Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
When I was born, my earthly father gave me the name Sherwood. This name actually means, ‘a clearing in the forest’. I have often thought of what that means in my life with God. I have thought many times that it was to clear away the debris of world opinion against the God of Creation and give some understanding to what it means to follow after Him. Thus I have seen, as I look back, that that is exactly what I have been doing in the last few years here in this blog. (Incidentally, I hate that name, blog, for what it is that we write) To continue, recently, I was at a meeting where a group of folks had come from the States and were about to pray over some of us individually. I was selected as one and the couple prayed and then one of them said, I have just been told your spiritual name, it is, “Sequoia”. (A sequoia is a very tall tree) As I have prayed about this and sought God about this name, I keep coming up with this picture in my mind of a tall sequoia tree in the midst of a clearing in the forest. The image I have selected for this article is as close to what I have visualized as I can find. But to go one step further, I feel the Lord is giving me a different spelling og my spiritual name, “Seqoiyah” and I like that a lot as it puts me in connection with the Great “I AM”. Thank you Father.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
It does not take a lot of understanding to look around and see what kind of condition the world has and is becoming. There are riots and anarchy in the streets all over the world. There are vicious murders taking place everywhere and senseless acts of violence that was unheard of fifty years ago. It seems to be coming down to a world that does not want the God of creation in their lives because of all the evil in their hearts. There is lying and cheating and lust and pornography and greed in nearly every area one might see. And the Christian and Jewish heritage is hated with a passion because it shows up the truth of the lives that go against Gods eternal word. I am absolutely stunned by the violence that took place and is taking place because of the inauguration of Mr. Trump as president of the United States. I am so very blessed to be living where people take God seriously. So, I say to those who take God at His word , “Look up for your redemption draws near.”
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
When a person lives in Israel, especial;;y in Jerusalem, one seems to see the word of God from a whole different perspective. I, as a Gentile, have lived in Jerusalem for 30 years and I have seen a lot, and learned a lot and understand a lot of the culture and celebrations here. There are specific holy days (holidays) that are very special to the Jewish people and that this God of the bible has mandated that should be attended. There is Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. In Hebrew, they are, Pesach, Shavuot, and Succoth. These three times a year, one will find most hotels full but especially in the season of Succoth, Tabernacles, it will be very hard to find a room anywhere. Thus, when I look at this simple statement in Luke of Yeshua being born in Bethlehem in a stable rather than in an Inn, because there was no room, it immediately tells me it was because of the most holy of days in Jerusalem. And again, why would Joseph have traveled on foot and donkey all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem just to register for the census if he didn’t already need to be in Jerusalem according to God’s word? Bethlehem is only about two and a half miles or 4 Kilometers from Jerusalem. And again why the Inn would be fully occupied if not for all the visitors for the feast? This tiny statement alone leads me to believe that Yeshua was born during one of the high Holy days prescribed especially Succoth.
This thought has been on my mind for the past week and I just had to share it.