My “Vindicator”

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When I did a post a few years ago entitled
“God of Vengeance”,
I had no idea how today’s Name for God
“My Vindicator”
would be related!
The definition according to Dictionary.com 
came from the 1600’s and means 
“to avenge or revenge”,
“to clear from censure or doubt”.
And so it turns out,
God is not only a God who fights for me;
He is also a God who will right all wrongs,
and render VENGEANCE to our enemies!
At least, that seems to be
what King David was counting on!
Again and again he calls on God to 
VINDICATE him.
(Psalm 26:1, Psalm 35:32-37, Psalm 43:1, Psalm 54:1)
But my favorite verse on this comes from
a Psalm that does not list its author.
“For the LORD will vindicate His people, 
and have compassion on His Servants.”
Psalm 135:14
And I also relate to this one from Deuteronomy:
“The LORD will vindicate His people 
and relent concerning His servants 
when He sees their strength is gone…”
Deuteronomy 32:36
I don’t know about you,
but I’ve had some days lately 
when I feel like my strength is gone!
I’ve had some situations that seem “unfixable”.
It is good for me to know that God will fight for me.

 

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RABBONI

“Rabboni”

This title recently grabbed my attention.

How is that different from “Rabbi”?

When was this title used for Jesus?

Actually, this Name was only used TWICE in the Bible,
with the most familiar verse being spoken
by Mary Magdalene in John 20:16
after the resurrection of Jesus when He appeared
to her in the garden.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’
She turned and said to Him,
‘Rabboni!’
(which is to say, Teacher).”

(Photo courtesy of Blue Letter Bible)

“There were actually three forms of the title, each given with elaborate ceremony:

“Rab” meaning “Master” was apparently, according to early Babylonian works, a Babylonian title given to certain learned men who had received the laying-on of hands in the rabbinic schools. This was the lowest title among the three.

“Rabbi” meaning “My Master” was a Palestinian designation, where a man was bestowed the title from the laying-on of hands by the Sanhedrin. The ceremony was interesting. The man was placed on a “high” chair which was raised above the assembly and he was given a key and a scroll when the new title was spoken by a certain person. The key symbolized power and authority to teach others, and the scroll symbolized that he was familiar and devoted to his studies. He would wear the key as a token of greatness and it was buried with him. According to the Aruch (Talmudical lexicon) a “Rabbi” was one who has disciples, and whose disciples were prepared to raise up new disciples. This was the second greatest title among the three.

“Rabbon” which meant “Great Master” or “Rabboni” meaning “My Great Master” was the greatest designation of all. It is properly pronounced (Rahbonee). Once the teacher had seen two generations of disciples he was referred to with this title, and also called by his own name so that he would not be forgotten.

It is interesting to note that men who had earned these titles were very highly respected, and Jesus was called by both.

Mary, a woman who had been scorned much of her life, by both men and women, and even somewhat by the disciples, was received by Jesus and raised to a place of special greatness, to the extent that it was she, a woman, who had been the first to behold Jesus after His resurrection, and speak the word “Rabboni” in a ceremony that was unseen by men, as He was raised from death, above the assembly.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon has a great sermon on Mary and Martha
that elaborates on this title.
If you have the time to read it, you can find it HERE
In case you are curious,
the other mention of Jesus as Rabboni
is in Mark 10:51 where Jesus asks the blind man,
“What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man answered Jesus,
“Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
Interesting to me that only two people in the Bible called Jesus by this name.
Both of them needy people.
Jesus alone is the Great Master of our circumstances.
He still says,
“What do you want Me to do for you?”
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God as “My Eyelid”!

The other day as I was talking to my younger sis,
she made a suggestion for a
metaphor for God…
“MY EYELID”!
A bit bewildered by her Name for God,
I listened as she went on to explain.

She got the name from a devotional reading
found in Our Daily Bread
entitled “Blink and Think of God”.
(Click on the link above to read the article)

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Deuteronomy 32:10 says,
“He shielded him and cared for him;
He guarded him as the apple of His eye.”

Like an eyelid that protects the eye,
God guards and protects us!

Psalm 17:8 says,
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”

The “tools” in Blue Letter Bible show that
the apple of your eye
can also refer to the deepest blackness
in the middle of the night.

What a great thought to know that we are protected
by “God’s Eyelid”!
No matter how dark our situation appears,
His eye is on us,
and He’s got us covered!

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My “Ebenezer”

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1 Samuel 7 tells the story of “EBENEZER”…
The Israelites were being attacked,
and they were frightened.
They begged the prophet Samuel to pray for them.
Samuel did pray,
God did hear and intervene.
It sounds to me like He used a giant thunderstorm
to chase their enemies away…
possibly using giant hailstones!

“Then Samuel took a stone,
and set it between Mizpeh and Shen,
and called the name of it
EBENEZER,

saying,
Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”
1 Samuel 7:12 KJV

In a previous post I have featured a rock that says,
“A Stone of Remembrance to the God Who always sees me through”.
I guess that would be my EBENEZER Rock!

Do you have a method of remembering special things
that God has done for you?

Robert Robinson wrote the original song in 1757
which was later modified in our hymnals to include
raising our EBENEZER…
“Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.”


							
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Jesus – Prophet, Priest and King!

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This morning as we spent a little time on our farm, these were the Names of God I studied.

PROPHET – First mentioned by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15 and referring to Jesus (Yeshua):  “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren.  Him you shall hear”

The Gospel of Mark records that some thought Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead, some thought He was Elijah, and others said, “It is the Prophet…” (Mark 6:15)

PRIEST – The writer of Hebrews said, “There was a long succession of priests because when a priest died he could no longer serve.  But Yeshua lives forever.  That is why He is always able to save those who come to God through Him.  He can do this because He always lives and intercedes for them.”  (Hebrews 7:23-25 – Names of God Bible)

KING – I featured this Name for God on my Rock4Today blog back in January 2012, but I didn’t use this verse in that post:  “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.  In that day it shall be — The LORD is ONE, and His Name One.”  (Zechariah 14:9)

Well, I’m getting a little sleepy after a busy day of gardening, so I think I’ll call it a night.  Wishing you God’s peace and blessing!

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Tornado on Ozark Ranch

A few weeks ago Gary and I were awakened around midnight

by a severe weather alert on my phone

that warned a tornado was in our area.

Although we heard a noise that sounded like a cross

between an 18 wheeler and a freight train,

Gary was able to get back to sleep quite easily

when the brunt of the storm passed.

What we didn’t expect was a text from Gary’s cousin

saying that their  “House and barn blew away”!

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The County Road Department
had already been hard at work before dawn,
and were doing a great job of clearing the road ahead of us.
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The sun was beginning to shine through the clouds as we arrived.
The first job was to round up the cattle because of the fences being downed.  You can see a few of the cattle on the far right. Looking at this photo, it would be hard to believe that the photo below was taken at this same Ozarks ranch
that I did a post on a few years ago… 

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…..It was a popular post entitled “A Little Time in Ozarks Farm Country”.                                   (You can see it by clicking on the highlighted link.)

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The devastation was overwhelming, with much equipment damaged or destroyed.
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The barn was completely destroyed,
and although one cow required a trip to the veterinarian,
amazingly, no animals were lost!

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As you can see, the family’s home was completely destroyed.  Prayers for them are appreciated as they struggle to put their lives back in order.

 

With spring storm systems raging though our area, take care and heed the storm warnings!

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My Rescuer!

When you first saw that title…  who did you think “My Rescuer” would be?

Well, although my husband OFTEN comes to my rescue,  that’s not the ONE here!

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“He (God) has rescued us from a terrible death,
and He will rescue us in the future.
We are confident that He will continue to rescue us”
2 Corinthians 1:10 from the Names of God Bible

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Psalm 91 aptly depicts MY RESCUER.

You can find my companion post on this by clicking HERE!

Another great verse is from 2 Timothy 4:18 which says:

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Thanks for stopping by!

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