Jordan in Hebrew means:

from ‘yarad’ (3381); a descender; Jarden, the principal river of Palestine:–Jordan.

‘yarad’ (3381) means:

a primitive root; to descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications); -X abundantly, bring down, carry down, cast down, (cause to) come(-ing) down, fall (down), get down, go(-ing) down(-ward), hang down, X indeed, let down, light (down), put down (off), (cause to, let) run down, sink, subdue, take down.

Well, who is the One who descended from above to become a man and who is the One who descended into the deep to die for us?

Luke 1

New International Version (NIV)

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Acts 2:29-31

New International Version (NIV)

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.

Romans 10:7“or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Interestingly, according to the map of ancient Israel, Jordan went past Naphtali (which means my struggle), Manasseh (which means forget), Gad (good fortune), Issachar (reward), Benjamin (son of my right hand) and Reuben (see, a son).

If I piece and string them together, I will get this sentence: “my struggle will be forgotten (the old has gone – 2 Corinthians 5:17) and my good fortune and reward (the new has come – 2 Corinthians 5:17) is the Son who sits at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33) and my eyes are fixed onto Him (Hebrews 12:2).

The above sentence actually refers to baptism. Baptism is about bringing the old self to an end and having a new life in Christ. God-incidentally, the activities that took place in river Jordan during Jesus’ time were baptism.

Romans 6

New International Version (NIV)

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

In the bible, when a person believed in the Lord and went for baptism, what does that act tell us about that person? He humbled himself before the Lord and hence the baptism happened. One example would be Saul before he changed his name to Paul (Read here about Saul).

Therefore, besides revealing things about Jesus, River Jordan also represents humility in a way. Humility is a place of lowliness in a good way. One has to descend (remember the Hebrew meaning of Jordan as mentioned earlier?) from a high place (pride) in order to be humble. In fact, Jesus humbled Himself to be baptised by John (read here about Jesus’ baptism).

Psalm 18:27

You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

Isaiah 5:15

So people will be brought Low and everyone humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled.

During Joshua’s time, the Lord did an amazing thing at Jordan to the children of Israel and that reveals to us more revelation about river Jordan.

Before moving into the promised land, Joshua and the children of Israel camped in Jordan. The Lord would then lead them and gave them direction as they had not been to that land before. Obviously the children of Israel humbled themselves in order to be led. Thus, Jordan is clearly pictured here as a place of humility.

Joshua 3

New International Version (NIV)

Crossing the Jordan

Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a] between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

This is beautiful isn’t it. When we are in a new phase of life or come across situations which we do not know how to deal with, we only need to remain humble before the Lord and He will SURELY lead us and give us a direction, that we will know which way to go

The Lord loves to exalt those who humbled themselves before Him. After the children of Israel humbled themselves at Jordan, the Lord went on to exalt their leader, followed by exalting them before their enemies by splitting the river into two and driving their enemies who were in the promised land.

Joshua 3

New International Version (NIV)

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

Joshua 5

New International Version (NIV)

Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they[a] had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites

When you are in Jordan (humble), the Lord will lead you and exalt you such that your enemies have no courage to face you!!

It appears that the Lord purposely placed the river Jordan in such a position that the children of Israel had to go through it before they can possess the land that was promised them. To possess your possession, you will need to descend to a lower place (be humble) first.

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up

Matthew 23:12

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Lift UP your eyes after you have placed yourself at the low place. You will realize that your help comes from the Lord.

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introduction

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

now, exaltation is of the Lord.

the humility that comes from the Spirit of Christ within us shall not be in vain.

by His grace, we put on this new clothe of humility, casting away the old self.

  1. 1 Peter 5:5
    Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
  2. Colossians 3:12
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  3. Ephesians 4:22
    You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
  4. Colossians 3:9
    Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
  5. Colossians 3:10
    and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
  6. Ephesians 4:24
    and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

the revelation

behind everything, there is a revelation pf His goodness and mercy.

of the revelation of humility, it was hidden in John chapter six.

you may see yourself having no capability to feed/help five thousand people.

but the same Jesus in you is the Jesus that was with them then.

the Jesus in you will say to you, “[verse 5] Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”

6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

what!?!?!??! Jesus test His disciple? Jesus put us into trial?

the testing of God is different from that of the devil’s

the trial/testing from the devil aims to stir up the sinful nature in you [tempt].

but the one of God aims to stir up the holiness in you [discipline], for example, Hebrews 12.

peirazw
peirazo
pi-rad’-zo
from peira – peira 3984; to test (objectively), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline:–assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt(-er), try.

continuation

 7Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages[a] would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

 8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

philip’s suggestion was way off.

however, andrew’s suggestion was taken by the Lord.

how come?

cos Andrew presented a boy to the Lord.

a boy is symbolic. it represents humility.

Luke 18:

16But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

in Matt 19,

Jesus clearly hid this verse – ‘1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.’ in His action.

 14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

casting cares upon Him

moreover, Andrew also did cast his cares upon Jesus.

he told the Lord, “how far will they go among so many?”

Andrew presented humility [the small boy] before the Lord and cast his cares upon the Lord [by speaking – James 5:13].

right after Andrew had spoken, the Lord took over.

the same Jesus is in us. He is our humility. surely, in situation as such, the Lord will take over.

the Lord leads

notice that it is the Lord who leads Andrew into speaking up.

the Lord asked first and that led Andrew into suggesting what the Lord had in mind [John 6:6].

the same Jesus in you will do the same thing.

HE WIL LEAD YOU! AMEN!

exalted

indeed, Jesus exalted Andrew, along with other disciples above the situation.

they collected 12 baskets of leftovers.

when one person among you is humble before the Lord, the rest will also be exalted.

it just takes one righteous.

Amen.

conclusion

anyway, ‘andrew’ means manly.

AndreaV
Andreas
an-dreh’-as
from anhr – aner 435; manly; Andreas, an Israelite:–Andrew.

a manly man is one who humbles himself under HIs hand.

Jesus will lead us into being humble toward Him.

Jesus will exalt us in due time above our situation.

Jesus will never throw us one side and say, “this is your problem.”

Jesus will be the mighty Hand covering us.

under His hand,

Elson

accepting one another 

Romans 15 talks about accepting one another. this chapter comes after 14.

14 speaks of Paul addressing the problem between the strong in faith and weak in faith. Paul speaks of accepting them who is weak in faith.

the context speaks about not just food, but observation of days too (Romans 14:6).

verse 17 speaks about the heart of chapter 14.

God’s concern is not on what is seen, but rather, it is on what is not seen. when it comes to physical things, if a brother is doing it to the Lord, accept his faith, which is Christ, and him too.

He who behaves differently in the doing of such physical things (like food and observing days), shall not be judged, so long as his reason for doing so is for the Lord.

pls note that these physical things do not include what the Galatians were doing. they were doing it not to the Lord, but to the sinful nature.

chapter 15 opens up in an intersting way

1We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

the reason you bear with the weaknesses of the weak is so that he who is weak may be built up by you, by first accepting him. acceptance makes a person to yield to words of grace spoken through you.

one famous passage of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery.

firstly, Jesus accepted her.

then, He instructed her righteousness.

being complete in knowledge

chapter 15 went on talking about this in verse 14:

14I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

firstly, be filled with goodness is mentioned. we must first accept one another.

2ndly, before instructing each other correctly, be complete in knowledge and competency.

being complete in the knowledge is a gift from God.

Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding

Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

wisdom is needed for getting the knowledge which is also understanding. being complete in knowledge is when you are filled by the Lord with wisdom and understanding.

being competent

gentleness in instructing a person comes unconsciously by first accepting he who is in Christ. this gentleness is the competency.

being competent is also a gift from God.

2 Cor 3:

5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

gentleness speaks of grace. Paul loves doing this: go down to one’s level (to a gentile, be a gentile. to a Singaporean be a Singaporean. to Elson, you have to be super gentle and nice – cos he is scared of authoritative tone.) HAHA. after which, Paul will instruct them with the knowledge of the Lord and bring them to repentence.

1 Corinthians 9:

21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings

summary

give weight to the hearer’s identity in Christ by accepting him 😀

yours in Christ,

Elson

introduction

this morning, when i woke up, i heard some words in the Spirit.

it was a verse from the song ‘burn’ by brother Ronnie.

but God changed one of the words.

my spiritman was worshipping Him.

he was singing, “everything I do, is found in Your love for me.”

i’m so touched that He put those words in me. i looked down to the table and felt so undeserving. i said, “thank You God.”

the revelation

i still can remember the first verse i ever meditated when i first started reading His bible.

Ecclesiastes 9:7

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.

to me, the food and wine mentioned here are referring to the Holy communion. commune with Him joyfully, for everything that i do, He favors it [is found in His love for me].

God wants everyone of us to know. after we believed in Him, we are a new creation.

“everything i do is found in His love for me” can be re-written as this:

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

what He thinks of us and how He sees us and remember us is different from last time.

now, He doesnt count my wrongs against me. “everything i do, is found in His love for me.”

now, He only remember what the Lord is working through me, the things i do with His love for me. He remember that only. AMEN.

a revelation given is not just for that person alone. i pray that God is comforting all brothers and sisters reading this. God loves to reveal His feelings and thoughts of love to the body.

summary

say this out if you want:

“God only remember me as a new creation. everything that I do, is found in Your love for me. Amen. thank You Lord.”

i feel so justified. the cross is not in vain, for it truly made us new.

honored,

Elson

introduction

God in Ezek 36:26 says about a new heart that is soft, tender, submissive to the Holy Spirit.

this heart is tender that we often feel hurt by the words spoken by brothers and sisters. firstly, this heart is given not so that you will feel hurt in that way. but rather, it is given so that He can write His words of life on it.

the Breastplate of God

firstly, the breastplate of righteousness in Eph 6 and in 1 thess 5, it is called the breastplate of love and faith.

the breastplate protects the tender heart. this is so that when afflictions come, our heart is still kept safe and soft for God.

the effects of a afflicted heart

at times, when we feel hurt, saddness hang on our faces, our mood is affected and that we may even choke the desire to serve God.

it may even result in the withdrawal of fellowship, being judgmental and eventually it becomes harden. a hard heart doesnt respond to God (heb 3, Rom 9).

God, being wise, know what words of men may do to your heart, hence made an armor so that it can be kept tender for His purpose.

the armor is for the weak

people may say it is the hearer that is weak, hence, they are affected easily by the words of men. that is not a problem, for it is God who has given them a new tender heart. tell the ones who are having problems handling the words of men to put on the armor!

the weaker we are, the better it is. the armor is not for the strong, it is for the weak (2 Cor 13:4 – this verse is a must-read).

the hearers do not have a problem. they just need the armor of God – the breastplate of righteousness, faith and love.

putting on the armor,

Elson

introduction

i got this revelation when one day i was looking at myself as a Christian…

then i saw sin, shame, weakness, lameness and stupidity

then i remembered what the world used to tell me:

  1. i was sensitive. i heard the world says that is not good.
  2. i was conscious. i heard the world says that it is not good.
  3. i was hardworking. the world says that what is it for?

even back then as a non-Christian, i was rather depressed that i am nothing good.

i thought, “i am a good-for-nothing.

so depressed. i threw myself into depression.

i was thinking about ending my life. what’s so good about it?

what thing is good? nothing.

the Revelation

then came a time i became a Christian. the problem does come and go.

till one day, the Lord tell me:

  • “put whatever you have, good or bad on Me. I will make it beautiful.”
  • ” you will then stand back and see. you shall be a witness to the most beautiful thing u can ever imagine.”

then one may ask, “sin leh?”

two choices to dealing with sin:

1) you bear the guilt of it.

2) you put it on the LAMB of God on the cross.

(1) is too heavy for anyone. so heavy that only death can pay it (wages of sin is death).

death as in including 2nd death, which can be read in book of Revelation chapter 20 verse 14.

(2) is a comfort for anyone. it ‘s a way chosen by God too. 

realise that the smell of your sin being burnt on the sacrifice is so pleasing to God and it blesses your soul too – you found forgiveness and your soul is guilty no more!

got aroma from the sacrifice means got forgiveness, for it shows that God has already accepted the sacrifice.

what about me being too sensitive?

sensitivity placed on the Lord will become sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

you will be aware of His voice, His presence.

the movement of the Holy Spirit, you can sense!

but sensitivity on the flesh becomes ugly.

for e.g: in r/s when a guy/girl is too sensitive in the flesh and cause thoughts that aroused by the sinful nature like, ‘eh, he is seeing another girl/guy.‘ to take root in the heart. sooner or later, unpleasant things will happen.

what about being too conscious of others/myself?

conscience placed on the Lord will transform into being conscious of the work of the Son, being conscious of who you are in Christ.

knowing who you are in Christ is a big deal.

reason:

Romans 3:22
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,

righteousness from God is only found in Christ.

hence, when you know you are in Christ, you will realise that ‘hey, i am His righteousness!’

and this is confirmed by the following verse:

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

it is only in HIM that we are the righteousness. well, if that is so, keep to that! continue to be in Him! every blessings go to the righteous! Amen!

Proverbs 10:6
Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

 

summary

  1. everything placed on yourself, i.e: making yourself as the base, is simply ugly.
  2. everything on Christ is beautiful.

now you understand why God says, “Christ in you. Christ in you.“?

the truth that Christ is in you means that you are on Him.

you are beautiful only by THAT WAY and so, stay it that way! AMen!

 

everything is beautiful on Him,

Elson

introduction

enjoy! – for the theologians….

the revelation

what do u think God is using Elijah to tell us?

firstly, God called him to move from Gilgal to Bethel, then from Bethel to Jericho, then from Jericho to Jordan and then he got fetched up into heaven.

Gilgal in hebrew:
Gilgalghil-gawl’
the same as ‘gilgal’ (1536) (with the article as a properly, noun); Gilgal, the name of three places in Palestine:–Gilgal. See also ‘Beyth hag-Gllgal’ (1019).

‘gilgal’ (1536) :
gilgalghil-gawl’
a variation of ‘galgal’ (1534):–wheel.

‘galgal’ (1534):
galgalgal-gal’
by reduplication from ‘galal’ (1556); a wheel; by analogy, a whirlwind; also dust (as whirled):–heaven, rolling thing, wheel.

‘galal’ (1556):
galalgaw-lal’
a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively):–commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow.

it all speak to me that Gilgal can be a wheel or whirlwind, that can be rolled away to somewhere.

God used Gilgal in Joshua chapter 5:9 to show that He has rolled away the reproach of Egypt.

i see the reproach of Egypt as a wheel or whirlwind being rolled away by God from the children of Israel. this wheel or whirlwind, in this context, referred to something bad.

gilgal can be used in the context of something bad being rolled away.

from Gilgal to Bethel.

Bethel is the House of God.
so, from Gilgal to Bethel is telling me this: to roll away the sin of someone so that he/she can transcend from the world into the heavenly Bethel spiritually.

Jericho in hebrew:
Yriychowyer-ee-kho’
or Yrechow {yer-ay-kho’}; or variation (1 Kings 16:34) Yriychoh {yer-ee-kho’}; perhaps from ‘yareach’ (3394); its month; or else from ‘ruwach’ (7306); fragrant; Jericho or Jerecho, a place in Palestine:–Jericho.

Jericho means fragrant. something must be present to make someone fragrant.

Matthew 26:7 – a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

hence we know that the oil (Holy Spirit) is the Provider of that fragrance.

hence, from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho, it is telling me this:

to have your sins rolled away and to enter into the Kindgom of God, u need the Holy Spirit.

hence, Jesus said this that: no one can enter the kingdom of God/Heaven unless he is born again!

then what about Jordan?
Jordan in hebrew:
Yardenyar-dane’
from ‘yarad’ (3381); a descender; Jarden, the principal river of Palestine:–Jordan.

‘yarad’ (3381):
yaradyaw-rad’
a primitive root; to descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications); -X abundantly, bring down, carry down, cast down, (cause to) come(-ing) down, fall (down), get down, go(-ing) down(-ward), hang down, X indeed, let down, light (down), put down (off), (cause to, let) run down, sink, subdue, take down.

now, who is the Descender? who descended from Heaven to Earth to show the way?

Ephesians 4:9 – (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

from Gilgal to Bethel, to Jericho and to Jordan.

to have your sins being rolled away so as to enter the kingdom of God, u need the Holy Spirit which will be poured out by the One who will descend.

Elijah smote the water and make it apart.

2 Kings 2:
7 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

the word struck in Hebrew:
nakahnaw-kaw’
a primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively):–beat, cast forth, clap, give (wounds), X go forward, X indeed, kill, make (slaughter), murderer, punish, slaughter, slay(-er, -ing), smite(-r, -ing), strike, be stricken, (give) stripes, X surely, wound.

the summary

what more is there to say?
from Gilgal to Bethel, to Jericho and to Jordan (which was struck).

to have your sins being rolled away so as to enter the kingdom of God, u need the Holy Spirit which will be poured out by the One who will descend and He will be struck, punished, wounded, strickened.

Elijah is used by God Almighty, our Father in Heaven, to show even, to Elisha or whosoever is reading that, that JESUS is the WAY to the kingdom of heaven…..

HALLELUJAH! thank You Lord Jesus!