Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Shevat 15
To Cleave

“But ye that did CLEAVE unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.”  (Deu 4:4 KJV, emphasis mine)

“But you who are CLINGING to יהוה your Elohim are alive today, every one of you.” (Deu 4:4 ISR, emphasis mine)

Memory foam is a fascinating substance, and I can still remember when I purchased my first memory foam pillow.  I would watch in amazement the indentation of my handprint, when I continuously pressed my open hand in different places on the pillow.  How the foam would mold itself to the shape of my hand was a source of wonder to me, and it still is.  Amazing stuff, this memory foam.

In a sense, we are to be like this “memory foam”, molding and shaping ourselves around the person and character of our Elohim.  The word translated in our opening verse into the word “cleave”, is related to the Hebrew word dābaq (Strong’s #H1692), which is the word found in Genesis 2:24, speaking of the “joining together” (cleaving) of Adam and Eve.  Just as Adam is to “cleave” to his wife, in other words, be united with, stick and adhere to, join to, abide with, be welded and be molded to, so are we to “cleave” to our YHWH Elohim.

It is not unusual to find a married couple, (traditionally, a man and a woman) who have spent their entire adult lives married to each other, and end up resembling one another other.  Not only in physical appearance, but their mannerisms, and their similar forms of speech, will reflect a lifetime spent with one another.  Can people say the same of us?  Do we reflect the One that we are supposed to be “cleaving” to?  May we all be glued – like Super-Gorilla-Glue – to the One who gives and sustains life, and let us reflect His light to this dying world.

“Only, diligently guard to do the command and the Torah which Mosheh the servant of יהוה commanded you, to love יהוה your Elohim, and to walk in all His ways, and to guard His commands, and to cling to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being.”  (Jos 22:5 ISR, emphasis mine)


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