7/24/15 TWO CONTRASTING SONGS – GOD IS BOTH!
A SONG AT THE POST OFFICE!
Today I went to the post office to mail 2 boxes and both had
the word Isham in it. The man who helped me said he kept
having a double take at the word “Isham.” He said all
morning he had been singing an old song by Mark Isham. I
knew this was the Lord because God speaks through
reoccurring songs and double confirmations. When I got home
I looked up the name Isham and it means “From the iron one’s
estate.” The name Mark means war like.
A SONG AT THE CASH REGISTER!
Next I went to the grocery store and after the clerk rang up
my bananas, the old man behind me suddenly began singing, “I
love bananas, because they have no bones!” He smiled and
said he used to sing that as a kid and it suddenly popped
into his mind.
Bob Jones used to say that bananas are the fruit of the
Spirit of gentleness because they are soft and tender
I was reminded of my longsuffering and deepest heart’s cry
in discerning judgment prophesies that are given with a
1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we became gentle in your midst,
as a nurse may cherish her own children,
2 Timothy 2:24-26 and a servant of the Lord it behoveth
not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach,
patient under evil, 25 in meekness instructing those
opposing--if perhaps God may give to them repentance to an
acknowledging of the truth, 26 and they may awake out of the
devil's snare, having been caught by him at his will.
James 3:13-18 Who [is] wise and intelligent among you?
let him shew out of the good behaviour his works in meekness
of wisdom, 14 and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in
your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth; 15 this
wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical,
demon-like, 16 for where zeal and rivalry [are], there is
insurrection and every evil matter; 17 and the wisdom from
above, first, indeed, is pure, then peaceable, gentle,
easily entreated, full of kindness and good fruits,
uncontentious, and unhypocritical: -- 18 and the fruit of
the righteousness in peace is sown to those making peace.
Strong's Greek Dictionary
1932. επιεικεια epieikeia
Search for G1932 in KJVSL
επιεικεια epieikeia ep-ee-i'-ki-ah
from 1933; suitableness, i.e. (by implication) equity,
RESOLVING BOTH SONGS TOGETHER
I looked up the word gentleness and this was the first I
2 Samuel 22:32-37 For who is God, except the LORD? and
who is a rock, except our God? 33 God is my strength and
power: and he makes my way perfect. 34 He makes my feet like
hinds' feet: and sets me upon my high places. 35 He teaches
my hands to make war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my
arms. 36 You have also given me the shield of your
salvation: and your
gentleness has made me great. 37 You have enlarged my
path under me; so that my feet did not slip.
I couldn’t help but notice that these buzz words are
(Iron) - Rock, strength, power, warring hands, bow of
(Banana) - Hind’s feet, gentleness.
God is both fierce and kind. He can be rock hard fierce
with His enemies and massively kind and gracious to those
who love Him. Yes He does discipline His kids. But He is
longsuffering over them and reaches them in the most gentle
way that they will listen. To the degree that we resist His
Word, He becomes increasingly strong.
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not
rebellious, neither turned backward.
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity
of God: on them who fell, severity; but toward you,
goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you
also shall be cut off.
Lord as you raise us up to be godly parents to a blind and
naked world, let us have iron shields of faith to enable us
to advance in Your loving ways. And let us have Your
gracious gentleness to all who are hungry and will listen in