Once again my door decoration was trying to tell me something.
I wanted to take my time to get it right so the thing would stop messing with me.
I was stumped and frustrated. ‘Really Father why do these letters keep jumping off. I mean for a few days it stayed good and then pop No O. You know these things drive me crazy when I don’t understand. Show me what this means. I obviously have more to hear here.’
My first guess was to look up the Hebrew letters of joy to figure out what God was telling me. I turned to Psalm 119 because all the Hebrew letters are in there:
Ps 119:73-80 (KJ2000) ” 73 Yod Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments. 74 They that fear you will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in your word. 75 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray you, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word unto your servant. 77 Let your tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for your law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in your precepts. 79 Let those that fear you turn unto me, and those that have known your testimonies. 80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes; that I be not ashamed.”
I thought Yod corresponded to ‘J’.
Ps 119:105-112 (KJ2000) ” 105 Nun Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep your righteous judgments. 107 I am afflicted very much: revive me, O LORD, according unto your word. 108 Accept, I beseech you, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me your judgments. 109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget your law. 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I strayed not from your precepts. 111 Your testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. 112 I have inclined my heart to perform your statutes always, even unto the end.”
Then I got to ‘Y’ and there was no ‘y’ The Hebrew alphabet ends at v which is tau.
When I looked into it more it turns out there is no Hebrew or Greek letter for ‘J’.
Yeshua was Hebrew for Jesus.
‘J’ is a modern English letter
c. 1200, “feeling of pleasure and delight;” c. 1300, “source of pleasure or happiness,” from Old French joie “pleasure, delight, erotic pleasure, bliss, joyfulness” (11c.), from Latin gaudia “expressions of pleasure; sensual delight,” plural of gaudium “joy, inward joy, gladness, delight; source of pleasure or delight,” from gaudere “rejoice,” from PIE root *gau- “to rejoice” (cognates: Greek gaio “I rejoice,” Middle Irish guaire “noble”).”
As a term of endearment from 1580s. Joy-riding is American English, 1908; joy-ride (n.) is from 1909.
So I decided to look at the whole word meaning.
http://biblehub.com/hebrew/8057.htm = Hebrew for joy is simchah.
The beginning and end of joy and the middle of joy is the Father, Holy spirit, and Jesus.
or Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father.
Ps 4:1-8 (KJ2000) ” 1 To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have delivered me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah. 3 But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 6 There are many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift up the light of your countenance upon us. 7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their grain and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.”
Ps 4:7 (KJ2000) ” 7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their grain and their wine increased. ”
The Hebrew word for gladness is simchah
The Greek word for joy is Chara or xara.
Joy comes from grace = http://biblehub.com/greek/5479.htm
Matt 2:10 (KJ2000) ” 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. ”
Remember this point. It is key to the answer.
1Pet 1:8-12 (KJ2000) ” 8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when he testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
Joy means calm delight and is the Greek word Chara
Greek word for rejoice = chairó
Also Matt 2:10 (KJ2000) ” 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. ”
This passage had both the word joy and rejoice in it which was staggering.
The Greek word gaio means I rejoice.
2Cor 7:9-11 (KJ2000) ” 9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death. 11 For behold this same thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what earnestness it worked in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what full punishment! In all things you have proved yourselves to be pure in this matter.”
This might be the key to joy. Not worldly sorrow but sorrow to repentance.
This might be the O – the center
The sorrow of the world works death.
After repentance what sorrow can work are earnestness, clearing, indignation, fear,
vehement desire, zeal, full punishment. Proving purity.
Holiness is joy.
As I was contemplating the JOY sign changed one more time:
May the Holy Spirit drop down on me and all of us to point out the star who is Jesus.
Christ is born. Let me be a vessel for the Holy Spirit. ‘Come Holy Spirit be born in me. Bring Jesus alive in and through me.’
While uploading the pictures one was named O2. This was confirmation for me because O2 stands for oxygen. The Holy Spirit is like wind. He is my Oxygen.
The most surprising thing about this final (hopefully) change was how the ‘O’ didn’t just pop off. It slid down. That was highly irregular. Miraculous even.