Beloved People of God,
according to 1 Corinthians 13:9 we know in part, therefore we want to use our prophetic perspective regarding the new biblical year 5784 on the basis of this scripture.
1 Corinthians 13:9:
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, …
On the eve of the 15’th of September 2023 we as the Body of Christ together with the Jewish people enter the new biblical year 5784 also called the cycle of blessing or ‘civil year’. For us, who have been grafted as wild olive shoots into the precious olive tree, it is vital to acknowledge this, because we partake in the fatness of the root, in the anointing contained therein (cf. Romans 11:17-18).
Romans 11:17-18:
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
The Apple of God’s Eye
According to Zechariah 2:8b, Israel is the apple of God’s eye with Jerusalem functioning as His pupil; so for us as Christians from the gentile nations it is beneficial to look at our lives and environment through Israel. This will result in walking confidently and with enlightened eyes into our future with Jesus Christ.
Zechariah 2:8b:
… 8b for whoever touches you (Note: Israel) touches the apple of his eye.
The revelations we receive by this approach contain strategies helping us to position our lives in the center of the will and peace of God, just as Epaphras prayed (cf. Colossians 4:12).
Colossians 4:12:
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
The Expression of Knowledge
As God’s people we are currently in the biblical cycle of the ‘eighties’ linked to the Hebrew letter ‘Pe’ which, amongst others, means ‘mouth’. This is the decade connected to the verbal ‘expression of knowledge’, and it brings forth that which was spoken through words. Moreover, according to this, in its beginning it also forms the basis for further years within this biblical decade (cf. Habakkuk 2:14 i.c.w. Proverbs 18:21).
Habakkuk 2:14:
14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Proverbs 18:21:
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The Hebrew Letter ‘Daleth’ and the Day of the LORD
The biblical year 5784 is linked to the Hebrew letter ‘Daleth’, which also carries the numerical value ‘4’ and is connected to an open tent door, calling us as God’s people to come closer to the LORD. This is by our decision to enter a higher spiritual realm of His presence, associated with His eternal royal government (cf. Revelation 4:1-2).
Revelation 4:1-2:
1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
The apostle John was trained in the field of prophecy in a supernatural way, so that today we too can learn from the visitation of God in the Book of Revelation. John knew how to work with the times of God, which is illustrated by the mention of the day of the Lord, which goes hand in hand with the sound of the trumpet (cf. Revelation 1:10.12a-b).
Revelation 1:10.12a-b:
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, …
12a-b I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw …
It is no coincidence that every new biblical year of God’s cycle of blessing is related to the sound of the trumpet (cf. Numbers 29:1).
Numbers 29:1:
1 “ ‘On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets. …’
This means that God connects released revelation with His created time cycles, which contain the biblical feasts and their deep meaning.
The voice which sounded like a trumpet to John later spoke again to John, so that he was called from the realm of a messenger to the seven churches into a higher realm of revelation. John changed from the realm of revelation of a messenger to the realm of revelation of a witness. He witnessed God’s government and the related spiritual movements in the eternal realm.
In order for John to be able to enter the realm of the messenger of the seven churches, the time frame determined by God was required, which related to the sound of the trumpet and the turning of John.
The turning is, among other things, an indication of having a repentant and humble heart to be capable to grasp God’s revelation (cf. 1 Peter 5:5b-6 i.c.w. Hebrews 12:14).
1 Peter 5:5b-6:
… 5b All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Hebrews 12:14:
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Furthermore, John’s turning is a call to acknowledge the times of God, to bring ourselves to God’s memory and to pay attention to the prophetic words that have been spoken about us in the past.
This results in the manifestation of the promise and the goodness of God in the form of an increase of time added and the grace of God (cf. Isaiah 38:2-5 i.c.w. 1 Timothy 1:18-19a; 1 Timothy 4:14).
Isaiah 38:2-5:
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.
1 Timothy 1:18-19a:
18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19a holding on to faith and a good conscience, …
1 Timothy 4:14:
14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
The turning of John in the spiritual realm encompasses a horizontal view pointing to the meaning of the words of God (Note: prophecy – promise) in the temporary time and bringing yourself to remembrance before God, since the characteristics of the seven churches also refer to the earthly realm and thus touch the temporary time.
The Boundary Between Levels of Revelation and God’s Times
When John reached the spiritual boundary of the level of revelation of a supernatural messenger, the Lord, through the same voice that had previously spoken to John like a trumpet, opened to him a new spiritual realm associated with the vertical vision of the apostle.
Now John saw a door open in heaven and the voice that he heard like a trumpet is representing the sound of the announcement of God’s times challenging his spirit to enter a higher spiritual sphere (cf. Revelation 4:1-2).
Revelation 4:1-2:
1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
This spiritual realm included God’s seat of government and its related spiritual movements and plans.
Speaking in a prophetic context, the voice that spoke like a trumpet is ‘the messenger of God’s times’ (Note: Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega; cf. Revelation 22:13). The times of God from eternity are linked to the temporary time.
When John looked up, he saw not only a realm of revelation associated with the temporary time, but the realm of the time corpus of God’s eternity associated with the eternal government of the Lord.
The Two Perspectives and the Flow of the Spirit
Both perspectives (Note: backwards and upwards) of John create the view of the prophets of God, who always act and prophesy from the perspective of Jesus’ sacrificial death.
Here it is no coincidence that the Hebrew word ‘yôbêl’ for ‘trumpet’ relates to the ‘ram and the blast of a horn – shofar (from its continuous sound)’ which ‘announces the feasts’ of God.
Furthermore, its root word ‘yâbal’ carries the meaning ‘properly to flow; causatively to bring (especially with pomp => in the form of impressive): - bring (forth), carry, lead (forth).’ (Note: part excerpt from Strong’s concordance with the word key number: H3104, H2986)
Based on this explanation, we can see that it is in God’s interest to let prophetic utterances accurately take place and happen in the order of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:32-33a).
1 Corinthians 14:32-33a:
32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33a For God is not a God of disorder but of peace …
The principle of diligent prophetic utterance becomes clear through the first formation of the river.
It was in God’s plan that the first river in Eden emerged and then divided into four rivers in the God-destined garden for Adam, so that Adam, through his relationship (Note: garden) with God, would reflect the identity of I AM – YAHWEH (Note: The name of ‘YAHWEH’ consists of four Hebrew letters. => ‘Yod, He, Waw, He’ cf. Genesis 2:10).
Genesis 2:10:
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
Abraham and the Visitation of God
Abraham, our forefather of faith, who lived before the time of giving of the Torah, also had a similar encounter, being visited by the presence of God while sitting outside the open door of his tent when the day was at its hottest (cf. Genesis 18:1).
Genesis 18:1:
1 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.
Based on Abraham’s position, we can see that the Holy Spirit calls us out of our ‘comfort zone’ at times of challenge or testing as it was represented by the time when the day was hottest, to direct our focus exclusively to the coming presence of the LORD (cf. Genesis 18:2-3).
Genesis 18:2-3:
2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
Furthermore, we should welcome the way the LORD appears to us and allow Him to enter our lives (cf. Genesis 18:4-5).
Genesis 18:4-5:
4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way – now that you have come to your servant.’ ‘Very well,’ they answered, ‘do as you say.’
This has the effect of quickening us in the way we apply the truth of His Word that we have already gained and serve as Ecclesia in it (cf. Genesis 18:6-8).
Genesis 18:6-8:
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. ‘Quick,’ he said, ‘get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.’
7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
We may expect the LORD to meet us and ask for the revelatory truth already established in our lives, which means giving it freely to Him to receive by Him fresh manna from heaven (cf. Luke 24:41-42 i.c.w. John 21:9-10).
Luke 24:41-42:
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish (note: and a honeycomb), …
John 21:9-10:
9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’
The ‘Clearance’ of the Spiritual Room
Only when we ‘clear’ the spiritual room for Him and His revelatory knowledge for this time, we are enabled to move forward in a higher measure of faith to implement the Father’s plan in our field of commission and calling (cf. Romans 10:17).
Romans 10:17:
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
The Word of God reveals to us that as saints we are to seek the supernatural realm where Christ dwells (cf. Colossians 3:1-3).
Colossians 3:1-3:
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
As previously mentioned, Abraham, our forefather of faith lived at the time when the Torah didn’t yet exist in written form. Based on this, we can see that Abraham found God as YAHWEH, the God of Israel, by faith because he sincerely sought Him (cf. Matthew 7:7 i.c.w. Hebrews 11:1-3.6.8).
Matthew 7:7:
7 ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. …’
Hebrews 11:1-3.6.8:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
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. …
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. …
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Faith is, among other things, the power that enables us to see with the eyes of our heart into the supernatural realm by the light of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (cf. Ephesians 1:17-18).
Ephesians 1:17-18:
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, …
By this we are enabled to discern what the plan of God is on earth, as this is also evident from God’s visitation to Abraham in Genesis 18:1ff.
In this new year, let us increase in faith by the power of God-given revelatory truth for this time to recognize and properly respond to the supernatural visitations of the LORD without refusing Him who speaks (cf. Hebrews 12:25).
Hebrews 12:25:
25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
The Verse of the Year for the Gregorian Year 2024
The Herrnhut annual scripture for the Gregorian calendar year 2024 is from 1 Corinthians 16:14 which reads:
‘Let all your things be done in love!’
Based on the Bible passage just mentioned, it becomes clear that we should go forward in the love of God which is in Greek ‘agąpē’ to carry the right tone of revelation. This will then lead to the becoming a blessing for the people to whom we are sent (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:1-2).
1 Corinthians 13:1-2:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
It is the love of God – agąpē, which expresses itself in longsuffering, kindness, without being in rivalry, humble, forgiving, loving the truth, not irritable, believing, and steadfast (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
In summary, we move forward in the new cycle with the entrance into a new level of God’s presence and with the increase of glory on earth, as we are moving into the higher way of God’s love as His Bride and Ecclesia which is by our choice.
A spirit-filled and sweet year 5784,
Daniel & Tina Glimm

In the context of Samson’s shifting of the gate of Gaza, it is necessary for us as the ecclesia – Body of Christ to correctly recognize the societal circumstances with an elevated view and thus a greater spiritual perspective.
The Correct Spiritual Perspective
We need to elevate our gaze from the secular realm and the environment of impurity as well as evil that has currently intensified globally, in order to oppose it with the right spiritual perspective (cf. Judges 16:1-3).
Judges 16:1-3:
1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.
2 The people of Gaza were told, ‘Samson is here!’ So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, ‘At dawn we’ll kill him.’
3 But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
Here it is of great importance that we as the ecclesia are aware of the fact that we are in the spiritual realm of eternity, where Christ is and from which we act (cf. John 17:15-16 i.c.w. Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1).
John 17:15-16:
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Ephesians 2:6:
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, …
Colossians 3:1:
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
This perspective includes recognizing the ripening stage for harvest as well as the approach of Jesus’ redemptive power at this time (cf. Luke 4:35b-c i.c.w. Luke 21:28).
John 4:35b-c:
… 35b-c I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Luke 21:28:
28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’
The Spiritual Harvest and Advancing in Holiness and Righteousness
The process of spiritual harvest, which is a harvest for righteousness and judgment, is accompanied by the work of the angels sent by God, since God is spirit, and their presence is like winds. These are sent by God for those who are to inherit salvation (cf. Matthew 13:39b-43 i.c.w. Revelation 14:15; Hebrews 1:7.14).

Matthew 13:39b:
... 39b The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Revelation 14:15:
15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’
Hebrews 1:7.14:
7 In speaking of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.’ …
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
In much the same way as Samson the Nazarite and judge of the tribe of Dan proceeded when he moved the gate of harlotry and the plan of murder (Note: the evil plan to remove the righteousness of God) that was in Gaza to a higher place, we as saints should proceed in the Spirit. He was pulling it out of its anchorage at midnight and positioning it on the mountain that was opposite Hebron.
In this, it is important that we move forward in holiness and the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, to which the life of Samson as a Nazarite and judge indicates.
Through this supernatural displacement of the gate, Samson transformed the gate of harlotry and the plan of murder into the gate of grace to allow people to enter the ‘covenant place or seat of association’. This is what the name of the place ‘Hebron’ means.
Samson’s action at midnight finally blocked the new time cycle of evil and instead ushered in the new time cycle of grace, hope and true love, which in his day was already a harbinger of Jesus’ death on the cross (cf. John 3:16 i.c.w. John 10:9; John 19:16-18).
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.
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
John 19:16-18:
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).
18 There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
The Higher Quality of God’s Communication and the Gems
The shifting of the gate by Samson can also be seen as an indication to step into a higher spiritual place to better understand the governmental rule of God amid eternity. It is similar to John’s vision when he began to hear Jesus Christ speaking to him from a higher place, which indicates a higher quality within the communication with Christ Jesus (cf. Revelation 4:1-3).
Revelation 4:1-3:
1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.
If we want to understand this way of God’s communication, it is needed that we move into a higher spiritual realm where Christ Jesus is. When we allow our spiritual perspective to be moved to a higher place by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will hear Christ speak to us in a new way and see Him in a new spiritual facet.
This higher level is associated with the green colour of the emerald, which reveals to us even deeper dimensions of His instruction from the throne.
It takes a closer look at the instruction of the Lord, so that we comprehend the position of the emerald in the breastplate – Choshen of the righteousness of the High Priest. The emerald was arranged as a so-called ‘capstone’ in the first row of the Choshen. This was preceded by the sardius and then the topaz (cf. Exodus 28:17).
Exodus 28:17 (KJV):
17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle [in Hebrew ‘bāräqät’ => emerald]: this shall be the first row.
The emerald as the last stone in the first row shows the necessity of the increase of grace (cf. Zechariah 4:7).
Zechariah 4:7:
7 ‘What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of “God bless it! God bless it!” ’
This capstone acts like the peak of a mountain, showing the mountain in its greatness.
Therefore, it is the power of God’s grace by which the things and plans of the LORD are completed and made known in their greatness, so that every work carried out of our own will finally must submit to the greatness of God’s grace.
Moreover, the first row on the breastplate – Choshen calls us out to dwell in the blood of the Lamb of God and to apply it in life, which relates to the power of forgiveness. Through this we can shine in the fire of God from the inside out, to reveal the power of God, which is like lightning and will be a rewarder to those who seek it in faith (cf. Hebrews 11:6).
Hebrews 11:6:
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
This is because the Hebrew word for ‘sardius/carnelian’ is the word ‘odem’ and derives from the root word ‘’ādam’ which means ‘to dye red, to be red, to be rosy’ (cf. 1 John 1:7).
1 John 1:7:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
The word ‘topaz – piṭdāh’ is derived from the Indian (Sanskrit) root word ‘tapas’, which means ‘yellow, fire’ or ‘shine, seek’ (cf. Luke 3:16; Mark 9:49 i.c.w. Psalm 119:105).
Luke 3:16:
16 John answered them all, ‘I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Mark 9:49:
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
Psalm 119:105:
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
The Hebrew word for ‘emerald’ is ‘bāräqät’ and is derived from the root word ‘bārāq’, which means ‘lightning, flash’. (cf. Ezekiel 1:13 i.c.w. Revelation 4:5; Note: word explanation among others taken from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number: 124*, 6489*,1322, 1326* and the biblical name encyclopaedia by Abraham Meister on ‘topaz’ in the section Gemstones, No. 19).
Ezekiel 1:13:
13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.
Revelation 4:5:
5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.
Therefore, let the Holy Spirit position us according to His will as living stones in the house of God. By this time we may reveal His will with the fire and power of God from the Lord’s presence as the eternal King (cf. 1 Peter 2:5-10).
1 Peter 2:5-10:
… 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says [cf. Isiah 28:16]: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,’8 and, ‘A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall [cf. Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 8:14].’ They stumble because they disobey the message – which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy [Hosea 2:23].
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

It is important to the Lord that we, as His people, enter the promise He has made available to us. In this regard, we are predestined to entering the rest of God, which includes spiritual rest and is related to the seventh day, and this is of great importance (cf. Hebrews 4:1.6-10).
Hebrews 4:1.6-10:
1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. …
6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience,
7 God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today’. This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
The Accomplished Mission and the Rest of God
It is necessary that wherever we can recognize that our commission is fulfilled, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into the rest of God. This involves a completion of a phase in time that is given to us by God.
In the context of God’s rest and the promise, let’s have a closer look into the Bible passage from 1 Samuel 1, which is about Hannah – ‘favoured.’ Hannah was the wife of the God-fearing man Elkanah – ‘God has obtained.’
Since Hannah’s womb was closed, she could not conceive children and was offended by the words of her rival Peninnah as often as they went up to the house of God in Shiloh – ‘rest in the form of safety’ (cf. 1 Samuel 1:1-3.6-7).
1 Samuel 1:1-3.6-7:
1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. …
6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.
7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
The Favor of Hannah and the First Love
Hannah had a preferred position from her husband Elkanah. This is apparent from the double portion given to her by him and his statement to her that she was worth more to him than ten sons. Nevertheless, Hannah was sad in her heart because of her barrenness (cf. 1 Samuel 1:5.8).
1 Samuel 1:5.8:
5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. …
8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, ‘Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?’
In spite of her barren condition, Hannah was under the blessing of the firstborn in the eyes of her husband, as is evident from the allotment of the double portion (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17).
Deuteronomy 21:17:
17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
Since Hannah was not yet pregnant at this point, the emphasis is on the marriage covenant in the first love between Elkanah and her.
Based on this, we can learn that the LORD is first concerned with the love relationship between Him and us. We were meant to be with Him and made to enjoy His love as well as to love Him (cf. Matthew 22:37-40).
Matthew 22:37-40:
37 Jesus replied: ‘ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (cf. Deuteronomy 6:5).”
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself (cf. Leviticus 19:18).”
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’
The God-assigned Grace
If we take a closer look at the names Elkanah and Hanna, we can see the principle of God’s assigned grace revealed, which comes from Him alone because He is in possession of true grace. Grace is grace simply because it cannot be earned by someone.
In connection with Hanna and her sadness, the issue of the carnal understanding of grace is addressed in this story, which is related to our own drive and works to establish the promise of God from our own will. First, it is necessary that we be satisfied with His grace because His power is strong in the weak (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:9a).
2 Corinthians 12:9a:
9a But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ …
When we are satisfied with His grace and respond to His love with our undivided heart, the promise opens, which is equal to the blessing of the ‘firstborn’. It was important to Elkanah that Hannah was aware that he loved her completely, whether she bore children or not.
Hanna was already placed in the realm of the ‘firstborn blessing’ by Elkanah, which is why we can believe the LORD later answered Hanna’s prayer in the temple at Shiloh while Eli, the priest, was present and critically observing her.
When grace moves in the undeserved love of God which we are willing to receive, we are safe and therein not in danger of falling into a carnal pattern of grace to bring forth our promise by our own strength.
Grace and the Communication of the Spirit
From 1 Samuel 1:9ff. we can see that grace, represented by Hannah, went into the house of God and began to enter the communication of the Spirit, while the religious spirit, represented in this case by Eli, critically observed and interpreting from his perspective the spiritual birthing of grace in the form of prayer.
When we move forward and are active in the power of God’s grace, it is not left out that even from the religious camp a conclusion is made that indicates that it is about the presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Samuel 1:9-14 i.c.w. Acts 2:3-8.12-13).
1 Samuel 1:9-14:
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house.
10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
11 And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.’
12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.
13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, ‘How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.’
Acts 2:3-8.12-13:
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[1] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? …
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’
The Giving of the First Fruit and the Tenth Part
Based on the blessing of Elkanah towards his wife Hannah and his statement we can learn that Hannah made herself one by faith with the realm of the ‘firstborn blessing’ and asked God in the spirit for the firstborn. She received a son from God, whom she named Samuel and consecrated him to the LORD in the form of a firstborn.
Hannah thus gave her firstborn son as a first fruit to the house of God, forming the spiritual tenth part (Note: one of ten sons; cf. 1 Samuel 1:8) of Elkanah’s statement.
Samuel became a great prophet and judge whose words carried weight from north to south (cf. 1 Samuel 3:19-21).
1 Samuel 3:19-21:
19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognised that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.
21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
Therefore, as saints, let us remain focused on being satisfied with God’s grace in every circumstance. This means daily receiving His grace and wanting to go forward in the love relationship with Him with the right understanding to give.
We may live in this certainty that this will ultimately lead to extraordinary surprises from the LORD that will contribute to a great blessing for the Kingdom of God.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm