Monday, April 11, 2011
What the world today is looking for is a hero! Looking for someone to behold to see Messiah, looking for someone to reveal the power of God to them...
What the world today is looking for is a hero! Looking for someone to behold to see Messiah, looking for someone to reveal the power of God to them; but, to do so in a way that's according to their own will (in a way that fulfills their will, that's pleasing to them). So it makes perfect sense that when the Antichrist comes, doing that, all the world will accept him; even as they reject Yahhoshua right now!
No word in Hebrew for hero perhaps; but, not ''No heroes''.
''There are no heroes in the Bible-as indeed there is no word for hero in the Hebrew language.'' - Buried Treasure, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Page 20
Obviously, as you can see from the title I'm giving to this posting above the quite, I don't believe that! There may or may no be any word that directly translates to hero, in the Hebrew language, I'm not an expert in Hebrew so I can not say either way with 100 percent certainty; however, from all my studies of the Bible I can state most certainly that I see many heroes in the text. People who gave their all to walk in the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, and be used as vessels to reveal Yahweh God to others, who gave themselves to the cause of fighting against and destroying the presence and the works of Satan in this world; people who made themselves poor, in order to be able to focus on Yahweh God and be used to fight against the presence and works of Devil, who are not highly esteemed by men but are by the God whom they have served/do serve!
And so, with all that said, I want to share with all of you a few thoughts about heroes; and, then, you can judge for yourselves whether or not there are any in the Bible text!
First, lets ask ourselves a few questions:
1. What is a hero?
2. What does a hero do?
3. What are we looking for when we're looking for a hero?
What is a hero?
Definition of HERO
a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
plural usually he·ros : submarine 2
: an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol
See hero defined for English-language learners »
[count] 1 a : a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities ▪ He returned from the war a national hero. ▪ the hero of a rescue ▪ She was a hero for standing up to the government. b : a person who is greatly admired ▪ a football hero ▪ His father has always been his hero. ▪ He has always been a hero to his son. ◊ Hero can refer to either a man or a woman, but it is often used to refer specifically to a man. The specific word for a woman who is brave and admired is heroine. —see also folk hero
2 : the chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc. ▪ The hero [=protagonist] of the film is a fisherman.
3 plural usually heros US : submarine sandwich
These are all fine definitions of what a hero is; but, I truly believe that for us to really understand what a hero is, and what a hero does, we have to look at/study the two Hebrew letters that make up the word hero transliterated into the Hebrew language from the English! For if we transliterated the two consonants, that make up the word hero, we would have the letters Hey and Reysh; or, in the case of heroes, the letters Hey Reysh and Sheen.
In the Hebrew the letter Hey is a window, and, thusly it can mean to: look, behold, or reveal; and the letter Reysh is a head, and, thusly it can mean: a person, the head, or the highest. Thusly when we put all that together, to see what a hero is, we have: To look to a person, to behold the head, to reveal the highest. And when we add the sheen, and put the three letters of heroes together, we have: To look to a person, to behold the head, to reveal the highest, to come to consume/destroy/devour. And that last part, of heroes, implies of a truth one who is doing so to annihilate both the presence and the work of the enemy!
For the earnest expectation of the creature is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. - Romans 8:19
So when the sons of Adam are crying out for a hero, when they say ''I need a hero'', what they're in all reality desiring is someone whom they can look upon to behold (to see) the presence and power of Messiah Yahhoshua; someone they can look to and see the manifestation (demonstration, reflection) of the power of Messiah Yahhoshua through them in their lives. People who have a manifestation of the power of God through them, in their lives, which consumes/destroys/devours the presence and work of their enemy! And in that sense the truest hero is a son of God; a god, under Him who is the God of gods, whose authority they have to command the work of His hands according to His will in their lives. And what they do is show forth, is manifest, the power of God which annihilates the presence and work of the enemy! The main problem with the world, as I have already pointed out, is that they want that manifestation according to their own will (on their terms); and thus when a man like that Antichrist comes, who is willing to do just that by the power of Satan, they will embrace him as a hero: even though it is obvious to any who have vision/discernment, who understand the word of God, that he (like Nimrod of old) is encouraging them to walk in open rebellion to what is written therein. The truest hero walks in surrender/obedience with God, and encourages others to do the same, and always desires to fulfill the will of Yahweh; but, Antichrist does not do that!
So the question is, comes back to this, are there true heroes in the Bible? Are there people we behold and see God doing great things through them, are there people who reveal the power of God in their lives by what they are doing by Him, are there people who are manifesting the power of God in their lives in a way which consumes/destroys/devours the presence and the works of the enemy! My answer to that is a loud and clear yes.
I personally see quite a few; and, the greatest among them have names in Hebrew that begin with the letter Yod! They make themselves small, so that Yahweh God can be great through them, so that He can use them to do His will: to do great things and prevail over the presence of works of the enemy through them! And the greatest of all is Yahhoshua!
Note: Part of the problem with Rabbi Lapin, I believe, is his severely limited (and, in fact, inaccurate) definition of what a hero is; for in his book, Buried Treasure, he says this of the word hero: ''What is a hero, exactly? In a simplistic world, it's a man or woman whom we can profitably imitate in EVERY way, by copying EVERY aspect of his or her personality.'' So, in other words, for someone to be a hero in the eyes of Rabbi Lapin they would have to be perfect; they would have to be God! And, although Yahhoshua is in fact just that, that's not what makes a person a hero! You don't have to be perfect to be a hero, to be used by God to destroy the presence and work of the enemy, you simply have to be willing to yield your life to Him so that He can use you to do so; for most heroes are not perfect, but all of them in one way or another are used of God, and when we understand that we will see that there are many heroes in the Bible indeed!
In Hebrew the letters Hey and Reysh make up the masculine noun Har, Strong's number 02022, which means ''hill, mountain, hill country, mount''. That's interesting to me since, like a mountain, a hero is ofter someone that people flee to for protection; to hide them, to shelter them, from the enemy. See Joshua 2:16 and Revelation 6:15,16. As a side note, for all of you Revelation 6:16 people, nobody can protect you from God; you're going to see that, very clearly, on that day! It's just too bad you can't see it now!
These two consonants, curiously, also form the Hebrew verb harah; this word, Strong's number 02029, means: ''to conceive, become pregnant, bear, be with child, be conceived, progenitor'', ''(Qal) to conceive, become pregnant'', ''(Pual) to be conceived'', ''(Poel) to conceive, contrive, devise''. So how does that word relate to a true hero? Galatians 4:19. By the fruit of the Spirit, in the life of a true hero, Christ being ''formed in them'' is visible; their conversation, in Christ, shows it!
As for the consonants Hey Reysh and Sheen, put together, those seem to form a Hebrew adjective that can mean ''poor'' or ''miserable''. And to me this makes sense, when it is spoken of a true hero, for a true hero is not focused on serving himself and being rich; a true hero is focused out dying to the will of self, and serving God, and being used by God to enrich others through Yahweh using them to vanquish the presence and work of the enemy in their lives! This is why a true hero doesn't have to be perfect; nope, all God needs to make a true hero is someone who is willing to make themselves small so that He's able to use them to help others escape the grasp and groping of the enemy. May Yahweh help us all to see that, and fully surrender to Him, and be heroes! Amen.