13th May 2020: Our Daily deLIGHT~4th Day-Spirit of YHVH
Spirit of YHVH
In Luke 11 when Yeshua had finished praying, His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray as John also taught his disciples. This was and still is a very common request among the Hebrew people. The disciples always desired to use the same verbiage when they pray as their Rabbi (Teacher). In verses 2-4 Yeshua gives them the pattern and order in which to pray. It’s a great one for us to follow too since Yeshua is our Rabbi.
Following this, Yeshua goes onto to say in Luke 11:5-13,
“5 Then He [Yeshua] said to them [The Disciples], “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; Paraphrased from the IVP Commentary: Hospitality was the Hebrew responsibility; the host must feed the traveler who has graced his or her home by coming to spend the night. Although many homes would have used up their day’s bread by nightfall, in a small village people would know who still had bread left over. In modern villages of that region, bread might last for several days, but one must serve a guest a fresh, unbroken loaf as an act of hospitality.
Yeshua goes on to say:
7 and from inside he [The Friend] answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. Here is an ancient near eastern understanding from the IVP Commentary for his response: The children would sleep on mats on the floor of the one-room dwelling; unbolting the heavy bar that was laid through rings attached to the door was a bother and would make noise that would awaken them. The continual pounding would awaken the children anyway; unbolting the door would thus no longer pose much problem. The word translated “persistence” means “shamelessness”. This term refers either to the boldness of the knocker, lest he be shamed by having nothing to give his guest, or perhaps the shame of the father inside, because the whole village would be humiliated by a bad report about their hospitality. Hospitality is an identifier of the Hebrew…the one who has crossed over.
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” I heard a teaching years ago on this set of verses from my father, Bill Goff, which I have never forgotten. Yeshua tells us in this order to Ask, Seek and Knock. It’s interesting to note that in the English if you take the first letter of each instruction it forms the word ASK. This is what it comes back too.
When we ASK with persistence for the Holy Spirit…the Ruach Elohim, He is certain to fill us with the His Spirit and not some other substitute. It’s a promise!!
Have a blessed and shalom filled day!!
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Great peace have they who love Your law. Psalm 119:165a