Before I went to bed last night, I told the ladies on my Telegram channel that I’d share something awesome in the morning.
Well, it’s almost noon here on Prep Day, and I still haven’t shared something “awesome.”
That’s because my daughter made a delicious batch of monkey bread yesterday, but all the sugary goo spilled over onto our oven, filling the kitchen with smoke. Late last night, I turned on my super-convenient self-cleaning oven… and we climbed into bed, only to be awoken an hour later by all the smoke alarms going off. I guess that goo was really amazing! My husband got the windows open (with temperatures in the 30s last night), a fan into the kitchen window, and most of the smoke cleaned out, as the oven finished its 4-hour cleaning cycle.
So we slept in a little this morning!
So we’ve been talking about having a good report and thinking about things that are true. I want to transition into the next phrase of Philippians 4:8, “whatsoever things are honest.” I won’t go into it much today, except to quickly define the words — and share something awesome at the end.
This word is translated a lot of different ways into English.
honest – NKJV
noble – KJV
honorable – ASV
worthy of respect – AMP
admirable – CEB
deserves praise – GW
grave – YLT
That’s a lot of variation, so off to the Greek I went. The word used here is semnos (Strong’s 4586), and it means… well, a lot of words that I don’t typically use on an average day.
semnos: august, venerable, reverend (from *Outline of Biblical Usage*)
So now I’m off to my well-loved 1828 Websters Dictionary, which I have bookmarked for easy access on my browser’s toolbar.
AUGUST’, adjective [Latin augustus. The first syllable of this word is probably from the root of augeo, or of awe.]
Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence…
VEN’ERABLE, adjective [Latin venerabilis, from veneror, to honor, to worship.]
1. Worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect…
2. Rendered sacred by religious associations, or being consecrated to God and to his worship; to be regarded with awe and treated with reverence…
REV’EREND, adjective [Latin reverendus.]
1. Worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear and affection…
So to put this into my own words, we should think about something grand, magnificent, majestic, impressing awe, inspiring reverence, deserving of honor and respect, respect mingled with fear and affection.
Like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
Like a hurricane.
Like gazing at the stars on a crisp, clear night.
Like watching a baby be born.
All of Yah’s Creation is awesome.
And today is Prep Day. You’ve got a lot to do before sundown. But once the sun is set, an entire 24 hours has been set aside for you to think about SOMETHING AWESOME.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHVH your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).
YHVH made it all.
In just 144 hours.
Our Elohim is an AWESOME Elohim.
P.S. Here’s a little listening enjoyment for you while you prepare your special Sabbath dinner for this evening:
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