Monday, September 5, 2011
WOW - WORD-OF-THE-WEEK
This week we look at the Lord my Strength, Yahweh Ma’owz (ma-oz or ma –ohs).
The Hebrew מעוז, ma’owz, means place or means of safety, protection, refuge,
or stronghold. A masculine noun showing it is meant more of an entity
rather than an action. Again we are reminded that God IS more than being a
possessor or actor. It denotes a place rather than an action. In
Revelation we are told God will keep us in the hour of peril. Many have
believed that means He will remove us from the situation. More accurately,
He acts as what is referred to as a ‘keep’ of a castle – a line or wall of
defense that keeps you safe inside and keeps the enemy out. A thousand may
fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand – but it will not come
near your household because God is ‘keeping’ you safe in His protection.
The Angel of the Lord encamps around those that fear (reverence) Him. We
are always safe in the everlasting arms as He bears us up.
Blessings, Pastor Bill