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More On Anger

IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009



After looking at some of the Scripture passages containing the word anger, I looked up the word in my Hebrew online Lexicon. The word anger in Hebrew is @a; transliterated as ‘aph meaning nostril, nose, face, anger. Can you visualize anger? Red faced, nostrils flaring; yep that looks like anger to me. @a however comes from another Hebrew word: @na, transliterated ‘anaph meaning to be angry, to be displeased, to breathe hard. With either word used anger is a strong emotion that affects the body, particularly the face. It may cause us some discomfort to think about it, but Jehovah has been described in Scripture as having become angry at times.

In the KJV it is not until Exodus 4 that we see ABBA angry. 14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. So what was it that caused God to become angry with Moses? We might say because Moses was arguing with Him, but I don’t think that is it. I think it was unbelief. God called Moses to a task and Moses did not believe God knew what He was doing when He called him. Maybe we don’t want to think of God taking a hard breath; but maybe we should. Maybe unbelief is more serious than we would like to think it is. Maybe our unbelief affects God more strongly that we want to think about.

Then I moved from the Old Testament to the New Testament, looking at the same word: anger. In Greek, the word anger is ojrghv, transliterated Orge and in part means: anger, the natural disposition, temper, character; movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion. But there is more, if we keep running those words until we come to the root word, the root word is ai[rw, transliterated Airo. What is so gloriously interesting about this word is that ai[rw is the same word used in John 15:2

2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Taketh away (ai[rw). And what does it mean? To raise up, elevate, lift up; to raise from the ground, take up: stones; to raise upwards, elevate, lift up: the hand. And my favorite one: to take upon one’s self and carry what has been raised up, to bear.

Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Do you see what I see? Do you see that our LORD’s anger moved Him to benevolence? Do you see that His anger moved Him in that Holy purpose of offering to raise them up, to elevate them, to bear them up? But they would not. Do you see that He in His anger at the hardness of their hearts was grieved and was offering to bear their sin for them? Yet they would not.

What is my conclusion? Glad you asked. Our anger rightly handled will move us to benevolence. It will move us to lift burdens, to offer to bear up another. Even anger that causes our face to redden, our nostrils to flare, our heart to race and our breathing to be labored; even then we are expected to let our anger out in acts of benevolence.

Praise Reports and Prayer Requests

Roy is not progressing as family had hoped; they are requesting that we continue to pray for him and Julee too. Sparky is progressing wondrously, but he covets our prayer.

ABBA, I appreciate this message; I appreciate receiving it and I will appreciate appropriating it; to see You do this in me will be a delight. Make it so, LORD. And make it so for our IDOKs too and every willing Reader. We are sad about Roy; only You can help him; his condition is too much to bear alone and Julee too; it’s too hard to watch and wait; so I pray for them to receive Your Strength and Your Peace and LORD improve Roy’s condition, lessen the nausea, lessen the pain and remove the infection I pray. Thank You for Sparky’s speedy improvement; please keep it coming. And we pray for all the others listed here too; for them to know Your Peace and Your Strength in whatever circumstance or condition they are experiencing. Please protect and keep safe our IDOK Troops and bring each of them home, safe and sound.

Thank You for this ministry; thank You for allowing us to gather together each day; thank You for allowing us the privilege to pray and we pray that we will be fervent and effective pray-ers. We continue to be concerned for America, for the leaders who have not given themselves to You for wisdom or holiness and we pray for space and grace for them to repent. We pray for mercy, we pray for Holy Spirit conviction. We pray men, women, boys and girls will cry out to be saved. And we pray that we Your people will be ready, willing and enabled to speak and demonstrate Your Gospel to them in the Mighty and Holy Name of our Savior Yeshua. Amen and amen.

A Specific Unspoken.

Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about.

Children and/or Grandchildren about whom Moms (& Dads) are concerned that their salvation profession may not be true.

Henry P. Dana and Joey and Children. Tracey M. Vicki and Bob. Brady and Chloe. Patti and family. Joyce, John & children. Sparky. Sean. Susan R. Kay B. Rusty & Romney. Johnny McK and family. Katie H. Amber Johns. Joe-Ann. McCarver Family. Vickie and Family. Dennis and Lisa J. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. DeLois. Mollie B. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary.. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Katelyn (H) J Lloyd. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters.

Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry

Ryan, Sarah, Josh & Caleb Bedenkop – missionaries in Arizona.

The Ministry of IDOK

The Peace of Israel.

Revival in America.

IDOKs Military Families.

IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009) Bill H. (added 9/24/09)

IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Brandon B.

Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.

Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08) Matt P. (added 9/24/09)

Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew. Richard M.

As I post this it is 72°F and scattered clouds in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 7:10 AM AST on October 7, 2009.

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IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009



Joyce (Meyer) gave me a really good definition of compromise on Monday: doing just a little bit less than what you know is right.

And this morning I woke up with this one; it’s more of a prayer than a quote: If You are not angry about it, help me not be angry about it.

I spent more time than you need to know being angry about some things that I am real sure that our Father was not mad about. I was wrong and it was sin. And it really messed up my day. I messed up my day. But today is a new day and His mercies are brand new this morning. And His Word says

1 John 1:9 (New King James Version)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I accept that this morning.

And so having said that I went to my online Scripture locator with the word anger and it comes up in the NKJV about 230 times. Needless to say I cannot share even a portion of them with you this morning – might be an interesting study for us to do on our own though.

First we know from our Christian upbringing so far that God hates SIN so it is safe to say that is what makes Him angry. And when I thought about Jesus being angry I could only think of one time: in the Temple with the whip. And we can find that account in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

To my surprise, so far, the word anger came up another time, here:

Mark 3 (New King James Version)

1 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

So what was He angry about? And did you notice that His anger brought on grieving? He looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts.

And I’ve got to pause right here for today. If when you have pondered this and you have insight to share, please do.

Praise Reports and Prayer Requests

Please add my son and daughter-in-law to your prayer list. Paul recently had neck surgery and then a week later Kristi fell and sprained her foot really bad. Paul is not supposed to life anything any heavier than 10 pounds and now Kristi can’t walk with the baby. The baby weighs 23 pounds and Paul has had to help pick him up. He felt a pop in his neck last night and his back and arm are tingling. I know this is long but all you have to do is pray for Paul and Kristi’s healing and God will know what they need. Thank you, and God bless your ministry. Martha.

Betty’s fever is gone and the doctors found nothing to cause it. Thank you for your prayers.

Today’s is Vicki’s surgery.

ABBA, Thank You that today is a new day; thank You, LORD Jesus for washing my feet again, and for cleansing me and giving me LIFE Eternal; thank You for this Word this morning and I pray that You will be able to use it to help. You know I am pushing the limit here with time – help me get my priorities right so I won’t be pushing the limit. I pray now for each of our IDOKs for their spirits to be yielded to You for them to embrace this day with an attitude of gratitude, especially me, LORD. We pray again for Paul and Kristi to be healed and we bring every one listed here and ask for Your Touch upon them. We pray for our IDOK Troops to be protected in spirit, body and mind and for each of them to come home safe and sound. We pray for all the other matters on our individual hearts, asking that we surrender our wills to Yours and receive from You grace and peace in the Matchless and Holy Name of Yeshua. Amen and amen.

A Specific Unspoken.

Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about.

Children and/or Grandchildren about whom Moms (& Dads) are concerned that their salvation profession may not be true.

Henry P. Dana and Joey and Children. Tracey M. Vicki and Bob. Brady and Chloe. Patti and family. Joyce, John & children. Sean. Susan R. Kay B. Rusty & Romney. Johnny McK and family. Katie H. Amber Johns. Joe-Ann. McCarver Family. Vickie and Family. Dennis and Lisa J. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. DeLois. Mollie B. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary.. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Katelyn (H) J Lloyd. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters.

Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry

Ryan, Sarah, Josh & Caleb Bedenkop – missionaries in Arizona.

The Ministry of IDOK

The Peace of Israel.

Revival in America.

IDOKs Military Families.

IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009) Bill H. (added 9/24/09)

IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Brandon B.

Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.

Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08) Matt P. (added 9/24/09)

Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew. Richard M.

As I post this it is 88°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 2:37 PM AST on October 6, 2009.