Be Still and know I AM Elohim… This is a phrase that we hear often in faith circles, but most of us wonder what this really means. this phrase comes from Psalm 46:10 which says: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV) When reading this, it seems like a pretty simple command. However it also has that feeling of one of those lofty things people of faith say to make you feel better, but it leaves the receiver wondering what they just heard. Let us dig in together and see if we can understand a little bit better. To understand it a bit more, we will have to look at the Hebrew behind the main words within the verse.
We will start will the phrase “be still”. In Hebrew it is the word:
This is Strongs # H7503 and means “Sink down, relax, fail, withdraw, let drop, let go, abandon, forsake, refrain”.(4) Jeff Benner in his Lexicon says this “Weak by illness or disease”. (1). Now this word may sound familiar to some, but the word you are thinking of is רָפַא (Rafa) which means to heal. It is found in Exodus 15:36, referring to יהוה our healer. These two words have the same root just a different end meaning. The root of these two words is רף which means man open. Benner says “Wounds, sickness, illness are cared for with medication made from plant materials”. (1) So what does this show us? What is it saying? This is clearly a poetic telling of this word. Being still is being vulnerable as death before our King. It means to cease desist; to let is all stop before your Elohim. BUT the verse doesn’t stop there, we are told to be still and KNOW. So let’s spend some time on that. So “to know” is the Hebrew word:
Strongs H3045 which means “know acknowledge, advise, answer, appoint, familiar, intimate”.(7) Mr. Benner says it this way “know acknowledge, perceive, tell, understand, to have an intimate relationship with another person, an idea or experience” (1). Just as in Genesis, Adam knew is wife Chavah and she bore a child. The root of יַדַע is: דע which means “Through eyes, one experiences his world and learns from it. The door of the eye. The eye is the window into man’s being. Experience is gained through visual observation; knowledge is achieved through these experiences” (1). As you can see, to know is to have an intimate experience. And when you put them together, you can see that being still is more than just being lazy but being able to allow yourself to be vulnerable before our king so that we can have an intimate experience with him.
So can we learn through scripture about this phrase?
What examples do we have of people of faith instituting being still and knowing that he is Elohim?
In each of these examples, we will be able to see that these men and women of faith had what I call a “yeda” moment with YHVH, a moment that changes them and begins or strengthens their intimacy with YHVH. First let us look at Jacob. We could look at a number of places in his life that we could cover, but we will mention specifically the events in Gen 28. So what is the context of this chapter? Jacob has just stolen the birthright and the firstborn blessing from his brother. His mother finds a way to get him sent to her brother Laban so that he can marry from within the family as opposed to the women that Esau have married. So Jacob begins his journey and the scripture lets us know he reaches a stopping place and finds a rock as a pillow. The book of Jasher has an interesting account that we need to consider to see the whole picture:
31 And when Jacob went away to go to Haran Esau called unto his son Eliphaz, and secretly spoke unto him, saying, Now hasten, take thy sword in thy hand and pursue Jacob and pass before him in the road, and lurk for him, and slay him with thy sword in one of the mountains, and take all belonging to him and come back. 32 And Eliphaz the son of Esau was an active man and expert with the bow as his father had taught him, and he was a noted hunter in the field and a valiant man. 33 And Eliphaz did as his father had commanded him, and Eliphaz was at that time thirteen years old, and Eliphaz rose up and went and took ten of his mother’s brothers with him and pursued Jacob. 34 And he closely followed Jacob, and he lurked for him in the border of the land of Canaan opposite to the city of Shechem. 35 And Jacob saw Eliphaz and his men pursuing him, and Jacob stood still in the place in which he was going, in order to know what this was, for he did not know the thing; and Eliphaz drew his sword and he went on advancing, he and his men, toward Jacob; and Jacob said unto them, What is to do with you that you have come hither, and what meaneth it that you pursue with your swords. 36 And Eliphaz came near to Jacob and he answered and said unto him, Thus did my father command me, and now therefore I will not deviate from the orders which my father gave me; and when Jacob saw that Esau had spoken to Eliphaz to employ force, Jacob then approached and supplicated Eliphaz and his men, saying to him, 37 Behold all that I have and which my father and mother gave unto me, that take unto thee and go from me, and do not slay me, and may this thing be accounted unto thee a righteousness. 38 And the Lord caused Jacob to find favor in the sight of Eliphaz the son of Esau, and his men, and they hearkened to the voice of Jacob, and they did not put him to death, and Eliphaz and his men took all belonging to Jacob together with the silver and gold that he had brought with him from Beersheba; they left him nothing. 39 And Eliphaz and his men went away from him and they returned to Esau to Beersheba, and they told him all that had occurred to them with Jacob, and they gave him all that they had taken from Jacob. 40 And Esau was indignant at Eliphaz his son, and at his men that were with him, because they had not put Jacob to death. 41 And they answered and said unto Esau, Because Jacob supplicated us in this matter not to slay him, our pity was excited toward him, and we took all belonging to him and brought it unto thee; and Esau took all the silver and gold which Eliphaz had taken from Jacob and he put them by in his house. Jasher 29: 31-41 (6)
As you can see, Jacob had just gone through quite an ordeal in order to get to this point on the mountain and needed some rest. (I’m told by those who have done this that a rock can be very comfortable when one is very tried and sleeping outside). So back to Genesis 28, it says in verses 13-22: 13
Then suddenly Adonai was standing there next to him; and he said, “I am Adonai, the God of Avraham your [grand]father and the God of Yitz’chak. The land on which you are lying I will give to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the grains of dust on the earth. You will expand to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. By you and your descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed. 15 Look, I am with you. I will guard you wherever you go, and I will bring you back into this land, because I won’t leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Ya‘akov awoke from his sleep and said, “Truly, Adonai is in this place — and I didn’t know it!” 17 Then he became afraid and said, “This place is fearsome! This has to be the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!” 18 Ya‘akov got up early in the morning, took the stone he had put under his head, set it up as a standing-stone, poured olive oil on its top 19 and named the place Beit-El [house of God]; but the town had originally been called Luz. 20 Ya‘akov took this vow: “If God will be with me and will guard me on this road that I am traveling, giving me bread to eat and clothes to wear, 21 so that I return to my father’s house in peace, then Adonai will be my God; 22 and this stone, which I have set up as a standing-stone, will be God’s house; and of everything you give me, I will faithfully return one-tenth to you.”
(6) We can see here that YHVH is bringing Jacob into the fold of the covenant that was given to Avraham and Yitz’chak. The Father is establishing himself and his place in Jacob’s life. Jacob is having a ‘yeda’ moment with YHVH and we get to witness it. We will take a moment to focus in on verse 15 which says “Look, I am with you. I will guard you wherever you go, and I will bring you back into this land, because I won’t leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Now in the Onkelos Targum it translates the verse as such “Behold, my memra will assist you. I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will return you to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I mentioned to you.” (2) Now the word memra is an Aramaic word that means “the word of the Lord” (3). It could be said that YHVH is stating that the preincarnate messiah will assist you and watch over you. That points to so much for us as believers. Jacob was still and had a yeda moment with the most high, it gave him the strength to face what was coming next. Just keep reading in Genesis after chapter 28 and you will see what happens, Laban as a boss for over 14 years, tricked with first wife (Leah), gets 2 wives (Rachel & Leah), 11 kids, Laban is an unfair boss, afraid to leave, you fear for your life and so on. Jacob could trust that Yah saw his situation and was covering him so that he could continue to be still and know. Now this is just one example from scripture. We cannot stop there; let’s look at the lives of a few more men and women from scripture and see what we can learn and apply to ourselves.
King David: We will start with King David. The most beloved king from Israel. So if we can point out the highlights of David’s life it would be: he is a shepherd, he kills a bear and lion, becomes crowned king while there is still a king on the throne, he defeats Goliath, the people praise him, Saul becomes paranoid, Saul pursues David, and after Saul’s death, David becomes king. Now I don’t want to oversimplify David’s life, but I would encourage you the reader to read through 1 & 2 Samuel for the full details. The beauty we have is that we now have David’s journal during his most stressful time in his life as Saul was pursuing him within the book of Psalms. I encourage you to take notice of the first verse in each. It tells us when David wrote it, then reflect on David’s words. See if you can connect it to what is written about his life in 1 and 2 Samuel. We will let the scripture speak for itself.
Psalm 52 0) For the leader. A maskil of David, 2 when Do’eg from Edom came and told Sha’ul, “David has arrived at the house of Achimelekh”: 3 (1) Why do you boast of your evil, you tyrant, when God’s mercy is present every day? 4 (2) Your tongue, as sharp as a razor, plots destruction and works deception. 5 (3) You love evil more than good, lies rather than speaking uprightly. (Selah) 6 (4) You love all words that eat people up, you deceitful tongue! 7 (5) This is why God will strike you down, seize you, pluck you from your tent and uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah) 8 (6) The righteous will see and be awestruck; they will jeer at him, saying, 9 (7) “This fellow would not make God his refuge, but trusted in his own great wealth, relying on his evil plots.” 10 (8) But I am like a leafy olive tree in the house of God; I put my trust in the grace of God forever and ever. 11 (9) I will praise you forever for what you have done, and I will put my hope in your name; for this is what is good in the presence of your faithful. (6)
Psalm 54 (0) For the leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David, 2 when the Zifim came and told Sha’ul, “David is hiding with us”: 3 (1) God, deliver me by your name; in your power, vindicate me. 4 (2) God, hear my prayer; listen to the words from my mouth. 5 (3) For foreigners are rising against me, violent men are seeking my life; they give no thought to God. (Selah) 6 (4) But God is helping me; Adonai is my support. 7 (5) May he repay the evil to those who are lying in wait for me. In your faithfulness, destroy them! 8 (6) Then I will generously sacrifice to you; I will praise your name, Adonai, because it is good, 9 (7) because he rescued me from all trouble, and my eyes look with triumph at my enemies. (6)
Psalm 56 (0) For the leader. Set to “The Silent Dove in the Distance.” By David; a mikhtam, when the P’lishtim captured him in Gat: 2 (1) Show me favor, God; for people are trampling me down — all day they fight and press on me. 3 (2) Those who are lying in wait for me would trample on me all day. For those fighting against me are many. Most High, 4 (3) when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 5 (4) In God — I praise his word —in God I trust; I have no fear; what can human power do to me? 6 (5) All day long they twist my words; their only thought is to harm me. 7 (6) They gather together and hide themselves, spying on my movements, hoping to kill me. 8 (7) Because of their crime, they cannot escape; in anger, God, strike down the peoples. 9 (8) You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water-skin — aren’t they already recorded in your book? 10 (9) Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call; this I know: that God is for me. 11 (10) In God — I praise his word — in Adonai — I praise his word —12 (11) in God I trust; I have no fear; what can mere humans do to me? 13 (12) God, I have made vows to you; I will fulfill them with thank offerings to you. 14 (13) For you rescued me from death, you kept my feet from stumbling, so that I can walk in God’s presence, in the light of life.
(6)Psalm 57 (0) For the leader. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” By David, a mikhtam, when he fled from Sha’ul into the cave: 2 (1) Show me favor, God, show me favor; for in you I have taken refuge.Yes, I will find refuge in the shadow of your wings until the storms have passed. 3 (2) I call to God, the Most High, to God, who is accomplishing his purpose for me. 4 (3) He will send from heaven and save me when those who would trample me down mock me. (Selah) God will send his grace and his truth. 5 (4) I am surrounded by lions, I am lying down among people breathing fire, men whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongues sharp-edged swords. 6 (5) Be exalted, God, above heaven! May your glory be over all the earth! 7 (6) They prepared a snare for my feet, but I am bending over [to avoid it]. They dug a pit ahead of me, but they fell into it themselves. (Selah) 8 (7) My heart is steadfast, God, steadfast. I will sing and make music. 9 (8) Awake, my glory! Awake, lyre and lute! I will awaken the dawn. 10 (9) I will thank you, Adonai, among the peoples; I will make music to you among the nations. 11 (10) For your grace is great, all the way to heaven, and your truth, all the way to the skies. 12 (11) Be exalted, God, above heaven! May your glory be over all the earth!
(6) Psalm 59 (0) For the leader. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” By David; a mikhtam, when Sha’ul sent men to keep watch on David’s house in order to kill him: 2 (1) My God, rescue me from my enemies! Lift me up, out of reach of my foes! 3 (2) Rescue me from evildoers, save me from bloodthirsty men. 4 (3) For there they are, lying in wait to kill me. Openly they gather themselves against me, and not because I committed a crime or sinned, Adonai. 5 (4) For no fault of mine, they run and prepare. Awaken to help me, and see! 6 (5) You, Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, God of Isra’el, arouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those wicked traitors. (Selah) 7 (6) They return at nightfall, snarling like dogs as they go around the city. 8 (7) Look what pours out of their mouth, what swords are on their lips, [as they say to themselves,]“No one is listening, anyway.” 9 (8) But you, Adonai, laugh at them, you mock all the nations. 10 (9) My Strength, I will watch for you, for God is my fortress. 11 (10) God, who gives me grace, will come to me; God will let me gaze in triumph at my foes. 12 (11) Don’t kill them, or my people will forget; instead, by your power, make them wander to and fro; but bring them down, Adonai our Shield, 13 (12) for the sins their mouths make with each word from their lips. Let them be trapped by their pride for the curses and falsehoods they utter. 14 (13) Finish them off in wrath, finish them off, put an end to them, and let them know to the ends of the earth that God is Ruler in Ya‘akov. (Selah) 15 (14) They return at nightfall, snarling like dogs as they go around the city. 16 (15) They roam about, looking for food, prowling all night if they don’t get their fill. 17 (16) But as for me, I will sing of your strength; in the morning I will sing aloud of your grace. For you are my fortress, a refuge when I am in trouble. 18 (17) My Strength, I will sing praises to you, for God is my fortress, God, who gives me grace. (6)
Psalm 63 (0) A psalm of David, when he was in the desert of Y’hudah: 2 (1) O God, you are my God; I will seek you eagerly. My heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a land parched and exhausted, where no water can be found. 3 (2) I used to contemplate you in the sanctuary, seeing your power and glory; 4 (3) for your grace is better than life. My lips will worship you. 5 (4) Yes, I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. 6 (5) I am as satisfied as with rich food; my mouth praises you with joy on my lips 7 (6) when I remember you on my bed and meditate on you in the night watches. 8 (7) For you have been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice; 9 (8) my heart clings to you; your right hand supports me. 10 (9) But those who seek to destroy my life — may they go to the lowest parts of the earth. 11 (10) May they be given over to the power of the sword; may they become prey for jackals. 12 (11) But the king will rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him will exult, for the mouths of liars will be silenced.
(6) Psalm 142 (0) A maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A prayer: 2 (1) With my voice I cry to Adonai, with my voice I plead to Adonai for mercy. 3 (2) Before him I pour out my complaint, before him I tell my trouble. 4 (3) When my spirit faints within me, you watch over my path. By the road that I am walking they have hidden a snare for me. 5 (4) Look to my right, and see that no one recognizes me. I have no way of escape; nobody cares for me. 6 (5) I cried out to you, Adonai; I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” 7 (6) Listen to my cry, for I have been brought very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. 8 (7) Lead me out of prison, so that I can give thanks to your name; in me the righteous will be crowning themselves, because you will have treated me generously.
(6) Yosef: Our next person we will discuss is Yosef (Joseph). Just as with King David, let’s review a summary of his life. Now Yosef was the beloved son of Ya’acob (Jacob), first born to Rachel and the dreamer, his brothers were not very fond of him and his dreams. He even received a coat that was meant for the first born son. Now one day he was sent to check on his brothers and they had enough and wanted to kill him. They tossed him into a pit and ended up selling him to their distant cousins on their way to Egypt. Now Yosef could have lost hope and could have just been very depressed, but that is not the witness we see. Look what we see in Genesis 39: 1-6.
“Yosef was brought down to Egypt, and Potifar, an officer of Pharaoh’s and captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Yishma‘elim who had brought him there. 2 Adonai was with Yosef, and he became wealthy while he was in the household of his master the Egyptian. 3 His master saw how Adonai was with him, that Adonai prospered everything he did. 4 Yosef pleased him as he served him, and his master appointed him manager of his household; he entrusted all his possessions to Yosef. 5 From the time he appointed him manager of his household and all his possessions, Adonai blessed the Egyptian’s household for Yosef’s sake; Adonai’s blessing was on all he owned, whether in the house or in the field. 6 So he left all his possessions in Yosef’s care; and because he had him, he paid no attention to his affairs, except for the food he ate. Now Yosef was well-built and handsome as well.”
(6) We can see that Yah blessed Yosef and even when tempted he resisted. If you keep reading, Yosef goes on to lose it all, but he was being refined for the great task to come. Reflect on your own life. How many times has the Father allowed trials to refine you? Yosef had to trust, just as Ya’acob before him, that Yah was looking upon his situation and would provide. I encourage you to read the full details about Yosef in full detail in Genesis 37 – 50.
Yehoshua: Let us now review the life of Yehoshua (Joshua). It’s easy to forget that Yehoshua was a part of the multitude that came out of Egypt. He is identified as a leader and is Moshe’s right hand man. He is with Moshe on Mt. Sinai, in the tent of meeting, seeing the face of the most high. He was one of the scouts sent into the land and even though he and Caleb wanted to go in, they were not able to. Yeshoshua was there for the 40 year in the wilderness, watching his peers die off one by one. You would think Yehoshua was ready to lead the people when Moshe dies. We see that this is when his defining moment comes. Let’s read about it in Yehoshua 1:1-9:
After the death of Moshe the servant of Adonai, Adonai said to Y’hoshua the son of Nun, Moshe’s assistant, 2 “Moshe my servant is dead. So now, get up and cross over this Yarden, you and all the people, to the land I am giving to them, the people of Isra’el. 3 I am giving you every place you will step on with the sole of your foot, as I said to Moshe. 4 All the land from the desert and the L’vanon to the great river, the Euphrates River — all the land of the Hitti — and on to the Great Sea in the west will be your territory. 5 No one will be able to withstand you as long as you live. Just as I was with Moshe, so I will be with you. I will neither fail you nor abandon you. 6 “Be strong, be bold; for you will cause this people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers I would give them. 7 Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go. 8 Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. 9 Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.”
(6) יהוה needed to remind Yehoshua of what he needed to do to lead the people. We see that very clear. It was time to come out from the shadow of Moshe and stand for righteousness just as Moshe did. If you keep reading in the Book of Yeshoshua you will see that he does. Let’s read a scene from Yehoshua 5:13-6:2:
13 One day, when Y’hoshua was there by Yericho, he raised his eyes and looked; and in front of him stood a man with his drawn sword in his hand. Y’hoshua went over to him and asked him, “Are you on our side or on the side of our enemies?” 14 “No,” he replied, “but I am the commander of Adonai’s army; I have come just now.” Y’hoshua fell down with his face to the ground and worshipped him, then asked, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” 15 The commander of Adonai’s army answered Y’hoshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy.” And Y’hoshua did so. 6 Yericho had completely barricaded its gates against the people of Isra’el — no one left, and no one entered. 2 Adonai said to Y’hoshua, “I have handed Yericho over to you, including its king and his warriors.
(6) We can clearly see that this was not just any man, not just any messenger, but the Messiah pre-incarnate, the Memra standing ready to help lead the people into battle!
Yeshoshua was ready to be still and know. Are you?
Hanna: Hanna is a beautiful picture of pursuing the king even in the midst of our worst pain. Hanna was the 2nd wife of Elkana. Her husband loved her dearly but she was barren. This was not easy for Hanna. Let’s read about it in 1 Samuel 1:7-20:
7 He did the same every year; and each time she went up to the house of Adonai, she taunted her so much that she would cry and not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why are you crying, and why aren’t you eating? Why be so sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” 9 So Hannah got up after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. ‘Eli the cohen was sitting on his seat by the doorpost of the temple of Adonai. 10 In deep depression she prayed to Adonai and cried. 11 Then she took a vow; she said, “Adonai-Tzva’ot, if you will notice how humiliated your servant is, if you will remember me and not forget your servant but will give your servant a male child, then I will give him to Adonai for as long as he lives; and no razor will ever come on his head.” 12 She prayed for a long time before Adonai; and as she did so, ‘Eli was watching her mouth. 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart — her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard — so ‘Eli thought she was drunk. 14 ‘Eli said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Stop drinking your wine!” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a very unhappy woman. I have not drunk either wine or other strong liquor; rather, I’ve been pouring out my soul before Adonai. 16 Don’t think of your servant as a worthless woman; because I have been speaking from the depth of my distress and anger.” 17 Then ‘Eli replied, “Go in peace. May the God of Isra’el grant what you have asked of him.” 18 She replied, “May your servant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went on her way, and she ate, and her face was no longer sad. 19 They got up early in the morning and worshipped before Adonai, then returned and came to their house in Ramah. Elkanah had sexual relations with Hannah his wife, and Adonai remembered her. 20 She conceived; and in due time she gave birth to a son, whom she named Sh’mu’el, “because I asked Adonai for him.”
(6) What a beautiful picture of Yah’s faithfulness to his people. Hanna was still and she knew that he is Elohim. She pursued Yah, even in frustration and he remembered her, just as the others before thus Samuel, the great prophet, is born. I encourage you to keep reading in 1 Samuel to see Hanna keep her word and then the calling of Samuel by יהוה.
Eliyahu: Eliyahu (Elijah) was a prophet to Ysre’al. He was hated by King Ahab and his wife Jezebel hated him even more and wanted to kill him. She killed a number of the other prophets in Ysra’el. Eliyahu had to spend a good amount of time hiding. One of his defining moments comes on Mt. Carmel we read in 1 Kings 18:20-39:
20 Ach’av sent word to all the people of Isra’el and assembled the prophets together on Mount Karmel. 21 Eliyahu stepped forward before all the people and said, “How long are you going to jump back and forth between two positions? If Adonai is God, follow him; but if it’s Ba‘al, follow him!” The people answered him not a word. 22 Then Eliyahu said to the people, “I, I alone, am the only prophet of Adonai who is left, while Ba‘al’s prophets number 450. 23 Let them give us two young bulls, and they can choose the bull they want for themselves. Then let them cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood but put no fire under it. I will prepare the other bull, lay it on the wood and put no fire under it. 24 Then, you, call on the name of your god; and I will call on the name of Adonai; and the God who answers with fire, let him be God!” All the people answered, “Good idea! Agreed!” 25 Then Eliyahu said to the prophets of Ba‘al, “Choose one bull for yourselves, and prepare it first; because there are many of you. Then call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26 They took the bull that was given to them, prepared it and called on the name of Ba‘al from morning till noon — “Ba‘al! Answer us!” But no voice was heard; and no one answered, as they jumped around on the altar they had made. 27 Around noon Eliyahu began ridiculing them: “Shout louder! After all, he’s a god, isn’t he? Maybe he’s daydreaming, or he’s on the potty, or he’s away on a trip. Maybe he’s asleep, and you have to wake him up.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and knives, as their custom was, until blood gushed out all over them. 29 By now it was afternoon, and they went on ranting and raving until it was time for the evening offering. But no voice came, no one answered, no one paid any attention. 30 Then Eliyahu said to all the people, “Come here to me.” All the people came up to him, as he set about repairing the altar of Adonai that had been broken down. 31 Eliyahu took twelve stones, in keeping with the number of tribes of the sons of Ya‘akov, to whom the word of Adonai had come, saying, “Your name is to be Isra’el.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of Adonai. Then he dug a trench around the altar large enough for half a bushel of grain. 33 He arranged the wood, cut up the bull and laid it on the wood. 34 Then he said, “Fill four pots with water, and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” They did it. “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he said, and they did it a third time. 35 By now the water was flowing around the altar, and it had filled the trench. 36 Then, when it came time for offering the evening offering, Eliyahu the prophet approached and said, “Adonai, God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Isra’el, let it be known today that you are God in Isra’el, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Hear me, Adonai, hear me, so that this people may know that you, Adonai, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back to you.” 38 Then the fire of Adonai fell. It consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones and the dust; and it licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “Adonai is God! Adonai is God!”
(6) The people knew in that moment who the most high was and they acknowledged it. It all started with Eliyahu being still and knowing he is Elohim!
Sha’ul: Sha’ul (Paul) was one of the greatest men to reach the nations for Messiah. He is what I call the terrorist turned missionary. He was a very well educated Pharisee who was not a fan of the followers of Messiah. He put many of them in prison, oversaw the execution of Stephen and more. Sha’ul’s ‘yeda’ moment comes on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:1-18:
Meanwhile, Sha’ul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord’s talmidim, went to the cohen hagadol 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Dammesek, authorizing him to arrest any people he might find, whether men or women, who belonged to “the Way,” and bring them back to Yerushalayim. 3 He was on the road and nearing Dammesek, when suddenly a light from heaven flashed all around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?” 5 “Sir, who are you?” he asked. “I am Yeshua, and you are persecuting me. 6 But get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.” 7 The men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 They helped Sha’ul get up off the ground; but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing. So, leading him by the hand, they brought him into Dammesek. 9 For three days he remained unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 10 There was a talmid in Dammesek, Hananyah by name; and in a vision the Lord said to him, “Hananyah!” He said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to Straight Street, to Y’hudah’s house; and ask for a man from Tarsus named Sha’ul; for he is praying, 12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Hananyah coming in and placing his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 But Hananyah answered, “Lord, many have told me about this man, how much harm he has done to your people in Yerushalayim; 14 and here he has a warrant from the head cohanim to arrest everyone who calls on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the Goyim, even to their kings, and to the sons of Isra’el as well. 16 For I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer on account of my name.” 17 So Hananyah left and went into the house. Placing his hands on him, he said, “Brother Sha’ul, the Lord — Yeshua, the one who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here — has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.” 18 In that moment, something like scales fell away from Sha’ul’s eyes; and he could see again. He got up and was immersed;
(6) Now Sha’ul had an easy life after that right? No! He goes on to be shipwrecked 2-3 times, bitten by a poisonous snake, prison many times, did not back down. He trusted that Yah would keep him in mind in the midst of his situation, just as the others we have discussed before him. As we close… I have a question for you:
When was the last time you had that moment with Yah? Ever?
Most times our opportunity comes after a humbling time such as:
- Tell wife about Porn addiction, or any addiction
- I have been prideful and I have hurt you
- I have a problem and I need to get help
- I’m addicted to sugar, I need help
What do you do after that these moments? Most of us like to hide, run, and close ourselves off. The problem is that if we give into those temptations we fall into this numbness that drives us back to what we just confessed or caused up to be humbled! Our other option is to be open to healing and let the father heal you. Now this does hurt but healing can come when we Be Still and KNOW. Now your story may not be as extreme as the examples above, but when the mess hits the fan, where will you put your trust? Are you willing to be still, turn off the noise, be open even when it hurts, just as in death so that you can allow YehoVah Rapha to come in a restore you, that you can Yeda him! What will you do my brothers and sisters?
References: (1) Benner, Jeff. Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible. College Station, TX: Virtualbookworm.com, 2005. (2) Drazin, Israel, and Stanley Wagner. Onkelos on the Torah Understanding the Bible Text: Genesis. Israel: Gefen Publiushing House, 2011. Print. (3) “Memra”. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/10618-memra (4) “7505. Rapha”. http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7503.htm (5) Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved. (6) The Book of Jasher. Salt Lake City, UT: J.H. Parry and Company, 1887. (7) “3045. Yada”. http://biblehub.com/hebrew/3045.htm