Posted on Sep 13, 2018 | 0 comments

It is Day Five of the Awesome Days of the Creator. Today we are called to reconnect with the rhythms and deeper meanings of the Holy One’s Fifth Prophetic Empowerment, which is:

כַּבֵּד אֶת־אָבִיךָ וְאֶת־אִמֶּךָ
[Honor your father and your mother . . . ]

The operative Hebrew verb in this prophetic empowerment is כַּבֵּד [transliterated as ‘kabad’]. Our English Bibles translate it as ‘honor’. To כַּבֵּד is to assign value, and/or accord significance, respect, or esteem to someone. It means to think highly of and to speak and act respectfully toward someone or some thing – to increase the esteem and value the person or thing is held in our own eyes and the eyes of others.

Each of us is empowered by the Breath of our Creator to see and relate to every other human being in a positive and uplifting way. The ingestion of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, however, has reprogrammed us to condition a positive approach to and speech and behavior toward people upon our perception of whether they are, from the dysfunctional perspective of our fallen human minds and corrupted fleshly desires, ‘good’ or ‘evil’. Therefore, if a person does not do – especially in relation to us – what our fallen human minds or our corrupted fleshly desires consider as ‘good’ [which in our fallen state of perspective really just means in accordance with what we think is morally right or what our selfish appetites crave], we withhold kabad. Our fallen minds substitute disapproval for kabad. Our deceived tongues substitute sarcasm and criticism for kabad. And our self-obsessed wills substitute disrespect and rebellion for kabad.

The first and greatest Divinely-designed crucible for return to a kavad-ing lifestyle is the realm of our thoughts about and our conversations and interactions with and involving two very significant people in our lives. One is our father. The second is our mother.

If we cannot kavad our father and our mother – whether or not they speak or behave in ways that we think are ‘good’ in relation to us – we will never truly – or for long – be able to effectively kavad anyone.

We will instead always look for and find fault.

We will always condition approval and positive interaction upon whether other people say and do things that we want them to or think they should.

And that will bring death to ourselves, and to everyone and every thing we touch.

The Holy One esteems all men. He does not condition His care or His esteem upon any behavior. This is a big part of His attribute of Holiness. And He gives to each of us the crucible of relationship with fathers and mothers in order to enable us to overcome the after-effects of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and return to the state of being holy as He is holy.

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