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“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 12

May 27, 2013
This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

The number 12 represents governmental order, according to E.W. Bullinger, who speaks of 12 as “a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection.” On the 12th day of this series of entries on wisdom, I recognized that lately I have been thinking about putting things in order, in that I have been undergoing a period of intense personal introspection. One of poems that relates to this topic also contains a reference to wisdom.

A number of years ago, Apostle Eric Warren of Equip U Ministries taught a series of messages on the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. As I heard the messages and took notes, I was inspired to write a poem for each of the twelve gates. The last gate was the Miphkad Gate. The Hebrew word miphkad means “appointment, account, census, mustering,” as this gate is said to the place of numbering or census:

The last gate mentioned in Book of Nehemiah is the Miphkad Gate which is associated with inspection, gathering, assessment.

The last gate mentioned in Book of Nehemiah is the Miphkad Gate which is associated with inspection, gathering, and assessment.

Miphkad Gate: “I Ask Again That You Inspect Me

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

 Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

The Lord, our God, one who has never slept nor slumbered,

The only wise God who sees all and always takes note,

Observing where the people gather to be numbered

And assessed, whether to cast aside or to promote

At the Miphkad Gate, place of accountability:

The gate repaired by ministers of the market place.

Here in this place I ask again that you “Inspect Me”,

Here where everyone must give an account, face to face,

And stand before God Almighty, who alone is good.

As I pass through this last gate, may I never forget

God’s mercy and grace but follow after Christ as I should

And fully transform my thoughts to a Kingdom mindset.

May I walk in truth, applying my heart unto wisdom

And by obedience reap benefits of the Kingdom.

 

Hillsong offers a moving rendition of “Search Me O God,” an appropriate musical accompaniment to this blog entry, another dose of “Good Medicine” from the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

The Number 8: A New Beginning

February 22, 2012

In eternity there are no endings, only endless new beginnings.

Today, 02-22-11 is Ash Wednesday—representing a new beginning—as we embark upon a 40-day journey leading to the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, I am ending a 5-week writing course at a local university and beginning a corresponding course of five weeks at another university in another city. This occurrence serves as a reminder of eternity where there are no endings—only endless new beginnings:

Isaiah 9:7 prophesies of the coming Messiah:

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke 1:33 makes a similar declaration:

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

The number 8 not only represents a new beginning but it also symbolizes infinity.

In reflecting upon the concept of “new beginnings,” I thought of the number 8, symbolic of such a “fresh start.” E.W. Bullinger, in his celebrated work, Numbers in Scripture, and in an Appendix to his Companion Bible, makes the following statement regarding this number:

Eight—Denotes resurrection or new beginning or regeneration or commencement.  The eighth is a new first. It is the number that has to do with the Lord, who rose on the eighth day or new first day. By the Gematria Jesus is 888. It or its multiple is seen in all that has to do with the Lord’s names, the Lord’s people, the Lord’s work. In Hebrew the number eight is Sh’moneh, from the root Shah’meyn, “to make fat,” “cover with fat,” “to super-abound.” As a participle it means “one who abounds in strength,” etc. As a noun it is “superabundant fertility,” “oil,” etc. So that as a numeral it is the superabundant number. As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth. Thus it already represents two numbers in one, the first and eighth.

I also happened to think of two poems that I wrote containing this phrase “new beginning” or some variation. The first was written following my custom of writing a poem to commemorate my birthday, in this case my 64th birthday—8 squared or 8 to the second power is 64, as I make reference to:

In celebration of my 64th birthday

    June 17, 2006

 

Another Milestone

 

You also, as living stones, are being built up

 a spiritual house, a holy priesthood,

 to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable

to God through Jesus Christ.

I Peter 2:5

 

Another milestone: sixty-four triumphant years

Along this glorious, though at times, tedious journey

Toward the light in darkness until the day star appears

When I fully embrace this new identity

Merged in crescendo, unfolding to symbolize

Endless new beginnings: eight multiplied by eight.

Ever pressing toward the mark, for the highest prize,

In the service of the Master, I watch and wait

And continue to strive toward the highest degree.

As a beloved bondslave and friend of the Lord

Set apart, made whole in spirit, soul and body

And consumed with a passion for God and His Word,

Thus I transcend yet another rite of passage:

A living stone transformed to become the message.

The second poem was written during a period when our church was examining the theme of the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah, as a Apostle Eric Warren, offered a series of teachings which inspired a collection of poems, one written for each of the gates, one of which contains the phrase “new beginnings.”

Each sunrise holds promise of a “new beginning.”

With My Face to the Rising Sun: Yet Another Gate

On the east side, toward the rising of the sun,

those of the standard of the forces with Judah

shall camp according to their armies;

and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be

the leader of the children of Judah.

Numbers 2:3

Night gives way to a new day dawning before my eyes:

With my face to the rising sun, here I watch and wait.

With outstretched neck, straining to see the daystar arise,

I man my station, my position at the East Gate.

Though the enemy seeks to hinder, I still advance

And rise to stand under God’s standard, a new ensign.

Having waged great warfare through each adverse circumstance,

I reach this place, not by chance but by divine design.

Each sunrise yields golden moments, a new beginning

To reveal the coming glory with its eternal weight:

Prelude to the place that offers rewards for winning,

As I assess and renovate yet another gate.

I am strengthened within and refreshed to follow my quest,

Running to serve each day before the sun sets in the West.

The title brings to mind the well-known spiritual “Let Us Break Bread Together,” sung countless times as I was growing up, each time we partook of Holy Communion. This song, performed by the A Capella Choir of Arroyo High School, Elmonte, Califoronia, is, of course, apropos of the present Lenten season, leading to celebration of the Resurrection, the ultimate expression of a new beginning.