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Elohiym or GOD as a family concept, love awakens love, tribulation awakens fruit

Q63: 70. The Least of These My Brethren

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(1) Elohiym is a family concept

All who have been born into the heavenly family are in a special sense the brethren of our Lord. Thelove of Christ binds together the members of His family, and wherever that love is made manifest therethe divine relationship is revealed. "Everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John4:7.

Elohiym is a family concept.

Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord (YHWH-Yeshua) Jesus Christ,

  • 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
  • 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

    Here the functional descriptors of Father, Son, and by logic Mother are described because of the term " heavenly family".

    Re 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord (YHWH) God (elohiym) Almighty (shadday), which was, and is, and is to come.

  • 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

    Notice "GOD" is referenced as "him" who sits upon the throne, but there are references to three functional descriptors:

  • YHWH (Son)
  • Elohiym (Father)
  • Shadday (Holy Spirit)

    Why it does say in the Hebrew word "Elohiym" instead of "Ab" or "Eloah" for "Father", I don't know.

    1Ch 29:10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD (Father-YHWH) before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD (Father-YHWH) God (Elohiym) of Israel our father (Ab - heavenly Father), for ever and ever.

  • 11 Thine, O LORD (Father-YHWH), is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD (Father-YHWH), and thou art exalted as head above all.

    This verse shows us that YHWH-Elohiym-Ab references our heavenly Father who is the head of a heavenly Family. The functional descriptor of "ab" as a pictograph reads "The strong one in the family home", and thus we see the Father as head above all.But this does not mean the Father is Elohiym and there is no other co-eternal Being within Elohiym.

    Job 32:6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said,

    A young man waits and finally speaks to Job, the oldest book in the Bible, known for its oldest Hebrew meanings:-

    Job 32:8 But there is a spirit (ruwach - Holy Spirit) in man:

  • and the inspiration of the Almighty (Shadday) giveth them understanding.

    Notice in this poetry simile (or parallel) the Holy Spirit is referenced as the Shadday.

    Job 32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

  • 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.

    Here the "holy Spirit" is a simile of wisdom, like wine in the bel ly ready to burst with renewed meaning.Jesus said something similar in the NT, new wine is for new wine skins. When the Holy Spirit presents wisdom in new settings, we should follow this refreshing appropriately.

    Job 33:4 The Spirit (Holy Spirit ruwach) of God (el - Strong Authority) hath made me,

  • and the breath of the Almighty (shadday) hath given me life.

    Here in another poetry simile, the Holy Spirit is referenced as the Shadday who breaths salvation upon us if we choose this.. ongoing life..

    Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God (Eloah - Father god) is greater than man.

    Here we see an old Hebrew word meaning "Father" or "eloah".

    Job 4:9 By the blast of God (eloah - heavenly Father) they perish, and by the breath (ruwach - Holy Spirit) of his nostrils are they consumed.

    Notice the Father's flow of power is administrated by the Holy Spirit, and this empowers living in our bodies as the breath of life.

    Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God (eloah - Heavenly Father) correcteth:

  • therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty (shadday - Holy Spirit):

    Reference to heavenly parents, both discipline children on earth to help mankind with salvation.

    Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD (Jesus-YHWH) answered Job, and said,

  • 2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty (shadday) instruct him? he that reproveth God (Eloah), let him answer it.

    Three functional descriptors of "GOD" are referenced here:

  • YHWH (Son)
  • Eloah (Father)
  • Shadday (Holy Spirit)

    Thus these are some of the many writings that show the "heavenly family" as "Elohiym" with "three functional descriptors" of each family member, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    (2) Jesus "fathers" a family concept

    Thatwe might become members of the heavenly family, He became a member of the earthly family. He isthe Son of man, and thus a brother to every son and daughter of Adam. His followers are not to feelthemselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web ofhumanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints

    Here Jesus who is of heavenly Elohiym Family, decides to add humanity unto divinity, in order to literally re-engineer fallen humanity into Himself, as a family of redeemed.Thus Jesus becomes an "everlasting father" of the redeemed, and in the NT sense where Elohiym is referenced as "heavenly family" is indeed a simile like earthly families are. The pictograph of the Hebrew word "son" is "ben", the "home of heaven continues over the nations" and this is what Jesus does for Elohiym, He continues the love of Elohiym over the nations of the new family of the redeemed.This is why there is no reference to Elohiym as family in the OT, because although Jesus is co-eternal with Elohiym from eternity, thus never had an origin in time, Jesus would come to humanity one day, to be born into humanity, and thus continue Elohiym's love over the nations of the redeemed.

    Ps 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD ( Father-YHWH) hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

    There would come a day, when Jesus would be the heavenly home over the redeemed, but in the OT this had not happened yet. Jesus in the OT, is the messenger of YHWH, who is sent.

    (3) Love awakens love

    To the rich, God has given wealth that they may relieve and comfort His suffering children; but toooften they are indifferent to the wants of others. They feel themselves superior to their poor brethren.They do not put themselves in the poor man's place. They do not understand the temptations andstruggles of the poor, and mercy dies out of their hearts. In costly dwellings and splendid churches, therich shut themselves away from the poor; the means that God has given to bless the needy is spent inpampering pride and selfishness.

    It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples never advance beyond the merealphabet of Christian experience. The light which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke tothem, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," they might have kept alive by helping those in need.

    Mr 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved (ahab maleness-love) him,

    When Jesus supremely maleness-loves us with "love", do we respond with "love" ?There are two Hebrew word for "love", a "love" that gives, and a "love" that responds.

    Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (ahab maleness-love) thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (ahabuh femaleness-love) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

    Here Peter responds to Jesus love. The two Hebrew words for love are correctly used to complete the circuit of love.

    Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (ahabuh femaleness-love) thou me?

    Peter is confused by this deeper request for does a man love a man like a woman? But Jesus is not saying this...He is asking Peter to be the generator of love as Elohiym is a generator of love, to both provide and receive, to both protect and nurture, to experience both maleness love and femaleness love.Sadly our churches today lack femaleness love, the nurturing fellowship love this Hebrew word is about. And providing female preachers to preach like ordained male preachers do, will not fix the problem of fellowship love. As the words of Jesus say in English via the SOP, if we feel a little touched by Jesus' love, we must respond. He that is forgiven much, loves much, and he forgiven little, loves little.

    When a burning burns in our hearts and consumes all our sin-offerings within us, the people flock to see the burning that does not consume the body, and so others receive of this power.If we fail to allow our burning within us to burn brightly, once all the sin-offering is burned up, the flame of passion dies out, and we are left full of sinless pride, or so we think. Such an empty barren soil responds to the weeds of the world and becomes full of worldliness bearing fruits that choke out God and His sacrifice for sin-offering.

    There is a curse in following Jesus, we must guard against:-

    Ho 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

  • 6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

    Here is a tomato bush growing in good pasture, filled with good living..Notice only green fruit, or no fruit, only leaves of righteousness.

    Here is a tomato bush growing in a drought, filled with tough living..Notice lots of fruit, red and yellow fruit. ...

    Lots of dead leaves and stems, but sweet juicy fruit.

    Both kinds of bushes are growing in the Author's yard at the same time, one out in the open yard exposed to tribulation or sun, wind, heat and lack of waterwith chooks scratching the base roots to near death. And the other kind in a sheltered cool place under the eaves of a building, away from frost, sun and heat, with plenty of waterand no aggressive chooks scratching the base roots. One kind of bush grows in tribulation making lots of fruit, the other grows in peace, making leaves and but little fruit.

    In time, the protected bushes do make larger fruit than the unprotected bushes, but the Author couldn't neglect the parables here, showing how Christians grow in Jesus. Shalom

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at "A Servant of Servants"

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