The Sh'ma

David Mitts

““Hear, Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

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Deliverance requires a deliverer. Our deliverer is Yeshua and He is known as the Word of God. In Hebrew, He is the Davar-Elohim. For a Word to be able to act as our deliverance, it must be heard. This is the beginning of faith or trust in the Word.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

In order to have a deliverance, we must have faith. In order to have faith, we must have “hearing”. Hearing is the Hebrew word sh’ma.

The first use of sh’ma in the Bible occurs right in the beginning after Adam and Eve have disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

“Now they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)

From this placement of the word, sh’ma, in the scriptures, we can surmise that sh’ma involves a choice, in this case a scary choice related to being exposed in sin by the Presence of the Lord. They “sh’ma”, hear, the “sound” of the Lord walking in the garden. You get this picture of someone tramping around in the forest making noise with their walk. The actual Hebrew paints a different reality. The Hebrew word translated here as “sound” is the word, “Voice” of the Lord. The “Voice” of the Lord walks. Let’s read on to gain some insight.

“Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”” (Genesis 3:9-11)

From this encounter, we can see that how we listen is conditioned by how we see ourselves. Adam saw himself as naked and needing to hide from the Voice that is walking in the garden. The “voice” of the Lord, the Word of God, changes reality as He moves. There is no static encounter with His voice. His voice alters reality, it moves or better we can say he moves and reality changes. This is the power of a move of God.

For Adam and for us to some extent, a choice must be made to open our hearts and listen to sh’ma. What prevents us from the sh’ma is fear and shame. We see here the root of all of our struggles, not trusting in the love of our Father.

Let’s look at the ancient Hebrew word root: three letters shin, mem, ayin. Anytime there is a an ayin, we know that to access this word we need a shift in our perspective. Ayin is the symbol for eye, for how we see things. What is interesting is that seeing is part of hearing, like smell is part of taste. Profound. How we hear or listen to truth is affected by how we see the source of that “truth”.

Part of the reality transformation of being “born-again” is a major shift in how we see life. Adam and Eve when they partook of listening to the voice that promised them godhood through the opening of their eyes to “know” good and evil, permanently shifted the seeing of humanity.

"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."(Gen 3:5 NASB)

The tree of the knowledge of good evil introduced relativism into our lives. We don’t see things as they are but as they appear to be compared to other things. The problem is that we have no absolute actual standards. We do not know in ourselves the presence of truth or goodness. Because of this we are vulnerable to voices that seek to influence us through fear and confusion. As fear and confusion increase, chaos increases as well, the domain of Satan. All of this happens as we see through relativism and listen to lies.

"Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. (Joh 8:43-45 NASB)

Many have been shocked by the escalation of shootings and other acts of mayhem. Yet few acknowledge the cause, the removal of God from our society and replacing Him with the voices of the media, technology, the government experts, and a corrupted medical and mental health system. These voices are all whispering loudly the same Satanic lie, “you will be like God knowing good and evil”. The truth is that we are becoming like Satan who comes to kill steal and destroy.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (Joh 10:10 NASB)

All of this perspective on reality is opened in either direction by how we see.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."(Joh 3:3 NASB)

This is importance of the “ayin” in the word shema.

The other two letter are the shin and the mem. Together these form the word shem, which means the name.

The letters “shin”, is the picture of teeth and means to destroy or chew into bits and “mem” is the symbol for water or chaos. So the name is what destroys the power of chaos. Chaos is the drift towards destruction. The Name is what brings order and purpose.

"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. (Joh 17:6 NASB)

The “Word” of God, who we know as Yeshua was and is and will be the manifested reality of the Name of God. He is the “word” made flesh. He is the character of God revealed in His goodness which is the expression of Him that brings light to the darkness of chaos which exists in the waters.

Chaos, tohu, b’vohu is the condition of disintegration, anti-oneness, divisiveness, and adversarial relationships. We are created for oneness. Chaos seeks to unravel us which is the expression of death. Yeshua describes this:

"I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. "But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:11-14 NASB)

This is the conflict of all time. We are seeing itself revealed in our time through the mass shootings and other wanton acts of violence such as abortion, mass vaccinations with death enhancing genetic manipulations, the coercion of identities and ultimately the replacement of God with the antichrist system of the world.

The battle lines are being drawn of a world with or without the goodness of God. Of course, the world wants to trick us into focusing on the gun, or the shots, or the vaccine passports. What is not so obvious for many is the “Name” that being coopted by the other gods of this world, medicine, technology, the media, the corrupt governments, the evilest, the voices of chaos.

You see it’s about the sh’ma, who are we listening to and that is driven by the ayin, how do we see life and in whose name?

The question becomes, how od we live in these evil times? We are at the end of an empire as Lisa’s new song describes. As the empire crumbles and the ship sinks, how do we survive? Isaiah gives us the answer in Isaiah 12

Then you will say on that day, "I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me. "Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation." Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted." Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 12:1-6 NASB)

The key is the Hallal, the shout of the Lord. The halleluyah is the shout of the name, Yah. It’s time to activate the well in our innermost being. This will open up the sh’ma, the hearing and the hearing brings the faith.

Activation: Drilling in the well. Use your prayer language to drill through to the well of salvation. We are saved by His Name. It is the Yah in the name Yeshua. As well activate with the shout and with our prayer language, we open up the listening to the voice of Him who destroys the chaos and brings light to the darkness.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. (Jud 1:20-21 NASB)


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