Glory and Liver

Introduction

Biblical words sometimes have religious sounds that sometimes lose their meaning because there is no frame of reference to attach to them, which is why I am loving so much the Hebrew perspective that gives revelation and a deeper understanding of these words through the letter pictograph concepts, as well as the agricultural or biological analogies that lend to confirming and solidifying them.

It is God's original intent that we would comprehend Him to the fullest. Which makes the visual presentation through this ancient Hebrew method of learning and understanding so precious.

Glory is a familiar Bible word. We read about it in the Bible. We sing about it in songs and hymns. But what does it really mean? I must admit my own interpretation of the word bordered on some very "light" ideas. I sometimes think of the little Halo's in famous religious paintings or simply the glitz and glamor of something.

According to Gensenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament by H.W.F. Gesenius. the Hebrew word kavod translated "glory" in English means heavy or weighty, Rich and abundant.

Agri-Bio-Linguistics

I was watching a series on You Tube recently done by Brad Scott from "Wildbranch Ministries" and he was explaining Hebrew words and thought, and how they are all understood through nature, agriculture, and body function things God knew we could see and understand that would not change throughout the course of time. He shared how the same word used for glory is the same word for liver. One might ask what does a liver have to do with glory? In Hebrew when two words have the exact same letters one will give image and lesson about the other. In light of this, Brad explains that the liver is the heaviest internal organ of the body and upon further research of my own it is also the largest organ in the body and of intrinsic value to all other body functions.

...Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; ~ Psalm 29:1

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...But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19

"The word "ponder" means to weigh. Make ready the balances of judgement. Oh, but where are the scales that can weigh the Lord Christ? ~ C.H Spurgeon

"Weigh the riches of Christ in scales, and his treasure in balances" ~ C.H. Spurgeon

A Weighty Matter to Consider

To glorify God would mean that we give Him weight and substance in our estimations of Him. We see Him as the largest and most important, knowing that He is vital and signigicantly relevant to our existence and functions in this life and the one to come. We give Him our attention as we would something that is extremely valuable. When we live as if He matters greatly to us!

How much weight are we giving Him in our lives. How much weight does His Word carry in our thoughts and behavior. How much weight is given to prayer which amounts to our faith in His willingness to hear us and help us. Vines expository dictionary even used the word rich to describe glory. When we think of God do we see Him as being extremely wealthy and weighted down with the wealth of everything we need (not only speaking of material goods).

I also was thinking about Bible symbols and how gold in scripture is symbolic of tried and tested faith in the goodness of God and can be a symbol of glory. It is an expression and display of evidence of His weightiness to us. One of golds most important characteristics is it's density and weight hence the phrase "worth it's weight in gold"

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed,that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ ~ Revelation 3:15-21

The things they esteemed and that weighed the most to them, in the verse above, was their wealth and self-sufficiency and they had no idea that these materials had no weight nor value in His Kingdom. He counsels them to purchase something more substantial, valuable, worthy, and weighty - Gold refined in the fire- How does one purchase gold refined in fire in spiritual terms?

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David. ~ Isaiah 55:1-3

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Buy and Balance With Your Ear

Jean Karau my Bible Study teacher shared this revelation with me that we buy gold refined in the fire with our ears. "If anyone hears my voice", "Listen to me", "Incline your Ear", "Hear"

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17

How very interesting that the root word for scales and balances, in Hebrew, is ozen which means ear, In the Garden of Eden, Eve purchased a lie with her ears as she inclined them to the crafty serpent. The proposition of the serpent weighed more in the balances of her estimation. And leaned heavily in favor of her personal desire and agenda. A transaction was made. She traded her faith by lending her hear and received what she paid for in her heart.

Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” ~ Luke 8:18

Do not deceive yourself by being a hearer of the word only (James 1). Faith is substantiated and evidenced in how we live. Our actions will speak loudly of what bears most weight to us

This is also relative to God's command to not use false scales and measures in the Bible

Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight. ~ Proverbs 11:1

Using false scales in terms of deception has to do with making something appear weightier than it is for personal gain or profit and that can apply to much more than the measure of physical objects.

Also consider that, from a natural physical perspective our center of balance is located in our inner ears. When fluids become unbalanced in the ear due to additional fluid entering into one chamber, it can break open and leak fluid into another. this results in what is known as Menier's disease that causes vertigo and body imbalance. When we are deceived it is the result of additional material being added and mixed and weighted with truth that creates an imbalanced perspective resulting in decisions and a life that can easily spiral out of control.

Notice as well that we have two ears indicating they are tools of discernment. The second day was the division of light and darkness. God is giving us a biological lesson that He designed for us to discern and refine what we hear by giving the correct weight and value to the truth in order to live a balanced life.

“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; ~ I Kings 18:20

Gold and Faith

Gold and faith are both refined and purified by fire.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory ~ I Peter 1:16

When our faith is in the greatness and weightiness of God, when what He says really matters to us in spite of circumstance and trial, when life wants to see what we are really made of and our faith is in Him we will come forth as pure gold. Then our lives will be one of substance and value. People have lived and died for gold. Faith in Him and eternal life with Him is worth more precious than gold.

...When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. ~ Job 23:10

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Qualities of Gold and Godliness

When a miner is searching for gold he scoops up what he can in a river and swishes the contents around in a pan letting the lighter material fall back into the river while the heavier material (gold) settles to the bottom until it is all that remains there are times when the Lord sifts us as such. He is looking for gold in us. When He comes back after all the siftings and swishes of this life will He find faith in us? (Luke 18:8)

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. ~ Heb 12:25

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. ~ I Peter 4:12

Another characteristic of gold is that even though it is one of the heaviest metals it is also the most pliable and versatile metal. It is so soft it can be scratched with a fingernail.

“You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. ~ Exodus 28:36

As our faith comes forth as pure gold through test and trial He will inscribe on our lives His holiness. And may we be as pliable and malleable as gold in our faith as we trust him in and with everything.

...Today, if you will hear His voice “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, Psalm 95:7

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Gold is virtually indestructible it has an amazing chemical resistance and is not affected by acids or alkalis. It does not rust like Iron when exposed to water or oxygen. When faith in the Father's love through Jesus our messiah is established through test and trial there is nothing that can destroy it. Nothing can get to it. Faith is an eternal element and not subject to the conditions of the finite world.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19

The Hebrew word picture for Glory is interesting as well. Kavod (glory) begins with the Hebrew letter caph and is a picture of an open hand or a wing. It can symbolize something that covers. This tells us that God's glory is something that covers us. What was it that Adam and Eve lost that revealed their nakedness? Could it have been the glory that covered them?

The next letter is a bet and is a picture of house and represents being on the inside. This tells us that glory is experienced on the inside and in close relationship and covenant with God through His One and only Son Jesus Christ.

The next letter is a vav is a picture of a nail and is symbolic of connecting things. Jesus was nailed to a cross connecting man of the earth with God in heaven. Glory is a result of being connected with the God of heaven.

And last but not least is a dalet and is a picture of a door and can indicate a way or a path to something. We know that Jesus is the door and thereby Jesus is the final expression and the only way to experience this glory. Jesus the door John 10:7 invites us into Him and invites Himself to come into us. Rev.3

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:6

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. ~ Psalm 24:7

Putting it all together we could say that the glory of God is both a covering and fulfillment on the inside, that is connected to Jesus the door the only way to experience both.

Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lordfilled the tabernacle ~ Exodus 40:34

Conclusion

Glory is the weightiness and heaviness of God. He is intrinsically valuable and essential to all functions of a meaningful life. His glory in us is manifested through our faith in Him and substantiated through testing and trial, and gives our lives the substance and value we all crave and look for.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen. ~ Jude 24,25

May this bear weight on the way that we live in that...

"His name is on us, and His honor is in our keeping. Wherefore, let every one that nameth the name of the Lord" - claimeth it as his own name - "depart from unrighteousness;" and let him never feel that is is a light or a vain thing to bear that name before the world." ~ H. Clay Trumble "The Ten Commandments as a Covenant of Love"

© 2010 Tamarajo

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Wonderful presentation Tamarajo with profound meaning and depth. Thank you for sharing this memorable meditation.

Forever His,


"Quill" 6 years ago

Touching, inspiring and profound as I read your work this morning.

Blessings and Hugs


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I'm soooo impressed! You have an amazing talent! Your intellect is among the brightest I have encountered on hubpages. I want to read everything you have written and will write! Grace and peace to you.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you RevLady, Quill, and Fredallen. All glory to God. I'm still learning and growing from these revelations myself. He never ceases to amaze me. Everything He does and says truly is captivating.


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Bloget 6 years ago from Minnesota

You are Amazing ! ;-)


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

I really enjoy the 'revelation' in the Hebrew language and by the Spirit of God in you ~ thank you for letting God use you to bless us unto His glory!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I really enjoy the 'revelation' in Hebrew as well. It adds a whole new dimension to His Word that I did not see before. It never changes the meaning but always provides clarity, depth, and relevance.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Thank you for these valuable insights. I may have to add some books to my spiritual library. Can you suggest any books on the Hebrew and Greek meaning of Bible words?


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I began with a video series done by Jewish Jewels called the Hebrew Aleph Bet. Books include Hebrew Word Pictures by Dr. Frank T. Seekins gives the very basic concepts behind word pictures. Gesenius' Hebrew Chaldee Lexicon is helpful as well and is coded with strong's numbers. I also use J.P. Greens Interlinear Bible which is also Strong's coded. This one is nice because you can look up what exact Hebrew word was used in any given sentence. The Englishman's Hebrew Concordance of Old Testament helps you to find where any particular Hebrew word is used and how it was translated. Also a couple of good websites I have used are http://www.hebrew4christians.com/

http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/index.html

Bless your studies Pratonix.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Thanks. I appreciate your response. It all started more than 10 years ago when a preacher from NY (Dana C.) came over to our church and spoke about glory, and the 'weight of glory'. But he didn't explain it as well as you did.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I forgot also the liver revelation was from Wild Branch Ministry. Brad Scott has a series of videos on You Tube. and also a website He calls it Bio-Agri-linguistics. He explains that God designed the word to be descriptive in terms of Biology Agriculture and Language. Ex: "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God" Man is the biology in this verse, bread is the agriculture, and Word is the language. There are many Hebrew words that have one of these expressions attached to it's meaning such as glory and liver. Bless and knee is another one but I will save that one for another Hub. Happy studying = )


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

For all the depth, you made it quite practical. Thank you for allowing God to use you this way.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

"People have lived and died for gold."

Yes, and I am afraid many today live more for gold than for God.

Your article is tremendous! I love it. I especially like your closing paragraph:

"Glory is the weightiness and and heaviness of God. He is intrinsically valuable and essential to all functions of a meaningful life. His glory in us is manifested through our faith in Him and substantiated through testing and trial, and gives our lives the substance and value we all crave and look for."

There it is.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Yes for sure James many live for gold, and many other things considered more valuable to humans than God.

I am glad you enjoyed the article. May we all strive give Him the weight and substance honor and glory He deserves. His is the only thing that truly gives our life any value weight or substance as well.

Blessed by your visit and supportive comment.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great thoughts to ponder about. Truly God must occupy the biggest part of our hearts and He must shine the brightest in our hearts. How easily men's hearts are prone to wander away and place greater values on things of the world.But our lives will not really be satisfied and truly happy unless we place its greatest value on the Kingdom of God. Blessings to you and to your family Tamarajo. Thank you for sharing these timeless truths. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Cristina. yes He must weigh much on the esteem scale of our heart. He is so worthy of it. You are correct that it is easy to wander and get distracted with the less weightier and valuable things such as the things of this life. I enjoyed the preparing of this lesson myself as a reminder to keep His glory and weightiness in my awareness.

Thank you Cristina for reading my article and for your gracious comments.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I remember how my heart was trapped and then I BROKEOUT from the bondages of the enemey! How my heart now is with Jesus and how I have a heart for others! What a wonderful feeling it is to love and what a wonderful well written Hub!! Much love to you, ALWAYS!!! Voted-UP!! God Blesd yoy always!!!!!!!!!!!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta, Amen His deliverance is powerful and so glad that we have been broken free from our bondages through His power and grace and softened our hearts to love and to comprehend His greatness.

Thank you so much for sharing and for voting. Blessed by you always.

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