59:1) For the Chief Musician. To the tune “Do Not Destroy.”
A miktam by David, when Sha`ul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
59:2) Deliver me from my enemies, my `Elohiym.
Set me on high from those who rise up against me.
59:3) Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.
Save me from the bloodthirsty men.
59:4) For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul.
The mighty gather themselves together against me,
Not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, Yahua.
59:5) I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Rise up, behold, and help me!
59:6) You, Yahua Tzva’ot, the `Elohiym of Yisra’el,
Rouse yourself to punish the nations.
Show no mercy to the wicked traitors. 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??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Selah.
59:7) They return at evening, howling like dogs,
And prowl around the city.
59:8) Behold, they spew with their mouth.
Swords are in their lips,
“For,” they say, “who hears us?”
59:9) But you, Yahua, laugh at them.
You scoff at all the nations.
59:10) Oh, my Strength, I watch for you,
For `Elohiym is my high tower.
59:11) My `Elohiym will go before me with his lovingkindness.
`Elohiym will let me look at my enemies in triumph.
59:12) Do not kill them, or my people may forget.
Scatter them by your power, and bring them down, Yahua our shield.
59:13) For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,
Let them be caught in their pride,
For the curses and lies which they utter.
59:14) Consume them in wrath.
Consume them, and they will be no more.
Let them know that `Elohiym Ai??rules in Ya`akov,
To the ends of the earth. 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??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.
59:15) At evening let them return.
Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.
59:16) They shall wander up and down for food,
And wait all night if they are not satisfied.
59:17) But I will sing of your strength.
Yes, I will sing aloud of your lovingkindness in the morning.
For you have been my high tower,
A refuge in the day of my distress.
59:18) To you, my strength, I will sing praises.
For `Elohiym is my high tower, the `Elohiym of my mercy.
Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold.
A few days ago, I had a grapefruit after porridge for my breakfast. As usual, I held the two ai???polesai??i?? between my fingers and cut across the ai???equatorai??i??. This ensures that the grapefruit flesh can easily be cut out and eaten. After the two halves opened out, I prepared to dig out any pips. To my surprise, there was not one in the whole fruit. The yellow skin looked the same as usual; the pinky flesh tasted the same as usual but where had all the pips gone to? After a little thought, it was obvious that the grapefruit had been genetically modified so as not to have any pips
ai???Yahua `Elohiym said, ai???Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees after their kind with its seed in it on the earth.ai??i?? And it was so. The earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding their Yahua seed after their kind, and fruit trees bearing fruit with its seed in it after their kind; and `Elohiym saw that it was good.ai??? (Gen. 1: 11, 12). Am I being too picky? After all, it was only a grapefruit. My wife, who does all the shopping, also suggested seedless grapes. What about ai???easy-peelai??i?? oranges or straight cucumbers? It seems that the list is virtually endless where Man has tinckered with Creation. The fruit looks exactly as Yahua had intended. Nevertheless, the fruit is incapable of producing ai???trees after their kindai??i??. It is sterile; not clean sterile but non-productive. Yahua has revealed to Man great advances in genetic engineering. You only have to look at the new drought-resistant or the herbicide-resistant crops. However, even these can cause new problems. In the UK, herbicide-resistant rape seed plants can be seen flourishing in the paths and by-ways. By definition, these weeds are difficult to eradicate because of the resistance to the herbicides in common use.
ai???Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.ai??? (John 7:17). The cycle of events that Yahua has commanded is: Tree produces fruit (seed); fruit produces tree. ai???But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, shalom, patience, goodness, gentleness and self-control.ai??? (Gal. 5:22, 23). Beloved, how is your ai???treeai??i??? Is it displaying good fruit? With the Spirit the fruit is clearly manifested and those with the Spirit in them will likewise produce good fruit. This fruit will not be sterile but will bring forth new trees in due season.
ai???By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? What Believers must be aware of is those amongst the assemblies that look like good fruit, but where is the evidence? False teachers, preachers and pastors teach what people want to hear and this finds acceptance in the assemblies. ai???For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts.ai??? (2 Tim. 4:3). This fruit is corrupt and can only produce corrupt fruit. ai???Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.ai??? (Matt. 3:10). Inside my grapefruit there was no new life.
ai???I AM the Vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.ai??? (John 15:5). Beloved, do not let your fruit be sterile but let Messiah reign in your lives and produce fruit worthy of the Vine.
I was thinking over this message the other day when I was pruning some hydrangea bushes. The old flowers were still intact but when I cut them, there was no substance in them and they crumbled as dust. ai???For all flesh is like grass, and Manai??i??s glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and its flower falls.ai??? (1 Peter 1:24). Hydrangeas have a relatively long flowering period. Nevertheless, even this is but a short season. Once the flower has served its purpose, the plant absorbs the substance or goodness back into itself leaving a dry shadow of its former glory.
So it is with Man. Even the man with a long and successful life having wealth and fame has but a short season before the dust reclaims him (Gen. 3:19). The wealth vanishes and even when the fame lingers on it is but a poor shadow of his former glory.
My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold;
My yield than choice silver. (Prov. 8:19).
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.
Counting of the Omer – 11
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.