LEARNING TO GATHER THE "DAY-WORD"
"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for
you; and the people shall go out and gather a
CERTAIN RATE-EVERY DAY..." (Exod. 16:4).
At OTC, we have been in a new and exciting time of learning regarding the fifty days from Passover to Shavuot/Pentecost. The wilderness journeys and tests of the children of Israel have become so alive to us that we have become quite adept at applying their lessons to our own lives. Gleaning wisdom and revelation knowledge from the Word is causing our hearts to be transformed. Reports of deliverance and breakthrough are coming to us daily because of the listeners' understanding of God's Word.
Today, I am bringing to your attention again the words "certain rate - every day." "Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate - every day…" (Exod. 16:4). "Certain rate" is the Hebrew word for "dabar." In English, it means "word." The people were to gather the word of the day rained out of heaven.
The Hebrew concept of the word "dabar" is much different than the English concept of the word "word." Focusing on the Hebrew concept will help you in your daily, personal walk with the Lord. "Dabar" is a picture of substance and matter. As the Hebrew writer explains in Heb. 4:12, the word is "quick and powerful." The scriptures are living words and are able to produce results within you that no other words can accomplish. The Word of God is able to pierce through literal bones and marrow and lay open a person's entire life.
There are times when you don't understand what is happening in your life and how the Spirit of God is leading you. Learning to gather the daily word eliminates confusion and fear. Learning to gather the word daily will manifest itself in your life like a Canopy of Protection, Security and Peace. Proverbs teaches us that man even at his best cannot direct his own steps. "Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? "(Proverbs 20:24). The Prophet Jeremiah understood what Solomon knew, "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps"(Jer. 10:23). This is why we need to learn how to gather the day-word; we cannot direct ourselves. God's Word, your personal manna from heaven, is your instruction manual filled with heavenly substance that causes you to walk in the right paths each day.
Ancient Hebrew And The Word Dabar
In Ancient Hebrew the word "dabar" made up of the Dalet (door), the Beth (house) and the Resh (person/head) gives you a picture of "The door into a person." While you are reading the scriptures, they are reading you. God's Word is the door into your soul and spirit. The children of Israel's hearts were being tested in the wilderness. How does this apply to the Word reading us? Deut. 8:2 tells us that God leads us into the wilderness so we can know what is in our hearts, or rather to know what we are thinking. "Wilderness" in Hebrew is the beautiful and rich word "MIDBAR." Notice the word "dabar" hidden in the word "wilderness." The wilderness is "the place where God speaks."
There is nothing more powerful than hearing His voice through His Word. It takes discipline and a continual daily turning toward the face of the LORD to receive this/His Word. Once you learn the beauty of the wilderness, you may want to re-examine your current situations and look at them from God's perspective. When he was in pain, David said, "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah" (Psalm 55:6-7). David knew the beauty of the MIDBAR, your wilderness chosen by God. Many times I have made trips back and forth from California to Utah through the wilderness/desert. The desert was breathtaking in many places.
The Word (Dabar) Of God
The Word of God is able to make you wise unto salvation. (2 Tim. 3:15). The Word of God is an unerring guide. (Prov. 6:23). The Word of God is profitable for doctrine and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The word of God is:
- Called the Book. Psa. 40:7, Rev. 22:19
- Called Book of the Lord. Isa. 34:16
- Called Book of the Law. Neh. 8:3; Gal. 3:10
- Called good Word of God. Heb. 6:5
- Called oracles of God. Rom. 3:2; I Pet. 4:11
- Called Scripture of Truth. Dan. 10:21
- Called sword of the spirit. Eph. 6:17
- Called word of life. Phil 2:16
- Not to be handled deceitfully. 2 Cor. 4:2
- To be searched out. Acts 17:11
- Is the standard of judgment. John 12:48
- Testify of Jesus. John 5:39
- To be read publically. Deut. 31:11-13; Josh. 8:33-35; 2 Kings 23:2
- Likened to seed. Matt. 13:3-8, 18-23, 37-38.1
Start gathering your day-word, the door into your spirit-man, and see how your life begins to change.
Blessings and honor,
1. "God's Word." So That's in the Bible? Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1997. 553. Print.