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The King is in the Field

“Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty — he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:10). 

Elul is the month in God’s calendar when we assess our spiritual lives of the past year and repent of our failures, our sins.   For 40 days before the high holy day of Yom Kippur we make resolve for the future to increase our study of God’s Word – Torah, Writings, Prophets, Gospels, and Letters – focus on our prayer life and refine our relationship with the King of Kings while we conduct our daily lives in the office, shop or field.

Generally, a King reigns from his palace and remains separate from the subjects of his Kingdom.  If  a subject wanted to approach the King, they would have to go through a time of preparation as is seen in the account of Esther.  There are protocols to be learned, an exact code of dress, speaking and mannerisms to be executed or one could face death.

The King is the central core of a nation.  He embodies the goals and aspirations of His Kingdom.  He is the reason why His subjects plow, sow and reap the harvest.  He is the One who gives His workers a vision for a promised future life.  And, it is only through the laborers that the King’s Kingdom is sustained for even a King needs the fruit of the earth to live, the grains for the bread of life.  So, one day the King leaves his throne and his palace and goes to the fields where he meets the laborers.

The King is in the Field

What happens when a laborer sees the king in his field?  Does he keep working?  Does he run home and bathe and change his clothes?  Does he continue to study and pray? Of course not, the King has come to his domain and desires to meet with him, the one who plants and harvests his sustenance.  The King has come into his worldly kingdom on his terms.  By the very fact that the King has come to his field, the land, air and plantings become a  holy, set-apart place.

It is during the month of Elul that the laborer rises from his mundane daily life and sees the purpose for ‘bringing forth bread from the earth.’  The ‘field’ is a symbol of the world, more specifically Israel,  that distinguishes the laborer’s workplace and the King’s palace.   There is a separation of the time that labor is done in the field and the holy times where meetings take place in the palace.  A laborer works six days in the field, but on the seventh set-apart day of the Sabbath,  he spends time with the King in His palace.  He ceases his work and enjoys a taste of the Kingdom promised to him.

For eleven months a laborer’s life alternates between the field and the Sabbath.   However, in the month of Elul, the King leaves his palace and comes to visit the worker in his field.  He shines his countenance on the laborer and together they spend time together in the field.   The laborer visits with the King for whom he spends his days working.  It is the month when he reasons with the Sovereign King and gains greater purpose for his labor of love, mercy, and grace.   The month of Elul is when the laborer’s life’s work is interrupted by the King of Glory who brings him the reality of the Kingdom to come when the He will leave His eternal sanctuary and lives with His people forever.

Our King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua, came to the field to meet his laborers, his brothers and sisters.  He fellowshipped with them showing them his love, mercy and grace.  As his laborers continue to to work in his fields that are ripe for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38), there is the future  promise of his return when he will set up his Kingdom in the field and fulfill his covenant of peace for his chosen people and those who have labored for and with her. These are the days of Elul in which we are living; preparing for and expecting King Yeshua to return to the field.

“I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever’” (Ezekiel 37:26-28).

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Selichot for Elul – 13 Attributes of God

When Moses ascended up Mt. Sinai the second time after the Israelites sinned,  God gave Moses a duplicate set of words that were written on the first tablets.  At this time, God passed in front of Moses and proclaimed His Name and His character attributes.  The Scriptures state that ‘at once’ Moses interceded for Israel and prostrated himself before God.  He asked God to pardon the offenses and sins of the people and keep them as His treasured possession in spite of their rebelliousness.  God responds by making a covenant with the mixed multitude “the wonders such as have not been created anywhere on earth or in any nation” (Exodus 34:10).

During the month of Elul, selichot or penitent prayers are spoken daily.  Within the selichot are the thirteen attributes of God’s character spoken to Moses.

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed: “YUD-HEH-VAV-HEH!!! Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh is God (El), merciful and compassionate (rachum v’channun), slow to anger (erech apayim), rich in grace (chesed) and truth (emet);showing grace (chesed) to the thousandth generation (for thousands), forgiving offenses (avon), crimes (pesha) and sins (chatta’ah); yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects (avon) of the parents’ offenses (avot) to be experienced by their children (banim) and grandchildren (bnei banim), and even by the third and fourth generations.” (Exodus 34:6-7).

Yahweh!  Yahweh! 

He speaks His name twice as a sign of His compassion before a person sins and his  compassion after a person sins.  Whenever a word in Hebrew is repeated twice, it is symbolic of the establishment of a witness of two and cannot be changed.

“God said further to Moshe, “Say this to the people of Isra’el: ‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh[the LORD], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation” (Exodus 3:15).

God – El

El is the Hebrew word meaning ‘God’ and He is known as ElohimEl is ‘mighty or powerful’ (El Shaddai) in His compassion and gives all creatures according to their need (El Yireh).

“El Shaddai, who will bless you with blessings from heaven above, blessings from the deep, lying below, blessings from the breasts and the womb” (Genesis 49:25).

“Avraham called the place Adonai Yir’eh [Adonai will see (to it), Adonai provides] — as it is said to this day, “On the mountain Adonai is seen” (Genesis 22:14).

Rachum

El is  ‘compassionate’ in the sense that He eases the punishment of the guilty and does not put people into extreme temptation.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:15).

Chanun

El is ‘gracious,’ even to the underserving.  He helps and consoles the afflicted and raises up the oppressed.

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror” (Psalm 10:17-18).

Erech apayim

El is ‘patient and slow to anger’ so that the sinner can reconsider his sins and need for repentance before it’s too late.

“Adonai is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and great in grace” (Psalm 145:8).

Rav chesed

El is ‘abundant kindness’ especially towards those who lack personal merits.  His ‘loving kindness’ is so great that even if the scales of good and evil are evenly balanced, He tips them towards good.

I did not hide your righteousness in my heart but declared your faithfulness and salvation; I did not conceal your grace and truth from the great assembly” (Psalm 40:10).

Emet 

El is ‘truth’.  God never reneges on His Word, remains true to Himself and His attributes and El speaking the Truth in love.

“Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth” (Psalm 119:142).

Notzer chesed laalafim

El is ‘merciful’ unto thousands.  This is also translated to ‘thousands of generations’ because the deeds of the righteous benefit their offspring far into the future.

“Know therefore that Yahweh your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Noseh avon

El  ‘forgives iniquity’; the intentions of the heart, the intentions of the sinner, the failings of mankind if there is repentance.

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).

Va  peshah

El ‘forgives transgressions’ or the willful sin.  Even those who purposely anger El through malice and rebellion are allowed to repent.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:11).

Ve chatah

El ‘forgives sin and error’ or  sin committed out of carelessness, apathy or complacency.

“But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults” (Psalm 19:12).

Ve nakeh

El ‘cleanses.  God wipes away the sins of those who repent, but He will not allow the guilty to pass unpunished. He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of those that hate him.

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7)

“May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out” (Psalm 109:14).

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