“My Faith is Weak, and I Want to Quit!”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “My Faith is Weak, and I Want to Quit!”
Today is the 22nd 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-TWO is TWENTY and TWO in Hebrew.
TWENTY- Hebraically it is numbered by:
ELEVENTH HEBREW LETTER – KAPH כ #11: Is used to represent the NUMBER 20 [ESRIM in Hebrew]: It is the pictographically and “CLOSED HAND”. 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.
PLUS THE SECOND HEBREW LETTER – BET בּ #2: Is used to represent the NUMBER 2 [SH’NAYIM for masculine, and SH’TAYIM for feminine in Hebrew]: It is the pictographically a “HOUSE”, or a “family”.
TWENTY-TWO is Hebraically the structure of the Hebrew “Alpha-Bet”, or “ALEPH-BET”, which are TWENTY-TWO Letters. As early as the 1st & 2nd centuries B.C. Jewish Scholars have noted that 22 was significant in not just being the number of letters in the Hebrew Alphabet but also the number of generations from Adam to Jacob (Israel), the number of works of creation, and the number of books in the Jewish canon of the Bible [Hebrew Scriptures, A.K.A. “Old Testament” was originally organized in 22 books or scrolls].
Psalm 119 is the perfect example of that structure, which is a Hebrew Acrostic. The first eight lines of the psalm all begin with the letter ALEPH, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The next eight lines begin with BET [also spelled “beth”, as “Beth-El” [House of God] or “Beth-Lehem” [House of Bread “Bet-lechem” in Hebrew], the second letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. And so on for 176 verses until we reach the end of the matter at the last TAV [pictographically a mark, or cross]. The 176 divided by 22 Hebrew Letters, equals 8 verses for every letter in the ALEPH-BET.
THREE STEPS TO BELIEVE AND NOT QUIT:
Step 1 – KNOW THAT YESHUA IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH:
a. Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto [Yeshua], the Author and Finisher of our FAITH, who for the JOY that was set before Him ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We can’t QUIT when the Author has finished the LAST CHAPTER of the BOOK, and WE WIN!
b. Phil. 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will COMPLETE [FINISH] it until the day of [Yeshua the Messiah].
Step 2 – KNOW THAT YESHUA IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF YOUR FAITH:
a. Rev. 1:8 “I Am the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty [EL SHADDAI]”… 17 When I [John, or Yochanan in Hebrew] saw him [Yeshua], I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I Am the FIRST and the LAST. This means He is the COMPLETE WORD OF GOD [Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-3,14; 1 John 1:1; Rev. 19:13]!
b. “I Am the ALPHA and the OMEGA”, in Hebrew would be the “ALEPH & the TAV”. The ALEPH is a “OX HEAD”, or symbolic of a sacrificial bull, who bears the “YOKE OF SIN”, and the TAV is pictographically a mark, or CROSS [Roman crucifixion for rebels against the Empire]. This foreshadows Yeshua, sacrificially bore our yoke of sin [Is. 9:4; 10:27; Acts 15:10; Gal. 5:1-3] – like the “yoke of circumcision for Gentiles”] and nailed it to his cross [Col. 2:13-14].
Step 3 – KNOW THAT YESHUA IS THE BEGINNING & END, or FIRST & THE LAST OF YOUR FAITH:
a. Rev. 22:13 I Am the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the Beginning and the End, the FIRST and the LAST.”
b. Isaiah 41:4 Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the BEGINNING? ‘I, the Lord, am the FIRST; And with the LAST I am He.’”
c. Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer [Messiah], the Lord of hosts [ADONAI TZ’VA’OT]: “I Am the FIRST and I Am the LAST; besides me there is no god.
d. Isaiah 48:12 “Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am He; I am the FIRST, and I am the LAST.
Think It, Say It & Do It!:
I CAN’T QUIT, because the “AUTHOR & FINISHER” of my FAITH, is committed to COMPLETE the Work in me that He has BEGUN! I put FAITH in my MESSIAH, as the ALPHA & OMEGA, or ALEPH & TAV of the COMPLETE WORD OF GOD! I REST in the fact that He is the BEGINNING & END, or the FIRST & the LAST of my FAITH, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!