“On the glorious splendor of
Your majesty and on Your wond-
drous works I will meditate.”
“Works” in the Hebrew language is, “debar” (pronounced “davar“), which means things or words [word-things].
As the self-proclaimed Word Detective, I have grown in my spirit, diving into the Word of God. The more I dig for the truth, the more I need. In my searching for a local church to serve and worship in, up till now, my priority was based on a WORD Church; a church whose priorities were based on the WORD of God. Out of frustration, I was beginning to wonder about what the verse in Amos that says, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine in the land, not famine of bread, nor thirst for water, but [a famine] for hearing the WORDS of the Lord (Amos 8:11). Then verse 12 brought back some of the concerns I had experience in the past: “And [the people] shall run to and fro to seek the WORD of the Lord [inquiring for and requiring it as one requires food], but shall not find it.” It definitely made be balk in looking to say the least. Recompense arrives to those who don’t “give up, cave in and quit” in looking for “word-things” demonstrated by hope. In Amos 9:13 the word says, “BEHOLD, the days are coming, says the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine and all the hills shall melt.” I like the way the Amplified version ends verse 13; “…that is, everything heretofore barren and unfruitful shall overflow with spiritual blessing.” That “everything” is “debar” or “word–thing” and the days are here!
What is the “THING” ?
Turn to the Book of Samuel Chapter 3, verse 17. Let me bring you up to speed with some information about why and where Samuel has found himself.
1. Samuel’s mother, Hannah had asked the Lord in fervent prayer [she poured out her soul to the Lord — 1 Samuel 1:15] for a son. Because of her asking, a son was born and Samuel’s mother gave her son to the Lord; “Therefore I have given him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is given to the Lord. And they worshiped the Lord there” [verse 28].
2. That brings us to Chapter 3, where “The boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli”; ministry training school with Eli his teacher. His teaching location was at the church; 1 Samuel 3, verse 3, “…in the temple of the Lord”. Samuel was getting room and board, with his schooling at this time. 1 Samuel 3:1 says, “NOW THE boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days, there was no frequent or widely spread vision.”
Because God’s Word was not spoken and hard to come by, the boy Samuel was serving but did not know the Lord at this point [verse 7]. Have you ever been around this situation before? Church people who are serving but lacking in the Word; knowledge and understanding. Now with this information about Samuel, we come to verse 17. God has already spoken to Samuel in verse 4, 6, 8, and finally in verse 10 [Samuel finally understands what Eli’s was saying in verse 9]. Verse 11, “The Lord told Samuel, Behold, I am about to do a THING in Israel…”
1 Samuel 3:17 “Eli said, WHAT IS IT He told you? Pray do not hide IT from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide ANYTHING from me of all that He said to you. So, in verse 18 Samuel’s replay was, “And Samuel told him EVERYTHING, hiding nothing…”
WORDS ARE THINGS
Words are the origin of all things. “GOD said…there was light”. What I have discovered in my word search for this blog is, just because you know, doesn’t mean you will experience it. When I am driving on the highway in my car, I might know the speed limit because it is posted. If the State Troopers catch me going over the speed limit, I will get a substantial ticket; I was breaking the Law. I know the penalty is there, but that doesn’t mean I will experience it; at least I hope I won’t experience it!
WORDS in the Bible are Spiritual Laws:
Proverbs 18:20-21 says, (20) “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].” (21) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”
Your words have consequences, “good or evil”. Dominion or authority is in your mouth and that’s what the devil doesn’t want. That’s why he perverts every word.
“Things are heard before they’re seen”
The things that you see came from the things (WORDs) that you have spoken. Turn to the New Testament in your Bible and go to the Letter to the Hebrews.
Hebrews 11:1-3 “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the THINGS [we] hope for, being the proof of THINGS [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (verse 2) For by [faith–trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. (verse 3) By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD of god, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”
This Law was used to create the heavens and authority. God gave man the authority to use the WORD that God created the Universe. This is a Law of the Kingdom of Heaven or God. The WORD’s that you say with your mouth will frame your world.
Satan tried to use this principle:
Isaiah 14:12-15 speaks about the “The worlds are framed by the words we speak” Law. Verses 13 says, “And you said in your heart…” (The heart is who you are, your entire being); “Out of the heart comes the issues of life”. Because of the “I wills” in verse 13 and 14, we see the framing of Satan’s world by the words he said in his heart. In verse 15: “Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).” So we should understand that the Law of the Kingdom of God doesn’t work for angels; it works only for man. Satan injects in our minds a sense of “false humility”; not worthy; I deserve hell because I deserve it. We don’t even believe it but the devil wants your vocabulary.
An Evil Congregation:
Numbers 14:26-27 Moses released the WORD, then he saw it; “And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints [their words] the Israelites murmur against me.
“An evil congregation” is one who is constantly murmuring and complaining about something. “I don’t like the music”, “I don’t like the sound system”, “I don’t like the people”, “the Pastor is too young or too old”. I had a Pastor years ago who once said in his Sunday message, “We have decided to put tables outside of the sanctuary before entering. On the tables will be “hearing aids for those people who complain about “they can’t hear”; “Cotton balls” for those who say “it’s too loud in church” and so on. That’s murmuring and an evil congregation. The results of those kind of words spoken with the mouth and tongue is “evil” according to God’s word. So STOP it, if this is you.
Verse 28, “Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you:”
Be careful of what you say with your mouth and tongue. Your WORDS are “debar” or “things” or “its”. We say things we don’t mean but they are still “things”. Have you ever heard someone say with their mouth, “That food was to die for!”; watch your words! Or, “That just kills me it was so funny!”; watch your words!
In Part 3 of my detective work, I will discuss “How God’s Word is Conceived”.