Picture a place of the days of old, where times were wild and outlaws bold. Saloons, corrals and a gunfight battle, and to market the cowboys drove the cattle.
This was the first clue my husband wrote for our daughter’s 16th surprise birthday party. A white limo pulled into our driveway, and our daughter was called out to greet it. The door opened, and she suspiciously peeked in to see seven of her closest friends smiling back and yelling surprise. The girls then ventured out on a photo scavenger hunt downtown Fort Worth.
God created our human nature with a bent toward mystery and intrigue. How many of us don’t love to solve a good mystery? Agatha Christie, a best-selling author, still captures readers around the entire world with her brilliant suspenseful story telling.
Rabbi Johnathan Cahn’s newest book, The Book of Mysteries, doesn’t disappoint our insatiable desire to uncover buried treasure. It is written from the standpoint of a sojourner who encounters a teacher in the desert. Their conversation stirs up the man’s curiosity so much that he decides to accept the teacher’s invitation to follow him through his wilderness school for one year.
Each day they venture into new territory, the teacher uses a rabbinical line of questioning to reveal a deep spiritual truth. The teacher explores the Hebrew root meaning of words that bring prophetic insight into scripture. Because of the depth of each day’s topic, I recommend reading it slowly as a daily devotional.
I was mesmerized when I read Day 2: The I Am of all I Ams. I never entertained the thought that God created us to speak of our identity and purpose in Him when we introduce ourselves to one another. Utterly mind-blowing. But just like God.
Most Christians recognize Yeshua as the Hebrew name for Jesus, but did you know it comes from the root word that means to rescue, help, defend, preserve, make free, attain victory, bring to safety, heal, and save? Wow! That’s quite a comprehensive definition.
A picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem humbly on a donkey entered my mind as I continued to read. The people welcome him with palm leaves and cheer, “Hosanna!” (Mk. 11:9). The origin of the word hosanna means to save or rescue.
Remember Zacchaeus? A wee little man was he, he climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. Upon entering the home of Zacchaeus, Jesus proclaimed, “Today salvation has come to this house…” (Lk. 19:9).
I pondered the simple but profound statement made by the teacher, “Jesus is the answer to everything.” Then it occurred to me, the word yes appears in His name. For the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to glory of God through us (2 Cor. 1:20). Through some research of my own, I discovered the word yes comes from the old English word that means to be.
I found this book to be fascinating and truly thought-provoking. There’s much to glean, ponder and journal. Whether you are a seeker or a believer, this book is for you. Prepare for an encounter. Come with an open mind and heart, and a pen in your hand.