THE LIGHT OF DAY:
The Day: A time of enlightenment and testing.
A time of action. Physical/Masculine attributes.
THE RIGHT STEP: Putting your best foot forward.
1) Dawn: boqer; bō’·ker: morning, break of day
From the root: baqar; bä·kar: to seek, look, enquire, consider
This is the dawning or rising of a light and it is the driving force behind your quest. With the rising of the light an idea sparks, or ignites into your consciousness. This is the reason many cultures pray facing to the east or refer to the rising sun. It is the dawning of enlightenment and the rising of God’s light in the conscious soul. Your first step, stage, phase, or “day“, starts with an awareness of something you might not have previously known and it illuminates your mind and soul, casting aside all darkness or mystery.
Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Revelation 2:28 and I will give him the morning star.
Even now as you read this a new light of awareness is dawning inside. Something new has sparked, and you may even question yourself. “Is this really what this means?” and in doing so you are now seeking an answer. And questioning things is really one of our greatest gifts. Because when we question, we seek answers to the questions we pose, and we always find more answers than what we were originally looking to find. He is the beginning of true understanding. The quest is the mission. Learn all you can while you can. To not seek, seems to be the opposite of all of God’s plan. After all, if God wanted us to find Him easily, don’t you think He wouldn’t have hid Himself so well?
Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
But He wants you to find understanding. He wants you to find Him, and as you look He will provide the clues and answer. A mystery that doesn’t want to be found will continuously withdraw itself, but a mystery that wants to be discovered will always leave you clues.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Remember Moses in the wilderness? God rained down manna upon them as food to eat.
Psalms 78:24 Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.
Manna: man; män: ‘What is it?’
The food of the Israelites in the wilderness that God fed their souls with, was the questions of the heart. His questions are what drove them to seek their peace. What drives you now? What is it you most seek in your life? Do you even have a goal? When we seek God we seek more than just Him. What if you found Him today? What then? God hides Himself for a reason. So that you will continue to grow.
Buddhist monks used to ask their masters. “Am I ready yet master?” and the master would always say “Not yet, go back and try some more”. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will never be ready in this lifetime. You must always strive to be more, grow more, do more… within reason. What I mean is that until the day you die and shed this human shell, you will never be truly ready to see your Creator in all His majesty and glory. The sheer awesomeness of everything is more than a mere nothing can bear…
But are you nothing? We are all as a small speck of dust in the universal scheme of things. Like an elephant with a speck on its back, this is you in comparison to the city you live in. And your city to the Earth is too like a speck. The Earth to this solar system, or this solar system to the galaxy… or this galaxy to the entire universe. You are as a speck-of-dust on a speck-of-dust on a speck…. And so forth. BUT! God loves you as if you were His only Son. He loves you with a power and ferocity beyond measure.
Luke 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
As we mirror Jesus in all that we do, we also mirror His inheritance. And on the day that we come home to God, who runs and greets us with the same joy we have for Him. You just may even hear Him echo the same words that the Spirit uttered unto to Jesus.
Mark 1:11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Seek, the light of the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength… or He may always be just out of your reach.
THE FOLLOW THROUGH
2) Day/Afternoon: yowm; yōm: A period of time; day, year, etc.
From an unused root meaning: to be hot
Testing and Application:
The mid-day is symbolic of the testing by fire. When Adam and Eve were kicked out of paradise, they found themselves toiling in the heat of the sun.
Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: ” Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 9 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
This is the testing of an action, or belief by the Spirit/spirit inside you. It is making a sacrifice of one’s self, by applying your efforts to a cause, to see the merit and validity of that action taken. God even refers to Himself as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), that tests the mind (Jeremiah 17:10) to see the results of our thoughts and practices. If our actions and thoughts are good they are associated as being something delicious or delightful, and are then as a sacrifice worthy of consuming, thus adding to the strength of the Spirit/spirit within.
1Job 20:15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
This comes from the understanding that consuming something gives the strength of the thing consumed to the thing that ate it. It is Not that God needs us, it is simply a theme that explains His desire to have us join to Him. We become as Jesus was, the symbolic lamb of obedience, sacrificed at the alter of sin. A worthy sacrifice pleasing to God. By the testing of fire, our thoughts and actions are tested to see their worthiness.
1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
Remember God gave Moses the manna, but Jesus gives us bread. The bread is the thing we eat through our toils. This is the bread of testing and it is the truth that He feeds us.
John 6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ “
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven — not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
The Lord no longer only feeds us the questions of life, but rather He gives you answers in the toils and testing you endure.
The bread is made of wheat. This wheat is pounded and ground up in preparation.
Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
1 Corinthians 9:10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
We are the wheat of the field. Almost all of the chapter (Matthew 13) is based on this. We are the wheat of sacrifice and we are threshed.
Have you ever seen a picture of a Pharaoh?
What does he hold in his hands?
- A shepherd’s crook to lead his sheep
- A flail for the wheat in which to rule and feed his people.
This same imagery is carried true in scriptures, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and He is also the bread of sacrifice.
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Jesus is the Hope in which we partake of, He is our daily bread. But before bread is ready to be consumed it must first be harvested.
Mark 4:28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.
This is the preparation of your soul, and once your head is full and your soul is ripe, the Harvest time has come.
The Image Of Death
This is why the image of death, the Grim Reaper holds the sickle to harvest your soul.
And once the harvest time has come, we are gathered into God’s threshing floor where we get the nut threshed out of us. The harvest time is just a time of gathering. But as you come to God you are not yet ready to be consumed. Your life is more than growing, it is also testing, and believe me, we all get our heads beat-in in this life. But those that are worthy are kept, and all the rest is thrown into another kind of fire separate from the light of day.
Ezekiel 15:7 and I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set My face against them.
Matthew 25:30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping (Wailing) and gnashing of teeth.’
This is an eternal sacrifice of testing without the light of God. Forever wandering “Why me?” wallowing in self-pity and denial and making the sounds of an animal, a beast without understanding and fearing the eternal night that they have condemned their dark spirit to. Even a little light can hold back the darkness, but they simply can not see. The doors to God’s home are always open to those that see the light. But the sleeper sleeps, and sees nothing.
Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Revelation 21:22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Proverbs 6:9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
But before you can enter the great feast and consume the true strength, the full understanding of God. You must too be made a sacrifice as Jesus. We all have our own cross to bear
Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
It is a burden, but His burden is light in comparison to the ponderous burden of the guilt of sin, and the loss of mercy and grace. But it is yet a cross we must bear, because your whole life is a sacrifice to one thing or another, so why not let it be one for a greater good?
The bread is made of the wheat that is found ripe, gathered into union as in a congregation. Together we face the flail of testing, just as Jesus had to face it alone.
Luke 22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover…
Luke 23:5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
John 19:1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.
Jesus stirred the wheat and removed the chaff, and He is the bread of sacrifice. And as bread He too faced the preparations as we do. Though our beatings may not be a physical threshing as His were, but our stripes are still as real as His in many ways.
Psalms 89:32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.
Proverbs 20:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
I can not thank Jesus enough for becoming the bread of sacrifice for me, and my transgressions. I can not see how anything in my life will ever be worthy of such treatment He faced for me. There is no one I would want to take my place in facing of the trials of life, but Jesus, I can never see as the one I want to face them for me. But yet He is my intercession, taking each blow in my stead. The whipping boy who takes the blows of punishment for a selfish child king in the making.
Galatians 4:1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I am not worthy of Him placing Himself in my place. But He did. And to Him I am eternally grateful. My sacrifice, as yours, is ours to face alone. But he has become the bread that took away my iniquities and He makes my life a worthy sacrifice.
We are all threshed, and we are all refined on the millers stone, but it doesn’t last forever, because to break us is not His plan for us.
Proverbs 20:26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.
Isaiah 28:28 Bread flour must be ground; Therefore he does not thresh it forever, Break it with his cartwheel, Or crush it with his horsemen.
We only bear the beatings of this life for so long, and our refined spirit is mixed with the oil of His grace and Spirit. We are baked in the ovens of the fires of testing, in God’s light… and we are a sacrifice of a fragrant offering, worthy to be consumed by the Lord. We are the body, we are the bread. We are the body of Christ Jesus.
The bread of sacrifice is also the bread of truth. Moses had the bread of questions. But Jesus gives us the bread of answers. And His bread is the truth we seek with our sacrifice we make each day..
Matthew 6:8-13 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
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