Archive for July, 2013

The past seven years have been built around Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

Verse 5 is the why, For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.

It’s in that place that i can get out of the wind and the ocean calms and the waves subside. “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give the rest”. Exodus 33:14.

Verse 8 says, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

“My presence shall go with you” means just that. God’s presence goes with me wherever i go, at Onething Campus, at the grocery store, to Costco and Sam’s Club, every where. The power and the peace that comes as rest goes with me everywhere i go. Not everyone goes with the presence of God, some even deny His presence and there are penalties for those choices.

Many times i enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while i am still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time i am sometimes not willing to give.

If i go with the Presence of God i will be known by my lifestyle. The rest that comes with His presence brings about an attitude of praise and gratefulness. That differs from those that do not have that rest and only grumble and complain. If I go with the presence of God i will praise God in difficult times and i will not allow my so-called problems to outshine my Praise,

So what does Praise look like? my Praise is honoring God for who He is. Praise can also be thanksgiving as it Honors God for what He has done.
When I honor God for who He is I Praise and as i go with His presence everywhere despite my situation, my praise brings God into my situation immediately? His presence is what i’m seeking, not some answers or direction. Dwelling in His presence is the answer, it is the direction.

The word is reposition. i am to reposition myself by replacing some of the things that keep me emotionally out of breath. It doesn’t just happen on it’s own. i must leave one place to enter a better place. i must leave parts of the world to enter His presence.

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I posted yesterday about a time of silence a clearing of the mind so to speak. Here’s is a story I found months ago, it fits here. The story goes like this…

Swamiananda, and his disciple Ranga, were strolling on the beach by the ocean. It was a cold day and the wind was blowing strongly over the ocean, raising very high waves.

After walking for some time, Swamiananda stopped, looked at his disciple and asked: “What does the choppy ocean remind you?”

“It reminds me of my mind. Of my rushing and restless thoughts”, answered Ranga.

“Yes, the stormy ocean is like the mind, and the waves are the thoughts. The mind is neutral like the water. It is neither good, nor bad. The wind is causing the waves, as desires and fears produce thoughts”, said Swamiananda.

“I wouldn’t want to be on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, in a storm like this”, said Ranga.

“You are there all the time.” Responded Swamiananda and continued, “Most people are on a rudderless boat in the middle of a choppy ocean, even if they do not realize it. The mind of most people is very restless. Thoughts of all kinds come and go incessantly, agitating the mind like the ocean’s waves.”

“Yes”, Ranga interrupted him, “You don’t have to tell me. This is the reason I am with you. I want to calm down the waves of my mind.”

Swamiananda looked at Ranga for a while, smiled and said: “You don’t calm the ocean by holding the water and not letting it move. What is necessary is to stop the wind. The wind is made of your thoughts, desires and fears. Don’t let them rule your life. Learn to control them by controlling your attention, and then the ocean of your mind becomes calm.”

“And how do I do that?”

“Suppose it is possible for the ocean to disregard the wind, what would happen then?” asked Swamiananda.

“The waves would cease. However, no one can stop the wind.”

Swamiananda looked at him with a mysterious smile and said: “Why not? The wind, the ocean, and thoughts are all within the mind. When you can control the mind, you can control everything within it. But first you have to control your mind, which means you have to control your attention.”

“Yes master”, said Ranga, ” this is what I am trying to do. You say whoever controls his mind can also control the wind. Can you do that?”

“First learn to calm down the ocean of your mind, and then find out if you can calm down the ocean. It is better to learn to control the mind, than enjoying mental tricks. When you calm your mind, you can calm down everything.”

James 1:6 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

i’ve been serving at the Onething Prayer Center almost seven years now.  It still seems strange and just doesn’t fit completely. i was told at the start it would take time to get used to a life of prayer and the slower routine. my mind is so used to thinking about things to do for others, to plan, to prepare, to…….. It hasn’t all fallen into place like i hoped or thought it would.  i question why. It is by far the hardest thing i have attempted to do.
My word for today is Psalm 37:23, “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm;” I don’t know if these are the words i needed to hear today. Is God delighting in my way? It seems that my steps are firm but, it’s in-between the steps that i’m a little wobbely.
Last night i watched an old movie called Paint Your Wagon that i have enjoyed for years. i can’t really tell you why other than the theme song of the movie resonates with me on some level. Below are just a few words to the song. Here goes….

Gotta dream boy? Gotta song? Paint your wagon and come along.

Where am I goin’? I don’t know. Where am I headin’? I ain’t certain.
All I know is I am on my way.

When will I be there? I don’t know. When will I get there? I ain’t certain.
All that I know is I am on my way.

I came across this prayer from Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
i’m listening for God’s voice and direction in the quiet.  Most of my life, i’ve lived in the noise and clutter of the world. It’s again now time for the silence.
“All I know is i’m on my way.” i pray that God is delighting in the way that He has chosen for me….that He will make my steps firm. David asked “what am I doing in the meantime?” His answer was “Hoping.”

In my life i find that what gets measured… gets done. It’s true, give me a task with no finish date and i tend to put it off for the more urgent as i perceive it. This goes for being on time as well. I hate being late under any circumstances. When given a set time to be there if i’m not ten minutes early then I am late. What gets measure… gets done.

Using that idea, i am going change it up on Fridays for a while. Fridays will be identified as MEASURES. There are two uses for the word measure and it is my intent to use both. It may get a little tricky to use one word with two different meanings within the same text, so pay close attention.

First, a MEASURE has the right reserved to the people to approve or reject an act of the legislature, or the right of the people to approve or reject legislation that has been referred to them by the legislature. So with slight adaptions here’s my use. A MEASURE/verse has the right reserved for me to approve or reject an act of the Word of God, or the right for me to approve or reject the Word that has been referred to me by God. In this use i will make MEASURE all caps to help clarify.

The plan is to take specific verses, present them to myself as MEASURES, approve or reject them and then focus on getting the MEASURE done, so to speak. It’s like people voting for a MEASURE which has been placed on the ballot, it passes, and now becomes law.

Maybe a simpler way of defining MEASURE is to say that these Friday MEASURES are a plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose. i am correlating becoming law with getting it done.

Then there is meaning number two. measure: to ascertain the extent, dimensions, quantity, capacity, etc., of, especially by comparison with a standard. This usage goes more directly to my statement that what gets measured… gets done. It’s taking an inventory of or a holding to some level of accountability regarding the MEASURES/verses that i am left to approve or reject for my life.

Of course my ultimate goal is lifestyle change. This is an invitation to anyone who reads these posts to join me in voting these MEASURES/verses into law through application and then measure my success.

So on this weeks ballot is “MEASURE” #1 from James 4:11 (MSG.) and Ephesians 4:29 (MSG.)

Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny.

Ephesians 4:29 says, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

MEASURE #1 – Intentionally think about my words regarding others. Say nothing that doesn’t encourage them and serve to benefit them and those that are listening.

Blessed…

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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So today while waiting for a group to leave a guy is cleaning the junk off the tables which is highly unusual. As he walks past me he asks “how blessed are you?” Honestly it caught me off guard, for a moment i thought he asked the usual how are you and would just keep on walking. Under pressure to answer i said “blessed.” Blessed? Are you kidding me? Within seconds i was coming up with a bunch of other things i could have said. Blessed…..?

I could use the excuse that i am not a talking morning person. Give me an hour to hour and a half and i’m good to go. Then there’s the fact that it’s coming up on two weeks of feeling like junk and having no energy while my body is being restored to God’s original order. The result of my prayers are not going to meet the miracle standard by any means. But, non the less restoration is taking place, just not as quickly as i’d like.

No, there is no good excuse for what i perceived as a lame answer, “blessed.” When he came back the next time with another load of trash i said something like, “Aren’t you the worker bee?” i know stupid, but again i felt like i had to say something? After all he was helping me by cleaning up after his group. But really, “worker bee?” a simple “Thank you” would have served me better.

So it’s now after noon and this is still eating at me. What is this guy thinking of me? For hours i have run through dozens of what would have been appropriate responses. The one that has the right sound to it goes like this, “i am abundantly blessed above all i could ask or expect!” Good right? Truth be told at that moment i was not feeling so abundantly blessed. i could have still said it, knowing that at other moments i do feel that way but that just isn’t me. i’m not into fake it till you make it. i’m not into playing the game and saying what others want to hear or what i think is expected of me.

So where does that leave me? Blessed…! It may or may not have been what he expected from the director of a facility like this but it was honest and as i have pondered this now for hours i am going to be satisfied with the words of my lips.

It’s time for me to go and enjoy more of being blessed. There’s a 12 foot wooden, wobbly ladder waiting for me to climb to change some filters, clean some cobb webs and see where the new leak is coming from. Then the broom and mop are waiting for finishing touches to the floor as well as those bathrooms. When that’s done I can go down to the other building and do whatever needs my attention there. Yep, blessed.

got_oil_small 1I shared about frustration yesterday and after having some time i came up with kind of a summary. Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. It arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater my will, the more the frustration is likely to be. When I have competing goals that interfere with one another frustration is sure to show up.

“He made ed ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made ed to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;”  (Deut. 32:13)

When the Holy Spirit comes upon me, takes the Word of God, reveals it supernaturally to me as His will, and empowers or strengthens me to perform it, it is like honey out of the Rock.

When i have both the honey and the oil together, it is called anointing.

1 John 2:27 says, But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].

Isaiah 10:27 states that, “as for me, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which i received from Him abides [permanently] in me; [so] then i have no need that anyone should instruct me. But just as His anointing teaches me concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so i must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught me [to do].

The word anointing in the New Testament comes from the Greek word chrisma which means “ an unguent or smearing as of oil, or figuratively a special endowment of the Holy Spirit.”

God takes everything that comes from the Rock of Christ in me, the water, the honey, the oil, and He overflows me, saturates me, and soaks me in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”  (Psalm 23:5)

Anointing, can be defined as “God on flesh doing those things that flesh cannot do.” It is God doing those things only He can do, and doing them through an earthly vessel (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Since i am “in Christ,” there’s an anointing for everything i’m invited to do, regardless how small or how great the task. That’s what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ (the Anointed and His Anointing) which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). He didn’t say “who strengtheneth me” but “which strengtheneth me.” He was talking about the anointing. The same anointing that enabled me to be born again will heal my body, help me succeed in business, and empower me to prosper spirit, soul, body and in every aspect of my life. (Luke 5:20-24.)

When this anointing occurs, miracles happen, bodies are healed, devils will flee, prophecies will be given, the Word of God is brought forth with power, and God is glorified.

When the anointing is manifested, it destroys the yokes of sin, addiction, greed, ignorance, and any thing else that tries to keep me from doing the will of God.

When the anointing is manifested, not only is the yoke broken and destroyed, but it is consumed by fire out of the Rock.

“For our God is a consuming fire.”  (Heb. 12:29)

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”   ―     Steve Maraboli

Sitting in my chair, trying to find some comfort as sickness has invaded my physical space for a week. my head is in a fog, my eyes feel like they will pop out. As i sit there i realize i am monitoring my breathing, allowing enough air to keep things working but holding back so as to not irritate my throat and end up in a coughing spree. Then there is the cold and shivering of one moment and the hot and sweating feelings of the next. i could go on but, no matter how many words i post to describe my plight it won’t express the misery i am feeling.

Going home early, deciding to rest and by rest i mean watching television and if i nod off, no problem. Unlike most of the civilized world our home does not have cable television nor internet. Hard to imagine, right? Television comes on to the last channel we watched the night before but today it is blank. Blank as in no picture. NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Click to the next channel, no picture. How is this possible you ask, my question exactly. Click again and there it is. That is kinda-sorta. The picture is there but is choppy. We have an HD antenna, not on the roof, but high up in a window. It’s not as though i have not had to deal with this situation before, as it happens EVERYDAY! i have to get up and move the antenna but, i don’t want to get up, i am so tired of this., I am frustrated!

Steve Maraboli’s words, “It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration” come to mind. i think i was very clear, i wanted to rest by watching television. So are his words true? As i ponder that question i come to realize that my frustration is not really with the television, the antenna nor my rest being interrupted. my frustration comes from a dissatisfaction of what i do not have. It’s an internal matter. Steve is right…  there is an area of my life that is lacking clarity.

My usual thought, “it’s ridiculous that at our age and as hard as we have and still do work that we can not afford cable and internet.” People on welfare have it. Grumbling, complaining, frustrated, to the point that i spoke these words, “This is the most frustrating thing in my life.” And as quickly as i spoke there seemed to be a response, “really?” Then the rest of Steve’s words, “Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”

I see how that can be true. my frustration (lack of clarity) is actually picking at my relationship with God. my goal is to love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. It’s not a God thing that we do not have cable or internet, it’s a financial thing. But that being said i find that in most cases if i or most Americans want something we make a way to get it. Been there and done that so on this one it is i who is holding fast to not spending $50 to $100 a month on cable and internet as well as sign a two-year agreement. So why the frustration? Lack of clarity just as Steve suggested.

James 1:6-8 says, It must be in faith that ed asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as ed is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [ed is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [ed thinks, feels, decides].

Getting Honey out of the Rock would be to adjust my desire versus adjusting the antenna. True clarity comes By Sucking Honey out of the Rock!

Honey – Knowledge ,knowing the deeper things of God. Understanding, realizing what they mean. Wisdom, discerning how they apply to my life.

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Manifest: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain

To the extent that i learn to drink the honey of the Lord. Deut, 32:13 says, “He made him/ed ride on the high places of the earth, that he/ed might eat the increase of the fields; and He made him/ed to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;” 

Let me begin by breaking some of this down. The word suck, in the Hebrew is yanaq, and it refers to the sucking of a baby when it is nursing. When God “made him suck honey out of the rock,” The Word is describing the action of making a baby nurse.

The word honey is a symbol for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and strength.

Rock is the Hebrew word cela, translated rock, refers to a crag or a cliff – a place under which i may find safety, shelter and security. This type of rock protects, it does not crush. This rock covers and shields.

Proverbs 24:13-14 says, “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”  (Pro. 24:13-14)

To me this says, that, having the knowledge of God revealed to me, understanding what that knowledge means, and then having the wisdom to know how that knowledge is to be applied is as sweet to my soul as honey is to my taste.

A favorite verses for me has been Proverbs 24:3-4 “Through wisdom is an house (a life, a home, a family) builded; and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 

Knowledge is knowing the deeper things of God. Understanding is realizing what they mean. Wisdom is discerning how they apply to my life.

Jesus takes the written (Logos) Word of God, breathes upon it with the breath of the Holy Spirit, and changes it into the revealed (Rhema) Word of God for my exact moment.

For me this is what being a Disciple is all about. It is not just missing hell and going to Heaven. It is not just learning about God and keeping it all to myself. It is about effecting change; change in my life and yes… hopefully in others. Jesus said to Peter, “When thou art converted (changed), strengthen the brethren.” i shared earlier that Honey is a symbol for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and with those three things comes strength.

King Saul commanded his armies to not eat any food until they had captured and defeated the fleeing Philistine army.

“And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.”  (1Sam. 14:24)

Saul’s son Jonathan had not heard his father’s commandment, and when they came upon a field that had honey in it, Jonathan ate a little of the honey, his eyes were lightened, and his strength returned.

“Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.”  (1Sam. 14:29)

No one else ate the honey, and the lack of food and strength caused disastrous results that day for God’s people.

Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.

But for me… i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.

wonder2i have received several comments that i need to add graphics to make this, what they say is an already awesome site even better. No commitment to do this regularly but, once in a while is okay.

i came across some thoughts that are just information thus the title “Not Sure i Knew That.” Let me say that i am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

There is only one reference to Lucifer in the scripture (Isaiah 14:12), and it does not refer to Satan or the Devil, but to the king of Babylon, who was Nebuchadnezzar at the time.

It is not true that Samson lost his strength because Delilah cut off his hair. Samson’s hair was never cut off, it was shaved, and it was not even shaved by Delilah, but by another man (Judges 16:19).

The scripture makes no mention of a snake in the Garden of Eden, it was a “serpent” that tempted Eve and convinced her to eat the “fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” A serpent in antiquity refers to any creeping thing that was especially noxious or venomous.

King Zimri had the shortest reign for a king, seven days (I Kings 16:15)

Jesus friends and family thought Jesus insane and mentally unsound, so they tried to quiet Jesus’ controversial operations with some demands or service (Mark 3:21,31).

Even though Paul wrote most of the books in the New Testament, Luke’s 2 books (Luke and Acts) make up over half of the New Testament writings.

The “swaddling clothes” that Mary put on Jesus when he was a baby (Luke 2:7) were bandage like strips of cloth wrapped around an infant to ensure that the limbs would grow straight. Not to swaddle a child would be a form of abuse (Ezekiel 16:2-4). This wrapping would aid the shepherds in identifying Jesus (Luke 2:12).

It was the practice in Old Testament days for a newly married man to be absolved from military service in Israel for one year so that he could spend time with his new bride (Deuteronomy 24:5). Whether this was to give them time to have children or, as it seems from the text, simply to “enjoy themselves”, is not clear. But perhaps the intent was that a couple could develop a close relationship for a year before having children with its great demands on the marriage relationship.

There were only 15 crimes that had the death penalty imposed upon man: premeditated murder, kidnapping, adultery, homosexuality,  incest, bestiality, persistent disobedience to parents and authority, striking or cursing parents, offering human sacrifices, false prophesy, blasphemy, profaning sabbath, sacrificing to false gods, magic and divination, rape of a betrothed woman.

Here are words and phrases that do not appear in scripture: sermon, original sin, second coming, rapture, trinity, denominations,  Jewish sabbath, Christian sabbath, immortal soul, bible, theocracy, millenium, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, the unpardonable sin, physical resurrection, end of time.

I have enjoyed looking at these things over the past few days but this is the last one for now as it’s time to move on to another topic.

wonderOkay so i have received several comments that i need to add graphics to make this what they say is an already awesome site even better. There is no commitment from me to do this regularly but as for once and a while we’ll see.

i am working on several thoughts but i am not quite ready to share these thoughts. Mean while i came across some thoughts that are just information thus the title “Not Sure i Knew That.” If your old enough to remember Arsenio Hall he would have said these are things that make you go huuuuummmmm. Oh let me say that i am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

 During the persecution of the early Christians, they communicated with each other by drawing a symbol of a fish consisting of two intersecting curved lines. When two would meet, one would draw half the symbol upon the ground with the foot. The other, to show like belief, would complete the drawing. The Greek acronym “IXThUS” (meaning ‘fish’) derives from the first letters of this early statement of belief: “Iesous Xristos Theos Uios Soter.” Meaning, “Jesus Christ God’s Son Saviour.”

Adam and Eve didn’t have just two children, as is usually believed. There were three named sons; Cain, Abel and Seth, but had an additional unspecified number of sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4). Not surprising considering Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5).

There is a great deal revealed in the scripture about angels. Angels can speak as man does, and can eat food (Genesis 18:8; 19:3,16); they are capable of direct physical combat (Genesis 19; 32:24-30, Exodus 12, 2 Kings 19:35); they are principle forces behind government powers (Daniel 10); They don’t marry in heaven (Matthew 22:30); they are capable of much mischief (Genesis 6:1-2, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6); they are limited, like men, in respect to certain things (Revelation 5:2-4); they can appear in human form (Acts 11:13, Hebrews 13:2); an angel took Lot and his family by the hand and placed them outside the city because Lot was hesitant to leave Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:5,10,16); an angel freed Peter from Prison (Acts 12:6-11). Nowhere in scripture does it mention that people turn into angels after they die. Nowhere in scripture does it mention that angels have wings. Even though angels are usually presented as feminine figures, scriptural angels are always referred to in the masculine gender.

It is usually assumed by most people that Christ is the last name (surname) of Jesus. This is not true. Christ is not a name, but a title. Last names were virtually unknown during the time that Jesus lived. In fact, last names did not appear as a regular custom until the tenth century after the Normans conquered England. Prior to that, second names were not really names at all. If anything followed someone’s name, it was usually an indication of the geographic origin or description of the man. Thus, Jesus was frequently referred to as Jesus of Nazareth. Christ is an early Hebrew word used as a title and means “the anointed one.”