Beloved Saints, for those that sense the imminent taking of the Bride, there is one last opportunity to be among the Wise.
Notice the following verse:
If the LORD delight<02654> in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. (Numbers 14:8 )
The word ‘delight’ used above is the Hebrew word ‘chaphets,’ Strongs number <02654>, meaning “delight in, take pleasure in, be pleased with, to desire.” It is the same word used in Song 2:7, 3:5, and 8:4, where the Daughters are called to refrain from awakening love until ‘delight’ occurs:
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till [he] please <02654> (“Delight”). (Song of Songs 2:7)
The three mentioned passages are identical, and they reveal an appeal for an awakening of Delight among the Bride Candidates, before an awakening of Love can occur, both in ourselves, and in those to whom we speak.
What does it mean to ‘Delight’ in Father?
It is simply to seek out, and find, and begin to be a “DO-er” of those things in Scripture that Father delights in, and thereby make them OUR Delight. For further insight, we may want to use a concordance or online Bible reference to seek out all the ‘delight’ passages in Scripture.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few passages using the word delight or the Hebrew/Greek equivalents, and then comment:
Delight <06026> thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalms 37:4)
Notice the above Scripture passage. In Psalms 37:4, we are urged to delight ourselves in Yahweh — but the verse does not tell us how this is to be accomplished! The next passages in Isaiah 58 reveal how we may delight in Father, and how as a result, Father will delight in us. But we find there is a problem:
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight <02654> to know my ways, as (“as if they were”) a nation that did righteousness, and (“as if they were a nation that”) forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight <02654> in approaching to God. (Isaiah 58:1-2)
This passage in Isaiah 58:1-2 is written to the Body of Messiah today (‘My People’), and tells us why His people have not yet found Delight in Him. Isaiah tells us His people seek Him daily, and ‘delight’ to know His ways — as if they were a people that were righteous — and as if they had not forsaken being “DO-ers” of His Word.
Notice we are told that His people they take delight in approaching Yahweh. Yet we are told they have not yet removed a specific transgression, nor ceased from their sins — which are the very things preventing His people from finding Delight in Him.
The specific impediment to finding His Delight is revealed in detail in this passage in Isaiah:
For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please <02654> (“delight”) me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (Isaiah 56:4-7)
The above Isaiah 56 passage gives us a clue as to this specific transgression that prevents many of His people from finding Yahweh’s Delight. Here Isaiah directs the promises to the Eunuchs (those involved in Bride-preparation) and the Strangers (‘Gentiles’) that join themselves to the LORD (His people who become ‘grafted-in’ by Faith in Messiah), that is, the promise is given to those of His people who make a choice to do what Father delights in.
In the Isaiah 56 passage, we see that keeping Yahweh’s Sabbaths is equated with ‘taking hold of MY Covenant’ (the Everlasting Covenant of Hebrews 13:20), and with loving Him and delighting in Him. This is only one of very many passages confirming the keeping of His Sabbaths will forever be a part of His Everlasting (Eternal) Covenant.
It is not until the last part of Isaiah 58 that we find what we are seeking:
If thou turn away thy foot from (“on”) the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight<06027>, the holy (day) of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight<06026> thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage (the inheritance: to enter the Promised Land) of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:13-14)
Finally we have arrived at Isaiah 58:13-14, in which Yahweh reveals clearly the Delight sought in Psalms 37:4. Isaiah then confirms this, for he tells us this is related to the Heritage of Jacob — the inheritance, which is our entering the Land of Promise!
Here we are told clearly, as a confirmation of our original passage in Numbers 14:8, that those who find His Delight will be brought into the Promised Land of His inheritance!
Again, we are reminded that the keeping of Yahweh’s Sabbaths are not compulsory, but are ONLY for those who have a burning desire to press in to Know Father, and to find what Father Delights in, no matter the cost. Not everyone will make the choice.
We Must Choose Wisely
Many will find out too late, that what we choose now, determines our inheritance later. And what we choose now, will determine whether we enter early, as part of the Company of the Bride, or later, among the Bridesmaids and guests.
But why does the greater Body of Messiah teach and practice otherwise? The Scriptures tell us. Let’s look.
We recall that King Saul is highly prophetic in many ways of the entire Body of Messiah in its 2,000 year history. Notice the following verse:
Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights<05730>, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. (2 Samuel 1:24)
The above passage is somewhat of a prophetic eulogy that will be fulfilled very soon. Let us pray that we are not among those who weep. Here is why.
In our upbringing as Believing ones — as the ‘Daughters of Israel,’ we have all been clothed with Bridal garments and ornaments, and have learned, and received, delights from our leaders in the ‘Saul’ Congregations within the Body of Messiah.
These garments, ornaments and delights, all have Bride features, as well as features of Covenant and Resurrection, as we see in the number patterns in the words within the above verse. However, these delights we have received from ‘Saul’ are something other than Yahweh’s Delights. We must therefore choose whom we will serve.
We must change our prophetic example — we must cease to follow Saul, in favour of following Paul! We have the apostle Paul for our example, as Paul follows Messiah!
The Apostle Paul’s Delight
The word Delight appears only once in the New Testament, and sums up for us the New Covenant application of what we have seen in the Torah — of finding Father’s Delight, by delighting in those things Father delights in.
Notice that the apostle Paul expresses the heart of the matter of Delight, by using the Greek word for Delight, Strong’s number <4913>, in the following passage:
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22)
Paul knew that the only way to delight in Father, and to enter the Land, is to allow “Messiah-in-you” to live within him, and to write His Law (“Torah”) inwardly on the heart. Paul was simply expressing the heart of the Psalmist, who revealed exactly what the Father’s will is:
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8 )
Here we see the Psalmist tells us his delight is to do the will of the Father (to obey the Law), because Father’s Law is within his heart.
The apostle Paul is telling us the New Covenant application of Delight, exactly as did the Psalmist — that the Law (‘Torah’) had been written on Paul’s heart, as part of the New Covenant promise given in Jeremiah 31:31-33.
Indeed, the New Testament writers all, without exception, focus on various aspects of this one subject — of choosing to allow “Messiah-in-us” to keep the Law (‘Torah’), by Messiah’s Grace, the enablement He gives us while He lives within us, day by day. The Father’s will is Father’s delight: It is His will that we become “DO-ers” of all of His Words (His Torah–His Instructions), by His enablement (Grace) to do so!
It is because the Bride first called the Bridegroom’s Sabbaths a pleasant, exquisite Delight (Isa 58:13), that she later found the One in whom is all her Delight (Psalm 16:3).
For those who yearn to delight in Him, let us first become a “DO-er” of His Word. Let us seek Him in His Word, and cry out to Him to give us wisdom and understanding as He enables us, by His grace, to become “DO-ers” of His Word.
The Bridegroom seeks a Bride who is not compelled externally, but who desires to give herself to obedience to her Bridegroom, from the desires of her own heart. It is these who will make up the Bride-Company. It is these who will be brought in to the Bridegroom.
For some, these things may be hard to understand. We must keep in mind that every concept that is new to us, even from Scripture, may collide with our current understanding. Much prayer and reading of the Scriptures are required, and a complete yieldedness to what the Scriptures actually say is an absolute necessity.
We all have opportunity to seek out, and to participate in those things that delight the Father. When we delight in Him, it shows. We are told that our yieldedness to His Word, showing that we ‘know’ Him, is displayed as a “Banner” or ensign, seen in our participation in Yahweh’s Feasts and Sabbaths! (See Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 20:20).
Those of Yahweh’s people who desire to find Father’s Delight are learning to keep all of Father’s Feasts. These are outlined in Leviticus chapter 23, and include Pesach (Passover); Matzah (Unleavened Bread); Shavuot (Pentecost); Teruah (Trumpets, or Shouting); Yom Kippur (Atonement); and Sukkot (Tabernacles). There is also abundant growth in our Delight of Yahweh, as we observe His weekly Sabbaths each Saturday. As we watch and pray, let us remember that one major definition of the Hebrew word for ‘watch’ includes keeping, and celebrating, all the Sabbaths of Yahweh, as these are all part of the Everlasting Covenant!
It may also be helpful to look further at what Scripture says about the New Covenant. By careful reading of the plain meaning of Scripture, we understand that much of what has been commonly taught about the New Covenant is not according to Scripture! To gain a better grasp on the many Biblical patterns and examples of the New Covenant, it may be helpful to look at what Scripture says about the New Covenant Salvation.
We have also reported the recent discovery of the Virgins’ oil in Scripture. Here we found that oil for anointing is different from oil for the lights, as revealed in Ex 25:6, Ex 35:8, and Ex 35:28. We concluded the Virgins’ oil was not the Holy Spirit’s anointing, but we found that the Scriptures identify what this oil is, so that we might apply our hearts unto obtaining it!
Much of the meaning of Scripture remains closed to many Born-Again Believers today, because of holding to popular but un-Scriptural views of the New Covenant. In order to become full participants of the New Covenant, we must adhere strictly to what the Scripture actually says, and be willing to turn away from the Doctrines of Men, lest we embrace a counterfeit covenant.
Beloved, let us take every opportunity to learn from Him!