In the Shadow of Your Wings

Perhaps you’ve heard the latest news regarding Planned Parenthood?

I can’t let my thoughts stay here long. My fists clench and my heart beats faster and my stomach wants to vomit out the reality of demonic evil surrounding us. How is this happening? How is it that a woman has the ability to casually eat a salad while talking about killing a baby and crushing its head in such a way so as to pull out the body from the womb and sell his or her lungs, legs and liver for money? There aren’t any words here.

Abba we live in a dark world. Please set Your people apart, high upon the Rock. Open the eyes of the heart to see You, hear You, know You. May Your light shine through the darkness and the filth and that any chains of deception and death may be broken by the power of Yeshua. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us; anoint us and equip us for the work set before us. Hide us in the shadow of Your wings. Amen.

A prayer of Moses the man of God (taken directly from Psalm 90-91):

LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God… teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom… Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands. Yes, establish the work of our hands. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler… ‘Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.’”

The word shadow has been placed on my heart.

In Hebrew, the word is tsel (pronounced ts-ayl). It means protection, shade, shelter (Strong’s Concordance). The English definition of shadow is:

1. a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface (noun).

2. follow and observe {someone} closely (verb).

I found out this week that when God said, “Let Us create man in Our image..” the Hebrew word used for image was tselem. So to recap:

Shadow = tsel

Image = tselem

Interesting. Do you see how closely those words are related? In Hebrew, every word has a “root word” that it is built from. It is easy to see that the word tselem was built from the word tsel. Shadow is the root word for image.

Now think of it this way, “Let Us create man in Our shadow… (Our tsel, Our tselem).”

A shadow is your reflection upon the earth, is it not? People, this is who we are. We are His reflection upon the earth. We are His image, His body.

The tabernacle was a shadow as well, a reflection upon the earth of the heavenly original. As it says, “They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’” Hebrews 8:5

Consider the name of the man who God anointed to build the tabernacle:

“And Moses said to the children of Israel, ‘See, the LORD has called name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding…” Exodus 35:30-31

In Hebrew the name is B’tsal’el (Strong’s Concordance #1212) and it means: in the shadow of El (El being the Hebrew word for God). Do you see that word shadow in the middle of the name? Tsel-El. Shadow of God. His name begins with the letter bet- thus giving the “b” sound at the beginning. The letter bet means house. Do you see the amazing depth of our God here?

He anoints Bezalel to build His tabernacle on earth. The man he chooses has a name that literally means house, shadow of God.

We are that tabernacle, His house, His shadow, and there is so much protection here. Outside of His shadow, you lose the protection. Rebel against Him and be certain you are choosing a dangerous route.

“Again the LORD spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel: tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations… and you shall 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 all My commandments, and be holy… I am the LORD your God.’” Numbers 15

The men of Israel, in obedience to the command of God, made the tassels (called tzitzit) and placed them on the corners of their garments. It was a constant, daily reminder to remember the commands of the Lord and to not follow their own hearts and eyes into deception. “Be holy… I am the LORD your God.”

tallitThe tassels were also put on the corners of their prayer shawls, called a tallit (tah-leet). The reminder was the same: you are a person under the authority of God.

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8

In Hebrew, the word for “corners” is kanaph (kanaphim plural) (Strong’s #3671). It means corner, covering, edges, wing, extremity. So the tassels are on the kanaphim of the garment. This is the same exact word used in Psalm 17:8 where it says to “hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Hide me in the shadow of Your kanaphim. Keep my heart safe as I live under Your authority.

Obey what God says and you are living under the shadow of His wings, His boundaries, His authority. Obey what God says and you are under the protection of His tsel (shadow).  Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. And isn’t that what He says time and time again? Obey Me. I have given you the path of life. Listen to Me. I love you and I want what is best for you.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment (Hebrew word kanaphim). For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’” Mark 5:25-28

She reached out and touched the corner (hem in some translations) of His garment. His wing, exactly where God placed the tassels, the reminder of obedience and holiness. Perhaps she knew the Scriptures: “But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings (kanaphim).” Malachi 4:2

Has your heart suffered many things? Have you looked for help in all the wrong places only to grow worse? There is healing under His wings and His wings alone. Fear His name. Fear prompts obedience. Repentance and obedience are the two ingredients for reconciliation with Your Messiah who is the healer of any and all wounds, anywhere, anytime. There is healing in relationship with Him and walking His path of life and not our own deceptive paths of death. Un-forgiveness is the biggest trip up (for all of us I’m guessing). Choosing to refuse forgiveness is walking in rebellion along our own path. For our own well-being, we need to listen to God when He says to forgive seventy times seven.

It is in these daily choices that our lives reflect the true Light of the World. We are made in His image. This is who you are. If you have sin or guilt, repent and get up again. He is eager to forgive and replenish the dry areas. Do you know how invested He is in you? His hands prove it.

Letter by letter, the word shadow means: fish hook, harvest, to lay down, shepherd staff, authority. When we walk in His shadow, this is exactly what we are: fish hooks (“fishers of men”), people who lay down our lives to His authority, harvesters.

The other day, after all this stuff has been jumbling around in my brain for a while, my son and I were walking through a parking lot, the sun shining over-head, fingers laced together. Out of the blue he says to me, “Mom, I am walking in your shadow.” I stop and look at him. He’s looking down at the pavement, enjoying the sight of his shadow overlapping mine. I couldn’t help but smile from the confirmation.

Abba, in a world that is upside down and rejects Your way, call Your people together. May we walk in Your shadow, may we be that shadow, the reflection on earth of who You are by the power of Your Spirit in us. Anoint us with cups overflowing for the work You have called us to.

-aubrie

 

Talitha Kumi

She’s dead. She’s dead.

No more to rise,

No more to walk.

No more to see the light of day.

She’s dead, they said.

 

Lying lifeless she appeared to be

As dead as they had claimed.

The mourners gathered,

Weeping and wailing,

Not believing in His Name.

 

“She is not dead, only asleep.”

Yeshua declared in all authority.

Then with gentleness He took her by the hand.

“Talitha! Talitha, kumi.”

 

Awaken daughter. Arise and walk!

Your time has surely come.

Talitha kumi, little girl get up.

Judah and Ephraim are one.

 

I am one God.

I have one salvation.

I have one covenant.

I have one nation.

 

Arise, come my daughter

From the four corners of the earth.

Be gathered together, my coat of many colors,

It is nearing time for birth.

 

I give to you My tallit of blood.

My holy, righteous covering.

Wear it, share it, to the world declare it.

My Spirit now is hovering.

 

My girl of twelve,

Awake awake.

Take Me by the hand.

The time has come for you to know.

The time has come for you to stand.

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