There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here! When criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear and frighten all who see or hear the cry goes up both far and near for Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! ..Say it with me- Speed of Lightning Roar of thunder Fighting all who rob or Plunder, UNDERDOG.
If like me you grew up on this, no doubt its implanted in your mind somehow. Yet, if anyone thinks it originated Saturday Mornings, sorry, the Bible was the first to coin the phrase under dog, and for me that Bible understanding is a gift itself an understanding of the Father’s Day Gifts I have been receiving since my birth, many from both my earthly and heavenly Fathers.
Take a Look at the story for yourself of the original Under Dog, it found in both Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30. You know when the Canaanite Woman said to Jesus. “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” The woman was then commended by Jesus as having “GREAT FAITH”. “There’s No Need To Fear, Under Dog is Here.”
Yes if you have a “Fear of The Lord” to the point that you get the gift described in the seventh anointing of the Holy Spirit in Isaiah 11:3 The Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
That delight in the fear of the Lord is the very thing Underdog is commending, There is no need to fear, the Lord is way bigger and badder than any villain or supervillain, even more than Simeon Bar Sinister. Isn’t it interesting that they even used the Jewish “Bar” meaning ‘son of’ in the super villain’s name. Jesus clearly is your warrior King fighting all that rob and plunder, meaning Satan the thief.
My father loved the Underdog in any football game, or fight, having been bullied a lot as a kid, his love for the Underdog was contiguous, maybe is is that way for you. I don’t think its any coincidence that we love Underdogs because in reality we are all out gunned by our arch enemy Satan. Yet, with faith of that dog under the table there is no need to fear, abiding in Christ you win every time.
I want to share another Father’s Day gift idea, the gift of Prayer. I always kind of knew it was a Father’s Day gift, but this week God showed me that in a big way so I cherish it more now. I have for years been getting up earlier and earlier enjoying God to where these days I get up at 4-4:30 beginning in prayer, a delight would be an understatement. However, this week my wife and I where treated by Energize Ministries to go with a large group of Pastors on The Jesus Freak/ DC Talk Cruise to the Bahamas, pretty wonderful I am telling you.
My wife loves to sleep with me hugging her, I mean it really, really helps her feel loved and she sleeps much better she tells me. Fascinatingly, when I got up to pray the first day of our adventure together, I couldn’t, yes that may sound lame, but I wasn’t feeling it, not at all, it was a strange experience for me not to be able to pray, but I clearly sensed God telling me to go back to bed and hug your wife as she sleeps, who could argue with that at 4am.
My wife will tell you in an instant she hasn’t slept like that in years, yet Friday morning the day we were to leave, God got me up at 4:15 as ready to pray as ever. My wife Tammy still says she slept phenomenally. I saw the gifts laid out like Christmas Morning. My pray life is a complete gift, God gives it to me and He can arrange what ever way He feels necessary to help me be the man He is initiating. I am still marveling at what a gift prayer really is. Rest is as well, resting in a delight of the Fear of the Lord.
What, gift has your Father given you? Call in and share on today’s show 10am ET…
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Do You Think its a coincidence that Jesus sixth word from the cross was “It is finished” and on the sixth day of creation God finished? Even more so, do you think its a further coincidence that Jesus seventh word from the cross was, “Into Your hands I commit my Spirit,” The ultimate picture of rest, as pictured above.
It’s good to finish something well. recently I was putting a carburetor on my push lawn mower, normally the sort of a task that’s hard to finish for me. My fearful way of reassembling usually consists of adding one component and testing, going back redoing it, testing again etc…, etc… back I would go back test many times and rarely if ever really finish or in my case put everything back on the mower I took off.
This time I was confident in spite of the complicated mechanical task, without testing once, I completely reassembled the mower, every hose and filter, even put the cover back on before I tried to start it and sure enough once I was really finished, pulled the cord only about half way and the mower fired off like new. Now I could rest and I mean really rest in a great place a job well done.
What is the only thing commanded in the 23rd Psalm, REST! “He MAKES ME lay down in green pastures. What’s the difference between a good new born baby and a difficult one? Answer: If they sleep through the night- REST.
Look carefully at Genesis 2:3 ” Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. ”
Note the word “bless” in Hebrew: Barak- to kneel. Clearly God blessed Saturday, who doesn’t love Saturday. Consider with me that God has won, his plans are to bless me, not to harm me, right? RIGHT? Getting that concept from my head to my heart is beyond difficult; just yesterday when I was sure I was running out of gas fretting, and worrying it seemed the world was coming to an end!! I was stuck in traffic right before the tunnel from West Virginia to Virginia car’s distance to empty had gone from 26 miles to 2 in less than five miles because we were in an hour slow down, I was ready to burst. REST? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Ahhhhhh… Now with that in mind, Robby, kneel, really, just kneel, give it to God, the Big guy has this and Oh by the way He did. DO I TRUST HIM OR NOT?
That’s why kneeling, resting, trusting God blesses Him, what parent dosn’t delight in his kids resting and trusting them? Be still my soul…please God help me to grow in faith and trust and hope, not just for the tiny running out of gas incident but for the larger story – The Kingdom is Coming and my story is full of gospel power if I will boldly share it.
At the celebration of my dad’s life March 24th God gave me this to share. “Being the namesake son of a great man is not easy as it falls upon me to share the story well.”
Great Men reflect God greatly. Example: Jesus
Great Men are greatly misunderstood. Example: Jesus
Great Men risk greatly. Example: Jesus
Great Men don’t stay dead they come back from the dead. Example Jesus
Like all of us; “MADE IN GOD”S IMAGE” is a huge understanding to celebrating life. God’s very glory is reflected in each and every one of us in a very unique way, we were made for that, to reflect God so the whole world can see that facet of God’s glory we uniquely bear and if we don’t reflect that no one else can. I believe that’s what the Angels long to see in us, that unique aspect of God, His glory reflected. To understand how my dad reflected God, let me share the stories that I believe illustrate God’s Glory, though broken, as we are, still our true colors do come shining through in Christ.
Just as God named his favorites deepening their identity, my dad’s identity was deepened in his name. My grandfather, Hermon Dilmore was fascinated with the story of Scotland’s – Outlaw King, Robert the Bruce. He loved it so much he named his third son Robert Bruce Dilmore and even as a young boy he shared the stories with my dad, stories of a warrior King bent on freedom, outlawed and hunted for his very life, (sound familiar).
My grandfather’s favorite story was when Robert the Bruce was given the vision of a spider trapping it’s prey and was inspired by God to stop running and fighting as an outlaw but stand and lure the English army into his web. The result was freedom for the Scots, but a freedom that only came on the other side of war.
The life and death struggle of war came on my father early and as God allows, training my dad to be a warrior with live fire before he was ten. He got a horrible case of chicken pox and without anyone knowing it, one chicken pox festered underneath a tonsil for months the resulting infection weakening his heart for years to come, but at the time it truly threatened his life, once discovered he was too weak to take any anesthetic so he had to have his tonsils removed with nothing to put him to sleep or kill the pain, saving his life, yes, but the wound and his hatred of hospitals, doctors and pain stayed with him till the end.
The next real battle in my dad’s warrior training was at home, being the sickly child he got more than his fair share of his parents attention, so like Joseph’s brothers in the Book of Genesis, they really wanted to throw him in a pit, but they settled for bullying him especially his oldest brother, Hermon, Jr.. Little did Hermon know that what Satan meant for evil God used for good as this injustice brought out the warrior in my dad; he hated a bully and I mean if you wanted to see my dad’s passion let him even guess someone was being bullied and he was on them like white on rice.
Let me tell you that one of the greatest misunderstandings of my dad was his temper, we had a saying in our family we would call it, “He went Bob Dilmore on them”. What would seem like the nicest man ever would turn into a furious raging warrior. It didn’t take a lot in my house growing up to understand, “The Fear of The Lord”. My dad was terrifying when he was enraged and it didn’t take a whole lot to get him that way. For years I really struggled to understand. Simply put, it’s a reflection of the world’s fiercest warrior, Jesus. Exodus 15:3 “The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned.”
Did you get that, “hurled” – not tossed or thrown, a picture of enraged Savior when you bullied his kid. Jesus clearing the Temple did some hurling. Jeremiah 20: 11 “But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me.”
Yes, Jesus is a Juggernaut and so is my dad, little did I understand that it was how my dad reflected God and now looking back on his life it was how God used my dad. The last 30 years of my dad’s career he was expert witness in court cases where car dealers were suing General Motors, Ford or Chrysler for bullying them. He was the Robin Hood of the car business, he helped lawyers take from the giant corporate bullies and give to the beleaguered car dealers.
My dad was always up for a battle of wits with the fiercest corporate lawyers and his company MPG (Management Performance Groups) was hated and I mean hated by the big three’s legal teams.
Love is a risky business and risk is another place my dad shined God’s glory. God risk giving me free will, WOW! God risk loving Judas, Ahab, Hitler and me. Yes, God is the ultimate risk taker and my dad also reflects that.
My dad with no college at all applied for and got a job with Buick motor division when he was 19 years old. He was the youngest assistant car distributor ever and I feel certain that record will never be broken.
By 1966 he was the Chicago Zone Business Manager and at the Chicago Auto Show that year all the big wigs were coming down from Flint and wanted to see Tony Bennett who was singing at Cobo Hall, my dad went down to get a table and when he arrived, Chrysler had the front row table with a huge Chrysler ice statue. Talk about a risk, he tipped the maitre ‘d $1,000 and when the Buick Executives arrived they were seated in the front with a Tri-Shield (Buick) ice statue. A week later my dad was promoted to Flint as Director of National Used Car Sales for Buick. Yes my dad was a risk taker.
My dad loved adventure, especially the Colorado Mountains where he was born. Even at 86 he still took us trout fishing, he loved those mountain roads, flying around the curves, I feel quite sure my daughter saw her life flash in front of her eyes many times on that mountain drive. Adventure is risky, it brings out the man in you and my dad reflected that masculine heart. He took my brother and I salmon fishing in Vancouver, Canada when he was in his 60’s a trip my brother and I will always cherish. He took my wife and I to Hawaii just two years ago driving the road to Hana he was in his element, adventure. Yes God loves adventure, look at any Character in the Bible and God always took them on an adventure, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Peter (got his feet wet), Paul, oh my goodness did Paul have adventure.
Another place my dad was greatly misunderstood and perhaps his biggest struggle, my dad was a ladies man. No doubt about it, and its a good thing or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it. My wife would tell you, he set such a standard that my wife Tammy has compared me to him for years, “why can’t you close the car door after I get in like your dad does for me? Why can’t you just sit and talk with me like your dad does?” Oh, brother, a hard act to follow.
Yes, my dad was married three times and in our deepest conversations he would share with me his desperate need to feel loved. He struggled here, but he also succeeded in many ways. When my mother’s mental health was at a critical tipping point he was given a choice by her doctors to leave his beloved career with Buick and it’s lifestyle or lose my mother’s mental health. He chose her, and she did recover and I got my mom back for more that 46 years after that, yes their marriage didn’t end well but that choice bore much good fruit. As John Eldredge would say, he rescued his beauty. In that moment he reflected our Saviors rescue of us, sacrificing his own life in the process. Thus to my last point, “Great men don’t stay dead they come back from the dead”.
After my father left Buick he really struggled, having risen to such heights then working at a car dealership he expected the workers there to have upper level GM professionalism and drive. All told he tried 5 times to be a car dealer all 5 he was either fired or went broke.
The last time he was fired by Les Shellabarger Chevrolet in Grand Junction Colorado, Les even told him that God said he should fire him. At the same time his second marriage failed and I was with him that night, a crying despondent 50 year old who thought his once glorious career and family was ruined, why, why; he cried as he held his snub nose 38 to his head.
With God’s help we made it through that night, the next day he got up and went to apply for a job at a car dealer 20 Group Company in North Carolina called Egan Management, within 3 years he remarried with two more step daughters and founded MPG also a 20 group car dealer company. Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Yes, great men don’t stay dead and my dad is not, I will see him again, but “Not yet, Not Yet”.
Right this moment my dad is with Jesus and they both want all this for you; a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue. Jesus came that you would have LIFE and LIFE abundantly. My dad had that life because at an early age he believed that Jesus was the Son of God sent here by the father to die on a cross and with that self sacrifice, Jesus paid for my dad’s sin, yours and mine. He believed that in order to live forever with God we need to accept that gift by faith and by faith alone, not by works… ITS A GIFT and Jesus died risking everything to rescue His beauty, YOU. Please believe and join us in heaven.
Why is color always one of the most important factors in selecting a car?… I have sold thousands, I promise it really is. What’s your favorite color car? Why do you think you like that color?
What is it with covers, don’t you just love clinging to the covers on a cold night.. Why does every little kid love blankets, love to make a tent, or a fort? Do you think Adam and Eve had blankets or some kind of cover to sleep with before they sinned and got covered? I believe the reason we love our colors and we love our covers is because God does.
Let’s go back to Eden for a moment and see if we may discover why we love our colorful covers. Ezekiel 28:13:
“You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
In the Jewish Oral tradition the MidrashRabbah 18 they share something really cool here, that Eve had these ten Chuppahs of these precious stones at her wedding to Adam, why? Really, why do you think?
The more I study Jewish Chuppahs the more I see what God is up to, I pray they would see and connect the dots. The Chuppah is held up by four poles like a tent or a canopy open on all four sides, like Abraham’s tent was open for hospitality to any passer by. The covering that we all love is representative of God’s covering, like a Jewish Yamakas (head covering).
Now remember what Jesus said in Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing “.
Yes, God is all about the colorful covers, the ultimate ruby red blood of Jesus Christ that allows God to snuggle with us. Yes, I have been pondering what Adam and Eve used as covers before the fall and I think I know, it was God and if we have eyes to see these colors, we too can snuggle into the ultimate covers.
What Car Guy wouldn’t love to know more about “POWER” and by this I’m guessing, Paul The Apostle is a Car Guy and certainly a Christian Car Guy.
Here’s why; in the first part of Philippians 3:10 he said:
“My aim is to know Him and the power of His resurrection”
I find that very provoking, here we have Paul who clearly had an amazing relationship with Jesus, yet, he wants more and so do I, I hope you do too. The next part “The Power of His Resurrection” I mean there is power and then there is POWER. Paul had seen so much I don’t even know how to comprehend that, yet here he is saying he wants more.
I teach Special Ministries for Adults at my church and many of those folks are non-verbal so we use sign language to highlight verses and last week Phil 3:10 was my verse and as I signed “resurrection”, I got a new feel for the power, the above picture shows how you have a little two finger dead guy lying there and he comes to life and stands on your hand. Power, Oh my Goodness. This, to me, begs the question when have you seen that kind of power in your life, in yourself or others? Something someone, some relationship was dead, no life and it came back to life resurrected, what’s your story?
I can think of several, naturally the way my heart felt when I first believed for sure and I love to see that in new believers. Then there was my car salesman language, very coarse for sure and filled with the worst death words possible. Not long after I came to Christ I prayed God would give life back to my tongue and it really went from dead to alive.
One of the toughest was my sexuality, that has taken years before he fully got my attention that it had to die to lust and pornography, to be born again innocent and bearing good fruit, love joy, peace etc… Now how about my diet?
Prayer Life, community, Oh what POWER Paul was aiming for, I wan to join him, don’t you… On today’ show, March 9th, 2019 call in and share the power you have come to know 866-348-7884 10am Eastern on The Christian Car Guy Show.
Have you ever wondered why, your kids are the cutest, (especially your grand kids), your dog is outstandingly beautiful compared to any other of his breed, for some strange reason my Truck is the best looking 1995 Dodge Dakota I have ever seen, further my house stands out as a spectacular version of it’s design, the nicest one I have ever seen? My wife, let me tell you, I could stare at her smile, her eyes for eternity, I mean when you look up beautiful women in the dictionary its her picture, I’m sure of it.
This is not exaggeration, I literally see it this way, in my minds these are facts, so no doubt there is something rigged in my brain, a twist if you will, where I view things through my emotions, my affections. Deep down I suspect that other things are equally as beautiful but I’m not seeing the light, literally, why? Or worse, why can some relatives of mine spot a strip club miles away or find a drug dealer anywhere they seem to go?
Jesus taught in Luke 11:34 KJV “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. “
That word single appears to be a key to the passage but what does single vision mean? Many, many times in the Song of Songs, the Jesus Character refers to his bride’s eyes as that of a dove as in Song of Songs 1:15, and since a doves eyes are set in its head without muscles to move them about, (like a human), the dove can only focus on one thing, and since doves mate for life, it is very cool, they only have eyes for their lover…
Single vision, I would also note that dove in Hebrew has the same root as wine, effervescent and no doubt my lovers eyes are intoxicating. Further a dove is the only animal on earth that can not get lost, doves and pigeons are one and the same and what did Noah set out to come back with the Olive branch. My understanding is you set a dove or a pigeon out over 11 thousand miles and they will find there way home. Oh what peace to know your way home, Shalom in Hebrew also means healthy, just saying as the word Jesus uses in translated, “single” in the KJV is, “haplous” in the Greek in many translations is healthy.
The Holy Spirit took me deeper into that word and that idea and here is the twist; like you would twist three ropes together to make one. The Etymology reads- Probably from ἄλφα (G1) (as a particle of union) and the base of πλέκω (G4120)
G4120 is the Greek word “plekō” to twist or plead together and the only place you will find that word in the Bible is when they twisted together the crown of Thorns.. Matthew 27:29 Mark 15:17 John 19:2…
So why would that be translated single? Amazingly, for me the Hebrew word qavah is twisting together, gathering first used in Genesis 1:9 and I feel it’s very much like a cord of three stands watch a rope being made. Oh by the way qavah is the word translated wait as in wait on the Lord used so many times in the Bible. Isaiah 40:31
Hopefully you are still with me, now think about the optic nerve and specifically it’s nerve fibers…
The Miracle of sight is beyond anything I could dream of had I not just simply seen things all my life, but what I see is light stimulating a twisted together bunch of nerves.
Now when Abraham was about to slay his son in Genesis, think about waiting on the Lord and his eyes for his son. He saw a ram in the thicket Gen 22:13 now had you ever considered that Ram was wearing a crown of twisted together thorns. “Haplous” -“Qavah”….
Now here is the application of all this in as God gave it to me. Everything is twisting together if we have eyes to see it. Romans 8:28 “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.”
The plot twist, its all coming together is we have healthy, single vision for our beloved. Have Faith, we ain’t seen nothin yet.
The word, Fool clearly has a bad feel to it, but lately I have been considering the word, at its heart it has to do with being tricked, duped into choosing a counterfeit, you thought you were getting the good stuff but you were fooled. So in order to be fooled there has to be a fooler and a foolee. The fooler’s intent is to take advantage of the foolee’s ignorance or gullibility in most cases.
E10 for example in my view is such a situation, though its not a hill I’m prepared to die on. Most all of us buy it every week as part of our gasoline purchases as the government has left us little choice unless you want to pay a lot more for real gasoline which is in fact less expensive to produce and has more bang for the buck by far and away, and is better for your car. E10 is fool fuel for sure, yet this fool uses it everyday because its cheaper.
Another Fool, someone click, click, clicking the gas pump thinking they are saving money buying extra fuel, filling their tank and then some with gas that’s about to get more expensive is another example of being fooled. This practice can cost so much more than the few cents you may save per gallon. Cars today have an (EVAP) system with a hose at the top of the filler neck of you car and by completely filling your filler neck causes liquid fuel, (not vapors) to run into the system contaminating your charcoal filter etc…
I hate to think of all the ways I am fooled every day, its a dangerous world out there with Satan and many, many of his followers out to fool you at every choice you make, from eating more or less meat, buying insurance or alarm systems, How about extended warranties.
I do need to share that I can’t imagine an extended warranty that you are being texted or called or mailed about is possibly not a foolish choice. My experience with them is that they have so many clauses and exclusions in the fine print that it would take an expert in both law and automotive mechanics to begin to decern the value of it. Most I have ever dealt with actually have a clause that if a part wears out its not covered. So your engine is warrantied for 100k Miles, what good is that if a bearing wears out? Not to mention all the maintenance gimmicks usually involved. If there is one out there worth the money I have not seen it but I understand I could be being fooled. It happens to me so many times every day.
Jesus told us in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” So if I hunger for righteousness what is not fool fuel, what will truly give me spiritual energy and even increase my hunger, Crack my Throttle. When you step on the gas in your car in a way you being fooled, yep that gas pedal doesn’t really add gasoline to your engine directly, No it opens your engine to get more air, (which is a gas but not gasoline), that air creates a huge vacuum sucking more air and fuel into the engine, ultimately all the gasoline in the world will do you no good without oxygen and lots of it.
Similarly all the scripture in the world will not feed my hunger or provide spiritual energy without the Spirit of God helping me to oxidize it. So the more air/spirit we can crack our throttle with the hungrier we get, and the more we can be filled. Yet if I dive into the word of God with out prayer and being led by the spirit, I believe I am being fooled.
Worse if I dive into my TV set or my iPhone apps or Social Media it may look like validation or high energy spiritual content, or anointing but its fool fuel, starving me clogging my catalytic converter so the air won’t flow, just sayin. Yes I may be fooled 50 times today, but Jesus help me to crack my throttle bring in your Spirit and Your Word that you may getting me running hot enough to burn out the impurities…
The cultural phenomenon of “New Car Smell”, with my father working for Buick Motor Division of General Motors when I was born to another 40 years in the New Car Business, that New Car smell has a keen place in my sensual understanding of the inside of not just a car but my life to some extent. When I sit in any car I immediately have a sense of how that car has been cared for, loved really. Having sat in thousands and thousands of new cars and used cars I believe there is an olfactory give away to years of care or years of abuse or neglect.
Just go to a rent-a-car place like Hertz or Avis and sit in a few cars with varied mileages and take a big whiff, often they smell like wet socks, or stale smoke, then go back and sit in one that just came in and you will know exactly what I am talking about.
Like so many things in life there is no magic formula to new car smell, though I do get a kick out of the “Little Tree” car deodorizers that are labeled, “New Car Smell” sorry guys, it can’t be hung from the rear view mirror. The smell comes from love and will continue with love. You see Henry Ford, David Buick, Walter Chrysler and all there descendant designers, engineers and suppliers, loved their stuff, unfortunately they may even idolize it. With that comes a smell. The Bible is all too clear on this one.
Song of Songs 1:13 “My lover is my pouch of myrrh,
passing the night between my breasts. “
Now that I have your full attention I’m sure, you gotta admit, that one beats new car smell. Ask any lover who ever received a perfumed letter. Yes love is accompanied sensually through an olfactory experience, no doubt. Did you ever get a perfumed letter, did you ever send one; perfumed letters..WOW!!!
The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson said it this way…
“I-I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air “
This week I really wanted to go deeper into the Song of Solomon verse above, and in prayer as I asked for insight: the Holy Spirit said to me, “DRINK”. At first that totally confused me, then I went with it looking up the first place you find drink in the Bible, it is in Genesis 19 where Lot’s daughters seduce him by having him “DRINK”, wine. Yep, I immediately thought about
Song of Songs 5:1 “I have come into my garden,
my sister, my bride.
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey.
I have drunk my wine with my milk. “
There it is again, both the myrrh, the smell and yes drink is involved. I then though about the Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” and the question I landed on was: “What are the specific ways we hunger versus the ways we thirst spiritually?” After some study I came away with these thoughts I believe you will find useful both with your new car smell but even more in your life with God and His children.
According to, Spurgeon, and I agree with him, when we eat something it becomes totally ours, once you have it going down your esophagus it’s totally yours, but then in the case of eating; for your body to get the nutrients you have to digest it. That is my experience with Bible Study and often deep conversations with my wife or children I have to digest a bit before I receive the benefit.
Drinking is different although drink does become yours as it goes down your esophagus as well, drink especially alcohol almost immediately passes through your stomach lining and goes directly into you blood stream, drink may make it to the beginnings of your small intestines but for the most part they provide an instant benefit. Such is intimacy and affection, I don’t have to digest a hug or a kiss, from my kids and Tammy, (my wife) can hold my hand and I get a WOWZERS.
So this led me to some real repenting needed on my part; I am not near affectionate enough around those I love causing them to require that their thirst be quenched elsewhere, and even there, do I point them to living water? Yes, that passage in the Song of Songs has everything thing to do with drink, affection and intimacy. The first drink each of us ever took was designed to come from a breast in phenomenal affection and intimacy, even if it cam from a bottle, it comes with affection and intimacy.
Think about the many, many pages about thirst, even Jesus first miracle and his 5th word from the cross, He too was thirsty for the Father’s affection there on the cross.
Father help us to get this, to be thirsty for the right affection and love and provide affection and love to quench our loved ones needs and point them to the source of it all… And yes TLC and your car will forever have that New Car Smell.
Don’t you love a good mystery, the Bible is one after another after another, that’s what makes it so fun to dig for treasure. One I came across this week is loaded with mystery and treasure. “The Anointing of Jesus with Nard”.
How many times did it happen? It’s in all four gospels but its more than remarkable the similarities and the differences. Those are the kind of things that make you start digging, where is the treasure and what is it? In Matthew 26 it is 2 days before Passover she anoints His head and is at Bethany right before Judas betrayed Him, Mark 14 seems very similar, but there she breaks the alabaster jar, again anointing His head. , in Luke 7 it happens at a Pharisee’s house and she anoints his feet. Lastly in John it’s 6 days before Passover it’s with Mary and Lazarus and again it’s his feet that are anointed.
What I want to dig into here is why an alabaster jar and why did she break it? Like Paul’s jars of clay, in 2 Corintians 4: 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay,[c] so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from God and not from ourselves. 8 We are hard pressed in every way, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not in despair; 9 persecuted, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may also be revealed in our mortal body.
The Jar of alabaster was precious no doubt, but to get to the inside and at that which was more precious she had to break it. That Nard inside was pure love for Jesus, the aroma of it lasts to this very day as it will for eternity. That was the Nard’s purpose, to anoint Jesus head and feet.
SO ARE ALL OUR TREASURES. The head so we know where we are going for Him and the feet to take us there. One of those treasures is your car… How can you anoint Jesus Christ (The Anointed One) with your car, really that is my question today.
A mystery only you get to or can unravel, you are uniquely designed to anoint Jesus with your treasure and yes you will have to break it it get to the good stuff, just sayin… Enjoy!!!
Did you ever wonder, really did you ever really really wonder; of course you did, especially when you were a child, the child like heart loves to wonder. Come wonder with me then about all God was picturing for us as He rescued the Israelites from slavery. The pillar of cloud, the Cherubim above the arc there is much to wonder about as you dig into these mysteries.
Let’s start with “The Clouds of Glory” as the Jews call them, every Jewish child is meant to enjoy a Passover Seder where they get to ask the four questions. The reason a child does this is that they can WONDER. The last question in English reads this way: “On all other nights we eat sitting or reclining, and on this night we only recline.”
Yes, there is the wonder of being free from slavery and being able to recline but I really, really wonder about the connection to “The Clouds of Gory”. Ancient Hebrew Rabbi’s taught that the pillar of cloud in Exodus 13 were actually seven different clouds, one for each of the four directions, north, south, east, west and then one above to protect them from the sun in the desert. The one that blows my mind is the one below them, in other words they were walking on clouds. The ancients taught that this was why their shoes didn’t wear out this cloud literally took the rough terrain and made it literally a breeze to navigate, (How cool is that). Then the seventh cloud, (which by the way is pictured on three of the tribal standards including the tribe of Judah’s) is out leading them where to go.
This whole picture they teach is the Tabernacle or (sukkot) yes related to the feast of booths or Tabernacles, it’s clouds and you can make a Biblical case for that. Look at 2 Samuel 22 or Psalms 18
11 He rode upon a cheruv and flew.
He soared on the wings of the wind. 12 He made darkness His cover,
His sukkah all around Him—
dark waters, thick clouds.
The same in Job 36:29, when God is tabernacling with me he is surrounding me in His protective cloud, it is a God Hug…
Note how many times God shows up and leaves in a cloud, Sinai, The Tabernacle dedication, Solomon’s Temple, at the mount of Olives Jesus leaves and is said to come back that way. This is how this connects to the question asked at the Seder, “why recline”. The Hebrew word there has a lot to do with surrounding more than just laying down. Look in Song of Songs 1:12 Once again we have the King as Jesus did in the last supper reclining that word ” mecab ” means round about. We are surrounded by loved ones at our thanksgiving our feast of ingathering the feast of tabernacles. God’s cloud hug is surrounding you I promise.
Now some more WONDER, inside that cloud is the ARK itself and atop of that are the two Cherubim; who are these guys and what’s with the wings overlapping? The Jews make a big deal that a Sukkah has to be higher than 10 “Tefachim” about 32 inches, why? Because the length of the Cherubim wings on the Ark according to Solomon’s Temple was 10 “Tefachim” . The Chrubim’s wings need the clearance in order to fly over you Sukkah for real. Amazingly beautiful is that when they spread their winds as described in Exodus 37:9 it is the exact terminology of Boaz spreading his garment over Ruth in Ruth 2:12 and in Ezekiel 16:8 God is spreading his garment over Israel in the time of love.
So as I have taught before that if our body is the temple, where is the Holy of Hollies, it’s our heart. These Cherubim have your heart covered like a hen covers her chicks like Jesus told us. So we know their size they have a wing span of 32 inches, what about their face. Well in Ezekiel 10:14 we are told
“ And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. . “
If one of their faces is a cherub, what is that according to the ancient Rabbi’s it was a child . So there is the connection to your child like heart and your innocence. Remember when Jesus told us in Matthew 18: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “
Clouds, faces of Angels and children, wings that have you covered, yes to Tabernacle with God there above the Mercy seat in your very heart… Its much to wonder about…
One more wonder, when you see your neighbor, think that God wants him surrounded walking on clouds, covered by Cheribium wings, yes that neighbor has a whole in his heart that only God can fill, and as John Eldredge observed that God has a whole in His heart that only your neighbor can fill, as C.S. Lewis pointed out “you never met a mere mortal” . As we pray and witness we are increasing the circle the cloud and the more love we feel, like the ultimate thanksgiving with all the saints around the table, heads in the clouds we will all feel heaven. I wonder…..