Pointing To Jesus
Once again as I draw nearer to Jesus, He brings to my attention something that is lacking. This time it is “fasting”. I am guilty of “lack of fasting” . Mainly do to my ignorance to the subject . This is the good part!!! If we seek Jesus, the Holy Spirit will teach us, thus knowledge will increase, and ignorance decrease! Jesus has lead me to several scriptures, Let’s start in:
Judges 20:26; Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
Bare with me here as I write a few scriptures down here then go as the Lord leads. Now lets go to:
1 Samuel 7:6; And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
2 Samuel 1:12: And they mourned, and they wept, and fasted until evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
Appears to be a significant connection here!! Let’s look at a couple more.
2 Samuel 12:16; David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
Okay, now David “besought” God!! What does “besought” mean you ask?? Same thing I wondered. The Hebrew word for besought is bâqash; pronounced baw-kash’, which means to search out(by any method, specifically in worship or prayer) to strive after: --ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for). So David decided to strive after, search out, ask, beg , and what was the first thing he did to do this???? He fasted!!!!! Yes that’s right!! Just like the Israelites did every time they “besought” God during the hardest of times. Seems to me, fasting is like a prayer connection amplifier, helps one to get more in tune to God. Fast, fasted or fasting is mentioned in the Bible 69 times.41 times in the old testament and 28 times in the new testament. Let’s dig into the original tongue for a moment (well probably a little more than a moment) The Hebrew word for fast is; Tsôwm or Tsôm Tsome, a fast:-- fast(ing) derived for the primary root word Tsuwm Tsoom to cover over (mouth) i.e. to fast. Look in
2nd Chronicles 20:3, And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
Wow!! Here it is again, Someone set to seek the Lord, and what was the first thing he did to do this? Proclaimed a fast!!!! Fasting is far more important than “I” thought!!! Once again, the reasoning behind a fast is the same, look in
Ezra 8:21, Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict (to distress physically, to suffer from it) ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
Ezra 8:23, connects these even more by saying; So we fasted and besought our God for this: and He was entreated of us .
Every time someone was distressed , and went to the Lord, they fasted!!!
Nehemiah 1:4, And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.
In Psalm 35:13, we find an explanation of why we fast, David says;
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
WOW!!! David fasted to humble his soul!! The Hebrew word for humble in this passage is; ânâh, pronounced aw-naw’ to depress, abase self, afflict(-ion, self) chasten self, deal hardly with, defile, exercise, force, humble (self), hurt, ravish, submit self, weaken, X in any wise. Okay lets look into this, it appears that we afflict ourselves, submit ourselves, starve the flesh to feed the spirit!! This is good, while we fast, we make ourselves weak, “IN OUR WEAKNESS, GOD IS STRONG!!!!” There are several reasons here that make fasting a very important part of our walk with God!! Once again David says in
Psalm 69:10; When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
This all flows together!!! I hope this helped you as it has helped me.
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