Valuing The Human

An innocent little six year old was mercilessly gunned down by someone in a fit of road rage recently.

I wondered how was this possible?

The Lord led me to the story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis.

Cain and Abel were two brothers, the children of Eve, “the mother of all the living.”

When her first son was born, Eve called him “Cain,” a name related to a word for “lament” or “wail.” Eve said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord…”

“…man” meaning:

אישׁ ‘ı̂ysh

BDB Definition: 11b) husband, 1c) human being, person (in contrast to God), 1f) champion, 1g) great man

The Bible says of Cain that he “…was a tiller of the ground.”

The word for tiller means: H5647 (Strong)

עָבַד

‛âbad, aw-bad’, A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.: be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), (be, become) servant (-s), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.Serve self

Where Eve seemed so filled with hope after Cain’s birth giving him a name that meant “Champion,” she seemed to have lost her faith sometime after his birth.

For she named her second son Abel which means:

הבל hâbal

BDB Definition: 1) to act emptily, become vain, be vain; 1a2) to be utterly vain;1b1) to cause to become vain; 1b2) to fill with vain hopes;

People who have lost their dream call faith “vain hope.”

Also, branding a child with such a name is akin to calling them hopeless, futile, or vanity.

It would not be any wonder then that Abel would find refuge out in the fields with his Father God while tending the sheep rather than with a family who considered him “… filled with vain hopes.”

Abel was given the name of someone whom his parents saw as having no expectations.

And this was surely to open the door for his brother to also adopt the same attitudes toward him as someone who was worthless.

It might not be difficult for a man to murder a brother whom he neither loved nor valued. For Cain had no love for his brother the Bible says.

“This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. Don’t be like Cain. He belonged to the Evil One. Cain killed his brother. But why did he kill him? Because what Cain did was evil, and what his brother did was good.” 1 John 3:11-12 – ERV

Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices to God. But Abel offered a better sacrifice to God because he had faith. God said he was pleased with what Abel offered. And so God called him a good man because he had faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking.” ~ Hebrews 11:4 – ERV

After Cain had killed his brother, the Lord asked him where Abel was. Cain sarcastically replied, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?”

Keeper means:

שׁמר shâmar

BDB Definition: 1) to keep, guard, observe, give heed/ 2) 1a1) to keep, have charge of/ 3) 1a2) to keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life/ 1a3) to watch for, wait for/ 1a4) to watch, observe/ 1a5) to keep, retain, treasure up (in memory)/1a6) to keep (within bounds), restrain/ 1a7) to observe, celebrate, keep (sabbath or covenant or commands), perform (vow)/ 1a8) to keep, preserve, protect/ 1b1) to be on one’s guard, take heed, take care, beware/ 1b2) to keep oneself, refrain,/ abstain/ 1b3) to be kept, be guarded

God revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ that we are indeed to be our brother’s keeper. We are to love and to lay our lives down for one another.

Abel was asked to sacrifice His will to God even as Christ would one day be asked to sacrifice His will to the Father that all might in Him be given eternal life through His sacrificial death.

Abel gave God what He asked of him. This pleased the Lord greatly.

For Abel like Christ in effect had said, “Father I want Thy will not my will…”

How did Abel know what God’s will was?

He spent all his time with the Lord every day in a close relationship with Him.

While working in the fields he was abiding in His Maker. He listened to God speak to his heart.

God wanted something that was difficult for Abel to give Him. Something that Abel loved, prized, and valued very much. The finest of his flocks.

Yet, what else was worth having if he kept it back from God and lost his intimacy with the Lord by withholding that thing which God had asked him to sacrifice?

What could be more important than his relationship with the Lord, his Creator?

Abel knew what God required of him, he knew and cared to do God’s will.

The Bible says that the ungodly don’t care to know about or to do God’s will. They just want to please themselves.

‘“At harvest time, Cain brought a gift to the Lord. He brought some of the food that he grew from the ground, but Abel brought some animals from his flock. He chose some of his best sheep and brought the best parts from them. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift.But He did not accept Cain and his offering. Cain was sad because of this and he became very angry.” ~ Genesis 4:3-5 ERV

Cain offered to God the sacrifice of man; the sacrifice that insists on doing its own will and pleasure. Such a sacrifice may take a lot of time and effort to accomplish, and appear beautiful but it will not satisfy our Creator if it is not what He asked for.

God’s will is that we obey Him no matter what that obedience looks like, no matter how displeasing to us it seems. The Lord needs to know that His will matters to us more than our own our own will.

He created us to worship HIM. We were not created to please and worship ourselves.

Abel obeyed the Lord and offered the blood sacrifice He required. Cain did not.

Hebrews 9 explains that under the Law that without the shedding of blood there was no forgiveness of sins. A blood sacrifice was required for the atonement of the sins people had committed. That was just how it was. We may not like it or understand it. But that was why Jesus Christ, God’s Son had to die to shed His spotless blood for the sins of all humanity to redeem us and put a fallen world back in right relationship with God. This is the truth. Cain refused to believe this truth of the need for the blood sacrifice to atone for his sins to be made right with God. He would do his own work and labor to please and satisfy God. Yet, God only wanted the sacrifice of an innocent pure lamb to atone for the man’s sins. He need only go to his brother and procure a sheep to sacrifice to the Lord. It was that easy. Cain made things hard in his unbelief.

Cain was furious when he saw that God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice and not with his own.

The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you angry? Why does your face look sad? You know that if you do what is right, I will accept you. But if you don’t, sin is ready to attack you. That sin will want to control you, but you must control it.”~ Genesis 4:6-7 – ERV

God up and told Cain His will and the man simply ignored the holy revelation! It went right over Cain’s head because he had no regard for the Lord any more than he valued his brother’s life.

If he had loved and feared the Lord then he would have obeyed Him. Christ equated love for our Lord with our obedience to Him.

Jesus said to His disciples: “If you love Me, you will do what I command.

Those who really love Me are the ones who not only know My commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them. I will make Myself known to them.”

…All who love Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them. My Father and I will come to them and live with them.

But anyone who does not love Me does not obey My teaching. This teaching that you hear is not really Mine. It is from my Father who sent Me.” ~ John 14:15,21,23-24 – ERV

The rest of the story is a very sad one.

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” So they went to the field. Then Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Later, the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

Cain answered, “I don’t know. Is it my job to watch over my brother?”

Then the Lord said, “What have you done? You killed your brother and the ground opened up to take his blood from your hands. Now his blood is shouting to Me from the ground.So you will be cursed from this ground. Now when you work the soil, the ground will not help your plants grow. You will not have a home in this land. You will wander from place to place.”~Genesis 4:8-10,12 – ERV

The price Cain paid for his sin was enormous. Cain’s former gift of being able to till the soil successfully became a curse as God said, “Now when you work the soil, the ground will not help your plants grow.

Whereas Cain had been the family’s hope for success and prosperity, “their champion,” he now became the disappointment, the one who was truly filled with “vain hopes;”one who could no longer produce. The Lord not only took away all former expectations of success, but also drove him away, branding him with the indelible mark of a murderer, condemning him to the life of a wanderer. (*See Genesis 4:13-16)

Have we ever stopped to think of what we give up when we ignore the Lord’s voice, giving in to our stubbornness, anger, own desires, and lack of faith over simply obeying the Lord’s will?

First we must like Abel abide in Christ to love God and to know His will.

Second we must care to obey His will once He reveals that will to us.

If we don’t love others, we won’t love, honor and value our God. When we do not love and value others we disobey God’s will.

Christ said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 – KJV

Jesus once told a religious ruler that the two greatest commandments upon which hung the whole Law were the first two: Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40 – KJV

The Apostle John wrote, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21 – KJV

In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus let us know that in God’s eyes, everyone is our brother and sister. Not just people in our religious affiliations, our fellowships and social cliques. The Lord does not see as we see according to the teaching Christ gave us in that parable.

As I contemplated the enraged man who’d gunned down the innocent child on the freeway, I couldn’t help but wonder if he, like Cain, had lost his love and value for human life made in God’s holy image ~that life of which God says we are to be his keeper, his guardian, and to keep ourselves from harming.

Would that people knew God’s will and would do it!

Then I thought are we not too like that furious man when we explode like a seething time bomb with bitter words; words like lethal verbal weapons, over everything under the sun, ever finding fault, seeking to destroy with bitter criticism, accusation, and judgment, ever so quick to assume false conclusions without having all the facts? The internet and social media are daily inundated with these incidents of “virtual road rage.”

And if we regard not the life of our neighbor, resisting God’s will to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper, we absolutely do not love, fear, nor honor God our Heavenly Father, the Bible declares. (*See 1 John 4:20-21)

Jesus said, “…the bad things people say with their mouth come from the way they think. And that’s what can make people wrong. All these bad things begin in the mind: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, and insulting people. These are the things that make people wrong.” Matthew 15:18-20 – ERV

“Heavenly Father, may You give us Thy divine love for one another, that we may also love and honor Thee, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Peaceangelsong, Text & Digital Scripture Paintings, Copyright © 2021 by Suzanne Davis Harden, through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, All Rights Reserved. Scripture References taken from various translations: ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible) Copyright © 2006 Bible League International; The King James Version Bible, Public Domain; Strongs Bible Concordance, Public Domain

A Christmas Eve Prayer

A Christmas Eve Prayer

Lord, please heal my loved one
Walking now with Thee
On a narrow, thorny path
Dark and shadowy…

Lord, please heal my loved one
Hold, I pray her hand,
Fill her mind with peace
Give her strength to stand
In faith upon Thy promises
Renew her hope in Thee,
May she feel Thy Presence,
Around her like a seal.

Sing to her, Lord, in her heart
Like angels long ago
Sang to the shepherds in the fields
About the Christ foretold…
Sing to her like the angels
About Thy holy peace
That You, Lord Jesus were and are
And ever to us bring…
When we let you in our hearts
To cleanse and heal our sin
Lord, heal us all this holy night
Hearts blind and deaf within.

And may we sing Thy praises
For Thy great mercy
For Thy everlasting love
And life eternally.
Lord, please heal us all
And heal my loved one too,
Whose lamp lies in the shadows
Who’s love burns strong for You.

Lord, please heal my loved one,
This Christmas may You raise
Her up as if it’s Easter
Thy resurrection grace,
Our song of hope and faith,
In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Heavenly Father, please heal Mama, in Jesus’ name, amen. Thank You, I love You.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

The First Christmas

And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus,
that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed,
every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house
and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary
his espoused wife,
being great with child.

And so it was,
that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room
for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:1-7 KJV

And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

And it came to pass,
as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven,
the shepherds said one to another,
“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste,
and found Mary, and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it,
they made known abroad
the saying which was told them
concerning this child.

And all they that heard it
wondered at those things
which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things,
and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen,
as it was told unto them.”
Luke 2:8-20 KJV


Jesus is Circumcised

And when eight days
were accomplished
for the circumcising of the child,
his name was called JESUS,
which was so named of the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

And when the days of her purification
according to the law of Moses
were accomplished,
they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord;
(As it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that openeth the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord;)
And to offer a sacrifice according
to that which is said in the law of the Lord,
A pair of turtledoves,
or two young pigeons.

And, behold,
there was a man in Jerusalem,
whose name was Simeon;
and the same man
was just and devout,
waiting for
the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Ghost
was upon him.

And it was revealed
unto him
by the Holy Ghost,
that he should not see death,
before he had seen
the Lord’s Christ.

And he came by the Spirit
into the temple:
and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him after
the custom of the law,

Then took he
him up in his arms,
and blessed God,
and said,

“Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant
depart in peace,
according to Thy word:

For mine eyes
have seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of Thy people Israel.”

And Joseph and
his mother marvelled
at those things
which were spoken of him.

And Simeon blessed them,
and said unto
Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child
is set for the fall
and rising again
of many in Israel;
and for a sign

which shall be
spoken against;

(Yea, a sword shall pierce through
thy own soul also,)
that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed.”

And there was one
Anna, a prophetess,
the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Aser:
she was of a great age,
and had lived with an husband
seven years from her virginity;

And she was a widow of about
fourscore and four years,
which departed not from the temple,
but served God with
fastings and prayers
night and day.

And she coming
in that instant
gave thanks
likewise unto the Lord,
and spake of him to all them
that looked for
redemption in Jerusalem.

And when they had performed
all things according to
the law of the Lord,
they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth.

And the child grew,
and waxed strong in spirit,
filled with wisdom:
and the grace of God was upon him.”
Luke 2:21-40 KJV

Peaceangelsong, Christmas Eve Prayer Poem & Scripture Painting, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, All Rights Reserved. Scripture Quotations from the King James Bible Public Domain, May Christ be Honored.

Love

“And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” ~ 1 John 4:21 KJV

Love each other,” Jesus said,
“By this they all shall know,
That You are Mine, and in thy heart
I have made My home.”

Love each other,” Jesus said,
“This is My command,
You show the world you love Me
When you do the things I ask.”

Jesus said who loves Him
Will obey His word
The one who doesn’t love Him
Dishonors their neighbor…

For there are two commandments
The greatest one of all
Is to love with all thy heart
And soul the Most High God,
The second one He said,
Is love thy neighbor too,
As you love thy very self
To them so you must do.

Whatsoever you shall do
Unto the least of these,”
Said Jesus in a parable,
“Ye do it unto Me.”

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

Scriptures For Meditation

A religious leader asked Jesus, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it,
‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 KJV

“And the King shall answer and say unto them,
“Verily I say unto you,
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Matthew 25:40 KJV

“He that hath My commandments,
and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth Me:
and he that loveth Me
shall be loved of My Father,
and I will love him,
and will manifest Myself to him.

Jesus answered and said unto him,
“If a man love Me, he will keep My words:
and My Father will love him,
and We will come unto him,
and make Our abode with him.

He that loveth Me not
keepeth not My sayings:
and the word which ye hear is not Mine,
but the Father’s which sent Me.”
John 14:21, 23-24 KJV

Jesus said, “This is My commandment,
That ye love one another,
as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are My friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
John 15:12-14 KJV

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Peaceangelsong Love Prayerpoem & Scripture Collage Painting, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

May You Be Encouraged

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” Proverbs 3:5

Scripture Painting Video © SD Harden

A few weeks ago I had a dream. In it the Lord Jesus Christ was on His throne.

He held the earth in His hands. He was enormous, while the world was so little it fit safely into His palm.

He had a firm grip on the planet as He smiled at me and said, “I’m in control. No matter how chaotic things appear trust Me.”

I woke up and He helped me to paint that image, only not nearly so beautiful and powerful as it appeared in my dream.

Since I draw and paint with digital media on my IPad I like to record my painting journey and share it with my little granddaughters in hopes of inspiring them to become artists.

I believe the Lord would have me share this painting video with you in the hopes it will bring some hope or comfort to someone who may need it.

The Lord inspired me to begin this painting with one of my original bird paintings, a rather chaotic looking one! First He led me to deconstruct that bird painting and out of that insanity to begin something brand new; something bold and stable~

His throne began to emerge and then the form of Christ.

You will see this as you watch the video.

I have added the scriptures and end credits to my original drawing video with other video software since the art application software does not do anything but record the drawing, painting, or other creative processes, even mistakes!

But mistakes are part of the journey, aren’t they? 🙂

And now a word about my recent absence.

I know I can be silent sometimes for many long spaces.

But please don’t be alarmed by those seasons.

Chronic migraines make it quite a challenge to do anything with social media sometimes.

Always know I will come back, Lord willing, and share whatever He gives me to share with you.

Thank you always for your prayers.

Please know that no matter whether I’m present or absent, I’m always praying for you and your families. God knows this is true.

May the Lord use this painting video to bless and encourage those who need hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always and forever in Christ,

Suzanne ❤️

“The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.” Psalms 103:19 KJV

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