Wednesday, March 31, 2010

And By HIS Stripes...

"But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his stripes we are healed". ~Isaiah 53:5

One night while I was lying in my bed, the Holy Spirit began speaking to me about this scripture. He began to give me a deeper revelation for the meaning of it, and I wanted to take a few moments to share with you what was revealed to me.

He was wounded for our transgressions…

Think of a wound; it’s external. It is an injury involving a cut or break in the skin. Transgressions are external sins. They are defined as a violation of a law, command or duty. So robbing someone would be considered a transgression. It is a break in the law that keeps a place (i.e. city, country, or nation) whole. Through Christ’s wounds, he took on all transgressions or law breakers.

He was bruised for our iniquities…

A bruise occurs underneath the skin (therefore it can be considered internal), and it usually doesn’t surface right away. It can be one of the end results of an injury to a part of the body. Iniquities are internal sins, or sins of the heart. It is defined as gross immorality, injustice or wickedness. It is a sin that becomes a habit or a part of you; therefore it controls you instead of you controlling it. Iniquities can bruise your relationship with Christ, who wants all of your heart. Any sin that is habitual can become an iniquity; but some examples are lust, envy and pride. Through Christ’s bruises, he took on every iniquity you and I could ever contain.

The chastisement of our peace was upon him…

This is explained by "therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1, where the reference is not to a state of heart, but to a relation with God. "Peace with God" does not have reference to anything that is subjective, but only to what is objective. Not to an inward peace of conscience, (though that should follow if you repent), nor to that "peace of God which passes all understanding" which keeps our hearts and minds through Christ, but to have Peace With God. So in other words; reconciliation. It means we are no longer the objects of His displeasure, and have no more reason to dread the divine vengeance. It is that blessed relationship, which results from the expiation of our sins. Because Christ endured the penalty of our sins, we are no longer God’s enemies, but subjects of His favor. Every one that is justified does not enjoy peace of conscience (though we should); but every justified person has peace with God whether they know it or not, because through Christ, God’s aught with us has ended.

And by His stripes, we are healed…

Christ was beaten with a whip called a “cat of nine tails”. I looked up the significant meaning of the number nine in the bible. Nine is a number of judgment, outcome and finality. Healing is the desired finality of a cut, bruise or disease. So instead of dying from our sickness, sins and diseases, Christ interceded as the healing or correct/desired finality of the state. I also found out it was Roman law that a criminal being flogged should only receive thirty-nine lashes. It was deemed that the fortieth lash would kill a man. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there are thirty-nine categories of diseases known to man. So for every lash Christ took, he bore our sickness and diseases.

In conclusion, through Jesus’ death we are no longer prisoner to sickness, sin and death. He suffered and died so that you and I wouldn’t have to. All we have to do is call upon the precious name of Jesus to receive salvation and healing. Every living human being has access to this gift. I pray this fed your spirit.

~Mena Lee

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Names of YHVH(God)

Several months ago I was given a revelation about the meaning of Elohim and El Shaddai. The Holy Spirit gave me the understanding that there are different times in our lives that God will present himself in these fashions. I want to give you a breakdown of these Hebraic names, their meanings and how they can be manifested in your life. Elohim is the Hebrew plural word meaning “gods and goddesses” (which is the masculine plural of a feminine noun, used as a singular), but each time it appears in the Bible it is translated as singular "God." This is significant because YHVH is the God of all gods. There is none before him, there is none after him. We also have the Holy Trinity (God-the Father, God-the Son, and God-the Holy Ghost), which are three, yet one. YHVH-God is One or Whole. When Adam was first created in the garden, he was whole. He contained both male and female. Therefore Adam would have been able to reproduce himself had God not decided to create Eve. Notice that Eve was taken from Adam and created from one of his ribs. Adam called Eve, “woman”, which merely means a man with a womb. Yahweh said; “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness~Genesis 1:26. When he said “man”, it wasn’t indicating the sexual identification of being male, but the whole race of man. But notice that he said; “In our image, after our likeness”. In heaven everything is whole. This is why the Apostle Paul talks about the body of Christ being one body with many members. The literal body of Christ (being us, who are saved by the blood and grace of Jesus Christ) contains both male and female. But in heaven, when we are transformed into our heavenly bodies, there won’t be a sexual orientation of male or female. We will be one, and all will be called HIS bride. YHVH-God is the I AM; meaning the wholeness and perfection of both male and female as a spirit. And before the fall, Adam was intended to be an offspring of God’s perfection. Elohim, when used in certain utterances, also means “Ruler”, “The Existing One” and/or “The Law”. When God comes to us as Elohim, he is presented as a Judge or The Law. Therefore he is shown in his power, rulership and magnificence. For example; Yahweh-God manifested himself as Elohim when he gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He is presented as Elohim throughout the bible when dealing with our enemies. And he will be presented as Elohim at the final judgment seat. Elohim is who will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is Lord. El-Shaddai means “God Almighty”. El points to the power of God Himself. Shaddai seems to be derived from another Hebraic word, Shadayim; meaning “breast”. When a baby latches on to the mother’s breast, it receives nourishment and the baby becomes satisfied once full. The bible says; “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus~Philippians 4:19. When Yahweh-God comes to us as El-Shaddai, he is presented as one who nourishes, supplies, and satisfies. It is God as El who helps, but it is God as Shaddai who abundantly blesses with all manner of blessings. There are many names for Yahweh-God, which all add up to the conclusion the there are no limits to him. He is whole, pure, and complete. And we as saints have the power to pray the manifestation of his spirit into our lives. Yeshua (Jesus) said; “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son~John 14:13. Yeshua and Yahweh are one, but it is only through the son, that we can get to the father. Understanding who Yahweh-God is, helps us to live in the fullness of him and through this, we can touch the lives of others. I pray this fed your spirit.
~Mena Lee