We were recently blessed by a couple of artists within our community, who painted a beautiful mural of the sky, sunbeams (representing the Shekhinah) and in a bold Hebrew Sifrei Torah font, with 22.75 karat gold tagins the following words alluded to in the Talmud~Pirkei Avot
דע לפני מי אתה עומד
Omeyd Attah Me Lifnei Da
"Know Before Whom You Stand"
When we are first introduced to Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), we find him speaking to wicked King Ach'av (Ahab). In his dialogue he presents himself to Ach'av as a representing authority of one who stands in the Presence of G-D. He states: "As ADONAI the G-D of Yisra'el lives, before Whom I stand...." Standing before the Creator, King, Ruler of the Universe is an awesome privilege. Eliyahu spoke in a present tense which expresses an ongoing constant relationship with a G-D Who is Eternally Present. I Kings 17:1
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) as often we do, finds himself questioning G-D's faithfulness and thus allows the predator of doubt to enter in. ADONAI speaking to him says first of all repentance is in order. He states: "If you return~if I bring you back~you will stand before Me." If he would make an honorable people from those who are immoral, G-D would use him as His spokesman represent- ative. Yirmeyahu 15:19
Rabbi Shaul in his letter to the Messianic Community in Corinth talks about how he and Timothy share G-D's message. He states: "....we speak out of a sincere heart, as people sent by G-D, standing in G-D's Presence, living in union with the Messiah." II Corinthians 2:17