“Why am I not being Rewarded Yet for My Faith?”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “Why am I not being Rewarded Yet for My Faith?” Today is the 20 Day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost]”. The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai.
TWENTY Hebraically it is numbered by the:
ELEVENTH HEBREW LETTER – KAPH כ #11: Is used to represent the NUMBER 20 [ESRIM in Hebrew]: It is pictographically and “CLOSED HAND”, opposite of YAD [Hebrew Letter #10 י ] which is an “OPEN HAND”. This the Hebrew word for HaShem’s Hand that cover the head of Moshe [Moses] in Mount Sinai during the second 40 Day period [to receive the 2nd set of tablets of the Law], in Ex. 33:22.
The CLOSED HAND is used to COVER, like the words KIPPAH [Head-covering/Yarmulke: “to cover our head” – like the English word “cap”]; or Yom KIPPUR, the “Day of Atonement”, or “Covering” [or Israel’s sin, by blood sprinkled on the Mercyseat]. The Root KAPHAR means “to cover” or “atone”.
The Hebrew Number ESRIM  is the plural of ESER . So twenty is also a multiple of DIVINE ORDER. This was also the age that the Men of Israel enlisted into the Army.
THREE STEPS TO HASHEM’S REWARD:
Step 1 – MAKE SURE YOU ARE UNDER HASHEM’S COVERING OF BLESSING IN YOUR LIFE:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High [El Elyon] shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [El Shaddai]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress. My God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall COVER you with His feathers, and under His WINGS [kanaph – outer extremity, corner: like the corner of a prayer shawl, known as a “tallit”, were tassels are attached – Num. 15:37-41; Deut 22:12; Zech. 8:23; Mal. 4:2; Luke 8:43-48] you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your SHIELD and buckler.”- Psalm 91:1-4
Step 2 – KNOW THAT HASHEM IS YOUR SHIELD AND REWARD:
a. Gen. 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I AM your SHIELD, your exceedingly great REWARD.”
b. Matt. 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will REWARD you openly.
Step 3 – OBEDIENCE TO HASHEM’S WORD IS ITS OWN REWARD:
a. Psalm 19:7-11:
- The LAW [Torah] of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
- The TESTIMONY of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
- The STATUTES of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
- The COMMANDMENTS of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
- The FEAR of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.
- The JUDGMENTS of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold. Yea, than much fine gold. Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great REWARD.
b. So that men will say, “Surely there is a REWARD for the RIGHTEOUS; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”
c. The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows RIGHTEOUSNESS will have a sure REWARD.
Step 3 – KNOW THAT THE COMING OF MESSIAH WILL BRING GREAT REWARD:
a. Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His ARM [THE MESSIAH: “The ARM of the LORD” – Is. 53:1-5] shall rule for Him. Behold, His REWARD is with Him, and His work before Him.
b. Isaiah 62:1 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, Surely your SALVATION [YESHUAH] is coming. Behold, His REWARD is with Him, and His work before Him.’”
c. Rev. 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My REWARD is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I KNOW that HaShem COVERS ME like a SHIELD, and He is my GREAT REWARD! I am SATISFIED with the REWARD of OBEDIENCE, as a Pray to AVINU [OUR FATHER] in SECRET, and wait for the REWARD of the COMING MESSIAH, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!