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September 27, 2022 8:00 am
Song of Songs 5:15b His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
Here we see the Gen 1:26 combined with John 14:29...Listen to see how.
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Today we held by the second part of the psalm in verse three talked about letter sonic has everything to do with support in very strong support by all means, and so this is the 15th verse of the fifth chapter, the sonic verse. We did part a witch's legs were his pillar of marble set upon sockets of fine gold well today is the second half in English.
It reads his countenance is as Lebanon excellent as this eaters and if that is not told you I don't know what Matt is really really a fantastic amazing few words when you think about Jesus is countenance like when you get a really, really, really good look at his countenance, which that's a really tricky word). By the way, is the word countenance because it's translated some in different ways. If you look at this verse in several translations you can find some places it's translated as his appearance. Some places it's translated as his demeanor. In some places it's translated as his face and so you know you get a lot of different ideas behind what is this countenance and it's the same exact word that he he used to describe us or the church in our back when he said your countenance is comely and so in one of the things that I either started out with like if we get a good look at Jesus what is his countenance well. The beauty of that word in Hebrew is its MM which is the Messiah and then a race which is like the head or the beginning of something and then the mall if and so when you think about that is like the beginning of the father and of course it's more of the beginning of the father because it starts with the mammon. So when you think about that and then the last letters I hey which means expressed. So when Jesus said when you see me you see the father well there you go by the really amazing thing that I found in studying this as we talked about these 10 utterances in the book of Genesis and so if we come to this utterance. If we lined up these 10 things that were described about Jesus here with the 10 utterances of creation with the idea that his creation would reflect him. While this clearly would say that as this utterance lines up perfectly with let us make man in our image, and let them have dominion so wow you can't help but see how that lines up with this because it is his image of the father which we are all an image of that because were made in their likeness and so a really cool when you look at how both Rossi and Matthew Henry describe this is the more you look, the more you see they both had that comment which I thought is amazing.
And certainly that true of his word like as you begin to look into his word. The further you look, the more you see you can look at the same Sentence like this 100 times and every time you see some you in the scene before.
Well that's very true.
I would agree with both Rossi Matthew Henry and and so when you think of his countenance. It is so many different things.
I also love what Matthew Henry said about it he said it was the sport and his main and so that that are words that I did never heard before. So I immediately looked them up port in Maine has to do with the way someone walks in the way someone carries himself which one you think about it lines up so beautifully with the first part of verse four talks about his legs, right arm pillars of marble and so his walk it make sense that that would be part of this countenance, which just expands my whole understanding of word countenance is as far as biblically or as far as what Solomon meant by this, that it's it's it's a lot more than just somebody's face, somebody's appearance, but you know the people have a certain demeanor that with that when you're in their present sense what that looks like, and so that that challenge me, you know, as I began to think wow what is Jesus's demeanor.
What is his walk like an and so I would challenge you to be thinking about that in your own, you know that's your homework sit down and actually ponder what is it like what is Jesus's walk is countenance you know his demeanor is his stride. You know, even his stately nest. What is what is that exactly like for you so when you go into these words inebriated to spectacular again as we talked about what countenance is and then the idea of Lebanon is this idea of white light of faith and and so is countenance it, it is countenance brings light is just enlightening but it's enlightening in a way of enhancing your faith and and that's the idea of Lebanon and certainly different ways and there is no doubt that his countenance does bring so much understanding in the way of his word is a lamp unto our feet, but that light has a lot to do with our faith and I love that word Lebanon as I pondered it more and more, but actually is much as I like that. I don't know that I don't like the word excellent as cedars.
Even better is word excellent could bury you in and in the Jews translated in their Bible chosen an and I think the word is chosen.
I like the word excellent but I really love the word chosen a lot of waste and so his countenance we choose his countenance as it is, as the cedars and the idea of cedars is got all sorts of imagery that you would think about this beautiful strong tree, but when you look at the word in Hebrew is when it really comes to life for me in a sort of 3D IRB want to put it it just like wow it's in aleph, which has to do with the father has to do with you know God himself.
God the father and in the you think about Jesus as being in the father's image. I mean, there's no doubt that and then then it's a race which has to do with considering something in the idea of starting something and then is Zion, which is the seventh letter, which is a whole idea of even more reflection because when you look at the letter Zion. It's the seventh letter and that seventh makes it of its of female energy has to do when they talk about Shabbat.
The Jews do they always say she comes as a bride is the letter Zion is of five with the crown and that crown is a woman of valor who can find okay and so this idea of design. Is this unbelievable member and remembrance and so as you think about a Cedar is this long, beautiful, extremely strong tree it strong because it has all these rings and it's slow it's it grows so slowly that because those rings are so close together is very, very strong and it doesn't rot. You know it's got all that goes out all those attributes, but then up at the top you know it it's ears is very tall, straight tree that has this beautiful crown and if you look at design you get that picture. But the idea of design. Again, as both Matthew Henry and Rossi pointed out is the more you look at it the more you see an and the more you understand the further you get, so to speak and so you know when you think about Jesus as being the idea and anybody remember when he gave communion. He told us to do this in remembrance of me and that idea of remembrance being again connected to that whole idea of the Sabbath and that whole idea of of the Zion. You might remember as you go look at that hundred 19 Psalm when when it their all those verses have to do with you know I remember thy name in the night and all those verses that had to do with remembrance have to do with the Zion and the number seven in thinking back through Shabbat. Well, when you think back through and when we do reflect on all that Jesus is. It just keeps getting better and better and so does that look like in your life and you know how does that exactly what when you look at Jesus is countenance how to set out is that you know what is his demeanor. What is his walk like what is it to be in his presence. I was thinking about that I store I tell the story of Johnny had asked Hendrix many time he was my friend who was the dying of pancreatic cancer and I've talked a lot about you know how the Lord put on my heart to pray for him and then you know I was able to after he came out of the coma.
After four days that you might remember that that I was able to help you know can take him through the Bible and he was able to in accompaniment. Know the Lord right before he died, it was absolutely beautiful is a fascinating thing. A few hours after the day that Johnny died, the Lord came to me on the whole issue. I remember it well that he told me that rather you're going to do Johnny's funeral, which seem like the craziest thing I'd ever heard in my life because you know the preacher certainly not ordain like I've never done a funeral ever. I can even imagine. I would do Johnny's funeral and the Lord said that you can remember Johnny in a way that only you can remember Johnny and here he is going to be remembered in his people ponder this he wants. We want to honor Johnny and so yes you are going to do it well. It wasn't 15 minutes after he and I had that conversation that I didn't I would believe the story.
If I did know to be true, but is exactly what happened about 15 minutes later, his wife called me and and Geraldine and said Robbie, would you consider doing Johnny's router up that facet unit seemed amazing to me but let me tell you the fruit of Johnny's funeral. Like almost everybody in the city of Moscow. Many many many people who don't know Johnny mean many many many people who don't know Christ.
You know that just that new Johnny because it's old and cars. All these people at his funeral, and what a gospel story they got to hear because they got to hear the actual story of how Johnny came to faith in the last hours of his life and as I got to share that at his funeral in a very detailed way. I have never forgotten the opportunity I've never forgotten all that that that happened as result of that, I got to speak at several churches. After that the people that heard the funeral asked me to come share that message at their church and all my goodness all the people that came to the altar and all those different churches. As a result of that funeral. In other words, the fruit of Jesus is remembrance right it is is he had me recall what all happened through the events of those days of the light, the Lebanon that he brought his countenance, his demeanor as as I walked out the last days of Johnny's life is absolutely spectacular.
And so when you think about this. I mean is countenance. What's it like to actually walk with their homework for this week.
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