Exodus High Lights: Spirit, Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge- Executing the Work of the Kingdom with Heart
Galations 3; 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
–We are all a part of the family of God, if we keep and safeguard the commands of the Head of this ‘Household’, and walk day to day as imitators of our Perfect Father. According to scripture there is no discrimination if one grasps tightly the eternal covenant sealed with the forefathers, a precursor or preceding layer of the covenant which we are witnessing coming into view even now. The Word, the living Torah written upon hearts, engraved on the tablets of our hearts. As parts of this body, this family do we really understand the concept of what we are asked, expected, commanded to give? These gifts are not to be given under duress, they are not to be executed with the expectation that we could ever somehow bring about our own salvation…these gifts are to be free willed, heart motivated and Spirit inspired. The purposes which they should serve are of working, striving, enabling, building, upholding that which has been promised to us in Scripture… for the sake of the Kingdom which we ARE working toward when we realize
it is at hand, or so to speak…at heart, inside each one of us who is In Yeshua the Messiah.
What can we give back to the One Who made everything? What can we contribute to the Kingdom of Heaven? What can we offer to the Most High God?
What He has asked of us.
Ephesians 3; 14 For this reason, I fall on my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its character. 16 I pray that from the treasures of his glory he will empower you with inner strength by his Spirit, 17 so that the Messiah may live in your hearts through your trusting. Also I pray that you will be rooted and founded in love, 18 so that you, with all God’s people, will be given strength to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the Messiah’s love, 19 yes, to know it, even though it is beyond all knowing, so that you will be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by his power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen.
Nasa (naw-saw)- to lift.
נתנ Nathan (naw-than)- to give, put, make, etc.
לקח Laqach (law-kakh)- to take.
Job 1; 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave (NATHAN) and the Lord has taken (LAQACH) away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
–These are the texts of the Census, taken just prior to the account of the Golden Calf, the silver half-shekel which was brought by every man twenty years of age and up (the usual age of marriage and also that of military service). You will notice that which is given (NATHAN) serves several extremely important functions. The silver will be counted, not the people, for YOU ARE NOT A NUMBER to the Lord.
The silver will be used in the surrounding, protecting, bordering, securing courtyard sockets of the Mishkan as well as the silver hooks which enable the walls of the courtyard to become ONE.
Have we ever considered any of the following concepts as far as our gifts to the Lord?
What of these purposes did Messiah Yeshua furnish in his redemptive work?
Verse 12- give…a ransom (Kopher- a cover; redemption price) for himself for the Lord (so that there will be no plague, i.e. death).
Verse 13- give…as a contribution (Truwmah- a present as offered up, especially as tribute or sacrifice) to the Lord.
Verse 14-give…the contribution (Truwmah) to the Lord.
Verse 15- when you give…..the contribution to the Lord to make atonement (Kaphar- to cover; placate, expiate, cancel) for yourselves.
Verse 16- give….it for the service (Abodah- work of any kind) of the Tent of Meeting,
to be a memorial – Zikrown- memento (or memorable thing, day or writing) before the Lord
to make atonement (Kaphar) for yourselves.
Exodus 30; 12 “When you take (NASA) a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give (NATHAN) a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.
13 This is what everyone who is numbered shall give (NATHAN): half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a contribution to the Lord.
14 Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give (NATHAN) the contribution to the Lord.
15 The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give (NATHAN) the contribution to the Lord to make atonement for yourselves.
16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give (NATHAN) it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for yourselves.”
Luke 11; 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
–There is One gift that was freely given, with unfathomable love…the Truwmah of Yeshua’s life. This gift was and is and will be the Ransom for all the lives who will believe and trust and walk in Yeshua, this offering was and is and will be the covering which cancels our debt for willful sin, this remembrance is Olam- forever, as we are eternally His and can not be snatched from His hand. When our Master returns we need to be engaged in the work of distributing the Good Seed for the Harvest to come. Tending to the flocks of our Master and reaching out every day ready with the word of God and the promise of His salvation.
I Peter 3; 13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…..
–There are some main points of interest that stand out over these weeks and Torah Portions. We are in the sections where first Moshe is given God’s blueprint for the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and all the service therein while on the Mountain. There is the account of the golden calf and the shattering of the first tablets of testimony, the second set of tablets and confirmation of God’s Presence with the people and the rest that Presence enables. The commands for the Sabbath are exquisitely positioned within these detailed instructions for the planning, preparing, and constructing of God’s dwelling place with His people.
[Exodus 31; 12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you.]
It is clear that this positioning of the Sabbath commands (which have already been repeated in the Bible Texts several times) is leading us to the concept that our work should come secondary to our sanctification of God and His holy day. God wanted His people to know that even the physical ‘house’ they were building for Him to draw near was to be understood as being dependant upon them reserving, preserving and preparing His place in their own lives, hearts and in the dimension of time…when they observed and hallowed His Sabbath.
Points of Interest: The heart. The heart. The heart.
Over and over in these texts we see the Lord pointing us to the center of our bodies, the organ which moves the blood (in which is the life) throughout our whole bodies, without which we can not survive. The heart keeps things moving, it is always pumping, throbbing, active…the connecting word which is also stressed is Work. Work. Work.
The work the Lord desires of us is that which is done with heart…He asks us to “bring near” this work. The Lord appoints leaders and inspires the people to the work ahead of them with four specific and definitive elements: The Spirit of the Lord, Wisdom, Understanding (Intelligence) and Knowledge.
The Messiah Yeshua is our model for all of these attributes and the Isaiah 11 text below lays out for us the very characteristics our King endows His Son with…describing his Kingship and Kingdom and how it will function and be governed. It is no coincidence that these are same virtues He will endow Bezalel, Oholiab and all the “wise hearted” people who will accumulate and mobilize all the elements for the Mishkan as God instructed.
Ruwach (roo-akh)- wind, by resemblance breath; a sensible or even violent exhalation; figuratively life; by resemblance a spirit.
Isaiah 11; 1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit (RUWACH) of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom (CHOKMAH) and understanding (BIYNAH), the spirit (RUWACH) of counsel (ETSAH) and strength (GBUWRAH), the spirit (RUWACH) of knowledge (DA’ATH) and the fear of the Lord. 3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; 4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. 5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.
כמה Chokmah (khokmaw)- wisdom (in a good sense.)
בינה Biynah (bee-naw)- understanding.
עצה Etsah (ay-tsaw)- advice; by implication a plan; also prudence.
גבורה Gbuwrah (gheb-oo-raw)- force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor or victory.
דעת Da’ath (dah-ath)-knowledge.
חכם Chakam (khaw-kawm)- wise (intelligent, skillful, artful.)
תבונה Tabuwn (taw-boon)-intelligence; by implication, an argument; by extension, caprice.
מלאכה Mla’kah (mel-aw-kaw)-duty ship; ministry; generally, employment (never servile) or work; property (as the result of labor).
Exodus 31; 1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit (RUWACH) of God in wisdom (CHOKMAH), in understanding (TABUWN), in knowledge (DA’AT), and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to make artistic designs for work (MLA’KAH) in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work (MLA’KAH)in all kinds of craftsmanship. 6 And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful (CHAKAM) I have put skill (CHOKMAH), that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, 8 the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lamp stand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, 10 the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; 11 the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”
–One Haphtarah (section of Prophets read with the Torah Portion- Sedra) in connection with these texts relates the account of Hiram, the skilled craftsman employed by king Solomon to build the pillars of the Holy Temple. It is no coincidence that Hiram’s attributes are the same as Yeshua- the builder of the eternal Kingdom of God and Bezalel with Oholiab- the heads of the Mishkan composition….all are ‘filled’ with Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge for the WORK they are appointed to do.
I Kings 7; 13 Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. 14 He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom (CHOKMAH) and understanding (TABUWN) and skill (DA’ATH) for doing any work (MLA’KAH) in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work (MLA’KAH).
21 Thus he set up the pillars at the porch of the nave; and he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz. 22 On the top of the pillars was lily design. So the work (MLA’KAH) of the pillars was finished.
–Let us roam for just a bit and consider the description of the Pillars described in Revelation. These pillars are those who have kept God’s word, and the Testimony of Yeshua. These pillars have held fast to what they have been given and have overcome. These pillars have been established, crafted and placed permanently in the Temple of God by Yeshua himself and furthermore they have the Name of God, the Name of the City of God and the Name of Messiah written (grapho- engraved) on them! If there ever was a promise to be encouraged by…strive to be one of these pillars with all your heart, envision this day and be strengthened!
Revelation 3; 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
–The Torah describes Betzalel as a man whom God has filled with wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Rashi explains that wisdom is the ability to learn new ideas or points of wisdom from one’s teacher, whereas understanding is the ability to “understand [on one’s own] one thing from another.”
Rashi’s definition of understanding includes both the power of deductive reasoning—the ability to logically derive “smaller” constituent parts from within the context of a “greater” whole—and the power of inductive reasoning—the ability to extrapolate, induce, or abstract new, “greater” knowledge from what one already knows.
What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? On the same verse describing the spiritual gifts bestowed upon Betzalel, Rashi continues to explain that knowledge represents an even greater intellectual faculty than understanding, which is called ru’ach hakodesh, or literally, the holy spirit.
The holy spirit is the mind’s power to be totally tuned into God’s will. Rationality is not necessarily aligned with the Creator’s will. In other words, God’s will does not always agree with what a person would think to be rational.
To construct the Tabernacle, Betzalel had to both be a scientist and an artist. The sages note his ability to permute the letters with which the heavens and the earth were created. This suggests his scientific prowess. Betzalel, constructed the Tabernacle as a microcosm mirroring the cosmos in all its complexity. The Tabernacle was also full of tremendous physical beauty, reflecting Betzalel’s gifts as an artist.
Numerically, the sum of the Hebrew words for “art” (אמנות ) and “science” (מדע ) equals the gematria of “Torah” (תורה ), indicating that Torah indeed reflects both aspects of human knowledge and creativity.
(see http://www.inner.org for more in depth commentary and other great resources.)
“If doing God’s commandments leaves you feeling tired, burdened and overwhelmed…you’re doing it wrong! “- Ash Soular
The Torah is the masterpiece of God, divine and yet handed to us with love in the hope that we would bring near to our hearts the Mla’kah (work) inscribed by the Most High God for us to cherish.
נדב Nadab (naw-dawb)- to impel, hence to volunteer; (as a soldier); to present spontaneously.
עבדת Abodah (ab-o-dah)-work of any kind.
נדיב Nadiyb (naw-deeb)- voluntary, generous, magnanimous.
נדבה Ndabah (ned-aw-baw)-spontaneity, spontaneous; a spontaneous abundant gift.
Exodus 35;21 Everyone whose heart stirred (נשא NASA )him and everyone whose spirit (RUWACH) moved him (NADAB) came and brought the Lord’s contribution (TRUWMAH) for the work (MLA’KAH) of the tent of meeting and for all its service (ABODAH) and for the holy garments. 22 Then all whose hearts moved them (NADIYB), both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the Lord. …. 29 The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them (NADAB) to bring material for all the work (MLA’KAH), which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill (NDABAH) offering to the Lord.
–The people are Spirit Motivated, Heart Inspired and have come to bring their earthly treasure and offer it willingly and spontaneously before the Lord in the abundant hope that the Treasure in Heaven will be allowed to pour out and intersect with their physical being…that the Glory of the Lord will be invited to reside and that it would rest near them, with them, within them. The people bring so much that there is an abundance, they are even commanded to cease from bringing. Imagine if we would devote ourselves to this sort of attitude of service. Imagine if instead of making time for God around our busy schedules, if we could fashion our schedules around a certain established time for God. Imagine if that time for God was the priority and majority rather than the scraps left over at the end of the day.
Exodus 36;1 “Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful (CHAKAM) person in whom the Lord has put skill (CHOKMAH) and understanding (DA’AT) to know how to perform all the work (MLA’KAH) in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.” 2 Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful (CHAKAM) person in whom the Lord had put skill (CHOKMAH), everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work (MLA’KAH) to perform it. 3 They received from Moses all the contributions which the sons of Israel had brought to perform the work(MLA’KAH) in the construction of the sanctuary. And they still continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. 4 And all the skillful (CHAKAM) men who were performing all the work (MLA’KAH) of the sanctuary came, each from the work (MLA’KAH) which he was performing, 5 and they said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.” 6 So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work (MLA’KAH) for the contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more. 7 For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work (MLA’KAH), to perform it.
–King David drew the Torah near to him at all times, he loved the eternal word of God with a longing and passionate desire. Solomon spent much of his time relating the lessons he was taught by David to the future generations, of which we are included. These lessons speak of the beauty and perfection in the heart of God as expressed in His Torah. The texts below of Proverbs 2 include all of the words we have been studying and express the fact that in pouring over His word and calling out to God for wisdom, insight, understanding and knowledge by the power of the Holy Spirit working within us…we will find all of those things as well protection and deliverance from evil.
בינה Biynah (bee-naw)- understanding.
תבין Biyn (bene)- to separate mentally or distinguish; generally- understand.
Proverbs 2; 1 My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you,
2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom (CHOKMAH), incline your heart to understanding (TABUWN);
3 For if you cry for discernment (BIYNAH), lift your voice for understanding (TABUWN);
4 If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern (BIYN) the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge (DA’ATH) of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom (CHOKMAH); from His mouth come knowledge (DA’ATH) and understanding (TABUWN).
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9 Then you will discern (BIYN) righteousness and justice and equity and every good course.
10 For wisdom (CHOKMAH) will enter your heart and knowledge (DA’ATH) will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will guard you, understanding (TABUWN) will watch over you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil…..
–Do not underestimate yourself, the potential that God finds in you. The capabilities God has endowed you with. Seek. Pursue. Investigate. Assign and dedicate yourself to this life long process of finding God’s purposes for your gifts and talents. Keep in mind that ALL wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment…ALL comes from God and He is more than willing to endow you will these attributes in their prescribed measure. Consider again the function, purpose and objective of all these things is our מלאכה Mla’kah (mel-aw-kaw)-dutyship; ministry; generally, employment (never servile) or work; property (as the result of labor).
Look closely at this definition and review our texts. Mla’kah, work…mentioned over and over…can mean MINISTRY. What kind of ministry are you performing day to day?
Take a look at where your service (ABODAH- work of ANY kind) is being allocated, and how your efforts are being spent. Consider where your freewill gifts of time, money, heart, and motivation are being administered. What are you building? What are you creating? What are you working toward?
Diakrisis (dee-ak-ree-sis)- judicial estimation.
Hebrews 5; 11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern (DIAKRISIS) good and evil.
Epignosis (ep-ig-no-sis)- recognition, i.e. full discernment, acknowledgment.
I Timothy 2; 1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge (EPIGNOSIS) of the truth.
–We are all important for the success of the work (Mla’kah) of the Kingdom as a whole. The strength of Israel did not reside in the talents of a few individuals but on the corporate solidarity of the nation as a whole. Each individual should see themselves as an essential part of the whole. The people gave generously with inspired hearts, they were motivated to work and to do all this work with intention and Spirit. In seeking to accomplish God’s work, we each need each other to make up what we lack.
(commentary adapted from http://www.torahresource.com/Parashpdfs/68CommentsTR.pdf)
Consider prayer in this way…” In the Name of Yeshua I ask: Holy Spirit inspire me with the wisdom you will give me, to bring near the work God wants me to do, that I may understand the way do it with all my heart.
Epistemon (ep-ee-stay-mone)- intelligent.
Sophia (sof-ee-ah)- wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual).
James 3; 13 Who among you is wise (SOPHOS) and understanding (EPISTEMON)? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom (SOPHIA). 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom (SOPHIA) is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom (SOPHIA)from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
–The work that we do while we await our King is very important. Coming into the knowledge of his truth IS salvation. The way that we do this work is most important. The text of James proves for us that this knowledge of how to perform the work of the Kingdom comes from God and from the Divine Spirit. Isaiah 64 (the text from which Paul quotes in I Corinthians) reminds us that the Lord will act on the behalf of those who wait for Him, remember His ways and rejoice in DOING righteousness.
Isaiah 64 ;1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence— 2 As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. 4 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
5 You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.
Pnuema (pny-yoo-mah)- a current of air, breath, blast or breeze; a spirit; (human) the rational soul; (supernatural) an angel or deamon; divine God; Holy Spirit.
Kardia (kar-dee-ah)- the heart; figuratively the thoughts or feelings (mind); by analogy the middle.
Pnuematikos (pnyoo-mat-ik-oce)- non- physically, divinely; non-carnal; divinely supernatural.
I Corinthians 2; 2 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom (SOPHIA), proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom (SOPHIA), but in demonstration of the Spirit (PNUEMA) and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom (SOPHIA) of men, but on the power of God. 6 Yet we do speak wisdom (SOPHIA) among those who are mature; a wisdom (SOPHIA), however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom (SOPHIA) in a mystery, the hidden wisdom (SOPHIA) which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart (KARDIA) of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit (PNUEMA); for the Spirit (PNUEMA) searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit (PNUEMA) of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit (PNUEMA) of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit (PNUEMA) of the world, but the Spirit (PNUEMA) who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom (SOPHIA), but in those taught by the Spirit (PNUEMA), combining spiritual (PNUEMATIKOS) thoughts with spiritual (PNUEMATIKOS) words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit (PNUEMA) of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually (PNUEMATIKOS) appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual (PNUEMATIKOS) appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
–It is not the wisdom of men on which our faith will rely, but upon the power of God. There is a hidden and predestined wisdom….which had not entered the heart of man. I believe this is the very thing which Jeremiah speaks of…the description of the “new covenant” and the cessation of man to learn from man.
Jeremiah 31; 31“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law (TORAH) within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
This powerful wisdom we have access to now is through the given word of God in scripture which can not be realized without the counsel of the Holy Spirit, with Whom we have been left to call upon for understanding by the Messiah Yeshua. While we can not KNOW the mind of God, we can relish and bring near that which God has given us…never forsaking even a single stroke.
May God bless you in your search, may He inspire you in all your work. Read the Deuteronomy passage below which relates to us, today, right now…precisely where our God given wisdom and understanding will come from. These words from God explain how His children will be set apart and holy, how we will truly be light to the world…through loving, and walking in His Torah.
May He endow you with all the wisdom Yeshua will give you through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dueteronomy 4; 5 Look, I have taught you laws and rulings, just as Adonai my God ordered me, so that you can behave accordingly in the land where you are going in order to take possession of it. 6 Therefore, observe them; and follow them; for then all peoples will see you as having wisdom (CHOKMAH)and understanding (BIYNAH). When they hear of all these laws, they will say, ‘This great nation is surely a wise (CHAKAM) and understanding (BIYN) people.’ 7 For what great nation is there that has God as close to them as Adonai our God is, whenever we call on him? 8 What great nation is there that has laws and rulings as just as this entire Torah which I am setting before you today? 9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves diligently as long as you live, so that you won’t forget what you saw with your own eyes, so that these things won’t vanish from your hearts.
Luke 21; 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. 16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam
Blessed are You LORD our God King of the universe,
You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth
You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your Living Word
Blessed are You LORD our God,
Gracious Giver of the Torah
B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac amein
Avinu, Malkeinu, my Father, my King….
I have sinned before you, I have fallen short, I have underestimated the strength of pride and anger and I repent. I repent and ask that You lead me to the wisdom and understanding you desire me to have…only that I may perform Your service with a clean heart. With an uplifted heart. With a sanctified heart. I devote myself and all that I am to Your work and pray that You will use me to further Your Kingdom…till we reach the days of Heaven on Earth. Grant me and my household a place….least, last, small…but present. Close enough to hear the song of the Lamb, near enough to smell the sweet incense, I love the House that You have built and I ask that we all be Spirit led through Your word to the understanding and discernment we will need to dedicate our lives to Your service. May You bless others through Your maidservant and the family which You have blessed me with…may the expressions of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart find favor before you my Rock and my Redeemer. In the name of my savior Yeshua do I ask this, in accordance with Your will. Amein.