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.