The apostle Paul speaks to the community of saints in Corinth about the importance of the presence of the Spirit in connection with the Word of God, which is accompanied by life and thus transforms the truth of God’s Word into life without merely having knowledge or insight into it (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:6).
2 Corinthians 3:6:
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Just having knowledge of the Word puffs up what comprises a proud heart attitude. This arrogant approach leads to separation from those who are being instructed by the Holy Spirit in the Word of God or being instructed by those who are moving in the Spirit and in truth before God (cf. 1 Corinthians 8:1).
1 Corinthians 8:1:
1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘We all possess knowledge.’ But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. …’
The Spirit-filled Word of God is tantamount to a flying scroll that carries within it revelatory truth to establish a consecrated spiritual space that gives opportunity for the establishment of God’s presence.
Moreover, the structure of the scroll reveals the dimension of heaven and earth because everything was created by the Word of God (cf. Hebrews 11:3 i.c.w. John 1:1-3; Isaiah 34:4a; Revelation 6:14a).
Hebrews 11:3:
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
John 1:1-3:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Isaiah 34:4a:
4a All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; …
Revelation 6:14a:
14a The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, …
The Flying Scroll and Its Size
It is said in the book of the prophet Zechariah that he saw a flying scroll in the spirit, while he decided to look into the supernatural realm by raising his eyes and seeing again (cf. Zechariah 5:1-2).
Zechariah 5:1-2:
1 I looked again, and there before me was a flying scroll.
2 He asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I see a flying scroll, twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide. …’
Based on the dimensions of the flying scroll, the principle of creating a consecrated space for God’s presence is revealed because its size encompasses the dimensions of the porch of Solomon’s temple (cf. 1 Kings 6:3).
1 Kings 6:3:
3 The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple.
Therefore, it is important that we receive the Word of God into our spirit man, so that the truth of God’s Word resonates in our spirit and we speak His words according to the will of God. This is evident, for example, in the book of the prophet Ezekiel as well as in the book of Revelation, where Ezekiel as well as John received into their spirit man an open scroll that was written on both sides (cf. Ezekiel 2:9-10a-b; Ezekiel 3:1-4; Revelation 10:8-11).
Ezekiel 2:9-10a-b:
8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.’
9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10a-b which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words …
Ezekiel 3:1-4:
1 And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.’
2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
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.
4 He then said to me: ‘Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. …’
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.
11 Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’
The Scroll Written on Both Sides and the Establishment of the Room of God
The reason the scrolls were written on both sides may mean, in a prophetic context, that God is writing His revelatory Word into our inner man, namely our spirit/heart and mind (cf. Hebrews 8:10).
Hebrews 8:10:
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
When this happens, the result is that we become the ‘Word of God’ and speak it out accordingly at the right time. The consequence of speaking out the word given by God is that we establish, among other things, a room that God can use to reveal Himself in His power or even His glory.
This established room by us on behalf of God can help establish the presence of Christ that points to the importance of His possession in the form of sheep hearing His voice. We follow Him while the religious spirit in people is confronted with the truth of God’s Word (cf. John 10:22-31).
John 10:22-31:
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication (Note: Hanukkah) at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
24 The Jews who were there gathered round him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’
25 Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no-one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.’
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up …
Furthermore, the room established by the spoken Word of God can serve as a place of glorification and fear of the LORD but also contribute to a place of true fellowship of saints who dwell with one accord and in humility in the revelatory truth of the Word of God (cf. Acts 3:11; Acts 5:12).
Acts 3:11:
11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.
Acts 5:12:
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.
Here the ‘small’ as well as the ‘great’ is given important significance, as illustrated by the measurements of the porch of the temple, which carried a smaller measure of width and a larger measure of length. In this, we can see the principle of Philippians 2:3-4.
Philippians 2:3-4:
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In view of the upcoming time of ‘Hanukkah’, we may experience the miraculous power of God that illuminates the space we enter in the Word of God with an increase of His light of revelation. It is His glory that we are to experience in both small and large measure and share with others in difficult circumstances.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,

Daniel Glimm

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