Thy Kingdom come…

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Early this morning I was greeted by this email from Ephraim and Rimona Frank, of Israel.  Parts of it really resonated with me and I immediately wanted to share it, but I had to head to work.

Ephraim makes (or echoes) three very important points that we all need to take to heart:

  • A divided Kingdom cannot stand
  • A uniting Kingdom will be intentional to that end
  • Justice, mercy and compassion must be central in our efforts

I would be so direct with my readers to ask, ‘what specific steps are you taking to build community and foster unity within the Body of Messiah and with our brother Judah?’

Make today count!


 

Shalom Fellow Israelite,

Last night when we met at Kibbutz Merchavia in the Jezreel Valley with Craig and Jan O’dell and others from the Gates to Zion congregation to celebrate the coming 9th month. Craig shared with us a scripture from Zechariah that was actually uttered on the 9th month. We all really felt the impact of the Spirit telling us that it is a word for today’s redeemed body of Yeshua, especially as we move toward the restoration of our national identity. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:24-25).  I might add a nation divided against itself also will not stand.

“Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of YHVH of the Armies came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev…  “Thus says YHVH of the Armies: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother’” (Zechariah 7:1; 9-10). 

Tragically our ancestors refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.  “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the Torah and the words which YHVH of the Armies had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath/anger came from YHVH of the Armies” (Zechariah 7:11-12).   We know that this behavior displayed by our ancestry can and does get passed along in the generations, unless there is some serious repentance and heeding in obedience to these words from the prophets.   Continue reading “Thy Kingdom come…”

Podcast: Ken Rank and Hanoch Young discuss upcoming Congress

Here is a terrific short podcast from United2Restore.  Founders, Ken Rank and Hanoch Young discuss several topics, but the primary purpose is to discuss the upcoming Congress that Kelly and I will be attending in May.

http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/united-2-restore-10_43888

If you want some background on the Congress, see these posts:

It is my Brothers Whom I am Seeking

The Global Hebrew Roots Phenomenon

I’m Going to Israel!!

Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell

Enjoy the above linked podcast!!  Excellent interview.  Can’t wait for more info from them as we get closer to the Congress dates!

 

 

‘Unity’ does not mean ‘Homogenous’

We have the luxury of having milk goats and therefore, fresh milk.  One of the interesting things about fresh milk is that the cream rises to the top.milk  Most know this, however, the dairy industry has virtually erased the examples from our refrigerators by taking some cream off the milk, then homogenizing the rest.

The process of homogenizing is a bit violent in that the milk is processed in such a manner that the fat globules in the remaining cream are broken up to such a degree that they will remain suspended in the milk rather than rise to the top.  As such, every tablespoon of milk, from top to bottom in a gallon will look exactly the same.  supposedly, consumers like this.

Me?  I know better.  I love skimming cream off of the top of a couple quarts of fresh milk for my coffee, or to enrichen some delicious dish.  Mashed potatoes with fresh cream…  (Now, that is ‘the bomb.’)

Recently, I’ve had several conversations concerning the divisions in the Hebraic movement.  There are so many divisions that it is hard to fathom Yeshua’s final prayer with the disciples.  He prayed for, among other things, unity!!  He prayed they (us) would be ‘one.’  Echad!

Yet, a cursory look at Christendom and we find little unity…  even less among the Hebraic.  The Adversary must be delighted!  (But, I digress.)

Does ‘unity’ mean ‘homogenous?’  Let’s consider the definitions and some Scripture.

ho·mo·ge·neous

adjective ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs, -nyəs

: made up of the same kind of people or things Continue reading “‘Unity’ does not mean ‘Homogenous’”