He rescued Lot, a righteous man deeply troubled by the shameless immorality of the wicked. (For that righteous man, while living among them, was tormented in his righteous soul day after day by lawless deeds he saw and heard.) -- 2 Peter 2:7-8 TLVI read this yesterday as I concluded this week's study with the Brit Chadashah reading. I was so relieved. I briefly wrote about a passage last week and in truth the passage was a very real struggle of mine I have been coming to Brant about. The passage was when Adam and Eve ate of the tree and their eyes were open to know good and evil. I shared Brant's suggested meaning, likening the prefall mind to a sheltered child who never watched TV nor saw the evils of the world and the fallen mind to the mind of today -- the mind that knows of what evils exist and is often brought to envision these by the news, and by those who are bringing awareness for activism and charity. Don't get me wrong, I am not against awareness. I am actually for it, but let us be truthful with ourselves and realize that it doesn't only bring about ministries and aides, but it shows us what men are capable of and that knowledge is torturous.
I hope I don't have Elijah-syndrome with this. I don't think that I do, especially when I read a passage that says a man before me (Lot) was troubled with the immorality his eyes saw and his soul was tortured with the deeds he saw and heard. Both my soul and my mind (being visionary) are tortured with the evil of this world that I see, don't even see but merely read, and hear. My struggle is that, considering the torture of it, my mind is blemished. No, I know I don't Elijah-syndrome, I am simply fallen man that as open eyes to the knowledge of evil whose soul has been made righteous and by which I am both blessed with the open eyes to see the good (namely, the Lord who alone is good) in this world and tortured to see the evil (even if I don't literally see it, but being brought to the knowledge of it imprints the image in my mind). Actually, if I wasn't tormented, like I now complain, then I'd be worried my soul was not made righteous but that in it dwells the desire of the same evil.
Therefore the Lord certainly knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and how to keep the unrighteous being punished until the Day of Judgment--especially those who follow after the flesh in its unclean desires and who despises the Lord's authority. -- 2 Peter 2:9-10 TLVThe Lord will keep such ones, like Lot and Noah, from trials. What is a trial? It is a time of testing, waiting, growing, killing, amongst other things. We can look at the men referenced in this reading to get a better idea of a trial and with Lot we know that a trial can be likened to judgment because some trials definitely lead to them. Actually with both, trials led to judgment. Let's take a look at the days of Noah as it pertains to trials, which is our Torah reading this week.
In Genesis 6:1-8 we read that man's thoughts and heart's intentions were only wicked continually and God decided to wipe out the earth, sparing Noah and his family. He was going to do this in 120 years, as some interpret that passage; and though trials have a number, that number is not 120, but forty. We get this from this story, the story of Israel in the wilderness, the Acts period before the temple destruction, etc., which all equated to the number forty and were all times of trial. In the Hebrew, numbers have meanings as do letters (which also have numbers). This is important for us to understand in study and in interpreting signs, especially in things like dreams. I am amazed at what God says through them when I get the meaning of things from the Hebrew mindset and His likenings in the Word.
So forty is the time given for trial, and here is where that number plays in this reading:
And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. -- Genesis 7:12So here we uncover the purpose of trial, because 40 here is for purging. The purpose of our trials, and for all trials we read of in the Bible (the judgment in Lot's dwelling, Israel in the wilderness, the Acts period) is for ...purging. Sometimes the purging is within, sometimes the purging is the land (city, country, earth).
By the way, my assumption is that 120 is the days given to man, because that is literally what God said when He spoke the number. I am one who does interpret that God gave man life on the earth for a literal 120 years before the Flood and that He gives man 120 Jubilee years on this earth, which is 6,000 years. If God created the earth in 6 days and set-apart the seventh for Himself and if one day is as a thousand years (Psalm 90:4), then man has 6 millenniums and the 7th is set-apart for the Lord as the Day of the Lord in His 1 day/1 millennial earthly reign.
I want to look at one more thing in the Torah reading, a word that is spoken over and over: water. Speaking of dream interpretations, water makes it in mine quite often. I know we can all relate. In interpretation, I use God's Word as the interpreter. With water, I most often use the the water sources at the end of Ezekiel to determine. In that passage, water is found in different ways, and the Word tells you the meaning of each body of water. The meaning of water depends on the water source. You have the stream (the Word), the river (the Spirit), the seas/oceans (the nations). We also read about water in this week's Torah portion:
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. -- Genesis 7:11-12
And the waters were mighty and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. -- Genesis 7:18
The waters became mighty, fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. -- Genesis 7:20
And the waters were mighty on the earth, one hundred and fifty days. -- Genesis 7:24One of the biggest revelations to me on the meaning of water is through the Hebrew letter mem. It comes in open and closed form. It is often referenced to a womb, closed belonging to a virgin/womb that hasn't experienced childbirth. As with any childbirth experience, when it opens water gushes forward (ruptured membranes). Therefore the closed mem is closed waters. Open mem is opened waters. Now reconsider the verses above in Genesis 7:11-12 notice how the waters were closed in the heavens and then the heavens opened and they gushed forward. It sort of reminds us of the meaning behind the mem doesn't it? Mem also refers to chaos, because gushing waters are chaos, whereas contained waters are not. Looking back we can see that the gushing waters of the Flood were chaos to the earth -- things shifted, life ended. We can also see that the Flood that came from the open heavens was as one large ocean in the world. Remember that the ocean is given for the nations, and the nations are nothing short of chaos.
Before we returned to the States I had a series of water dreams. They were all turbulent oceanic waters (chaos) and quite frightening, but one thing I am thankful for is that my family and I were atop the waters in a boat and ship. I believe the Lord was reassuring me on my family's position in Him during these times, especially coming back to this disorderly/chaotic nation. God is well able, friends, in these days liken unto Noah's, to rise us above the chaos, above the waters, sustained in His ark.
And Elohim remembered Noah, and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. And Elohim made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. -- Genesis 8:1What is wind other than ruach/spirit? With that thought, go back to Genesis 1:2 -- "And the earth came to be formless and empty. and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters..." The passages are quite alike. The Spirit moves over the waters and what happens? Life happens. The end is likened unto the days of Noah and its goal is likened unto the beginning. In that case, I am comforted in knowing that no matter the evil and chaos and the death it brings, God will remember me, move over me, and raise me into newness of life when the purging is complete...free of the chaos of these days.
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