See no, hear no, speak… (Ceteris paribus part 2)

Binaural

“Sacrificing and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened…” (Psalm 40:6a)

“And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to Heaven, He sighed, and and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened…” (Mark 7:33-35a)

The first part of the opening line of the next verse says “And he charged them…” But it’s not talking about money. He tells them not to make it known what He just did. Because, until you’re strong enough to maintain what Jesus gives–and gives freely, I might add–best to keep your mouth shut. Your ears may be open but the only person to speak to about it is God. This is not an uncommon occurrence. As God should be the One with whom we converse and are conversant, everyone else should fall by the wayside until the former is met. With reference to ceteris paribus (all things equal) until the atmosphere abroad is ready, rejoice that you’re able to hear.

“And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked Him, saying, What might these parables be?” (Luke 8:8-9)

Binocular

“And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” (Luke 8:10)

People see it all. They really do. It’s the condition of our heart that tells whether or not we’re going to be seeing it correctly. The difference between seeing what’s there and missing something is looking. Try this on: Paul says to Titus (1:15), “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” If you couple this with his instruction to “overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) The way we see things depends on how dialed in we are to God. To where we see Heaven here on earth.

Binary

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)

The Hebrew word for decision is “charuwts“. Strong’s says “properly incised or incisive“. The word (decision) appears twice in the Bible (it’s also translated as “gold” in Psalm 68:13). The Hebrew word for “distinguish”, however, is “biyn“. In Psalm 5:1, David asks God to “consider my meditation”. He’s asking God to sift through his internal processes to where they’re springing from a true source (a true vein as it were). We have no idea the mercy of God expended as a result of wrong thinking and the havoc it wreaks on the world. On, off. Trust and faith and belief. And love. Or not. If you believe in God and want to speak on His behalf, you might consider praying this prior to opening your mouth:

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

 

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The Language Singularity

Surely you’ve heard of the Big Bang? The main reason it’s posited as a plausible possibility is simply because distant galaxies, lightyears away, are receding. Getting further and further away. Rewind time however, and the galaxies get closer and closer until…Crunch! It’s all wrapped up nice, neatly in a little package called a…drumroll, please: Singularity.

A singularity has infinite mass and is positioned at a singular point in the very center of a black hole. It’s a white hole, by the way, through which astronomers say the universe came into being. The matter from the singularity having been funneled from the black hole, through a worm hole, into and out of the white hole. Just know that all of this stuff is surmised through pages and pages of inscrutably dense mathematical equations. Dry, boring, mechanical. Infinite. Unless you have a translator…

The Hebrew language is likewise impossibly dense with meaning and connotation. Not that other ancient languages are less-so, but how fitting that the God of the universe, who spoke the universe from nothing, would see fit to begin His reintroduction to humanity by speaking through a group of people whose language reflects the layers of Him, however minutely.

One of God’s names in the Hebrew is “El Qanna”. Pronounced “Kaw-nah”, the “El” is simply the Hebrew for “God”. The flagship definition for this name, this aspect of His name, is jealous. It’s a far cry from the modern connotation of “envious” in that it describes God as loving us so much He’s literally willing to give up everything to retain, and maintain, that which is His. “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15) But rather than kill to preserve it, He died. It’s alright to disagree with the former aspect of the previous statement, but look at it in light of the latter.

Qanah (same word, slightly different spelling) is a multi-purpose word in the Hebrew language. Subtle distinctions are widely used throughout the Old Testament. For instance, qanah, in Psalm 139:13 is translated “possessed”. As in owned. “For Thou (God) hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” How comforting. The knowledge that God has called us and began “a good work” (Philippians 1:6) even before we were born. Before we began receding from Him. Even if you find yourself lightyears away from God, the reality is that, “in Him we live, and move, and have our being;” (Acts 17:28) The Holy Spirit is ever around us and upon accepting Jesus as Savior, is in us. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17, emphasis mine)

Qanah also translates as “purchased”. “And He brought them to the border of His sanctuary, even to this mountain, which His right hand had purchased.” (Psalm 78:54) God purchased us back from the clutches of Satan. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men (and women too), the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5-6) No price was too high. And if that’s not the ultimate example of both pure jealousy and selflessness (the good kind of both), I don’t know what is.

If there was one word to describe the God of the Old Testament as seen through the lens of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, it would be this one. Qanah. Other translations of the word are erect (i.e. build), create and procure.

And this is just one of God’s many names.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

The Holy Spirit is the one who intimates this understanding of not only being bought back by the blood of Jesus, but also of being wanted in the first place. God wanted us so much that He paid the ultimate price. However many lightyears you’ve receded from your first love, God wants to—and with Jesus is now able to—bring you back and make you one with Him.

“And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them…that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:11, emphasis mine)