Two Things Can Be True

I’ve been saying two things can be true at one time a lot lately.

The reference for that is the woman in 1 or 2 Kings (like I like to say-go search so you can read it for yourself and know that I’m not making it up) welcomed the prophet Elisha into her home.

She was minding all of her business and being hospitable to the man of God.

She didn’t have a child nor did she ask him to pray that her womb would be open. But mans was like you gone have a baby.

And she did.

So this boy is growing and living and thriving.

Then bam. He dies.

Sis was like naaaaaaaah.

Go get me an animal. I’m finna ride out. I’m finna go find this man.

People are worried. She starts out by saying all will be well.

Ma’am. What? *insert Nick Young’s confused face with question marks meme*

Yo baby is dead and you talmbout all will be well?

What I didn’t say is that before she left, she put the boy in the room they had prepared for Elisha for when he was there.

As she got closer to him, she changed her words. Instead of saying all would be well she said all is well.

Whew. The closer she got to the one with the solution the more faith she had to believe.

Sis found him and was like “playa, playa from the Himalayas. This child I didn’t ask you for is dead.”

Elisha was the armor bearer aka assistant for Elijah. He kept this practice up and has a dude named Gehazi.

Gehazi is the reason for alla this. He’s the one who told Elisha sis didn’t have a baby when E was trying to repay their kindness.

G was mad rude and tried to send her away. E was like “nah son. Let her be.”

So E sent G ahead to the house with his staff (wooden cane thing) to try to revive the kid.

Pause. There is so much in that sentence. Jesus died on a piece of wood and revived us for all eternity. Staffs are used by shepherds. David used one and I believe wrote Psalm 23. Jesus is described as a shepherd. So many things in the Old Testament point to Jesus. Also, the disciples attempted to cast out a devil/heal a kid and failed (ion try hard with some of this so y’all will go study for yourself!).

G put the staff on the boy’s face and nothing happened.

E was already on his way behind G with moms.

E goes into his room with the boy and closes the door. Then he prayed.

Next, he does a sophisticated version of CPR. He put all of his body parts, including his mouth, on the boy’s. The boy warmed up.

E left the room and walked the house. He went back and did his lil CPR thing again. The child sneezed seven times then opened his eyes.

Omg. This baby came back to life like Jesus and Lazarus. I’m undone. And let’s not even get lost in the seven of it all.

The woman lost a son she didn’t even ask for. Surely she was vexed and grieved. But he was already a miracle. And she knew how to gain direct access to the Miracle Worker through his servant.

I’d like to think she built an altar. Much like I wrote about Abraham. She knew enough about God, in what was surely distressing, to know He would work it out.

This season is familiar yet…tuh. Two things are definitely true. But something I said on the phone led me to this refrain once again. It reminded me of this woman.

As long as my ACTIONS match my faith and not my feelings.

I’m allowed to feel a way. I said in that convo that even Jesus felt a way. He came to die and still wanted, in His flesh, to avoid the cross.

But He knew He had to do it. So, while something else was also true, He did it.

I know why. So, while my feelings are true, this is the way I have to take. He’s never failed before and He won’t start now. I’m gonna go to my altar.

Go be great. Someone’s counting on it.

Is It REALLY God

People be out here just living how they wanna live and throwin up prayers.

The Bible says that God rains on the just as well as the unjust.

So, He does pass out blessings or take care of people who are not in relationship with Him.

When I say relationship, I mean like we relate to other people.

We communicate with these people. We talk they talk.

We get to know what they like and don’t like.

We talk to people who know them to get to know them better.

We spend time with them.

We do stuff they like and they do stuff we like.

We spend so much time with them we start to talk and act alike. Shoot, we even begin to look like them.

We know what we can and can’t ask them to do.

We want the things they want and they want the things we want.

We establish boundaries and standards.

So it is with God. He says be holy for I am holy.

Unlike relationships with humans, we have a cheat code.

The Bible tells us who He is.

The Bible shows us who He is and how we should live to be in relationship with Him.

Some of what exists in our lives that we like and is pleasing to us has nothing to do with God.

Just because we prayed and it worked how we wanted it to doesn’t mean He played a part.

On the flip side, sometimes we take His credit.

Let’s take stock of where we are and what’s going on and use the Bible as a guide to measure.

If we aren’t lining up let’s get it together.

Go be great. Someone is counting on it.

NAME OF GOD: Elohei Mikkarov

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. I broke each one down separately. However, I felt that it would be nice to have all of them in one place.

MEANING: God who is near

Jeremiah 23:23

KJ21 “Am I a God at hand,” saith the Lord, “and not a God afar off?

Love the reassurance that God is close by. At hand reminds me of the instances in the Bible where the hand denotes power. So, to me, not only is He saying He’s close, but, this is a reminder of His power.

ASV Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off?

AMP “Am I a God who is at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God far away?”

AMPC Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?

BRG Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

CSB “Am I a God who is only near”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and not a God who is far away?

Declaration

CEB The Lord declares, Am I a God who is only nearby and not far off?

Nearby

CJB Am I God only when near,” asks Adonai, “and not when far away?

Near

CEV I am everywhere— both near and far,

Everywhere. Omnipresent.

DARBY Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off?

DRA Am I, think ye, a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

ERV This message is from the Lord. “I am God, and I am always near. I am not far away.

Not just near, always near.

EHV Am I a God who is only nearby, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?

ESV “Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?

ESVUK “Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?

EXB “·I am [L Am I only…?] a God who is near,” says the Lord. “·I am [L And not…?] also a God who is far away.

GNV Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God far off?

GW “I am a God who is near. I am also a God who is far away,” declares the Lord.

GNT “I am a God who is everywhere and not in one place only.

HCSB “Am I a God who is only near”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and not a God who is far away?

ICB “I am a God who is near,” says the Lord. “I am also a God who is far away.”

ISV “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “rather than a God who is far away?

JUB Am I a God of the near only, said the LORD, and not a God of the far?

KJV Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

AKJV Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

LEB Am I a God from near,” declares Yahweh, “and not a God from far?

TLB Am I a God who is only in one place and cannot see what they are doing?

I got confused because the second half switched up and seems to say something different in different translations. But, I got it together after reading a few again. The children of Israel had been oppressed. They also turned away from God. God reminds Jeremiah that He is close. But, Jeremiah has honest conversations with God. It appears that God is telling him that He is close but He is far also and He sees what everybody is doing and what all is going on.

MSG “Am I not a God near at hand”—God’s Decree— “and not a God far off? Can anyone hide out in a corner where I can’t see him?” God’s Decree. “Am I not present everywhere, whether seen or unseen?” God’s Decree.

Whether seen or unseen. It can sometimes seem like God is nowhere around because we don’t see Him. How nice is the reminder that He is present even when we don’t see Him?

MEV Am I a God who is near, says the Lord, and not a God far off?

NOG “I am an Elohim who is near. I am also an Elohim who is far away,” declares Yahweh.

NABRE Am I a God near at hand only—oracle of the Lord— and not a God far off?

Oracle of the Lord.

NASB “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off?

NASB1995 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off?

NCB The Lord asks: Am I a God only when I am near at hand, but not when I am far away?

NCV “I am a God who is near,” says the Lord. “I am also a God who is far away.

NET Do you people think that I am some local deity and not the transcendent God?” the Lord asks.

Transcendent God

NIRV “Am I only a God who is nearby?” announces the Lord. “Am I not a God who is also far away?

NIV “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?

NIVUK ‘Am I only a God nearby,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far away?

NKJVAm I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?

NLV “Am I a God Who is near,” says the Lord, “and not a God Who is far away?

NLT Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the Lord. “No, I am far away at the same time.

At the same time

NRSV Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?

NRSVA Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?

NRSVACE Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?

NRSVCE Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?

OJB Am I Elohei mikarov, saith Hashem, and not Elohei merachok?

RSV “Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?

RSVCE “Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?

TLV “Am I God only when near” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “and not God when far off?

Oof. That was my response after reading this. Oof. I wanna have words but man.

VOICE Am I only a God who is close by, and not a God of the farthest reaches?

Farthest. Reaches.

WEB “Am I a God at hand,” says Yahweh, “and not a God afar off?

WYC Guessest thou, whether I am God of nigh, saith the Lord, and not God afar? (Thinkest thou, that I am the God of near at hand, but not also the God of far away?)

YLT A God near [am] I — an affirmation of Jehovah, And not a God afar off?