The Counting of the Omer Day 17: The Road to Transformation
“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)
“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the omer: Tonight will be the 17th night of the Omer, which is Two weeks, and 3 nights.”
The Counting of the Omer covers a fifty-day period of time from the Feast of First Fruits until Shavuot (Pentecost). Beginning with the day of First Fruits, each subsequent day is counted for seven complete weeks, plus one day – fifty days. During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting, adding to the growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalm 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God.
Day 17- Psalm 119:129-136
(Peh) (The seventeenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
129 Your instruction is a wonder; this is why I follow it.
130 Your words are a doorway that lets in light, giving understanding to the thoughtless.
131 My mouth is wide open, as I pant with longing for your mitzvoth (commandments).
132 Turn to me, and show me your favor; in keeping with [your] judgment for those who love your name.
133 Guide my footsteps by your word; don’t let any kind of sin rule me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression, and I will observe your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant, and teach me your laws.
136 Rivers of tears flow down from my eyes, because they don’t observe your Torah.
Day 17 Meditation:
The consideration of the great warriors in the spirit is the references YHWH has left us to grow with along with His personal revelation given to each of us. Today’s 8 verses immediately brings to mind Isaiah’s up close encounter of YHWH’s glory. David describes a similar reflection of the Torah as a path made clear in our thoughts, when we are like Isaiah, a man or woman undone with unclean lips in verse 130 it read, “Your words are a doorway that lets in light, giving understanding to the thoughtless. ”
Now lets read Isaiah 6: 1-8
In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. 2 Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about. 3 They shouted to each other, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces!
All the earth is filled with God’s glory!”
4 The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 I said, “Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!”
6 Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed.”
8 Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?”
I said, “I’m here; send me.”
David describes the same scenario that Isaiah experiences with similar requests. The Torah is a wonder according to our opening verse. The wonder in its blessing and its keeping power. The anointing it has is a wonder when we commit to it, despite us believing we are ‘worthy’ or ‘holy’ enough at the time YHWH beckons us. The wilderness is where we can hear the call. When we are among the unclean people, with our unclean tongues we tend to drown out the call toward truth. The wilderness is lonely, cold, uncomfortable and difficult. Today we reached our 20th day in the 30 days of Taming the Tongue.” The judgmental tongue is the focus along with the seventeenth set of eight verses (Psalm 119:129-136) on the 17th day of counting the Omer. The seventeenth letter is Peh (Fey if the dot is present)
The Meaning of Peh (the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
The word Peh means “mouth” and by extension, “word,” “expressions,” “vocalization” “speech,” and “breath.” In the order of the Hebrew alphabet, Pey follows the letter ‘Ayin, suggesting the priority of the eyes (i.e., understanding, awareness) before verbal expression (negatively, reversing this order results in “blind consumption” or mindless chatter). The chokhmah (wise one) is swift to observe and then to offer an opinion about something. “Ayin gives insight, but it is the peh (mouth) that gives insight expression.
Considering all of this, and it is a lot to consider:
C.C.’s (my) view sees a picture of an ear when looking at the peh symbol. The judgmental tongue accompanies this particular set of verses right now to reveal the steps of YHWH. Righteousness walks before God, making a road for his steps [Psalm 85:13]. “According to these steps and the thunder we hear with the repetitiveness, the Holy Spirit is insisting that we GET IT this time around! This is our (FIVEAM Prayer’s) second time and for others the third or fourth time we have gone through this book, “The Taming of the Tongue.”
We recognize the importance of ‘our spoken words’ and are listening for the correction that will jolt our spiritual growth to the next realm. Applying a principle accurately where our mouths are concerned according to the Torah allows YHWH the opportunity to tame our tongues. “The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives [James 3:6 CJB].” The scripture clearly tells us no man can tame the smallest member, but God can do the impossible.
When we look at the past two days Hebrew alphabet ‘Ayin’ and ‘Peh’ insight, understanding, and awareness of words, expressions, speech and breath. Now when I see the symbol, I see an ear and this ear to me represents YHWH’s ear. The tongue that we are all guilty of was addressed today, the ‘judgmental’ tongue combined with the peh (the ear of God) on this day, says God hears your erroneous judgments lacking insight, understanding and awareness. We will cease that error today!
David said it best, “Don’t let any kind of sin rule me.”
David and Isaiah then, and we are now men undone. YHWH despite our shortcomings, has set us apart, a remnant gathered by His hands to return to the Torah, to preach and teach a greater Torah. We are receiving the HOT COAL on our lips spiritually. The question is being asked, Who will YHWH send? Will we answer, “Here we are Lord, send us?” While our love for Him is great we understand that we, in our own efforts, fall short, but if you will help us Lord, we can do all things. If you help us Lord and refuse to let any kind of sin rule us, but instead we trust you to lead us by the tongue with your Torah like a spiritual bit in our mouths. Lord with your presence (Torah) in us and guiding us, we can go with and for you!
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.