By Polly Webb
The Hebrew word, Asa (Ayin, Shin, Hey) is used many times throughout The Scriptures to depict one who sees a need and is fulfilling it or is being directed to fulfill a present need that is seen by someone else – in other words, preparing or being prepared.
Psalms 78:8 instructs me not to be like my ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation that did not prepare their hearts. I am instructed in 1 Peter 3:15 to be prepared in humility and fear, to give a reason for the hope that I have. John 14:2 Yahushua speaks of a place in His Father’s house that He is going to prepare for me. And Revelation 12:6,14 speaks of a place in the wilderness prepared by YHWH for the woman to flee where she would be taken care of. These are just a few examples of preparing I see throughout Scripture.
Participating in a Sabbath rest requires advanced preparations in several areas, my home, meal plans, personal attention, spiritual needs (prayer, fasting, study, meditation), and assembly gatherings.
In order to properly prepare for a task or event, I need to be able to see what it is that I am preparing for. Preparing becomes a lifestyle, not a one-time event. May The Spirit of YHWH open my heart and hands daily for what may be required of me.
Prior to the Fall Feasts, my family takes a closer look at ourselves, physically and spiritually looking for areas in need of attention, improvement, repentance, and restoration. Go to this link for the checklist: Preparing (livingmessiah.com)