I’m typing in my car as we make a two day journey home to see my new grandson and family. I pray this message blesses you.
Years ago, I dreamt of three men. The first stood tall, his shoulders squared, and he was dressed in delicate garments crisp and clean. Next to him stood a man in not-so-clean garments, sloppy and untucked. The third man was naked on the floor beside him a crumpled soiled garment.
Garments are interesting symbols. Right now, it is winter, and the trees have no clothing. Their branches are mostly bare. No leaves. No fruit. But come spring, they will bud and blossom. Fruit will eventually appear, and the birds will sing songs of joy as the sun warms the earth and life awakens.
In winter, it’s easier to see the vultures and crows, which eat dead things, regurgitate, vomit, and hang out on dead trees. The Bible mentions those who are twice dead and uprooted in Jude. They are like clouds with no rain.
If we walk with Him, even when we feel as dead as the bare trees in winter, if we hold out, we will bloom again. Hopefully we are not uprooted or twice dead. Our roots are just taking a nap while filled with sap.
“In winter, the tree sap acts as a biological antifreeze because sugary sap cannot freeze as water would. The sugars in tree sap are concentrated in winter to further protect the living cells from damage.” (Sugar pine foundation)
And some trees cannot even bloom without freezing temperatures: For instance, Cherry trees, for example, are genetically programmed to undergo a winter before buds open in spring. So, even if we have an unusually warm winter, buds won’t burst to life until the tree has been chilled. (ABC Science).
Are you chilling? I hope so.
Isaiah 52 tells us to wake up and clothe ourselves in strength and beautiful garments. In spring, things wake up! YHVH commands Moses in Exodus to make garments for Aaron and his sons for glory and beauty. The most excellent fashion designer in the universe.
Our military garments in battle are summed up by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6, but these words are taken from our Father’s Words in the book of Isaiah.
In Isaiah, Abba tells His people that their iniquities have made a separation between Him and them. He says their fasting is for strife. That their sins have hidden His face from them, he does not hear their prayers. Their feet run to evil, and they weave spider webs to try and clothe themselves. Can you imagine hearing such a message? Oh, my!
4No one enters suit justly;
no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity
”They hatch adder eggs; they weave the spiders web; he who eats their eggs dies,
and from one that is crushed, a viper is hatched. Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make.”
That’s s a fragile and sticky garment, and their webs will not serve as clothing.
In Isaiah 58, Adonai tells them to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Now, this is giving to the widows, orphans, and poor, but it’s s also spiritual. His Word is clothing and food.
Revelations talks about one church who thought they were rich but were actually poor, blind, and naked like the third man in my dream.
So The FATHER finally gives them instructions in Isaiah concerning one crucial thing. This one thing will make all the difference, but they had become oblivious of hearing His Voice or the Sound of His pleas.
If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasures on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.â€
Isaiah 58: 13-14.
The word pleasures, as in doing our own pleasures, is the same as delight. So the Father says, hey, what you delight in leaves you empty, delight in me. Delight in our future wedding day. Work on your bridal gown.
Delight is a delicious word. Delight is not a heavy load or burden. Its light and airy and full of intimacy. It’s s like jumping out of a six-day workweek and landing on a feather bed. It’s rests with a capital R and resting in Him. Resting with people who sit next to you in real life. It’s a father laying hands on his sons and daughters and blessing them. It’s about sharing a meal with those you love. It’s about giving to those in need. Its delighting in Him and reading His love letters. It’s so many things and none of them are bondage, and I still fail at times to honor it properly. Not with physical stillness but with my heart.
So we learn from Isaiah 59 that those who turn aside from evil and try and keep His Commandments make themselves PREY.
Oh, friends, Prey are hunted!
Clothing attracts attention.
Aaron’s sons thought they could wear the holy garments full of beauty and offer strange fire.
Yeshua warns us of other garments:
”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. These wolves wear garments that look like sheep or Shepherds. These wolves surround the ones trying to hold up the Truth, and they salivate as wolves do, and they encircle them. Their teeth are snarled. They long to tear them apart.So our Father explains His garments of vengeance. This hit me and I was in aww of the imagery.
“The word vengeance in Hebrew is naqam which comes from an Akkadian word that means vengeance but not in the sense that we think of revenge, getting satisfaction over a wrong done to us. It is a vengeance of vindication, an act to bring out the truth.”
And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.
HE PUT ON RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A BREASTPLATE. And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing.
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
Our Father was adorned with His breastplate, every Tribal stone of His priesthood. Every stone unique and sparkling in His Light. Every tribe named and prophetically placed around His tabernacle. He put on garments of vengeance! He is Light. He is TRUTH! YHVH will arm us with His armor.
To the Torah and to the testimony;
if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them.
Let’s pick up our clothes and launder them in fuller’s soap. May our garments be wrapped in light and soaked in truth. Let’s place our Sabbath ring on our fingers and slip into our shoes of peace. Let’s put our belts of truth on and our helmets of Salvation. Let’s dress for success.