“I Feel Like I’m Not Pleasing HaShem!”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that, “I Feel Like I’m Not Pleasing HaShem!” This is our 8th day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot” The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Just like last Shabbat the Torah Portion was Parashat Sh’mini, which means EIGHTH [day], on the Last, or EIGHTH day of Passover [Pesach], the “Meal of the Messiah“. EIGHT Hebraically speaks of “NEW BEGINNINGS“, like the EIGHT PEOPLE on Noah’s Ark [2 Pet. 2:5] that had NEW BEGINNINGS, to repopulate the earth.Our last agreement we made of Day 7, under COMMIT TO THE COVENANT of HaShem, was to: Journal Your Journey – Commit to journaling your daily readings, prayer requests and personal experiences as you journey on your search for significance, in a desire to PLEASE Avinu [Our Father]! What does Scripture say about PLEASING Him?
Let’s change today:
1. LET THE EIGHTH DAY BE A NEW BEGINNING: Gen 17:10-12 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you. Every male child among you shall be circumcised, and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is EIGHT DAYS old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. Luke 2:21 confirm that Messiah is also the “Seed of Abraham”, when it says, “On the eighth day, when it was time for his b’rit-milah [Also known as a “Bris” in Yiddish, among Ashkenazi Jews] COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION], he was given the name Yeshua, which is what the angel had called him before his conception”. We as Believers in Messiah need to START our NEW BEGINNING with a CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART, as the TORAH says in Deut. 10:16: “Therefore CIRCUMCISE the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer”. And again in Deut. 30:6: “And the Lord your God will CIRCUMCISE your HEART and the HEART of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. The Prophet Jeremiah (or his Hebrew Name: Yirme-YAH-u, meaning “YAH [The LORD] is Exalted”) confirm this Torah Principle, when told Israel, “CIRCUMCISE yourselves to the Lord, And take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem”. This is why Saul of Tarsus [A.K.A. “Paul the Apostle”], in his epistle to the Romans [2:25-29] said, “For CIRCUMCISION is indeed profitable IF YOU KEEP THE LAW [Torah]; but if you are a breaker of the law, your CIRCUMCISION has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as CIRCUMCISION? And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and CIRCUMCISION, are a transgressor of the law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is CIRCUMCISION that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and CIRCUMCISION is that of the HEART, in the SPIRIT, not in the letter; whose praise [“Jew” comes from Judah, and means “PRAISE” of HaShem – Gen. 29:35; 49:8] is not from men but from God. It’s time for a “BRIS”, to cut away excess, and START FRESH!
2. LIVE BY FAITH TO PLEASE THE FATHER: Hebrews 11:6,8 declare, “ But without faith it is impossible to PLEASE HIM, for he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him…..By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going”. Romans 4:11-12 says, “And he [Abraham/Avraham] received the sign of CIRCUMCISION, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of CIRCUMCISION to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the FAITH which our father ABRAHAM had while still uncircumcised”.
3. MODEL THE MESSIAH WHO ALWAYS PLEASED HIS FATHER: Luke 3:21-22 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that [Yeshua] also was baptized [immersed in living water, “mayim chayim”], and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased!”
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I ALLOW my HEART to be CIRCUMCISED, by the work of the HOLY SPIRIT, and the SWORD of GOD’S WORD, as I START FRESH in a desire to PLEASE HASHEM! As I follow in the FOOTSTEPS of ABRAHAM, the FATHER OF FAITH, I MODEL THE MESSIAH, and DO WHAT HE DID, so that I can PRAISE AVINU [Our Heavenly Father], and bring Him PLEASURE through MY LIFE, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!