Between God and Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
Reading begins: November 24, 2021 Ends: January 7, 2022
Heschel puts forth the question, “Does the worth of wonder merely consist in its being a stimulant to the acquisition of knowledge? Is wonder the same as curiosity? He proposes to us that, knowledge is not the beginning of knowledge, but an act that goes beyond knowledge… it is an attitude that never ceases.”
Heschel suggests that our sense of wonder [and awe] has declined. I agree. However, I know we can recover it!
He concludes that, ” life without wonder is not worth living,” finding that, “What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.”
As we begin our journey through his book, consider the level of awe from which you approach the world each day? Do you marvel at the creation miracle that we continue to experience day by day? Can you see and sense the hand of God throughout creation?
Are you able to cut past the noise, the indifference, and the difficulties and still gaze in radical amazement at the workings at the hand of God?
Would you agree with Heschel’s claim that the way to faith leads through acts of wonder and radical amazement? What are your thoughts?
Join us as we explore these depths and experience the awe of wonder between God and man.
In the Meantime….
Remember This Torah Training Assignment:
Look for the Awe, the Wonder,the Essence of GOD within every personthat you encounter this week and during this Season of Hanukah. Practice finding the awe of God within every person, within every experience and discover for yourself whether or not wisdom increases, while blocks to insight are removed.
Everyone is welcome to post their comments below as we read through the text together and share our thoughts and ideas!
Heavenly Father we praise you. We lift up this word before you and we ask you to write it on the tablets of our heart. We ask Lord, that you would take this word and make it life to us. Let it perform every purpose in which you are sending it forth to accomplish.
Lord, bring the priestly anointing upon every vessel that who reads and hears this Word. Take the blood and anoint every ear as the word of God comes forth so that if there is anything in our life that is impure, or unsanctified, or not of You, that it would be cleansed and delivered. Heavenly Father, take the oil, anoint every ear to understand and to hear.
Holy Spirit, we release you and ask you, to bring the application of this Word in our lives. Individually, speak to us through this message. May we leave our place in this level, as different people, knowing that we have had a visitation with God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Open to Ezekiel 14:1-5 KJV
14 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.
2 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols.
5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
Idols in his heart. Notice He is not talking about outward idols.
Now, the Lord says, according to their idols, I am going to answer them, I am going to let them be deceived because they have these idols in their heart.
Now, the one thing we want to notice here is that the Lord says in Ezekiel 14:5, “…because they are estranged from me, through their idols.”
The word ‘estranged‘, in Hebrew, is a word that means unrelated. He says, “They are unrelated to me now, because of idols in their heart.”
When we allow idols to come into our hearts, there comes an unrelatedness through blocks, that prevent us from being joined to the Lord.
No More Building the Blocks that Cause Separation Between You & the LORD
Whenever an idol was erected in a high place in the Hebrew Scriptures, (aka The Old Testament), there was always a wood grove erected or a stone grove erected. This represents a block and this word, ‘idol‘is not referring just to the carved image, but it is referring to the block.
A block is an obstacle. That word, ‘idol‘ in this particular instance in the text means obstacle.
The obstacle that has estranged you from intimacy with God is an idol.
What are the obstacles that have prevented you from operating in faith? Have you built up such a wall of separation that it looks like the wall belongs there?
Are there obstacles that have prevented you’re going forward in God? An obstacle that has prevented you from using your faith creates a wall of separation and distance between you and the LORD. Can you identify the obstacle(s) that has prevented you from operating in obedience to what God has told you to do?
Elevating Beyond the Literal…
Idols in the heart, are not necessarily what we would call a carved image, not necessarily what we would call a graven image.
God is addressing his people through Ezekiel here today, and He is speaking about idols in the heart that create a blockage.
This is what we need to know about the blocks that have estranged us and caused a condition of being unrelated, lacking nearness to God.
We become united to God through His Spirit. We know we have that relatedness to God because our character becomes like God’s character.
Achieving the Highest Level of Spiritual Intimacy
When we are flowing in the things of God. When we are flowing in intimacy with God.
When we have that intimate communication with God, we have communion face to face with Him.
Now, looking back at Ezekiel 14:4, the scripture teaches us that there is a stumbling block before their face.
When a stumbling block is present, there is no such thing as being present before the Face of God. Where there is a stumbling block, there is no such thing as operating in the Character of God.
You see, the character of God is the Face of God. The Character of God exists in kind with His attributes. This is the Face of God.
God desires that all of us would have communion with Him… with his character, with his attributes, with His glory, with his mercy with his forgiveness with his graciousness. That which is in our heart, which is an obstacle, that is where we need to possess discernment in order to know, recognize and/or identify the obstacles that exist within us that are preventing us from coming into divine communion with the Presence of GOD.
Assignment: Examine your heart. Remove every obstacle that is blocking your relationship with God. Cut down the groves that are limiting your connection and communion with God. No more self-inflicted spiritual sabotage. It’s time to move forward!
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This Post was inspired by a bit of spiritual history of a time when Alexander the Great met Shimon HaTzaddik, the High Priest of the Holy Temple. Some call it fiction, and some say its fact. What matters is the insight you perceive from the instruction contained in the message.
Jerusalem continues to stand.
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I like to watch men walk. I look to see the purpose in their movement. The intention, which I believe today is called swag. Are they walking with confidence? Are they moving with the grace, dignity and purpose that GOD desires to see within them?
Their steps reveal so much. Commitment, integrity, honor, kindness, dedication, strength, power…
Have you watched a man walk beside his mother and really pay attention to how he walks? There is a care, a pride, a love. A protective quality. Have you paid attention to see how a man walks alongside his wife? There is care, commitment, love, and yes, protection. That’s easily observed by the position in which he places her as they walk. It’s the way he does it, a smoothness. It’s like a covering.
Have you noticed how a man walks and positions himself alongside his children? Same qualities, but with a different level of intensity. I would describe it as… more watchful, more observant, vigilant.
I love to see a man walk with his GOD-given greatness, head held up, confident, assured. In command of his surroundings, comfortable and present-minded. This is not a walk that carries with it arrogance, or pride or self-centeredness. No, this is a walk possessing decisiveness, destiny, direction, strategy.
I am always looking to see if men are walking with the power, with the anointing the Kingdom-Confidence of GOD within them.
But what I do not love is seeing or hearing about any man who has (temporarily) lost or misplaced his ability to walk this earth with distinction, confidence, peace, harmony, or any of the qualities of GOD.
I am praying today for men who have had their walk impaired by betrayal, deceit, manipulation, control, or any of the forms of subtle seduction… mind games perpetrated by predatory spirits.
No more traversing between darkness and light. You will not wear the face of joy, without the truth of joy being realized in your heart. No more mask of contentment, satisfaction, or feigned peace. You shall experience the richness of joy and the pleasant places in GOD. You will understand the joy of the LORD and the pleasant places that He shall bring to you.
I decree and declare that you will arrive back into your place of distinction, your place of strength, power, confidence, destiny, and direction, standing tall amongst the trees. You are moving back into the places and times that you remember, when you were not looking over your shoulder, weary of stalking or lying spirits. You are coming back to a place and a space in your life where you will no longer hear the voices of those that feed themselves on abuse of your kindness, compassion, and capacity for love.
You are walking toward light, toward the day, toward the time, and the place when their voice(s) will no longer be heard in your land. Every step you take will move you further and further away from the noise and pestilence that has been infused into your atmosphere. I call on every intercessor in agreement with this prayer, to come alongside to shut down the manipulation and control of every enemy who has exalted themselves against you, against the GOD in you! We command the voices of the lions that have roared so loudly that you have forgotten the sound of your own voice, to bow down, be silent! You are getting your voice back. The Voice of the LORD has declared it to be so.
Prayer will break the soul ties that seek to bind and constrict your movements in the earth. I decree and declare that you will exalt your voice in prayer and cause every ungodly soul tie to cease and desist their maneuvering for power and control. You shall lift up your voice in prayer and shut the mouth of deception in every lying spirit. Your voice has power and heaven is awaiting your voice. Heaven is awaiting your prophetic decrees and your prophetic declarations dispatching ministering angels to walk alongside you and those you are assigned to lift up, encourage, comfort and to weave them special garments of a prophetic covering.
Did you know, GOD is sending His angels to walk alongside you? They shall be your rearguard to block and stop every demonic attack, that seeks to sneak up from behind you. Let them do their job. Begin today, right now, knowing that every place that the soul of your feet shall tread belongs to GOD, and that He has given the territory to you! You are His son walking in His Kingdom, in kairos moments and places in time. You are the LORD’s inheritance and you have permission to pass through the King’s Land unhindered. No more looking over your should for the next wrong, the next enemy, the next problem, the next situation. I see you moving forward, full of faith and confidence, filled with the Word of GOD, well able to take territory for the Kingdom of Heaven. Angels are assigned to walk with you, every time you call upon the Name of the LORD. You were and never will be alone. To the Glory of GOD you will exercise your Kingdom authority.
You are walking into your place of stature, like the mighty men of David, who prophesied the victory over themselves and over the battlefield. They took territory in the spirit before they ever went to battle. This is the place your voice returns. This will be the place that your strength and confidence returns. This is where your walk returns.
You are the LORD’s man of Distinction, a man of Authority. Accept it. Your prayers are like precious jewels, your faith can move mountains, your vision and dreams are filled with the treasures and strategies of Heaven. Even if you don’t believe me, believe GOD. In the places where you don’t have enough faith for yourself, share mine. On the days when you have no faith, take some of mine. I have left an abundance of my faith, in this prayer. Take it, it’s yours! Rehearse the words of this prayer, Remember it. When you don’t believe in who you are, believe in who GOD says you are in this prayer.
Oppression, depression, anxiety, the voices of self- sabotage, have called you by the name, Mephibosheth. But you are no longer lame on your feet. You were never supposed to be. Never again are you allowed to be! Never again, will you give yourself permission to be. GOD has said, “Enough!” You are commanded to Arise Man of GOD, take your place and return to the Kingdom.
Prophecy to yourself today, starting today! What is your vision man of God? What do you see? and do not come back and tell me that you do not see anything… GO BACK AND LOOK AGAIN! Until you see what GOD sees… until you see what GOD is sending… until you see things, as He sees it! Go back and look again, until that Gehazi spirit in you bows down. Command it to bow down. It has to obey.
Your voice matters. It is the missing key. Be humble, be teachable, be yielded, submit to the authority of GOD, be still, be taught, be instructed, be patient, be silent (for quite sometime) and let your prayers do the talking! Be established man of GOD. Become a student of prayer, study the protocols of prayer and prophecy. Master in Heavenly Protocol and Planning.
I call you back into the Kingdom of GOD in your authority. You are needed.We have no desire to continue without you.
I don’t care who lied to you, who discouraged you, who broke your heart, who threw stones at your destiny… their reign is over. They always lied, and never did they have any power in heaven or in earth. They had to convince you that you had none, in order for them to thrive. That time is done! I speak that your walk is returning within you. Strength is coming back to your legs. You have your swag back, your identity in GOD is back.
Your walk signifies direction, destiny, power, strength, integrity, honor, vision, dreams, strategy, answers. You are dangerous, man of GOD. Solutions arrive with you when you walk in the room. You are carrying answers, remedies, strategies. You are a problem solver. You are a man of order, destiny and distinction. The enemy is trembling right now for fear that you will walk in all the words of this prayer.
Today is your new day! Today, you have the power, you call the shots!
Decree and Declare your way back home!
For the Sons of the Most High GOD, I see men as trees, walking!
In the prayer and message entitled 21 Days – Prophecy According to the Order of the King, you saw that scripture revealed that the mighty men of David operated from the strength and advantages of their prophetic giftings. But, we also know that the military arm of the Children of Israel were not numbered with the levitical priesthood. It was forbidden to do so.
REMEMBER… The levites were not to be counted in the military census.
NUMBERS 1: 45-50
45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
48 For the Lord had spoken unto Moses, saying,
49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
This is significant because it opens up our understanding and leads us to major revelation.
1. WHEN GOD SAYS SOMETHING TWICE… PAY CLOSE ATTENTION
It was so important that Moses understand that the levites are not to be numbered with, “all that were ready and able to go forth to war” that GOD places special emphasis on this point by saying it twice. Scripture is not repeating itself to be poetic. GOD wants us to hear something powerful.
So we should be asking ourselves, why is scripture making this point to draw our attention to the fact that the military is operating in the prophetic? Their not levites, why are they prophesying with song and sound?
David’s Military system is not based on military skill and might only. Even those in David’s army had attributes of prophecyoperating through them.
2. Let’s go back and look at this from the beginning…. 1 Chron 12: 1, 2, 8, 15-18,
12 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.
2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.
8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountain…
15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.
16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.
21 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.
22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
3. KEY Observations:
They came to David. David did not recruit them. They separated themselves unto David, right before he became king.
Multitudes defected from Sauls Kingdom to join David at Ziklag.
They were the elite fighting force of the nation of Israel.
…Even the brethren of Saul. Men of Sauls own family are joining David because they see what GOD is doing.
Notice that Amasai, Chief of the Captains was a prophet. (Amasai’s name is based in the Hebrew root word amac, which means to carry a load, burden. He is a burden bearer of the tabernacle).
The language shifts from calling the mighty men that came to David, captains of the band (gedud ) to princes (sarim).
The mighty men of David became like the host of GOD. A reflection of the hosts of Heaven on earth.
The identity and characteristic of David’s military is more angelic like… they war like the Host of Heaven. The elevation of their spiritual identity is identified by their name change. No longer a band, the are likened to the hosts of GOD. They now personify qualities GREATER THAN military might.
They perceived that they were engaging in something more powerful and of greater importance than physical warfare. They were engaging in spiritual warfare while they fought the enemies of GOD.
As you see in scripture, it was forbidden to mix the men of war with the Levites. Yet, you witness another dynamic happening here. David did not see them as men of war. David perceived them as the host of GOD. David’s army had the attributes of prophecy operating within it. As skilled and formidable as the mighty men of David were in physical warfare, they were as highly skilled in the arts of spiritual warfare.
1 Chronicles 12: 32
32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
The weapons of their warfare were no longer carnal as they had been under Sauls leadership. They became mighty to the pulling down of both physical and spiritual strongholds. Understanding the times (Issachar), Not double minded, expert in all spiritual and physical instruments of war (Zebulun). We know this because scripture also teaches us that they were men of prayer, praise and worship. Men of understanding, insight discernment. These were their primary weapons, their most essential weapons of war. Amen.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [agape~love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 1Corinthians 13:1
Paul is clearly informing us that the ability to, “speak with tongues of men and of angels”, exists in the realm of the spirit. The caveat is, make it known that the “speaker” must operate in love.
Jesus saturated His ministry and His mission in prayer. It is Christ, above all others that focuses our attention on the connection between His ministry and the “effectiveness” of prayer. Prayer is the “source” of His power. This is why it is taught that we should, “emulate the person that was most effective in prayer.” Christ was that person.
*Greater works than these shall you do in My Name…
I hope these words draw you in and take up permanent residence at the gates in which all your thoughts must pass. During these 21 Days, (the next 18 remaining) be so very careful that you guard your spirit. Set a watch over your tongue, be slow to speak, hold back words from the atmosphere with all your might, that need not be spoken at all, or at this time. Guard your ear gates, from all the noise. Create an atmosphere conducive for the spirit of GOD to take up residence.
What might the outcome be if you create a mik’dash, a dwelling place for the LORD to allow Him to inhabit your spiritual residence with total access to your temple? i.e. the temple inside of you built without hands.
ALLOW EVERYTHING to work together for your good and the good of those around you, during this time. Allow it.
SEE the good in EVERYTHING. Call good forth. Find it if you have to. Saturate adversity with words of power, truth, good and light. No more ordinary speech.
Treasure your speech. Your words, prayers, visions, dreams, praise, these each contain all the wealth and riches of the Kingdom that you need in order to produce change in this world. Your garments of light are available once more. Clothe yourself in garments of light and truth.
Allow this 21 Days to usher you in to destiny defined moments. It’s time for the greater works!
We’ve all desired the increase of good into the world.
You are that increase for good.
ággelos [angels] can refer to “a human messenger” such as John the Baptist, Mt 11:10, Mal 3:1; Lk 7:24, 9:52. It is also used in reference to heavenly angels (150 x+) in the New Testament, i.e. spiritual beings created by God to serve in assisting mankind and bringing forth the purpose of God. Light & Truth are the Words of the LORD. Ref: *John 14:12, John 5:20, John 16:13, 1 Cor 12:31, Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 119:30,
Coincidence nor happenstance brought you to this message. You eye caught hold of it. Keep note of what your eye catches hold of during this time. Be mindful. Connect the dots between what resonates with your hearing and your sight. No one needs to prophecy to you. Determine to SEE & HEAR what the Spirit is saying. It cost very little to pay attention. The rewards can be great.