Shabbat Shalom! Counting of the Omer ai??i?? Day 25
61:1) For the Chief Musician. For a stringed instrument. By David.
61:2) Hear my cry, `Elohiym. Listen to my prayer.
61:3) From the end of the earth, I will call to you, when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
61:4) For you have been a refuge for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
61:5) I will dwell in your tent forever.
I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Selah.
61:6) For you, `Elohiym, have heard my vows.
You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
61:7) You will prolong the king’s life;
His years shall be for generations.
61:8) He shall be enthroned in `Elohiym’s presence forever.
Appoint your lovingkindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
61:9) So I will sing praise to your name forever,
That I may fulfill my vows daily.
So free we seem; so fettered are we.
When I first went to sea as an apprentice, every Wednesday morning was the Captainai??i??s Rounds. These rounds were inspections of everyoneai??i??s cabins and galley and sometimes the engineroom and deck stores. The Captain was accompanied on these rounds by the Chief Engineer (representing the engineroom staff), the Chief Officer (representing the deck) and the Chief Steward (representing the catering staff). On one occasion, I was called to make the rounds with them as part of my education. Each were dressed in their uniforms with white gloves. If any dirt was found in a cabin, the Captain would wipe his gloved finger and point it at the Chief who represent the cabin occupant. Nothing was ever said, but the accusatory finger shouted ai???Get this cleaned!ai??i?? After lunch, there was a fire and boat drill. Once this was completed, the Captain and Chief Engineer went to the bar to drink pink gins.
It was the formality of the inspection that I remember so well; and the white gloves. I was determined that I was going to be Chief Engineer one day, wearing the white gloves. It was the impression that the Chief Engineer did very little physical work, some paperwork around lunch time and an afternoon drinking pink gin and having a nap. Unfortunately, at each subsequent promotion, the harder I worked; and I never worked so hard as when I was Chief Engineer. I must admit that I could have had it easier, but I enjoyed engineering and was only too happy to work. Although I was the Chief Engineer (second in command only after the Captain), I was not there to take things easy. Life at sea must be a team effort and no vessel could function well with some of the crew not pulling their weight. I cannot, even now, sit around when I know others are working.
ai???Have this in mind, which was also in Messiah Yahshua, who existing in the form of `Elohiym, did not consider it robbery to be equal with Yahua, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the execution stake. Therefore Yahua also highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name above every name.ai??? (Phil.2:5-9).
It must be considered a great honour to be able to serve Father in anything He asks us to do. In fact, the root meaning of the word ai???ministerai??i?? is to serve. A person who wants to serve Father can only really do so by serving his fellow mankind.
ai???But Yahshua summoned them and said, ai???You know that the rulers of the Gentiles rule over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.ai??i??ai??? (Matt. 20:25, 26). This must have been a difficult concept for the early Believers to come to terms with. Throughout their whole experience, people sought positions of power and influence so that they can have others working for them. All secular and religious authority is in the form of an hierarchical structure. Then along comes the Master and literally turns this up-side-down.
Unfortunately, the term servant is looked down upon as a menial worker; one who is of little worth. This is far from the Biblical viewpoint. Here is a list of some Biblical characters who have made it onto Yahuaai??i??s list of servants:
Jer. 33:36 ai??i?? David
Jer. 46:22 ai??i?? Yaai??i??akov (Jacob/Yisraai??i??el)
Dan. 6:20 ai??i?? Daniyai??i??el
Dan. 9:11 ai??i?? Moshe (Moses)
Hag. 2:23 ai??i?? Zerubbabel
Rom. 1:1 ai??i?? Shaai??i??ul (Paul)
Jude 1:1 ai??i?? Yahuda (Jude)
Jam. 1:1 ai??i?? Yaai??i??akov (James)
Rev. 1:1 ai??i?? Yochanan (John)
This is a powerful list of people the Father calls His servants. So it is not a bad list to join. However, there is One who tops all these:
Zec. 3:8 ai??i?? Branch/Messiah
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.