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    “The most famous woman in all of human history…loved, cherished, and adored more than any other woman on earth…Mary.”

    “The Virgin Mary?”

    “But the real Mary was very different from the way most have imagined her.  She was Jewish.  And she was never called Mary.”

    “What was she called then?”

    “Miryam.  She was named after the Miryam of Egypt, the sister of Moses, the one whose most critical act was to keep watch over her baby brother as he drifted down the Nile River.  Her mission was to protect his life.  Moses would grow up to become the deliverer to set his people free from bondage.  But it was Miryam who ensured that he would survive as a baby in order do that.  Her calling was to usher the life of the redeemer into the land of Egypt where he would bring salvation.  Over a thousand years later, another Hebrew child would be given the same name, Miryam…and the same calling.”

    “The same calling?”

    “What was Mary’s calling?  It was to usher in the life of the Deliverer, the Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus, into a fallen world.  And remember what Yeshua means-salvation.  So it is Miryam who ushers in salvation.”

    “And what does the name Miryam mean?”

    “In Egyptian,” he said, “the name can mean love.”

    “So Yeshua is born of Miryam, born of God’s love.”

    “Yes, but in Hebrew, Miryam means something very different.  It means bitterness and rebellion.”

    “That doesn’t sound good.”

    “But it is good,” he said.  “God causes Miryam to give birth to Yeshua.  So too God causes a world of bitterness and rebellion to give birth to salvation.  He causes Yeshua to be born in us…the other miracle.  He even takes lives of rebellion and causes them to bring forth blessing and new life.  And when does that life come?  When does that miracle happen?  Mostly it comes in times of trouble, crisis, fear, or sorrow…in bitterness.  So thorough Miryam is born Yeshua.”

    “And so ‘through bitterness is born salvation’…even through us.”

    “And if salvation, Yeshua, is born of us,” he said, “then we are all Miryam.”

    The Mission:  Take up the mystery of Miryam.  Make it your aim this day, to bear His life, His presence, and His joy into the world.

    Exodus 2:1-9; Luke 1:26-38

    Cahn, Jonathan. “Miryam.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 102. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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