This period of time preceding Yom Kippur is traditionally a period of introspection, reconciliation and repentance before the King, so that we may enter the new year as a bride without spot or blemish, having already dealt with our own sins, and without holding on to bitterness or resentment toward others. With that in mind, I found a thoughtprovoking and soul searching prayer at Torah Driven Life . com that I wanted to share with you all. Won’t you pray this with me?
A Prayer for the Days of Awe (Adapted from Daniel 9:4-19 and Psalm 80)
O YHWH, the great and awesome Elohim, Who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love You and keep Your commandments: we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, and have turned aside from Your commandments and from Your ordinances; neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets, that spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
To You, O Yah, belongs righteousness; but to us belongs open shame, as at this day; to the men of Ephraim, to those who live as foreigners in a foreign land, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries to which You have driven them, because they dealt treacherously with You. O YHWH, to us belongs open shame, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
To YHWH our Elohim belongs compassion and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against Him; neither have we listened to the voice of YHWH our Elohim, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.
All Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has turned aside, so as not to listen to Your voice; and so there has been poured out upon us the curse and the oath that is written in the Torah of Moses the servant of El; for we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His Word, which He spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil.
As it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this evil is come upon us; yet have we not sought the favor of YHWH our Elohim, that we might turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in Your truth. And so YHWH has watched over the evil, and brought it upon us; for YHWH our Elohim is righteous in all His works which He has done, and we have not listened to His voice.
And now, O YHWH our Elohim, that has brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and has made Your name renown, as at this day: we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Yah according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury, I pray You, be turned away from us.
Now therefore, O our El, listen to the prayer of Your servants, and to our supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon us, for Yah’s sake.
O our El, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great compassion.
O YHWH, hear; O Yah, forgive; O Yah, attend and do, and do not defer; for Your own sake, O our El, because Your name is called upon Your people.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You that lead Joseph like a flock; You that are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your might, and come to save us.
O Elohim, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved.
O YHWH Elohim of hosts, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure. You make us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies mock as they please.
O Elohim of hosts, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. You plucked up a vine out of Egypt; and You drove out the nations, and planted it. You cleared a place before it, and it took deep root, and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shadow, and the mighty cedars with its boughs. She sent out her branches to the sea, and her shoots to the River.
Why have You broken down her fences, so that all they that pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood ravages it, and that which moves in the field feeds on it.
O Elohim of hosts, return, we beseech You; look from heaven, and behold, and be mindful of this vine, and of the stock which Your right hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. So shall we not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your name.
O YHWH, Elohim of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.
Did you cringe when you saw that title? Or were you nodding in agreement and anxious to read this post?
This is a very common phrase in many circles today. It is misused often to “put women in their place”… especially by the men who want them there. It is taught from pulpits that this is what Paul is saying. The purpose of this post is not to debate what Paul teaches on the subject, but rather, to see what is found in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is my firm belief that anything taught by Paul or any other writer of the “New Testament” must be found in the Hebrew Scriptures first… otherwise there is a new religion being proclaimed.
If we go to the very beginning in the book of Genesis, we can see where the modern terminology of help-meet has come from. It is found in Genesis 2:18… and it says “YHWH said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'” So the two words in Hebrew, ezer kenegdo, have been translated as “suitable helper”. Let’s see if this is the best interpretation.
The Hebrew word Ezer means – help or aid. Most of the references to this word in Scripture are referring to YHWH coming to someone’s aid. According to todays world, would we call Him a helper? It almost has a belittling tone when we think of it that way, doesn’t it? This is more like what we would say to a toddler that was helping put away dishes. They are a “good helper.” Someone coming to our aid like Yah did would be more like a warrior, defender, advocate, protector, hero/heroine, vindicator, shield and defense! Is that what comes to mind when you hear the word “helpmeet”? Me either.
And what about the other word: “kenegdo“? While it can be translated as suitable, the deeper meaning is that she will be the man’s match — literally, “as in front of him”. Victor Hamilton says – “[Kenegdo] suggests that what (G-d) creates for Adam will correspond to him. Thus the new creation will be neither a superior nor an inferior, but an equal. The creation of this helper will form one-half of a polarity and will be to man as the South Pole is to the North Pole” (emphasis added).
"She will be his strongest ally in pursuing Yah's purposes and his first roadblock when he veers off course."
(from a blog post by Carolyn Custis James)
Now I ask you, after reading the definition of these words, do you think “helpmeet” is the best definition? Does it leave you feeling that a woman is to be a defender, warrior, advocate, protector, heroine, vindicator or shield and defense to her husband?
How would this look in a marriage?
Would a woman who is a defender and advocate for her husband belittle him to others? I think not.
Would she allow him to physically or emotionally abuse her or her family? Absolutely not.
Would she allow someone/something else to come in and destroy the marriage and/or her husband? Not if it was in her power to stop it.
Are you getting the picture?
This woman is strong, bold and courageous. She knows who she is. She knows her husband and what he needs. She knows where his weakness lies and she comes to his aide in those areas. She does not misuse this knowledge. She does not order him around or manipulate him. She values him and he values her. She brings something to him that he is missing… a different perspective. Intuition. Femininity… and he values it.
One beautiful picture of this that I saw recently was at a wedding this summer. The bride walked around the groom seven times. Once I learned the reason, I realized how beautiful it was. This is a Jewish wedding tradition and here is the reason from Chabad .org
The bride, by circling the groom, expresses her awesome power over him.
The seven circuits are reminiscent of the biblical story of Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. They came to Jericho, a city known as the key to the land – if they could conquer it, the land would be theirs. But Jericho was protected by a big wall. There seemed to be no way in.
G‑d commanded the Israelites to walk around the walls seven times. As soon as they did, a miracle happened – the walls came tumbling down and they were able to conquer the city.
Similarly, every man has a wall built around his heart. Men are taught to hide their feelings, to create an impression of impenetrability, to make it seem that they have it all figured out. Men create elaborate defenses to hide any sign of weakness or vulnerability, and fiercely guard their deepest secret – that inside they are sensitive and meek, simple and soft.
But a wise woman can pierce this defensive wall. If she surrounds her husband with the protective aura of her love, if she envelops him with affection, and if she makes him feel that he is the anchor, the center, the focal point of her life, then he can feel safe and comfortable. When that happens, the walls protecting his heart come tumbling down. Then she has conquered him – all of him.
Once you find a good man, encircle him with your love, and he’ll be all yours.
THIS is a warrior wife. The valiant woman described in Proverbs 31. She is focused on her husband and he on her.
Here’s what I am not saying: I am not saying that a woman is greater than a man. I am not saying a woman can or should do everything a man does. Men and women are different. Both physically and emotionally. Period. We have different chromosomes. Science cannot change that. Belief cannot change that. We think differently. Both men and women should be appreciated for who and what they are and what they bring to a marriage. Not belittled. Not crushed. Not lorded over. And all of this is assuming that each partner in a marriage needs to be equally thoughtful, loving, kind, respectful and cherishing the other person. It is a partnership, not a dictatorship.
What is one thing you can do this week to put this into practice in your marriage? How can you become the ezer kenegdo’s that you are intended to be: defending your husband, being his advocate, building him up to be the man he is intended to be? We would love to hear what you do and your husband’s response!
Xianity teaches a doctrine of the devil based on some verses in Isaiah. Many years ago someone gave me reason to look into this and in doing so, I reconsidered and understood that the “devil” was created as an evil being, not as an “angel” who rebelled.
A dear friend of mine and I are discussing various topics through email and today sent me this link. It is very thought provoking and I would love your feedback! What are your thoughts on this subject? What do you think about the ideas presented in the link?