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Beginning the 2nd Week of The Feast of Weeks

My Garden

During the week of Unleavened Bread I took a closer look at Genesis 2:15, especially to the word “garden” as it relates to Isaiah 58:11, Jeremiah 31:12, and Song of Songs 4:12-16. where we are compared to a “well-watered garden”.

YHVH Elohim took the man, Adam, and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.  A closer look at the word “cultivate” means, of service, to serve, to become a worshipper.  The Hebrew letters of the word cultivate stand for – “watching the door of the house”.  It is what a servant does; makes sure only good comes through the door into the house.  A look at the words “keep it” means to guard, to listen, to hedge about; it is a close watching of something for guarding or protecting; “guard the door” – keep the bad out.  As the first man, Adam, was commissioned with the task of watching, guarding, protecting the Garden of Eden, so we too are tasked with watching, guarding, protecting the purity and sanctity of our garden – the place where Y’Shua wants to dwell.  Song of Songs 4:12-16 says: “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.  Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, henna with nard plants, nard and saffron, calmus and cinnamon, with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices.  You are a garden spring, a well of fresh water, and streams from Lebanon.  Awake, O north wind, and come, wind of the south; make my garden breathe out fragrance, let its spices be wafted abroad.  May my beloved come into his garden and eat its choice fruits!”  We are a garden locked up, our spring sealed, until Y’Shua, and Him alone, come and we give Him entrance. Refer to Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” He is knocking on the door of the garden of our heart.

Y’Shua is attracted to our garden of the heart by the pleasant fragrances that emanate from our heart; by the care we take to protect and nourish and nurture what is planted there.  Isaiah 58:11 says: “And YHVH will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”  How can we be that well-watered garden, that spring of water that does not fail?  Let me propose that the Ruach haKodesh is the husbandman or keeper of my garden and His purpose is to make my garden a pleasant, attractive, inviting place for Y’Shua to come and abide.  He is the one that spiritually fulfills in us Ezekiel 47:8-12; and everywhere the water goes, everything will live!

There is a parable Y’Shua told of the sower; “Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” 

During the days of Unleavened Bread if you are like me, you most likely discovered that you were on your way “around the mountain” again; issues that had been swept clean the year before were back, needing to be swept clean again.  Maybe patches of “scorched earth” where uncovered where good seed had been sown but there was no quality of earth and when the testings and trials came the good seed withered away.  Maybe while we slept an enemy came and sowed tares in our good ground. Maybe we discovered that the garden of our heart was no longer beautiful and inviting and pleasant. 

Could it be that the Ruach haKodesh is seeking our permission to cultivate the “scorched” earth of our heart garden?  Could it be with His ministrations the stony places, the patches of thorns, the hard-packed earth would become good ground bringing forth one hundred, sixty, thirty fold?  Jeremiah 31:12-14 says:  Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of YHVH, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says YHVH.” 

When Y’Shua is abiding in the garden of our heart we can live in the reality of Jeremiah 31; our mourning will turn into joy, we will be satisfied with YHVH’s goodness, and what’s more the promise of Isaiah 58:12 is for us as well: “And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

My synopsis:  Unleavened Bread reveals sin, i.e. the scorched earth of the garden of our heart.  The Feast of Weeks or the Counting of the Omer which ties Unleavened Bread to Shavuot is a time of cultivation – the Ruach haKodesh cultivates our scorched earth turning it into good ground which leads us to the culmination of the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, the outpouring of the Ruach haKodesh for the ingathering of the hundred, sixty, thirty fold harvest. 

It’s time to be about our Father’s business!

 

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