#132

                                                                                (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10.  We see in these two verses the word "beginning".  In Psalm 111, beginning in Hebrew is "ray-sheeth".  In Proverbs, it is the word "tek-il-law".  Ray-sheeth has to do with theory and tek-il-law relates to experience.  

Please read Genesis 1:1.  Here we see the word "beginning" again; it is the Hebrew word "ray-sheeth".  The LORD is the theory, the declaration, the cause, the seat of movement and motion.  He is the beginning, the Eternal Cause of all things Who puts into motion His Plan and Purpose.  He is the Head with all creation, natural and spiritual, abiding under His Feet.  He is the Author and the Finisher, the Divine impetus propelling His thoughts and purpose into the hearts and minds of His creation.  He is the Beginning Cause of all creation through which is displayed His Beautiful Nature.  The existence of man is for one purpose:  to help Him pay His debt by making His Name known!  We have been given a blessed privilege to exhibit and display the nature of God in every situation.  If we are caustic, impatient, angry, jealous, cruel, we are displaying the luciferic nature of the carnal, old man.  EVERY situation is an opportunity (many times by cold choice) to give His Nature to some grateful recipient who is expecting a raging flood of darkness and death.  The Bride chooses to make His glorious, perfect Name known to all, great and small.  

The LORD is also the Beginning Power.  The power of His Name is unleashed after we acknowledge the Cause.  The power will beam out of the heart and cause a change in the behavior of those around us.  We have a plan, most times, but we don't have the power to implement it.  Anger is the result when we want to control people, places, and things while lacking the power to enforce our carnal plan.  He has the Plan and the Power to enforce it in the lives of His people. 

The LORD is also the Beginning Strength.  Please read Deuteronomy 21:17.  The subject in this verse is Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.  He was the beginning of strength to Jacob; ruling strength.  The LORD rules by His Strength.  He has the Strength to maintain what the Power and Cause have made.  Through blaming, we elevate a creature to God's Throne by saying they are the cause.  We take the Name in vain by not acknowledging Him as the Divine Cause of all things.  He knows we will not be able to stand before Him with a heart steeped in carnal sin at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  It is His goal to expose this sin in Time, by His Strength, so we can exchange it for His Nature and help Him make His Name known.  Internally, we are a 24/7 Halloween party, but by His Strength, we can be transformed into a vessel that shows forth the lovely attributes of His Precious Name.  He is the Cause, He has the Power, He has the Strength to finish what He has started in a believers' heart.  It can assist Him in making His Name known---that's awesome!