from the Germanic root ‘long’ because Spring is the time in which the days lengthen.   Spring begins at the equinox/’tequfah‘ which depicts the image of the cross.

 

The word for ‘equinox’ in Hebrew is תקופה ‘tequfah’ which has the following pictograph meaning.  The cross (ת) reveals (ה) the sun on the horizon (קוף).  The letter ק ‘qof’ spelled קוף ‘qof’ in Hebrew is pictographically displayed as the sun rising on the horizon.  So then, the word תקופה ‘tequfah’ has embedded within itself the point of the equinox.  It is at the cross of the horizon which is exactly East.  As the sun moves through its course in the sky it will rise directly East at the spring and fall equinoxes, making a cross in the sky each year.

 

 

Lent is the time of year in which winter, which represents death, gives way to Spring which portrays rebirth and life.  The time of year in which the flowers spring forth, filling the earth with a sweet smelling fragrance.

 

This sweet smelling aroma connects to the love/name of God.  Messiah on the cross reveals the love of the Father and is a sweet smelling aroma to the Father.

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

As we take up our crosses and follow Him, we give a sweet savor to God as well.

2Co 2:14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2Co 2:15  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2Co 2:16  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Forgiveness of debts is a key part of this love.

Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, having forgiven one another, even as also God forgave you in Christ.

אשם ‘asham,’ which means one who is guilty, is also the word for trespass/guilt offering (Leviticus 5:6).  It is translated as guilty, trespass, sin etc.  אשם ‘asham’ comes from the root word שם ‘shem’ which means the character of a person as in their breath or “aroma”.

 

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Sin brings forth the aroma of death while His Word brings forth the aroma of life.  One of the purposes of His Word is to convict mankind (Romans 3:19; James 2:10) and reveal to them their stench (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18, 24) that they may turn to Him for forgiveness through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 7:25).

 

Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Scriptures declares that His Name or Character is His Word (Revelation 19:13; Matthew 12:21=Isaiah 42:4).

 

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Mat 12:21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Isa 42:4  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Those who are born again in His Word (James 1:18, 21) bear forth the sweet fragrance of this Word (2 Corinthians 2:14-16).

 

Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Jas 1:19  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Jas 1:20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Jas 1:21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

2Co 2:14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2Co 2:15  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

2Co 2:16  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

To those who are likewise saved through this Word, the sweet fragrance of His Word comes forth.  To those who are lost, the smell of death is revealed as the Word also reveals our guilt.  The only way to bring forth the sweet fragrance of His Word is through the love of God, revealed in Christ Jesus.

 

Eph 5:2  and walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.

Love is the character/name of God (1 John 4:8, 16).

 

1Jn 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1Jn 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters אב ‘av.’ אב ‘av’ means father.  The middle letter ה ‘heh’ has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

 

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Let us take up our crosses (Mark 8:34-37; Luke 14:26-33; Mark 10:21) and die to ourselves daily (1 Corinthians 15:31), presenting our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2; 6:6-18) which are a sweet fragrance to the Most High.  Forgiving, loving, walking in the Character/Name of God.

 

 

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