Dare to stand – A shift in posture
I’m spending a lot of time writing at the moment, about being ‘awakened’. It’s a journey many of us have been through, some of us are in the middle of, and some long for. Some don’t even know this journey is available to them! Being ‘awakened’ is the process of ‘waking up’ spiritually, to who we are, what our purpose is, and how God wants to partner with us.
When we are awakened, everything about us changes – our stance changes and our outlook changes. The position of our hearts change and our spiritual posture towards the day changes. This is what I want to write about today.
Imagine a person trying to go against the flow during London’s rush hour. Imagine them getting tossed about, carried by the flow of people all pushing to get onto the tube. This person is an example of our sleepy state, pre-wake up. We may try and walk in the opposite direction, but we’re not really strong enough or alert enough to get past. We get jostled and shoved in the direction of the majority.
So many of us are in this position. Our voice is stifled by the growing volume of the world, and often also, unfortunately, the church. We are so quick to betray our authenticity in order to conform to the box we’re surrounded by. When we have our voices and strength sapped from us often enough, many of us just allow our uniqueness to be extinguished, and we become another shade of grey, amidst the thousands of others out there.
When we are awakened, suddenly a warrior rises up in us. Our position becomes more intentional, our feet are poised for holding ground. We are not easily swayed, we are alert and we don’t allow ourselves to be moved by oncoming traffic and pressures. It becomes clear to us that our voice is highly valuable, and we learn that while we may need to craft how we communicate, what we have to say is our gift. Our authentic, unique voice is one of our gifts.
We have a heightened sense of attack, God’s Spirit in us opens our eyes to the activity that goes on in the unseen, making us able to prepare for attacks and pressures before they arrive. This gives us an opportunity to use God’s full armour (Eph 6), and not only hold ground that we’re standing on, but to take NEW ground.
Taking new ground is something that can appear scary to us, like it involves becoming Wonder Woman or Superman. We look at our lives and think that we have been through so much and haven’t got the energy to move forwards anymore.
When we are awakened, we start to see how the seasons we’ve walked through, the tests, the fires and the trials that we’ve faced, are all part of our training. Those smaller valleys and hills we’ve endured were preparation for mountains and gorges that God wants us to take for his kingdom.
When Joshua took Jericho, he didn’t do it from a command centre, through comms, with other people’s boots on the ground. You cannot conquer ground you haven’t walked. It is by walking through things that enables you to conquer it, but not only that, it makes you able to navigate others through the landmines and dangers of that land.
In the kingdom of God, nothing is wasted, and nothing is selfish. When we have put on the armour of God and stand our ground, it’s sometimes the right thing to turn around and see how far he’s brought you. Sometimes there may be people behind you who need a helping hand with exactly the thing you’ve just been through. Sometimes you look ahead and realise that the hill you’ve just conquered wasn’t Mt Everest after all, but what you’ve learned along the way will help you on your next quest.
Stepping out and taking new ground requires obedience, determination, persistence in prayer and a grit to be able to stick to what you’ve heard God say. Joshua didn’t waver in his battle plan of marching around Jericho seven times. Not a single arrow was fired, or sword wielded, not even a shout was made, they obeyed, they were determined, and they silently prayed persistently as they walked.
Sometimes we need to identify what our posture is, or has been, and adjust it. Maybe we are aware that we’ve been functioning in a ‘half asleep’ state. Maybe it’s time to realign our posture, to intentionally put on the armour, dig our heels in and walk the land that God has asked us to conquer.
This article originally appeared on Simcha Natan’s blog and is reposted with permission.
Simcha emigrated to Israel from the UK, with her husband and three children. Having studied theology and music and worship in London, and trained as a worship leader and song writer, she went on to teach music and be involved in worship teams in several congregations in the UK, and now in Israel as part of Sarah Liberman's team. Simcha is the author of the “Dare to Ask” project, comprising of the book 'Dare to Ask', and 3 CD's, Dreaming', 'Awakened' and 'Soar (To come) which each have a counterpart 30 day devotional study guide to accompany them. She is passionate about enabling people to engage with God in the way which they were made to, and is committed to multi sensory expressions. Simcha is also an artist, and paints her songs and messages to accompany the music and books. She is also the coordinator Ascend Carmel Programs.
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How the Feast of Trumpets became Rosh HaShana
Much of the world celebrates a new start as December 31st turns into January 1st, whereas Jewish people now celebrate their new year at the Feast of Trumpets. But according to the Bible, the new year starts on “The first day of the first month”. The ‘first month’ is the month in which we celebrate Passover in the Spring, and the new moon signifies the beginning of each new month.
“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.”
But our God is a God of multiple new beginnings, new seasons, and fresh starts!
Instead of celebrating once a year, God asks that the beginning of every month, each new moon, is celebrated – that’s twelve new beginnings instead of one! This is called “Rosh Chodesh”, or “head of the month”. It’s interesting that the word for month, “chodesh”, is from the root word for new: “chadash”.
The Biblical Mandate
Numbers 10:10 instructs:
“On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”
Numbers 28:11-15 goes further, requiring many sacrifices: “
At the beginnings of your months, you shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord”… The trumpets were sounded, many different kinds of offerings were sacrificed, and it was a holiday for Israel – a day off regular work.
Throughout the Bible these New Moon festivals were often forgotten and fell by the wayside, at other times they were joyously reinstated, and other times they were performed in a dry and empty way that grieved God. But it is interesting that God wanted his people to note the opening of each month, isn’t it? The moon was at its very thinnest, all fresh and new, starting a new cycle, and a new month.
How the Jewish calendar developed
The Jewish calendar is different to the Gregorian calendar in that it is regulated more by the moon rather than the sun (although there are slight alterations to keep it in line with the seasons), and the days go from sundown to sundown, instead of midnight to midnight. This is because in Genesis we read, “and it was evening and there was morning, the first day” – starting with the evening.
You may be aware of the names of the Jewish months (like Nisan, mentioned above), but God called the months simply by their order – the first month, second month, and so on. He also, by the way, calls days of the week in the same manner – first day, second day, all the way through to sixth day, and then Shabbat. The names of the week that we use are actually based on idol worship! (Sun-day, Moon-day, Thor’s-day, and so on). Similarly, the names of the Jewish months cannot be found in the Bible, but have been brought back with the people of Israel from their time of exile in Babylon:
1. Nisan (נִיסָן)
2. Iyyar (אִיָּר)
3. Sivan (סִיוָן)
4. Tammuz (תַּמּוּז)
5. Av (אָב)
6. Elul (אֱלוּל)
7. Tishri (תִּשׁרִי)
8. Cheshvan (חֶשְׁוָן)
9. Kislev (כִּסְלֵו)
10. Tevet (טֵבֵת)
11. Shevat (שְׁבָט)
12. Adar (אֲדָר)
It is also Babylonian influence that brought the Jewish people to start celebrating the new year at all, and to do it at the Feast of Trumpets1. The name “Rosh HaShana” (head / beginning of the year) is mentioned only one time in the Bible, by Ezekiel:
“In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, in the beginning of the year [Rosh HaShana], in the tenth day of the month—in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day—the hand of Adonai was on me, and He brought me there.” (Ezekiel 40:1)
However, the context shows that he was not talking about a new year’s celebration, but rather just a measurement of time.
Resetting the clock
As we mentioned, God laid out this calendar to Moses at the time of the Exodus (thought to have happened in 1446 BC), but how did they measure time before that?
If you search for the word for ‘month’ in the Bible, you will find that time used to be measured by Noah’s age – we read that the flood came in the second month of Noah’s six hundredth year! And it continues to keep time by Noah’s age from then on, until this new paradigm shift occurs – God does the extraordinarily dramatic Exodus miracle, and resets time. However, God’s calendar was not necessarily what the other peoples of the earth were following – people would set time according to the life or rule of the King, as we can also see in the books of Kings, and the prophets. But the clock is dramatically reset once again by the coming of the Messiah, whom we proclaim every time we write the date – 2018 years since he came.
The Jewish year becoming 5779 is supposed to reflect the number of years since creation, although this is difficult to prove. The truth is that the very concept that this is the year 2018 is uncomfortable for those who are not fans of Yeshua. Instead of saying “BC” (Before Christ) or “AD” (Anno Domini – the year of our Lord), in Israel they say “before the counting” and “after the counting”, and it is now more common globally to write “CE” (Current Era) and “BCE” (Before the Current Era). The awkward truth of Yeshua’s central importance that all this counting and era-diving points towards is thus avoided for those who would rather deny the One who split time in two.
There will be a day when everyone will have to bow the knee and confess that He is Lord, but for now, we will continue to consecrate our lives to him as living sacrifices, day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year.
- Elon Gilad, The History of Rosh Hashanah Which Wasn’t Always the ‘New Year’, HaAretz, Sep 20, 2017
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
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The communion of the New Covenant in Yeshua’s blood
Matt. 26:19-29 “And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover. Now when the evening was come, He sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, He said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, Lord, is it I? And He answered and said, He that dips his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
The Son of man goes as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, who betrayed Him, answered and said, my Lord, is it I? He said unto him, You have said.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it,and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Jer. 34:12-20 “Then the word of YHVH came to Jeremiah from YHVH, saying, “Thus says the YHVH God of Israel, ‘I made a covenant with your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, saying, “At the end of seven years each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who has been sold to you and has served you six years, you shall send him out free from you; but your forefathers did not obey Me or incline their ear to Me. Although recently you had turned and done what is right in My sight, each man proclaiming liberty to his neighbor, and you had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name. Yet you turned and profaned My name, and each man took back his male servant and each man his female servant whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your male servants and female servants.”’
“Therefore thus says YHVH, ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming liberty each man to his brother and each man to his neighbor. Behold, I am proclaiming liberty to you,’ declares YHVH, ‘to the sword, to the pestilence and to the famine; and I will make you a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts— the officials of Judah and the officials of Jerusalem, the court officers and the priests and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf— I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life. And their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth.”
Some of the main principles of most covenants that we find in the Bible and in secular histories are (taken from In Covenant With Jesus, by Kelvin Crombie, 2013):
–The coming together of two parties with the purpose of entering into an enduring and committed relationship, normally for mutual benefit. Usually there is a weaker party seeking the protection of a stronger one.
–Both parties present their reasons and conditions for seeking the relationship. Previous disagreements or obstacles between the parties would have to be resolved. If one of the parties had been in covenant with another entity, that one would have to be cancelled, buried.
–Once agreement is reached, an animal (or, animals) would be selected and sacrificed, usually in the presence of the two parties.
–The words of the covenant would then be spoken out, including blessings and cursings for either obeying the words and intent of the covenant, or for disobeying the terms and conditions of the covenant agreement. (Gen. 1 – 3; Hos. 6:6-7; Lev. 26; Deut. 27 – 30; Luke 11:28; 1 Cor. 16:22; Gal. 1:8-9; Heb. 10:26-31)
–The pieces of the animal would then be separated, and the two parties would walk between the pieces, stepping on the blood of the covenant sacrifice; or else the blood might be sprinkled over the parties involved in the covenant ceremony. The covenant would be read out, and the participants would say something like this: “May it happen to me as it happened to these animals if I violate the words of this covenant!” In other words, they were pronouncing a curse upon themselves should they be unfaithful to the covenant. (Gen. 15:7-21)
–There would be witnesses to this ceremony, who/which would be a constant reminder that a covenant had been cut and agreed to in that place.
–Often there was an exchange of gifts.
–After all this, there would be some form of banquet of joy, and the sacrificial animal would be eaten as the main course.
–It was clear to all that this covenant was a binding agreement, not to be broken without serious consequences, such as war or death. Breaking a covenant is breach of trust, and is sin.
YHVH God, who came to us in the person of the Messiah Yeshua, has taken full responsibility for His creation and for His plan of redemption. We – as those in covenant relationship with Him – have been guilty of unfaithfulness, of treason, against Him and His covenant relationship and obligations. We deserved to have done to us what was done to those animals who were slaughtered and sacrificed to cut/make the covenant in their blood. Yeshua/Jesus took our place, and we did to Him what was done to those sacrificial animals; and we, and the executors, did it in hatred: we were saying in effect that “we do not like what You have done, we do not like You for who You are, and we do not want to be under Your authority or in personal, religious, or national relationship with You. You have only caused us problems and made life hard for us. Let us go back to Egypt; let us go back to Babylon; let us be like the Gentiles. We do not accept Your authority or Your Law and commandments. Leave us alone!” (And the regiment of soldiers who mistreated Yeshua did to Him what they felt towards the Jewish people — the Chosen People of God — whom He also represented as their “King”.) (Matt. 27:27-31)
But, no! We agreed to being in covenant together with YHVH, and with Jesus. (Also, marriages are covenant relationships, not merely contractual or experimental arrangements.) And even if we did not agree, but are simply created beings by Him in God’s image, we are answerable to Him. By offering Himself as the sacrifice – as if He were the guilty party – Yeshua takes full responsibility for His creation and for His sovereign governance. We did to Him what we thought about God – His holiness, His judgments, His law and commandments. We judged YHVH and found Him guilty, worthy of rejection for all that He is! God, in His goodness and lovingkindness and righteousness and mercy and wisdom offers forgiveness to all, and grants it to whomsoever repents and believes in Him and His Word. God remains faithful even if we do not. He cannot deny Himself.
1 Cor. 11:23-32 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Covenant in my blood: this do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.
For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
You can see elements of the covenant principles in these instructions. We remember the death of Messiah, the Son of God, who paid the penalty for our transgression and our unfaithfulness against Him and our covenant relationship. This slaughtered Lamb of God took on flesh and blood at His birth, was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day; was seen alive by hundreds of witnesses for 40 days; and He ascended back to Heaven, now seated at the Father’s right hand, having all authority in Heaven and on Earth, and is interceding for us to help us finish to the praise of the Father’s glory at the resurrection of the believers when Yeshua comes again in great power and great glory. In the meantime, the Lord has left us a covenant meal to remember Him with joy and thanksgiving. Hallelu-Yah!
The New Covenant (Testament) offers sinners (whether Israel as a nation, Jewish people, Gentiles — every human being!) forgiveness of their sin of unbelief, rebellion, and dishonor against their Creator and Redeemer. (Luke 23:34) All are guilty before God without exception. (Rom. 3) And it is this that we – those who have repented and believed the gospel of salvation and the Kingdom of God – celebrate in the Lord’s Supper, the communion of the justified saints through our faith in Yeshua and His death and resurrection, establishing and restoring fully our relationship and fellowship with our Father in Heaven and with His Son Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah. It was the Father’s pleasure to crush His Son for our salvation; it was Yeshua’s willingness to give His life a ransom for many. (Isa. 53; Matt. 26:36-46) Sin has been judged; we have been forgiven; and Messiah is our food from Heaven that sustains us until we are there with Him. We have received the Spirit of God as the guarantor of the eternal life we have received, and we wait for the fulfillment of the promise within the Lord’s Supper – the coming again of the Lord and the resurrection of the believers, and the salvation of the full remnant of all the Tribes of Israel that will be “all Israel”.
As we eat the bread and drink from the cup, let us remember Who He is who has loved us so.
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, August 31, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Howard Bass is the congregation pastor/leader of Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua's Inheritance) in Beer Sheva, Israel.
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So, I’ve come down
One line always gets me in God’s conversation with Moses: “So, I have come down.” Here’s Moses, freaking out at a bush that won’t stop burning. Why shouldn’t he be? He’s hearing the voice of God Almighty, for goodness’ sake!
The Hebrews are locked in slavery. Moses has blown it and spent about 40 frustrating years in the desert running after sheep. I know, because when we were hippies trying to live on the land in New Mexico, it was my “job” to herd the goats. They drove me crazy, running from bush to bush. The problem, I realized many years later, was that we weren’t feeding the poor creatures enough. So, when they were let loose to “go for a walk with Eitan” they took off like race horses. It was all I could do to keep up with them. The truth was, they were herding me.
When God says to Moses “So, I have come down,” it’s not a throwaway line. The dialogue that unfolds is a defining one (since God reveals his ineffable name “I am that I am—יהוה” and lets Moses know that he’s to be the Lord’s special envoy to Pharaoh), but their chat also contains some humor. When God informs Moses that He is sending the desert shepherd to the most powerful ruler in the world, demanding the freedom of his abundant, free Hebrew slave labor, Moses’ reaction has multiple levels.
It’s like he’s (1) playing dumb, or (2) is truly blown away and hanging on every word, or (3) remembers his less-than-stellar attempt to set his enslaved relatives free, and doesn’t really want any part of it, or (4) has sincere questions and is trying to come to grips with this totally weird situation of a voice coming out of a burning bush. And we imagine the voice being deep and booming, scary and welcoming all at the same time.
Why “Come down”?
“Coming down” is, of course, part of God’s repertoire. He pulls it first on Adam and Eve, that lovely but spaced-out couple at the beginning of the Book. They heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden during the breezy part of the day (my translation of “לרוח היום”). He was there, God, the Creator. And they HEARD Him. God’s presence must have been something physical for them to hear. Conclusion: He had come down.
Then there are all the incidents that people (including my friend Asher) have written about. The Almighty appeared to Abraham, and to Gideon, Ezekiel, and Samson’s folks. But, this action verb description: “So I have come down,” is a personally involved response to the cries of the Hebrew slaves. Why has He come down? “To deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). Talk about an attractive deal!
It’s the getting involved part that drew me in. Fast forward to John’s Gospel. Yeshua says “I am the living bread which came down from heaven” (John 6:51). God has again “come down,” this time in the flesh! And, again, it is to set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18). It’s looking like this “coming down” business is a major character trait of the Eternal. This IS what He does, and it challenges many religious traditions. IN fact, being among us is His “thing.” (See James 4:8, Exodus 25:8, 33:14, Matthew 28:20).
Come down to me!
I want to dwell with Him and for Him to dwell with me. His “coming down” shows me His personal concern, readiness to sacrifice, unflinching commitment to deal with my junk, and His ability to alter my ego. It was inevitable that a real life Messiah would show up. How else could God fulfill His plan of saving mankind, and saving me? He couldn’t do it long distance, like a Skype call. The only way was to “come down” and take care of business.
Like the time back in Egypt when He heard our cries, He hears them right now. “I’m crying out to you, Lord. Hear my cry. Come down. You have come down, and shown me who You are. But I also need You every day. Help me hear You walking in the garden, breaking the bread. Help me sense your nearness when I’m feeling far from you. Come on down, Lord.”
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, August 23, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Eitan is the Founder and Executive Director of Tents of Mercy Network of Messianic Congregations is Northern Israel. He's a published author, having written "What About Us?", which answers the question about Gentile participation in the restoration of Israel.
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Commentary on Parashat Ki Tavo (When You Come)
DEVARIM (DEUTERONOMY) 26:1–29:8
I closed my last blog entry, Parashat Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out), with two verses from Galatians 3:13–14:
Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE” — in order that in Messiah Yeshua the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
I wrote that Yeshua is the fulfillment of the Torah (law) and the Prophets! He took upon Himself our curse (Isaiah 53), and through faith in Him, we can all — Jew and Gentile alike — be restored to the Father. This is the GOOD NEWS of Messiah!
There is a direct connection to this week’s reading portion as it deals with God’s very specific instructions for Israel for when they would enter the Land of inheritance. As I was reading this week’s portion, I found it interesting that there are 14 verses (28:1–14) that speak of the blessings of obedience and that there are 54 verses (28:15–68) that speak of the curses resulting from disobedience.
How can we understand this? I believe God wants to get our attention by stressing the importance of obedience and disobedience. I also believe that God wants to ensure that we understand the byproduct of disobedience, which is the curse. The reason for this is prophetic, in my opinion, further cementing the fulfillment of the amazing work that Yeshua did for each person who chooses to accept it. He became the “curse” for us so that we could be free from it!
So, what does knowing this mean for me? For you? This is a personal question each follower of Messiah must answer.
God brought Israel from slavery in Egypt, into the Land of promise for a very specific reason:
This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have today declared the LORD to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. And the LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured people (nation), as He spoke to you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He shall set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated (holy) people to the LORD your God, as He has spoken.
God chose Israel to be His people – a treasured people, a holy people – not for their sake, but for HIS! Through Israel, the glory of God Almighty was to be revealed to the nations.
My dear brothers and sisters, we must understand that being chosen by God for a specific task is something that also applies to us as believers today. We have all been called to a life of holiness (obedience) and have been warned of the perils of disobedience. Again, this is not so that we are free to do whatever we please, but to live for Him:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Messiah Yeshua; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
As I have written many times before, the result of our understanding the fact that Yeshua took upon Himself the curse that was meant for us (Isaiah 53), and through faith in Him, we can all – Jew and Gentile – be restored to the Father, is living a life which is separated for Him and for His Glory.
But you are A CHOSEN people, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
(1 Peter 2:9–10)
Let us not take this for granted! Does your life reflect this great truth?
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.