We are going on a bunny trail today. Something amazing (to me) unfolded while I was working on the Psa 22 chiastic structure yesterday, and then following, when I was writing in my prayer journal.
Even though I had already posted the study, I could not stop thinking about the 1c element of the greater chaistic structure:
Psa 22:4-10, As our fathers trusted in You, and You delivered them, so have I since birth:
1a) Psa 22:4-5, Our fathers trusted in You + You delivered them + they were not ashamed;
central axis) Psa 22:6-8, But I am a worm, reproached + despised + ridiculed by the people;
2a) Psa 22:9-10, You have been my God from birth, I have trusted in You from the womb:
–> 1a) Psa 22:9a, You are He;
–> 1b) Psa 22:9b, Who took Me out of the womb;
–> central axis) Psa 22:9c-10a, You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts/ I was cast upon You from birth;
–> 2b) Psa 22:10b, From My mother’s womb;
–> 2a) Psa 22:10c, You have been My God.
As I was seeing the “I trust in You” patterns and repetition, my heart started singing the refrain, “I trust in You, I trust in You,” but I could not remember the rest of the song… just some of the tune. So I looked it up on Youtube. When I find myself singing something, not consciously, that is most often my heart singing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and I have learned to pay attention and listen. I discovered that the song is called Healer by Hillsong, and these are the lyrics:
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, I trust in You
I believe You’re my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You’re my portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need
For nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands
Now isn’t it amazing that this simple affirmation of trust is a core element of the chiastic structure which features the prophecy of the crucifixion of Messiah Yeshua as its central axis? The chiastic structure opens with “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? … You do not hear;” but closes with “He has not despised the afflicted or hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard.” In other words, it might seem as if we have been forsaken by God, and that He has not heard our prayer, but the reality is, God has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, nor has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He in fact heard.
I made a note of this in my prayer journal, closed it, and went on to my next daily task following Bible study and prayer, which is posting the new Scripture pictures, still humming as I did. It just so happens that yesterday was my day to post scriptures from the prophets on pinterest, and so I posted the next ones I had ready:
Here I am singing Healer by Hillsong, while posting scriptures all having to do with healing as a result of the crucifixion, on the day I posted the chiastic structure which featured the graphic prophecy of the crucifixion as its central axis. How many times have I said that repetition is a teaching tool of scripture? I began to realize that repetition is a teaching tool of the living breathing Spirit of God as well, who is actively leading and guiding us into all truth in our daily lives. Of course it would be. The Holy Spirit is the author of the word of God, and these are His teaching tools.
So I began to look closely at the scriptures. I noticed right away they share another commonality among them besides the subject of healing, and that is, peace.
Isa 53:5, “… the chastisement for our peace …”, the Hebrew is Strong’s H7965, shalom.
Isa 57:19, “Peace, peace, to him who is far off …”, the Hebrew is again Strong’s H7965, again, shalom.
Jer 33:6, “… the abundance of peace and truth …”, the Hebrew is yet again Strong’s H7965, yet again, shalom.
What does peace, or more correctly, shalom – not a direct equivalent for the English concept of peace – have to do with healing?
to be continued … (here).
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