Friday, May 7, 2021

Eyes of Understanding


Psalm 119 is the longest prayer in Scripture.  One which every believer should pray through, at least once a week.  Indeed, this psalm is highlighted by many ministries at this time and should be taken to heart.  In the context of this psalm David is asking YHVH to show him His statutes, ordinances, precepts, commandments and testimonies, in order to receive and have “understanding”.   Why is it so crucial to have understanding of these particular aspects of YHVH’s Word? Let’s look first at the definition of “understanding”: 

 Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. ... Thus, understanding is correlated with the ability to make inferences, draw conclusions, and have discernment. This becomes very important when it comes to “TRUTH”. 

When the scriptures refer to YHVH’s statutes, testimonies etc. they are pointing to what we call the “Law” or “Torah”.  Thus, without the “Torah” we have no understanding and our ability to correctly divide the Word of Truth is seriously impaired. Yeshua pointed this out to His disciples through parables, which they (the disciples) always fell short of understanding.   When Peter, for example, asked Yeshua to explain what seemed to be a very simple parable, Yeshua said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also?” (Matthew 15:13).  This appeared to be the case with many of Yeshua’s teachings and allegories.  But while His followers were bewildered, the religious were offended and became angry.  Today we still see the same reactions to present-truth, many times even in a display of ignorance, meanwhile the Spirit continues to fulfill His covenants and promises to our forefathers.

In the parable of a farmer who sowed a seed (of wheat) in a field, while an enemy stealthily sowed another, beside the obvious interpretation, Yeshua also demonstrated the prohibition of “not [to] sow your field with two kinds of seed” (ref. Leviticus 19:19). He went on to explain that the field is the world. (Matthew 13:24).

Sometime later, Yeshua declared that, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted” (Matthew 15:13), or in the case of the tares, they will be cut off by YHVH’s messengers and burned (ref. Matthew 13:40). After that the wheat will be harvested and taken to the barn.  But if the tares/darnel are included in the harvest of the wheat, the former will defile the field and foul the bread that will be made from the two seeds.  If the mixed seed will be sown on the following year, it will be a violation of YHVH’s word and the field will be defiled. (Darnel when eaten causes one to get dizzy, off-balance and nauseous.)  Likewise, in the case of a vineyard. “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seeds, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled” (Deuteronomy 22:9).

Lack of understanding along with the doctrines of men and demons, have resulted in mission a very basic fact, that YHVH sowed one seed in the world of humanity, and that seed He called and chose some 4,000 years ago.  He anointed (‘christed’) that seed by His Word in covenants and promises, so as to produce a yield of righteousness through faith.  But the germ of this faith that was in the seed of father Abraham remained hidden until YHVH sent His seed to the family of Jacob/Israel - a Redeemer who bought the entire field and is harvesting the seed that His Father had sown.  Stated differently, the Redeemer was willing to give up everything in order to purchase the pearl of great price (ref. Matthew 13:46), or purchase the field for the sake of the treasure that was buried there (ref. Matthew 13:44).

“Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 17:24).

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your Torah” (Psalm 119:18).

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