Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Will the fear of the Lord drive you to obedience and holiness or hardness of heart?
How will you choose to fear God???
A year and a half ago, God gave Rosh Pina the following vision: A world where Jews and Gentiles Know God, Fulfill their purpose and Live their distinct calling together in Yeshua.
Our goal is to utilize this time to adjust the tactics of our mission and continue toward our vision. We know a big part of this vision is awakening and revival, which we see in the book of Revelation:
After these things I looked, and behold, a vast multitude that no one could count - from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues - was standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels were standing around the throne, along with the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God (Revelation 7:9-10).
This is why we want to continue the discussion on how God used plagues to reveal Himself to Moses, Israel and to Egypt. The first plague is essentially an introduction to judgment. Among other things, the idea of turning water into blood is meant to communicate a turning point.
This manifest presence of God is the introduction to the Day of Victory. It connects the first application of judgment in the first plague and the last application of judgment in the final plague. It connects the past and present eternal realities of God's plan to bring awakening and revival through connecting us to God.
In other words, the first and the last plague, both dealing with blood are types of introductions that God is making to different people in different ways.
This blog post is not meant to be "War and Peace".
With that in mind, take a look at Romns 1. The text shows us that people worship creation rather than the Creator and God gave them to their dishonorable passions.
Similarly, Exodus 7 says, "I will harden..." The Hebrew here indicates a heaviness (or a firming) of what is already present. Much like God giving the people over to their own passions, He did the same with Pharoh. For what purpose did God do that?
He did it to multiply His signs.
Here's the thing. God communicates with each of us the same way; however, our response to it makes a dramatic difference when it comes to revival. So, how are we going to respond when the Lord is speaking to us? This is very important...we are obligated to fear the Lord.
Not everyone will fear the Lord the same way. When the fear of the Lord drives us to obedience and holiness, we are on the road to revival. When the fear of the Lord drives us to worship the creation rather than the creator, we are on the road to hardness of heart.
As we continue to navigate through this season (even as we approach God's appointed time) let us remember to celebrate the season with the fear of the Lord and allow it to drive us to obedience and to revival in our lives and the community.
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations ... (Psalm 66:5-7, ESV)
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! (Psalm 33:8, ESV)
Adonai looks down from heaven.
He observes all humanity.
From His dwelling place He gazes
on all the inhabitants of the earth.
He who fashions the hearts of all,
who discerns all their deeds.
No king is saved by his great army,
no warrior is delivered by great strength.
A horse is a false hope for victory,
nor can its great strength save.
Behold, the eyes of Adonai are on those who fear Him,
waiting for His love,
to deliver their souls from death,
and to keep them alive in famine (Psalm 33:13-19, TLV).
Daniel and Berylyn, Rosh Pina,