Of Beautiful Things Hidden in Plain Sight

(Continuing my weekly blog from Hope City, on the things God is teaching me)

“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountainside, show Me your face, let Me hear your sweet voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.” Song of Songs 2:14

We are doves, hiding in the Rock of Christ, our protection, our shelter. A dove looks ordinary on the outside, (the Hebrew for in this instance is more accurately translated into what we would call a pigeon) but inside, they are all unique. Take a closer look at any pigeon. See beyond the outward annoying messy bird you may see at first. Look at its feathers, with the pretty iridescent effects, the brightness of its eyes, the beauty of its wings, the softness of its voice.

If the pigeon believed only what the world says about it- nuisance, messy, overpopulated, gross, whatever- it would be unable to see those things. It would not see the great speed and skill which it can fly with, the individuality of it, the greatness of what it really is.

What is your identity rooted in? What the world says, or what Christ says about you?

Hide in the rock of Him. You are safe there, firmly rooted, and will gain the strength to see clearly, to see yourself as He sees you, to see Him with clear, bright eyes.

But, as you do that, make sure that you are speaking to Him, looking to Him. He wants to hear your voice. He cares what you say. The simple trust of a child in your eyes for Him, the ability and humility to ask Him for whatever you need. Those are precious to Him.

As precious as any dove or sparrow.

May God bless you throughout your week, and may you grow in knowledge of the brightness of Him within you, and the humility to be content to look plain on the outside, knowing that He sees your heart.

Encircling Love- a study of ‘beloved’

Nothing is lukewarm about God- He is are all fire and passion and completeness.    He says we are His Beloved.  What is beloved?

Deuteronomy 13:12  Benjamin: “GOD’s beloved; GOD’s permanent residence. Encircled by GOD all day long, within whom GOD is at home.”

God’s home, surrounded by God.  He surrounds us, always with us.  Encircling like a seraphim…..  Benjamin, the youngest child, the least, the runt of the litter, the bottom, but also the favorite.  The beloved one.  The last son of a prized wife.  One who was born motherless, as his mother gave her life in birthing him.  A picture of how God gave His Son so that I could be reborn into Him.  I am just a little one, but worth His life, worth everything.  He forgave us with His dying breath, just as Benjamin’s mother named him with her last breath. He called us His own with His last breath.  He loved me until the very end, even as I killed Him.

‘beloved’ in this case is from Hebrew ‘dowd’.

H1730 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

H1730 דּוֹד דּוֹד dowd (dode) (or (shortened) dod {dode}) n-m.

1. (figuratively) to love

2. (by implication) a love-token, lover, friend

3. (specifically) an uncle

[from an unused root meaning properly, to boil]

KJV: (well-)beloved, father’s brother, love, uncle. (copied from theword.net)

Beloved- to boil.  To boil with desire, with love, with passion.  TO have so much love infilling that sitting still is impossible; action is required.  He looks on us and sees us and loves us so much that His love drives Him into motion- into sending His Son to die for us, into acting in our lives and protecting us and keeping us from destroying ourselves.

(Rom 9:25 [NET])

As he also says in Hosea: ​​​​​​“I will call those who were not my people,My people,and I will call her who was unloved,My beloved.’”

 

Beloved in this instance is G25 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

G25 ἀγαπάω agapao (ag-ap-ah’-o) v.

1. to love (in a social or moral sense)

{chiefly of the heart (wholehearted, unconditional, devoted) while G5368 is chiefly of the head (feelings, conditional, sentimental)}

[perhaps from agan “much” or Hebrew agab]

KJV: (be-)love(-ed) (copied from theword.net)

 

To love unconditionally, the famous ‘agape’.  He took me from a love that was just of the head in the world, took me out of the world, into a love from Him that is of His heart, eternal.  May we love Him the same!!!

Just the concept of a God Who loves us agape is breathtaking.  He created us, He know all our flaws and ticks and everything we have ever done against Him.  EVERYTHING.  And yet He still loves us.  He still loves me.  That in and of itself sets Him far beyond all other gods.  Far above anything that man can design or dream of.  He is the perfectly obtainable, knowable, loveable unobtainable, unknowable, unlovable God.  Created by none, Creator of all.  He is love, and I am His beloved.