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Mary Magdalene has
an intensely intimate encounter
with the Risen Lord
in the Garden.
HE calls her “woman”.
She thinks he is “the gardener”
HE calls her “Mary” and she KNOWS…

Whoosh, I suddenly realized that the moment harks back to the first Adam and the first woman in the Garden.
Adam was assigned to be the KEEPER of the garden
He failed 😦
Jesus is the KEEPER who fulfills the assignment flawlessly.

Biblically, I don not consider accidental that the term “KEEPER” is used of man, woman, God, Jesus in the Garden…

Adam’s assignment:
Gen 2:15 08104 shamar {shaw-mar’}
AV – keep 283, observe 46, heed 35, keeper 28, preserve 21, beware 9,
mark 8, watchman 8, wait 7, watch 7, regard 5, save 2,

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of a wife:
Titus 2:5– “keeper at home”
3626 oikouros from 3624 and ouros (a guard, be “ware”)

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of God:
1 Peter 1:5kept/guarded/protected
5432 phroureo {froo-reh’-o} AV – keep
from a compound of 4253 and 3708 horao {hor-ah’-o}

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Mary Magdalene thinks of Jesus is:
John 20:15– “a keeper of the garden”
2780 kepouros {kay-poo-ros’}
from 2779 and ouros (a warden);; n m

I identify with walking in Mary Magdelene’s sandals.
I can walk in the Garden with JESUS, the second Adam, the KEEPER who will not fail.
I can partake of intimacy with my risen Lord in the garden.
I can feel the intense gratitude for His mercy,
the intense security of His perfect love.
I can wash His feet with my tears and wipe them with my hair,
I can pour out my inheritance, my alabaster box of precious ointment… upon my Lord.
HE is worthy
HE is good

I LOVE YOU, LORD!

John 20:11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them,

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I AM…

Hosea11:4
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love;
I lifted the yoke from their neck
and bent down to feed them.

Thank YOU, Lord for your tenderness.

Thank YOU that YOU are…
…the Bread of Life Jn 6:35
…the Light of the World Jn 8:12
…the Door of the Sheep Jn 10:7-9
…the Good Shepherd Jn 10:11-14
…the Resurrection and the Life Jn 11:25
…the Way, the Truth, and the Life Jn 14:6
…the True Vine Jn 15:1,5

Lord, you said that
one who comes to YOU shall never hunger
one who believes in YOU shall never thirst…
and you told the woman at the well “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Lord, I ask YOU.. please Lord, may I have LIVING WATER?
Lord, help me to come to you that I may partake of Bread of Life…
LORD, I hunger
LORD, I thirst
LORD, I KNOW YOU are the ONLY ONE who can fill every empty place in my being.
Satisfaction, Life, Fullness is ONLY IN YOU!

Psalm 63
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

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2 Samuel 6:14
And David danced before the LORD with all his might.
And David was wearing a linen ephod.

Two of my daughters participate in worship dancing at our church.  In a discussion here Suzanne twice referred to the scantiness of the ephod so I did a bit of research on google and found the ephod described as apron-like with a “curious girdle”

I love the word picture painted by this  writer 🙂  Tighty Whitey Worship

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