Monday, October 12, 2009

Upon the Doorpost

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Tishrei 24, 5770

“…And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deut 6:9

I did not understand.

The burden you placed upon my heart was heavy, but my head knowledge was not yet such so that I knew how to obey.

Mark your house with my word…

The command was simple enough and yet the execution lacked the holiness that you so deserve, my Lord. I considered taping index cards with scripture inside my closet and beneath the beds. But, tape fails and the cards fall leaving your word discarded in forgotten corners covered in layers of unseen dust. There were other ideas as well. I could take a pen and write on the house, but ink fades and the words melt into a background of familiarity; once again forgotten.

No, your word deserved more. My Lord, how do I obey?

I called upon your name, Adonai El Elyon – The Lord Most High. I reach my hands to heaven, knowing my answer is on your tongue. Blessed Lord, look down upon me and know my heart is to respect the living, written word which you have bestowed upon us. How would you like me to fulfill your command?

The Mezuzah

The answer came not once but three times. Reading a website of a favorite minister, I found a Mezuzah in his store. Intrigued I researched it and discovered it to be an ancient Jewish tradition of marking ones house with the word of G-d.

The answer came again just a few weeks later while reading a fiction book by one of my favorite authors. One of the characters was a Jewish man whose occupation was to transcribe the scrolls for the inside of the Mezuzah.

The answer came a third time when a friend started a random discussion with me on how she was looking for a Mezuzah for her home.

I sought you and you answered. Not once, but many times. I have obeyed. I’ve marked my doorpost with the word of the Lord. I see it when I enter, and I see it when I leave. Your word is forever before my eyes and upon my heart.

This is my “letter” to the Lord regarding marking our house with His word. In future posts, I’ll write more letters on how marking our house with His word has made a significant difference in our home. As always, feel free to leave comments or questions.



LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

This is all so interesting. What a wonderful idea to mark our houses with God's word. I can't wait to hear more about the blessings you've recieved since starting this over your own doorpost. I'm sure you are finding that it makes you more aware of God's word each and everytime you enter and leave your home and that's a great thing.

I have a question for you? I'm working on a speaking assignment I am to give at our church and want to include all the names of God I can find in the Bible. I can do this from researching, but with your Jewish background, I thought you might know many of God's names in the Bible and what each name means. If you could give me a few that you know it would give me a head start and I would be so grateful.

I am enjoying your blog and all that I am learning. And thank you so much for commenting on my blog today.

Lee Ann

Melanie said...

Dear friend,
thank you for your intercession for andrew. the infection must leave his body so we can go home. we want and need to go home. andrew has to get home.

B His Girl said...

I love this Spring. I have a friend who wrote scripture all over the framing of her house as it was being built. The workers were a little annoyed by her: ) Yes, God is supplying answers to your questions. How beautiful is it to have that kind of relationship with the Creator of All things! Amazing. I want to hear part 2. B

Beverlydru said...

I am totally captivated now by what you are learning and sharing. Thank you!

Sista In Arms Lxx said...

I can't wait to find out more Lxx