“17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”). He is our father in the sight of God in whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist.” Romans 4:17
Do you shop thrift stores or second-hand? I love the thrill of finding a hidden gem, finding something once discarded, and breathing new life into it. Just refreshing. I wonder if, on a much grander scale if that’s how Yeshua feels when one of His lost, discarded little ones find life in Him? Before I arrive at the thrift store, I know I have to change my perspective on how I shop. Many thrift stores don’t carry the cleanest items. Nor are they always in the best shape. My ideas on what these items should look like should match the realistic expectations of what is there. However, I also have to look for beauty in things that may not be so apparent. I believe Yeshua does the same. All Yeshua had to do was look upon Peter and breathe new life into his name. If you study this out, you’ll see a play on words with Simon( he who hears) Peter ( stone in the Greek) becoming Cephas/Kefa, which is Peter but in the Aramaic meaning is (rock).
“42 Andrew brought Simon to Yeshua. Yeshua looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You shall be called Kefa “John 1:42
The same name, yet they are not. A classic speaking that which is not there! Peter goes from a feeble stone easily tossed about; into a rock from which Yeshua’s community would be built. Meaning, Peter’s faith would be tested, and he would come out like gold. But not before enduring crushing trials and purification. Yeshua asks Peter to feed His sheep, and let’s not forget how Peter inherited the keys to making important decisions for Yeshua’s community.
“17 Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven! 18 And I also tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My community; and the gates of Sheol will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will have been forbidden in heaven and what you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16:17-19
After I was baptized and started to take my faith serious, I received a new name too. Like Peter’s, there was a play on words in my name as well. My Dad named me Crystal, which means light. I have to laugh because my Abba Elohim renamed me, Crystal. Let me explain. Before meeting Yeshua, I took my faith lightly, and it wasn’t until I endured much cleansing of my heart that I was able to become a light! I’m still enduring that cleansing, by the way.
Was Yeshua mimicking His Father and speaking that which is not there? I believe throughout His earthly ministry Yeshua was doing just so. Yeshua was finding discarded things and breathing new life into them. Yeshua knew that every one of us would not all fit the mold that only He could fit. He knew that he would have to find beauty in uncommon places.
The opening verse for this blog is about Abraham and his faith. Elohim looked upon Abraham and changed Abraham’s entire life and future legacy. I searched my dark places and asked myself if I were to look upon someone, could I speak beauty and life over them, regardless of what my physical eyes see? Would my words bring to life a lifeless womb? Could I speak love over a broken heart, knowing YHWH Rapha would come along and mend together those cut pieces? My Elohim is love! In all facets of what love can be, He is I AM, and because He is I AM, I can be too. I AM loving. I AM a safe place for Abbas’s children. I AM built to serve in His kingdom. I AM beautifully and wonderfully made. I AM a spark of light. I believe this for myself, do you?
Peter’s Name meaning: https://www.abarim-publications.com/