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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hallelujah

Many people have poured into my life and grace has been a theme from very early on in my walk, but another layer of grace is being revealed to me now and so I pass it on to you.
“ Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.   Isaiah 66:8  My wife was giving birth to our girl, Patience Joy.  We had a wonderful, sweet, kind mid-wife helping us out with the process who had been there all through out the pregnancy, we loved her, we trusted her.  Laura had been pushing for a while and was exhausted, but the baby had not yet come forth.  The mid-wife said, "Push" and Laura said, "I can't, I'm exhausted!", and that sweet little old mid-wife became louder and more forceful than any Marine drill sergeant and she said in a voice that could not be disobeyed.  "Push Laura! You must push!"  On my run this morning while listening to Art Katz speak on the travail of Zion, I felt God is the mid-wife and He will command the church to travail, with a voice that can not be disobeyed and Israel will come forth.  


The second revelation during my run this morning was that a friend of mine who desires marriage, but has thus far been cut off from it is a picture of Judah and one of her friends who just got married this past weekend is a picture of Joseph.  Joseph is given the favor of the father, above his brothers. His brothers, especially Judah are angry at this favoritism.  They are angry ultimately at their father Jacob, but they take it out on Joseph.  Years later Joseph tests his brothers by showing favoritism to his brother Benjamin, and Judah passes the test, by not caring about the favoritism but by caring about the health and concern of Jacob's heart.  Judah bows before the selectivity, the election, the specificity of God.  In doing so, Judah becomes the father of tribe that brings forth the Messiah, not Joseph.

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