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We may know these terms because we learn them as a toddler. I know I use to take my daughters and have them point to my nose, eyes or mouth and ask them where theirs were. Teaching them their body parts, how they function and the names were important for their growth. Knowing how Abba Yah uses them is just as important if not more important for our Spiritual growth and well-being. The Bible talks about our foreheads, hearts, minds ears and hearing all the time, but what is each function? What does each of these words really mean? We will look at Ezekiel 3 for answers and other supporting verses to back each definition up. This way we can be clear as to What Abba Yah does and why and how we can see what needs to change within us in order to maintain our Righteousness with His Morals, Ethics, Values, Character...
7 But the house of Israel will not hearken H8085 unto thee; for they will not hearken H8085 unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent H2389 and hardhearted H7186.
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead H4696 strong against their foreheads.H4696
9 As an adamant H8068 harder than flint have I made thy forehead H4696: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious H4805 house.
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart H3824, and hear H8085 with thine ears.
Harken-H8085-שָׁמַעshâmaʻ, shaw-mah'; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.):—× attentively, call (gather) together, × carefully, × certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, × diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken, tell), × indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, × surely, tell, understand, whosoever (heareth), witness.
The word harken means to hear intelligently. Abba Yah is clear that He will Not Listen to us when We do Not Listen To Him. Why should He when we are disobedient, stubborn and set out to do our own will in life? Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Are we Actually Calling on Abba Yah to show us the answer or are we praying in vain so that we can chose our way Over His Will once a solution is given by Abba Yah? James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. Are your deeds done in Love or out of spite, self-righteousness, pity or anything else that is Not of Abba Yah? If you are not doing things for others including yourself Without Love then Abba says: Micah 3:4 Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds. It is past time that when we Pray to Abba Yah, that we are doing so in order for us to Hear Him so that He will Hear Us. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Impudent-H2389-חָזָקchâzâq, khaw-zawk'; from H2388; strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold, violent):—harder, hottest, impudent, loud, mighty, sore, stiff(-hearted), strong(-er).
Definition of Impudent- Merriam Webster
Definition of Contemptuous-Merriam Webster
: manifesting, feeling, or expressing deep hatred or disapproval : feeling or showing contempt
The questions that arise should be: What are we feeling when we pray? How are our Hearts Really? Is our heart full of cockiness, deep hatred and disapproval of how our lives are and is this reflecting back on how we interact and treat people? Are you modest: : the quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities or do you boast about confident and proud showing off every chance you get?
Hardhearted- H7186-קָשֶׁהqâsheh, kaw-sheh'; from H7185; severe (in various applications):—churlish, cruel, grievous, hard((-hearted), thing), heavy, impudent, obstinate, prevailed, rough(-ly), sore, sorrowful, stiff(necked), stubborn, in trouble.
Definition of Churlish- Merriam Webster
1 : of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl : vulgar 2 : marked by a lack of civility or graciousness : surly he didn't like the churlish tone in his voice— Margaret Truman outrage is among your more churlish emotions— Robert Goldsborough It would be churlish not to congratulate her. 3 : difficult to work with or deal with : intractable churlish soil
Definition of Churl- Merriam Webster
a : a rude ill-bred person
b : a stingy morose person
Abba Yah/ The Lord God Almighty does not work with rude, ill-bred, stingy people. He is Crystal clear on this in All of the Bible. Again Becoming Righteous and Laying the ways of this World down is What Gets Your Prayers Answered. Righteousness Again Means Abba Yah's Morals, Values and Ethics. It is all about Changing your Character flaws into the Character of The Most High God.
Forehead-H4696-מֵצַחmêtsach, may'-tsakh; from an unused root meaning to be clear, i.e. conspicuous; the forehead (as open and prominent):—brow, forehead, impudent.
Definition of Conspicuous- Merriam Webster
: obvious to the eye or mind
Adamant-H8068 -שָׁמִירshâmîyr, shaw-meer'; from H8104 in the original sense of pricking; a thorn; also (from its keenness for scratching) a gem, probably the diamond:—adamant (stone), brier, diamond.
Definition of Adamant- Merriam Webster
Definition of Insist - Merriam Webster
to be emphatic, firm, or resolute about something intended, demanded, or required
When Abba Yah makes you insistent or adamant about doing things our own way and not His, it's because we are being disobedient. We Cannot Continue to be double minded (for more information of this topic read the sermon on double minded). We cannot continue to say: Abba Yah do Your Will! then not yield to It!! The Lord God Almighty is Adamant about His Morals, Ethics, Values, Character and His Word. His Word Never Changes, He Is Consistent, He Maintains a Position on what happens when we are disobedient or when we are in Alignment According to His Will. This Alignment occurs in Our Hearts, Minds and Actions.
Rebellious-H4805-מְרִיmᵉrîy, mer-ee'; from H4784; bitterness, i.e. (figuratively) rebellion; concretely, bitter, or rebellious:—bitter, (most) rebel(-lion, -lious).
Rebellious means bitter! Do you have a root of bitterness within you? If so read the sermon on Letting Go of Bitterness and Running With Forgiveness! It Will change your Life!
Heart-H3824-לֵבָבlêbâb, lay-bawb'; from H3823; used also like H3820 the heart (as the most interior organ);:— bethink themselves, breast, comfortably, courage, (faint), (tender-) heart(-ed), midst, mind, × unawares, understanding.
***H3820-לֵבlêb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:—care for, comfortably, consent, × considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart(-ed), × heed, × I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), × regard(-ed), × themselves, × unawares, understanding, × well, willingly, wise
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
What are your thoughts and desires? The Lord God Almighty Abba Yah, He knows All and exposes all. There is nothing you cannot hide from Him! So what is keeping you from changing your ways and putting on Righteousness?
The word for Hear is the same as the word for harken and is H8085- to understand intelligently.
Definition of intelligently- Merriam Webster
a : having or indicating a high or satisfactory degree of intelligence and mental capacity
b : revealing or reflecting good judgment or sound thought
Ears-H241-אֹזֶןʼôzen, o'-zen; from H238; broadness. i.e. (concrete) the ear (from its form in man):— advertise, audience, displease, ear, hearing, show.
Biblical Outline of Usage of H241
ear, as part of the body
ear, as organ of hearing
(subjective) to uncover the ear to reveal; the receiver of divine revelation
Are you Able to Receive Divine Revelation? Can you Hear Abba Yah reveal His Will for You? His Will Plain and Obvious to you?
Definition of Broadness that pertains to ears -Merriam Webster
3 : relating to the main or essential points
The Lord God Almighty/El Elyon tells us that unless we Change our Hearts and Minds to be His reflection, we will never fully reach our true purpose in life. Working non stop to pay bills on things you are struggling to own is Not what Abba Yah Wills for your life. He wants Abundance, Growth, Prosperity, but He requires Morals, Values, and Ethics which allow you to Hear Him or depending on whether or not you are abiding in His Word, for Him to ignore you and keep on helping those who really want to change their life and be better people.