The Wonder of Eternal Truth


THE TEACHER LED me into one of the olive gardens and to a stone vat filled with a brownish liquid. Sitting on the ridge of the vat was a clay pitcher. He dipped the pitcher into the liquid, lifted it up, and slowly poured back its contents, which glistened in the light of the afternoon sun.

“A sacred substance,” he said. “Oil. The substance of anointing. And yet the true anointing comes from the Spirit of God. Oil is the symbol of God’s Spirit. And it holds a mystery.”

“What mystery?”

“The name for oil in Hebrew is shemen. The word for eighth in Hebrew is shemini. The two words are joined together. Oil is the symbol of the Spirit. And oil is linked to the number eight. So the power of the Spirit is linked to the number eight.”

“I’m not understanding.”

“Seven, in Scripture, is the number of completion. Then what is eight? That which is over and above completion, that which exceeds, that which surpasses, that which abounds and overflows. Thus the power of the Spirit is the power to go over and above, to exceed, to surpass, to not only be full, but to be filled up to the point of overflowing. The seventh day is the end of the week. Seven signifies the end. Thus eight signifies beyond the end, beyond the limit, beyond the finite, beyond all limitations. So the power of the Spirit is to go beyond the end, to transcend the finite, and to live beyond all limitations. And what is the eighth day of the week? It’s the first day, the new beginning. So the power of the Spirit is the power of new beginnings, the power of newness. And lastly, eight is the number of the mystery day, Shemini Atzeret, the day that signifies what comes after the end, eternity . . . heaven. What will heaven be? Filled with the Spirit of God. So the power of the Spirit is the power of the age to come, the power of heaven. Therefore live in the Spirit, and you will have the power of shemen—the power to live over and above, beyond full and overflowing, exceeding, surpassing, going beyond the end, transcending the finite, breaking through all limitations, walking in newness and new beginnings, and living now, beyond this world, in the realm of heaven. That is the power of the Spirit . . . and the mystery of shemen.”

The Mission: Discover the mystery of shemen. Live in the power of the Spirit, beyond your limitations, over and above, exceeding, transcending, overflowing, and dwelling in the heavenlies.

Exodus 30:30–31; John 7:37–39; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19; Galatians 5:22–25

The Spirit-Filled Life


WE WERE SITTING on the plain where he had previously drawn words and letters in the sand. He now did so again.

“It’s the word Peleh,” said the teacher. “It means a wonder, something so amazing that you can’t do anything but wonder about it. It’s the word used in Isaiah’s prophecy of Messiah’s birth, a child will be born, and His Name will be Peleh, the Wonder. Messiah is the Peleh, the Wonder. His impact on the world defies natural explanation and, after all these ages, He still causes people around the world to wonder over Him. But Peleh also means the miracle. So Messiah is the Peleh, the Miracle of this world. His birth was a miracle, His ministry was a miracle, His resurrection was a miracle. Every moment of His life on earth was a miracle. And the word Peleh also means too high, too hard, too great, and too much. What does this tell you about salvation?”

“It’s above us,” I said. “It’s above our ability to attain. We can’t do it.”

“But He can . . . because He’s the Peleh. He can do that which is too hard for you, even what’s impossible.

And if He’s in you, then you have the power to do that which is too hard for you to do, to attain what is too high for you to attain, and to live a life that’s too great for you to live. If He’s in you, then the Peleh is in you, and therefore you have the power of Peleh, the power to live a miraculous life, a life that causes those around you to wonder. But for that to happen, you must never forget the first meaning of Peleh.”

“The Wonder?”

“The Wonder. He must be the One who always causes you to wonder . . . to wonder over His grace, to wonder over His mercy, to wonder over the fact that God loves you, and to wonder over the fact that you’re saved. Never stop knowing Him as the wonder of your life. And never stop wondering over the wonder of being saved, the wonder of being forgiven, the wonder of knowing His love . . . the wonder of Him. If it doesn’t cause you to wonder, then it’s not the Peleh.

Let Him be the Peleh, the Wonder, of your life . . . And your life will be full of miracles and wonders . . . Your life will become . . . a Peleh.”

The Mission: Get back to the Peleh, the wonder of His love, the miracle of your salvation, and the power to do the impossible.

Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 9:6; Acts 2:43; Ephesians 3:19

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks.

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