“Just touch the hem of My Garment”Pt.3

So who do you identify with? I am a Christian, I can say, “I identify with HIM!” The writer Kay Arthur describes Christians as: people who have shuddered at the awfulness of their sin. They have seen sin for what it is: willful rebellion against the rulership of God in their lives. And in turning from their sin, they have embraced God’s only means of dealing with sin: Jesus or Yeshua

Who is Jesus? He is an Israeli Jewish Rabbi from the Middle East. He isn’t an Anglo-Saxon or an American, as some have made Him out to be. His identity is deeply rooted in the Jewish lineage.

His Story…..

Prophecy in Isaiah                                                                 Prophecy Fulfilled 

He will be exalted(52:13)                                                    Phil. 2:9

He will be disfigured by suffering(52:14,53:2)            Mark 15:17, 19

He will be rejected by many(53:1, 3)                               John 12:37, 38

He will bear our sins and sorrows(53:4)                       Rom. 4:25; 1 Pet.2:24,25

He will make a blood atonement(53:5)                         Rom. 3:25

He will be our substitute(53:6,8)                                    2 Cor. 5:21

He will accept our guilt and punishment(53:7)         John 10:11

He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb(53:9)             John 19:38-42

He will justify many from their sin(53:10,11)             Rom. 5:15-19

He will die with transgressors(53:12)                           Mark 15:27,28 Luke 22:37

He asks us…”Are your garments made cleaned by My blood, the blood of the  Sacrificial Lamb?”

 

 

 

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“Just touch the hem of My garment” Pt.2

As a Christian what is my identity in Christ? In other words who am I in Christ? I didn’t grow up a Christian, it wasn’t till in my early 20’s I accepted Him as my personal Lord and savior. I didn’t grow fast in the Lord, it took some time. I am so very thankful for His patience, grace and mercy towards me! As I was learning to walk with Him I never point blank asked “Who am I in Christ?” When my childrens  faith has waivered or they don’t know there purpose I have used this chart I found in my bible(most of the credits of this chart goes to Thomas Nelsons Women’s Bible Study NKJV, I did some alterations). When the Lord asked me, his child,” Who do you identify with?” He as my Father brought me to this chart as I did with my children.

I  AM CHOSEN BY GOD~Eph. 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love

I AM ADOPTED BY GOD~Eph. 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasures of His will

I AM A CHILD OF GOD IN HIS FAMILY~ 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

I AM FORGIVEN BY GOD FOR ALL MY SINS~1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I AM RECONCILED TO GOD,IN HARMONY WITH HIM~Rom. 5:10 ..we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life(Jesus)

I AM SEEN BY GOD AS HOLY, BLAMELESS, ABOVE REPROACH~Col. 1:22… in the body of His flesh through death, to  present you holy, and blameless and above reproach in His sight

I AM CALLED TO ACCOMPLISH GOD’S PURPOSE~Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to according to His purpose.

I AM A FULL CITIZEN AMOUNG GOD’S PEOPLE~Eph.2:19..you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

I AM JUSTIFIED-DECLARED RIGHT IN GOD’S SIGHT~Rom.5:1..having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

I AM SANCTIFIED-SET APART BY GOD’S SPIRIT~1 Cor.6:11…you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

I AM REDEEMED-BOUGHT WITH CHRISTS BLOOD~Eph. 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…

I AM CLEANSED~1 John 1:7… and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

I AM AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST~ 2 Cor. 5:20…we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

I AM BEING CONFORMED TO THE CHARACTER OF CHIRST~Rom.8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…

Thank you Lord for giving me a worth and a purpose through my identity in You!

So as my Father asked me I ask you…who do you identify with?

 

 

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“Just touch the hem of my garment”Pt. 1

I have had a thorn in my flesh for several years that effects me physically. The kind that causes a persons lifestyle to change. I have certainly grown closer to my Lord through it and am thankful for that. It has been a long journey to get to the point of being able to say that I am thankful for having this thorn. I am not one of those believers who believe that only the ones close to God aren’t sick. God uses many circumstances in our lives to fine tune the path He is leading us down.

I was visiting with my Dr., whom is a believer, and he shared a story of himself. He had been admitted to  the emergency room a few days before and was overcome with great anxiety from it. Holy Spirit said to his heart “just touch the hem of my garment”. Holy Spirit  had just said the same thing to me the week prior. At the time when He spoke it to me and when my Doc told me, my first thoughts were of healing, as of the lady in the bible of a bleeding disorder. But I knew in my heart it was much more than that…

The Jewish people were told by God in Numbers 15:37-41 “to make tassels  on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you should have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow  the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do the all My commandments, and be holy for your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.”

The “garment” that is spoken of in the Bible has changed style over the years as does our clothes do these days. This garment has been called many things such as “mantel, tallit, or outer garment.”  It went from being a rectangular shape to rounder in shape, which was called the tallit and used for a prayer shawl. The “hem of his garment” means “fringe, corner, tassel, or the boarder of a garment”. Even though the garment seems to have changed style and names through the years, the meaning of the garment has not.

In ancient times the “hem of the garment ” represented your identity. It showed who you were and what you stood for.  In Hebrew the word “wing ” and “corner of garment ” are the same.

RUTH 3:9 ” I am Ruth your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing….”(in other words she was saying to Boaz “I identify with you, protect me.” )

I SAMUEL 24:4-5  David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Now it happened  afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe.( David could of killed him right there, but he knew he had sinned against God. Saul was His anointed King for the time being and the hem of  his outer garment  showed that)

I SAMUEL 15 In this chapter Saul rejects Gods word of instructions and Samuel rebukes him for doing so. As Samuel is leaving Saul reaches out and seizes the edge of his robe and tore it. This was used as a picture of the Kingdom of Israel being ripped away from Saul.

I KINGS 2:9 In this chapter Elijah will be leaving Elisha. Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted from him before he left. Elisha replied ,”Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” It was at this time Elijah was carried off to the heavens and his “mantel” was left for Elisha . WOW!

EZEKIEL 16:18 In this chapter God is showing His love for His people in Jerusalem by saying, ” When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine.”

MALACHI 4:2 In this book it closes with a prophecy of the Messiah that speaks of the corners of His garment…”But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise, With healing in His wings…”( so the root of the Messiah in His identity is healing…spiritual and physical)

When the woman and others that were sick touched “the hem of His garment” in Matthew, Mark,and  Luke they were identifying with Jesus, the Messiah. They were saying…”I want a relationship with you….I know who you are, I know who’s I am.” Jesus said to them,”your faith has made you well.” They knew what He required of them…to believe in Him, follow Him. No longer did they need to follow rules,laws and regulations… our obedience to Him is inwardly first, then outwardly.

Who do you identify with? This is what He wanted my full attention on. I have been pondering on it since…….

 

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New Beginnings

The Lord has impressed upon my heart and mind to write, completely guided by Holy Spirit…..”you have had the desire to write since you were younger, I have put this desire into you, start a blog.” So a blog it is, but to be honest I don’t even have a facebook. Yes, I am “one” of those! So He slowly started planting seeds in my heart and they have been germinating and are now taking root. I trust that it will produce fruit. So here I am, with the Great I AM  along side me, guiding and directing me.

I dedicate this blog to His Chosen Branches, the Hebrew people. I thank my Heavenly Father for causing the fruit of love to burst within me for His people and the fruit of knowledge starting to invade me of them.

With love…..from a wayward branch that has been grafted in!

 

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