Luke 8:40 tells us that Jesus returned, namely from one side of the Sea of Galilee to the other side, where He had previously ministered to the people.

Luke 8:40:
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
The Return of the Presence of Jesus and the Different Expectations
When we read in the Word about the return of Jesus, we may expect it to be accompanied by greater revelation and spiritual power associated with a quickened phase, as described by the statement in Matthew 24:27.
Matthew 24:27:
27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
The expectation of the people at the time of Jesus to meet Him personally is equal to our expectation at this time, waiting for the righteous intervention of God. This waiting of the people for Jesus on the other side of the lake, reveals that they had an attitude of expectation for something greater that they did not yet know.
The shore side with the waiting people represents the past and Jesus, who moved with His disciples to the other shore side (Note: of Gerasa; cf. Luke 8:26) stands for the present in order to enter into the future plans of the Heavenly Father.

It is important to the Heavenly Father that His people enter into the ‘future presence’ as the present with complete focus on the future of His plans. He has mercy and brings His presence with a higher potential (Note: accelerated like lightning that discharges) to the people. Thus, change occurs as well as movements within the society of His people as the church, the Ekklēsia, that reveal His greatness.
Here two types of expectation exist, described by the fact that on the one hand the people pressed Jesus, and on the other hand a woman suffering from blood flow, who approached Jesus from behind. While approaching Him, she pressed through the crowd and, believing for healing, touched the hem of His garment, holding it tightly.
This resulted in power emanating from Jesus and being transferred to the woman, who had a flow of blood, so that she was healed of her disease (cf. Luke 8:43-48).
Luke 8:42b-48:
… 42b As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no-one could heal her.
44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’
46 But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
48 Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’
Based on the above biblical passage, we can see that there are two types of ‘pressing’, with the crowd pressing Jesus more to see His presence and following actions, while the sick woman in faith pressed through the thronging crowd to come into contact with the power of God himself.
This is made clear by two Greek words used in Luke 8:44-45, namely the word for ‘touch – hạptomai’ in connection with the sick woman and the word for ‘press – apothlịbō’ in connection with the pressing crowd.
The Greek word ‘hạptomai’ also means, among other things, ‘to take something in one’s hand, to be attached to something, to touch in order to accomplish something’. (Part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Greek words ‘touch – hạptō’ and ‘press – apothlịbō’ with word key number: 672, 593*)
Unlike the crowd, who were eager to see Jesus and be comfortable in His presence or passively enjoy His glory, the desperate woman suffering from the flow of blood chose to actively surprise Jesus by approaching Him from behind in faith and holding the hem of His garment. By doing so, she became one with Christ and clung to Him.
The Power of Faith and Becoming One with the Word of God
Accordingly, it shows that it is our faith that transforms even bitter or challenging circumstances into sweetness when we make ourselves one with the truth and presence of the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:14 i.c.w. Revelation 19:13).
John 1:14:
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Revelation 19:13:
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

The great crowd of Luke chapter 8:40ff. points to people who feel stuck in the time of the past recognizing the need to receive the future of God’s presence (Note: Jesus Christ returning from the other side of the lake) with the perspective of being transformed or changed.

This is particularly evident in the representation of the woman suffering from a blood disease for twelve years and approaching Jesus Christ from behind which represents coming from the past.
She approached Him in faith and trust which means the willingness to live in true spiritual relationship with the Heavenly Father and reached out to Him by touching the hem or tassels of His garment (Note: agreement with the order/instruction of God; cf. Luke 8:43-44 i.c.w. Numbers 15:37-41).
Luke 8:43-44:
43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
Numbers 15:37-41:
37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.
39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.
40 Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.
41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God.’
This woman suffering of the blood disease for twelve years pressed her way through the different ‘levels’ of time to meet the divine moment for her life, Jesus Christ, which finally leads her into the future plans, as her promise of the Heavenly Father. By this touch the woman received true life in her blood system getting fully restored (cf. Genesis 9:4; i.c.w. Acts 15:20; John 6:53-54).

Genesis 9:4:
4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. …”
Acts 15:20:
20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
John 6:53-54:
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
Speaking in the prophetic context, this woman had an understanding of sonship in Jesus Christ through her spiritual maturity established in the past (Note: by teaching in the Torah/the Tenakh) and her touch of the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ, because He named her as daughter of faith (cf. Luke 8:48 i.c.w. Galatians 4:4-7).

Luke 8:48:
48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Galatians 4:4-7 (The Jewish New Testament, David H. Stern):
..., 4 but when the appointed time came, God sent his son. He was born of a woman, born into a culture in which the distortion of the Torah of legalism was the norm, 5 so that he might deliver those who were subject to this legalism and in this way enable us to be made sons of God.
6 But now, because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his son into your hearts, the spirit who cries, Abba! (Note: that means father).
7 So by God you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if you are a son, you are also an heir.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

Based on the blessing by his father Jacob, Benjamin was blessed with the characteristic of a wolf, which would be able to take prey and distribute this prey. His name given by his father in connection with his characteristic as a wolf reveal to us the spiritual principle: ‘As in heaven, so on earth’ (cf. Genesis 49:27 i.c.w. Matthew 6:10).
Genesis 49:27:
27 ‘Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.’
Matthew 6:10:
… 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
This is the call for us as Ekklēsịa on earth to walk and act in the governmental authority of God, which we possess in Christ Jesus. This is revealed to us by the name ‘Benjamin – son of the right hand of God’ as well as his twelfth position as the son of Jacob.
The Meaning of the Number 12 and the Ravenous Wolf
The number 12 points at the same time to the apostolic measure of God as well as His apostolic order, which is connected with being sent out and going forward in faith, just as the beings of God’s throne chariot also move forward without turning back (cf. Matthew 10:1-2a i.c.w. Ezekiel 10:11).
Matthew 10:1-2a:
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and illness.
2a These are the names of the twelve apostles: …
Ezekiel 10:11:
11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.
The spiritual quality of Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob as a ravenous wolf is a call to us as Ekklēsịa to be faithful in the little things, in order to be set over much as the Hebrew word for ‘wolf – sĕ’ēb’ reveals to us (cf. Matthew 25:21 i.c.w Luke 16:10a).
Matthew 25:21:
21 ‘His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Luke 16:10a:
10 ‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, …
The Hebrew word for ‘wolf – sĕ’ēb’ is composed of the Hebrew letters ‘Zayin’, ‘Aleph’ and ‘Beth’, which are ‘numbers of ones’ that result in the numerical value ‘10’ and pass into the dimension of the ‘tens’. The numerical value ‘10’ is associated in Hebrew with the ‘hand – jād’ which carries within it the potential of ‘the little one’ which holds everything in the Word of God together to assist in fulfillment (cf. Matthew 5:17-19).

Matthew 5:17-19:
17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.
18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter (Note: Greek ‘iōta’ points to the tenth Hebrew letter ‘jod’ with the numerical value ‘10’), not the least stroke of a pen (Note: Greek ‘kerạịa – hook, horn’ and points to the Hebrew letter ‘jod’ with the numerical value ‘10’), will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practises and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Benjamin and the Hebrew letter ‘Jod’
Here it is no coincidence that Benjamin was the ‘smallest’ or the youngest son of Jacob. The age position of Benjamin within the sons of Israel points to the potential of ‘Jod’ (Note: the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet).
Furthermore, he was blessed five times by his brother Joseph at the table in Egypt in front of his brothers.
Genesis 43:34:
34 When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
In this context, the five fingers of the outstretched gracious hand of God, who is Spirit, can be seen over those who put all their trust in the LORD (cf. John 4:24a i.c.w. Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 37:5).
John 4:24a:
24a God is spirit, …
Isaiah 40:31:
… 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 37:5:
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: …
The Hebrew word for ‘wolf – sĕ’ēb’, which, as mentioned earlier, is composed of the three Hebrew letters, ‘Zayin, Aleph’ and ‘Beth’, calls us to go forward centered in the power of God’s glorious Word in His Fatherhood and to dwell in the fellowship of saints who respect and honor His standards and values.
The result is that we are drawn by the hand of God into a higher level of the Spirit, similar to what Ezekiel or Peter experienced. Peter walked on the water in faith at the command of Christ and was drawn by Jesus out of the water, namely the dimension of his (Note: Peter’s) unbelief into the dimension of the living faith of Christ (cf. Ezekiel 8:3a i.c.w. Matthew 14:29-31).
Ezekiel 8:3a:
3a He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. …
Matthew 14:29-31:
29 ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’
The walk in the dimension of living faith in Christ leads us to go forward in the new facet of the Spirit that He has appointed for this time.
This implies stepping out of the familiar realm or even our personal comfort zone to approach in faith His voice based on the truth of the written Word of God (Note: Greek ‘lọgos’), which signifies the realm of the Word of God spoken at the moment (Note: Greek ‘rhēma’ => spoken Word of God).
It is the dynamic of the voice of Jesus Christ, namely the Word of God, which has its seat in the realm of the Spirit and calls us to our future predestined by Him, where He already is.
Only from this follows the process of drawing near in our inner being (Note: the recognition of His eternal Word in our heart) and the implementation of good works in Christ Jesus (cf. James 4:8a i.c.w. Ephesians 2:10).
James 4:8a:
8a Come near to God and he will come near to you. …
Ephesians 2:10:
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

As God’s people, especially at a time like this, it is important to understand the ways in which we can transform bitter circumstances into sweetness.
In this regard, it is necessary that we do not look at bitter circumstances as negative, but as a certain kind of test to see if we are able, with our spiritual eyes, to recognize the potential already placed by God in our realm of space and time that leads to sweetness and thus to revelatory knowledge in the midst of challenges (cf. Exodus 15:22-26 i.c.w. 1 Samuel 14:27).
Exodus 15:22-26:
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they travelled in the desert without finding water.
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)
24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
26 He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you (Note: YAHWEH RAPHEKA).’
1 Samuel 14:27:
27 But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.
Spiritual Maturity and Solid Food
In addition, spiritual maturity is required in this context, which means feeding our spirit man solid food to discern good from evil, and results in uncompromising discipleship to Christ (cf. Hebrews 5:14).
Hebrews 5:14:
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
In connection with the internalization of solid food, in certain circumstances it may be accompanied by a bitter taste, much like the meat of the Passover lamb, which was eaten with bitter herbs by the people of Israel before they went out from slavery in Egypt to their freedom (cf. Exodus 12:8).
Exodus 12:8:
8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
These bitter herbs include the revelation of God that came to Abraham, where the LORD spoke to Abraham of the enslavement of his descendants, which is represented by the bitter herbs (cf. Genesis 15:13-14).
Genesis 15:13-14:
13 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and ill-treated there.
14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions. …’
The Hebrew word for ‘herbs’ is ‘’ôrāh’ and can also mean ‘light’ and include a ‘cheerful state’. (Part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Hebrew word ‘herb – ‘ôrāh’ with the word key number: 224*I and 225*II).
This tells us that prophetic revelation must always be based on the Word of God because the Holy Spirit uses the truth of the Word of God when communicating revelatory truth (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-20).
2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Bitter Circumstance and the Revelation Contained Therein
In order to recognize the revelation contained in a bitter circumstance, it is crucial to internalize the love of God represented by the Passover lamb, as a reference to Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:29; John 3:16 i.c.w. Revelation 5:12).
John 1:29:
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! …’
John 3:16:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Revelation 5:12:
12 In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!’
When we internalize the love of God in our spirit man, we are able to discern His direction even in challenging situations (cf. Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Only by internalizing God’s love, we are enabled to increase in strength in our inward man and to walk steadfastly forward in faith in Christ Jesus (cf. Ephesians 3:16-17).
Ephesians 3:16-17:
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, …
As mentioned earlier, sweetness and bitterness are close together when these are chosen by God to lead us on our journey into a deeper knowledge of revelation.
The increase of strength is necessary in our lives because it helps to keep the adversary in check as well as to put him to flight. In this, sweetness plays an extraordinary role, which is evident from the testimony of Jonathan, the son of Saul in the midst of the battle against the Philistines, as well as from the presentation of the revelatory truth of God’s Word in the form of a scroll to Ezekiel and John (cf. 1 Samuel 14:27 i.c.w. Ezekiel 3:3; Revelation 10:9-10).

1 Samuel 14:27:
27 But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

Ezekiel 3:3:
3 Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Revelation 10:9-10:
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but “in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” ’
10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour (Note: bitter).
The Sweetness of God and Revelatory Truth
The sweetness of the Word of God, which includes revelatory truth, results in recognizing the things God wants to reveal and prophesying according to what we see (cf. Ezekiel 3:4 i.c.w. Revelation 10:11).

Ezekiel 3:4:
4 He then said to me: ‘Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. …’

Revelation 10:11:
11 Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’

The taste of God’s revelatory word causes supernatural sight (cf. Psalm 34:8).

Psalm 34:8:
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Furthermore, the revelatory truth of the Word of God can also take place through the ministry of angels, as the revelatory truth works from the outside inward with the goal of prophesying into the predetermined field of assignment in the natural realm and its circle of people (cf. Revelation 10:8-11 i.c.w. Hebrews 1:14).
Revelation 10:8-11:
8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: ‘Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but “in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” ’
10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour (Note: bitter).
11 Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’

Hebrews 1:14:
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
We are as the people of God in the ‘Pe – decade’ i.e. the decade of the ‘mouth’. The mouth is the entrance for the revelatory sweetness of God that leads to the destination of the stomach. The stomach, in turn, is related to the bitter taste. Therefore, it is helpful to know how bitter is transformed into the revelatory truth of God in our ‘belly’. The stomach or belly, in the spiritual context, is the realm or seat of our spirit.
The Belly and the Interior of the Human Being
In Hebrew as well as in Greek, the word ‘belly’ is used in connection with ‘the inside of man’, which also means as ‘bulge, something that is hollowed out’. (Part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Hebrew word ‘bäṭän – stomach, belly, inside, something that is hollowed out, bulge’ with word key number: 1017 and the Greek word ‘koilịa’ with word key number: 2810)
According to the Word of God, the above ‘hollow measure’ is related, among other things, to the hand of God with which He measures the measure of the waters, as revealed in Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 40:12).
Isaiah 40:12:
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
In connection with this, I was led to the biblical passage from 2 Kings 3, where the king of Israel, together with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, went to war against Moab. Moab means ‘waters – offspring of the father’ and figuratively, they (Note: king of Israel, Judah and Edom) went through the area of communication of the ‘father of lies’ (cf. John 8:44).
John 8:44:
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
When they went through the desert of Edom, they had no more water for themselves and their animals and were in a so-called ‘bitter circumstance’, so the king of Judah, based on the advice of one of the servants of the king of Israel, called to go to the prophet Elisha.
As a result, the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom went to the prophet Elisha and asked him for prophetic advice, whereupon he pointed out the importance of the king of Judah, without whom no prophetic revelation would have come about in this challenging situation.
2 Kings 3:11-16a:
11 But Jehoshaphat asked, ‘Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may enquire of the Lord?’ An officer of the king of Israel answered, ‘Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.’
12 Jehoshaphat said, ‘The word of the Lord is with him.’ So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, ‘Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.’ ‘No,’ the king of Israel answered, ‘because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.’
14 Elisha said, ‘As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
15 But now bring me a harpist.’ While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha
16a and he said, ‘This is what the Lord says: …
This clearly shows that it is necessary to wage spiritual warfare (Note: Israel => ‘God-fighter’) with worship (Note: Judah => ‘worship, praise’) based on the triumph of Jesus (Note: Edom => ‘red, reddish’) in order to act with prophetic direction (cf. Psalm 149:5-9).
Psalm 149:5-9:
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, 7 to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, 8 to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, 9 to carry out the sentence written against them – this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the Lord.
David is an example of such a mixture. He created many musical instruments and instruments of warfare. The reason for this mixture is that strategic warfare is only done from a seat of rest.

We must work from a seat of rest to be a great fighter and not just a destructive one. A fighter must also be creative. That means destroying what is destined to be destroyed so that what is productive is preserved. This is what a good warrior does.

True warfare consists of removing what is unproductive, that which should not be there, and maintaining what is productive.
The ‘Hollow and Bitter Realm of the Spirit’
The prophet Elisha understood the ‘hollow and bitter realm of the spirit’, as evidenced by his prophetic intervention associated with the sound of worship, instructing the three kings to dig ditches in the valley so that they would be able to bear a greater measure of God’s outpouring associated with victory over their enemies (cf. 2 Kings 3:15b-20).
2 Kings 3:15b-20:
… 15b While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.
17 For this is what the Lord says: you will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.
19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, block up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.’
20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was – water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
Thus it becomes clear that when we who love God and are called according to His purpose enter into bitter circumstances in life in the form of challenges and even losses, these must serve us for the best (cf. Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Therefore, let us integrate the important potential of our worship into the spiritual battle, so that in this divine symbiosis we dynamically establish the will of God in our lives and effectively contribute to the sweetness of God.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm