Phylacteries:Two black leathercubes with long leather strips. Each cube held pieces of parchment with passages of the Torah written on them. Saul wore one cube on his left arm facing his heart; he wore the other one over the center of his forehead. The leather strip on his left arm was wound seven times. The left arm was considered weaker and the Jews believed in wearing God’s Word as a banner and shield over their weaknesses.
“A thirteen-year old Hebrew boy could not get out of bed in the morning without remembering to whom he belonged.” Beth Moore writes on this day.
In this post, I talked about growing in Christ, and today I am reminded again to keep His Word in my heart. I think there’s a lesson in the definition of Phylacteries for us to keep God’s Word as a shield and banner over our weaknesses.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27
The NIV Study Bible states, “As hope sustains the believer in suffering, so the Holy Spirit helps him in prayer. It is the believer who groans; here it is the Holy Spirit. Whether Paul means words that are unspoken or words that cannot be expressed in human language is not clear—probably the former, though v. 27 seems to suggest the latter. The relationship between the Holy Spirit and God the Father is so close that the Holy Spirit’s prayers need not be audible. God knows his every thought.”
“We don’t practice the outward expression of the Jew, but we are wise to share the inward principle. May we keep ourselves continually in God’s Word, and may He continually keep His Word in us.” Says Beth Moore in Day 2. Today is no different than on any other day and I embrace His Word as a light for my feet.