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The Voices in the Wilderness

The Voices in the Wilderness

Pain, suffering, disappointment,
“I’m going through the wilderness,” he said.

Heartbreak, sorrow, disillusionment,
“I’m going through the desert,” he said.

The wilderness, the desert—empty places of ultimate solitude.
Can God be there?

When the wind blows it brings no comfort—
only so many varied voices pulling at the hearing. 

Where are the ravens that fed Elijah?
Or, the angels who baked him bread?
Where is the burning bush that Moses saw? 

When do rocks start gushing water?
When does mana from heaven fall?

What ears hear the cry of prayer that leaves the lips?
What eyes see the knees bruised by rock and sand?
Has God forgotten those in the barren places?

The wilderness, the desert when will this journey end?
Can any comfort possibly be found?
What joy can replenish the parched spirit, the thirsting soul?

Has he misjudged his plight?
Did he not perceive there could be purpose beyond his need?
Can those wind-born voices be discerned as two?

Listen: one voice, plaintive, piteous would caress with defeat and
abandonment—the futility of life itself. 

Listen: there is another voice. Though also small, it assures, comforts and
understands—offering hope, promise, even more than mortal life. 

If he tunes in that latter voice, and concentrates on it alone . . .
the desert starts to bloom,
the wilderness reveals its beauty,
bareness vanishes. 

Words that bring healing gush forth,
now washed, cleansed and restored
the pain, the sorrow and isolation give way. 

The voice of promise grows stronger,
and the voice of defeat grows weaker.
The desert wilderness, no longer anguish, becomes provision. 

The voices in the wilderness give choice.
To which will he listen?
To which will he bend his will?
And which voice have you chosen?

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
January 10, 2018

The Purpose of Showbread

The Purpose of Showbread
The “face of His presence”

Exodus 25:30 (Parsha Terumah)
And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.

The Torah sets forth in detail the construction of the table the showbread is placed upon in the holy place of the tabernacle. However, we are told little about its purpose, preparation or maintenance. It would seem Yahweh gave us up until 70AD to start thinking outside the “box” of the stone and mortar Temple. I had some metaphorical thoughts on the subject. Let me share them with you.

For whose benefit is the showbread? The best translation I could find says the bread is the “face of His presence.” I do not think then that it is an “offering” for Yahweh, He knows who He is and needs no reminder. It must be for the benefit of His children with whom he chose to dwell in their midst in the tabernacle. It is necessary to see the tabernacle in terms of our relationship with Yeshua−we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (ICor 6:19) Yahweh come in the flesh is the bread of life. Even though He resided above the Mercy Seat inside the Most Holy place−He wanted it understood He is ever present outside the Most Holy place−in effect saying He is our Daily Bread. We, as priests, through faith in the work of Yeshua (Rev 1:5-6), are to maintain His presence−His face before us always.

He provides all the tools (pans, pitchers, dishes Ex 25:29) needed to prepare and keep His presence before us−it is our duty to provide the fresh ingredients for the preparation. It’s like an offering of ourselves to maintain His presence as vital, fresh and visible. It is in effect the exercise of our will that keeps His face before us.

Some commentaries suggest the bread was made of corn. I’m inclined to think, metaphorically, we’re to prepare it from the best grain that’s in season−from the best we have available to us.

How often is the bread made? The Torah doesn’t say. The rabbinical rules said weekly. My thinking is we look at our heart and whenever a fresh reminder of His presence is needed we make a new, fresh loaf. In some situations of stress or temptation it may be many times a day. How fresh we keep his “face” before us is our decision. But His presence is ALWAYS to be visible, vibrant and verifiable.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
February 9, 2016

A Picture of God’s Healing

As I was praying for a person recently who has a chronic health condition the Lord showed me a prophetic picture of healing. The person I was praying for has undertaken to pursue after healing. This means that many dietary habits have been changed and an exercise program embarked upon. The exercise started with just a simple one minute activity. Substantial progress is being made on all counts.

Could prayer move God to just sovereignly restore my friend’s health? Of course, but it seems quite often He wants us to participate in the process. This past week’s Torah portion (Lev 19:9) told the farmer to not harvest the fringes of his fields or to pick off every grape from the vineyard. He was to leave some produce for the needy. The person in need can find dignity in the fact that they are actively participating in meeting their need. The Lord did not tell the farmer to pick, package up and deliver the produce. It was to be left in the field to be harvested by those who were without. Not to digress, but does this not speak to the nation’s entitlement programs?

Back to the healing prayer and prophetic picture I received. I reported the Torah portion because I believe the Lord wants us to participate in our healing. To just take a pill or two or five and no lifestyle change is not the best answer for healing. To underline this understanding brings me to the prophetic picture. As I was praying the Lord brought to my mind a container on my front porch in which I am sprouting some seeds. It has space for planting seeds in twelve little “pots.” “Hmm, Lord, why did you show me that?” Then I realized that healing, even from the Lord, can be like the sprouting of the seeds. Very soon after planting one or two pots sprouted. I kept watering daily and over the next week finally the seeds in every pot had sprouted.

Can it be then that healing is like seed sprouting? We plant the seeds of healing and they begin to sprout. If they all sprouted the first day, that would be a miracle. But isn’t it a miracle that they sprout at all? So, as we, needy souls that we are, glean the fields and vineyards of healing we can look to the process. We can celebrate as each undertaking we pursue in a God-directed program of health begins to sprout and grow. Thank God for the one day miracle and for the miracle of every day.