The word ‘WORKS’ has a bad reputation in many circles of Christianity. Often grace is put up against it as a contender for God’s best. Still, Yeshua said in His sermon on the mount:
And in John 9:4 He said about Himself:
Ayin 70= Completion of time. Means: Eye, to See, Understand, Experience, or to be Seen, Window of the soul-good or bad (made of a Zayin and Yod—Word and Spirit)
Shin 300 = Victory of good over evil, Holy Spirit. Means: Teeth, Fire, the Fire of God to consume all His enemies, Devour, Destroy, Something Sharp.
Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
WORKS: When we see or experience (Ayin) how God works, we marvel at how easy (Hey) He consumes (Shin) the enemies of our soul and how perfectly He works in line with His revealed (Hey) word. Revelation (Hey) encourages us to walk in obedience to all He speaks to us.
This word – Works – Asah – is found in several key places revealing more to the meaning of the word works.
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not DO? (this word ‘do’ is asah)
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall ACCOMPLISHwhat I please, (asah–accomplish)
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to PERFORM My word. (asah – perform)
In each of these, God is referring to His prophetic word spoken through men–His prophets. God is promising to create His word. Just as Holy Spirit birthed creation when Yeshua spoke Yahweh’s word, He will also create when we speak the words God has given us. There is creative power in the word of God and when we speak it, Holy Spirit ignites it to create. And angels are activated as well–Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Psalm 103:20
Matthew 9:37-38 Yeshua highlights the need for laborers. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
When we look at this verse, most often we envision laborers out in the field, doing manual labor for long hours and little pay. But, when God speaks of laborers, He is looking for those He can work through. Much of the ‘work’ Yeshua did was in teaching, speaking healing, speaking deliverance, etc. He spoke what He heard God speak to Him and He did what He saw God do.
“I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” John 12:49
And in John 5:19 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
So let’s take another look at the Hebrew breakdown of the word, ‘WORKS’ with this greater understanding:
WORKS: When we see, experience what God is doing or hear what He is saying and then put it to action, we marvel at how easily He consumes the enemies of our soul. (We are no longer in confusion, doubt, or fear). And how perfectly His prophetic word manifests. (it isn’t always instant, but it does manifest) Such revelation encourages us to walk in obedience to all He speaks to us. — And I might add, His yoke becomes easy and our burdens become light. Work is no longer full of stress and sweat, but peace and rest. Because there is not only power in God’s word, but it is full of grace, giving us all we need to accomplish our part.
This doesn’t mean that we won’t have long hours or won’t have struggles at times. But when we activate His will by speaking the words He is speaking to us and do the things He is telling us to do, the abundant life becomes a reality.
I encourage you to stop frequently this week and make Him your focus. “Abba, I am here to give You my full attention. I love You and desire to do Your will. Please show me what You are doing and speak to me what You want me to speak. My life is Yours.” — Then, be quiet and listen. He hears our every word because He is in us.
So, the answer, at least in part, to the question, “How does God work?” is that He works by speaking His will and when we, in turn, speak His word, Holy Spirit and the angelic hosts bring His word to manifestation.
And—the ‘greater works’ I believe go along with Matthew 28 and the call to disciple nations. Years ago He told me I would see the ‘a nation in a day’ come to Christ. That is definitely greater.
So, let’s do His works this week. Let’s listen and speak His word and watch Holy Spirit bring those words to life. “All His works are done in truth.” We will uncover the word ‘truth’ later. 🙂 This post grew bigger than I’d planned. Have fun.