Israel our Brother

Acts 15:22-23

Then the emissaries and the elders, together with the whole Messianic community, decided to select men from among themselves to send to Antioch with Sha’ul and Bar- Nabba. They sent Y’hudah, called Bar- Sabba, and Sila, both leading men among the brothers, with the following letter:

From:The emissaries and the elders, your brothers

To:The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia : Greetings

As believers in Yeshua we are brothers, whether Jew or gentile, we are called brothers. Now if we are called brothers in Yeshua, we must acknowledge that being brothers have nothing to do with who we are, but in whom we trust.

This letter was sent from the Jewish based fellowship “church” in Jerusalem to the gentiles, and they called them brothers. Remember that prior to being believers in Yeshua the Bible says the gentiles were without God. The love of Messiah brought gentiles, who believed in Him, into the Father’s house and made them brothers. For Paul said that it is the love of Messiah that compelled him as written in 2 Corinthians 5:14-19 For the Messiah’s love has hold of us, because we are convinced that one man died on behalf of all mankind (which implies that all mankind was already dead), and that he died on behalf of all in order that those who live should not live any longer for themselves but for the one who on their behalf died and was raised. So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation- the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

This is the reconciliation that Paul explained in Ephesians 2, reconciliation between Jew and gentile in the Messiah. Who in Himself made one new man, no more Jew or gentile. It is this reconciliation that Yeshua had in mind when He spoke from the cross and said in Luke 23:34 Yeshua said, “Father, forgive them; they don’t understand what they are doing.”….

Explanation. If we consider that the crucifixion was a sin offering for the world, that will herald in the new covenant validated by the Blood of Yeshua the Messiah. A covenant where Jew and gentle have been reconciled, and made one new man in Yeshua through His own Blood, the Blood of the Lamb of God. Yeshua asked the Father to forgive them for at that time they did not perceive that they are bringing an offering before the Living Elohim, in fulfilment of what Yeshua said in John 3:14-19 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.”For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

The significance of the mentioned is that the people, Jews and gentile, who were looking upon the cross, did not perceive that Yeshua hanging on the cross, is the very Word of Elohim coming into fulfilment before their eyes, a new covenant as written in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (31) “Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. (32) It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI. (33) “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI:”I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. (34) No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more. Yeshua foretold what will happen, He knew it had to happen in accordance to the will of Elohim, when He prayed in Getshemane “not My will be done, but They will be done”. For even when Elohim called on Abraham to sacrifice his only son, it was a foreshadow of what Elohim planned to do, in order to set the world free.

For those of us, who perceived what happened on the cross, have this opportunity and the privilege to prayer for our Jewish brothers to receive the revelation of the cross. When we pray we must pray with an expectation that they will rejoice with us before Elohim, in the knowledge that through Yeshua we all receive forgivness and that there is no condemnation, as written in Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua.

Based on the mentioned, consider that Yeshua did not look back, for it is written in the book of Hebrews 12: 2 looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua- who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. He always consider the hope in the things to come. So again, when Yeshua prayed “ Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”. He did not consider the deeds of the soldiers and the Pharisees, but considered the fact that they did not perceive that united as Jew and gentile they offered a sin offering “Sacrificial offering”, before Elohim so that in unity, united in Messiah they could receive forgiveness and eternal life, that is to know the one true God, and Him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah.

For the Jews, the account of Abraham called upon by Elohim to offer his only son, have a deeper meaning. Example “The ram hanging on the Sabek (a branche or a tree with two branches) mystically redeemed Isaac alone, while the Lamb of God hanged on the cross delivered the world from Death and Hell.” ” The plant called Sabek means ‘forgiveness’, it foreshadows the cross that forgives the world it’s sins and grants it life.” But they could not recognize the Lamb of God as He was crucified on behalf of our, the Jew and gentiles sin.

Again when Yeshua said: “ forgive them for they do not perceive what they are doing”. He was looking upon Jew and gentile, united in Himself although they did not perceive it.

We as gentiles have this privilege to pray for our brother as we ponder the Word as written in Romans 5:8-11 But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by means of his bloody sacrificial death, how much more will we be delivered through him from the anger of God’s judgment! For if we were reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies, how much more will we be delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled! And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation.

Be your brothers keeper, and build a hedge around them in love. The same love we received while we where in our sin.

Standing in the Gap for Israel

Standing in the gap for Israel, as we come in agreement with God’s Word as stated in Isaiah 62.

consider this :

God purposed for us to receive His mercy through His Son Yeshua the Messiah, so that we can show mercy to Israel by building a hedge around them, and standing in the gap for them so that they may receive God’s mercy as written in Romans 11:28-31

…. But with respect to being chosen they are loved for the Patriarchs ‘sake, for God’s free gifts and his calling are irrevocable. Just as you yourselves were disobedient to God before but have received mercy now because of Isra’el’s disobedience; so also Isra’el has been disobedient now, so that by your showing them the same mercy that God has shown you, they too may now receive God’s mercy.

We have been called to come in agreement with God’s plan as it is stated in Isaiah 62:1-12
For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent,
for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out brightly
and her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication
and all kings your glory.
Then you will be called by a new name
which ADONAI himself will pronounce.
You will be a glorious crown in the hand of ADONAI,
a royal diadem held by your God.
You will no longer be spoken of as ‘Azuvah [Abandoned]
or your land be spoken of as’ Sh’mamah [Desolate];
rather, you will be called Heftzi- Vah [My- Delight- Is- In- Her]
and your land Be’ulah [Married].
For ADONAI delights in you,
and your land will be married-
as a young man marries a young woman,
your sons will marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
your God will rejoice over you.
I have posted watchmen
on your walls, Yerushalayim;
they will never fall silent,
neither by day nor by night.
You who call on ADONAI,
give yourselves no rest;
and give him no rest till he restores Yerushalayim
and makes it a praise on earth.
ADONAI has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“Never again will I give your grain
to your enemies as food;
nor will strangers drink your wine,
for which you worked so hard;
but those who harvest the grain will eat it
with praises to ADONAI;
those who gathered the wine will drink it
in the courtyards of my sanctuary.”
Go on through, go on through the gates,
clear the way for the people!
Build up a highway, build it up!
Clear away the stones!
Raise a banner for the peoples!
ADONAI has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
“Say to the daughter of Tziyon,
‘Here, your Salvation is coming!
Here, his reward is with him,
and his recompense is before him.'”
They will call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of ADONAI.
You will be called D’rushah [Sought- After],
‘Ir Lo Ne’ezvah [City- No- Longer- Abandoned].

to fulfil God’s promise as stated in

Ezekiel 36:24-28

For I will take you from among the nations, gather you from all the countries, and return you to your own soil. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them. You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors. You will be my people, and I will be your God

Based on the above mentioned promises God gave His people Israel, is it to much to ask for a people redeemed on account of the Love of God, to love Israel by stand in the gap to see the fulfilment of God’s promise for Israel.

Remember, the Words of Yeshua when He send His disciples.

Matthew 10:8 … As you go, You have received without paying, so give without asking payment

Why Love Israel

As we, while we were still in our disobedience, received the unmerit favour from our Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, through His Son Yeshua the Messiah. We also received the privilege to stand in the gap for our Jewish brothers and sisters, trusting that God will show them mercy as we received mercy through their disobedience as written in Romans 11:30-31 “Just as you yourselves were disobedient to God before but have received mercy now because of Isra’el’s disobedience; so also Isra’el has been disobedient now, so that by your showing them the same mercy that God has shown you, they too may now receive God’s mercy.”

We as the body of Messiah have a responsibility to stand in the gap for Israel, as we trust the Lord to bring in fulfilment what He promised, one new man united in Yeshua the Messiah. Ephesians 2:14-16 “For he himself is our shalom- he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, and in order to reconcile to Father God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.”

Seed of Christ

Let us consider the first command that God gave man in Genesis 1:28

Be fruitful

Pronounce in Hebrew as paw-raw’, Strong ref #H6509 : Orig: a primitive root; to bear fruit (literally or figuratively):–bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.

The first command that God gave us was to bear fruit, not in the sense of multiplying but in the sense of a branch that bear fruit to the glory of the tree. God said that He created us in His image and in His likeness, and from the beginning we have been called to bear witness of that. Fruit that will bring glory to God. In Ephesians 2:10 we have been “re-created” in Christ Jesus to do the good works that God intended from the beginning. Likewise Jesus said that we will receive power from above to be a witness unto Him, it is the fruit that witness of the tree.

A seed produce after its own kind. When we sow a seed, we expect a harvest of what we sowed. Likewise, Jesus sowed with an expectancy to harvest what He sowed.

In considering the end of days when Jesus will come to harvest, we, if we want to be part of what is harvest, should ask ourselves what is Jesus expecting to harvest on the basis of what He sowed. For He said that He will only harvest that what He sowed. Jesus explained the harvest in Matthew 13:29-30 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’ Jesus said that at the end He will only reap that what He sowed.

If then we want to be within the harvest at the end, we must know what Jesus sowed so that we can produce in like manner. The question we need to answer, is what did Jesus came to do, we are not asking what He did, nor how He prepared the soil, but the question is what did He sow? Only if we can, with no uncertainty, know what Jesus sowed, can we know what He expect to harvest.

So what did Jesus sow?

In considering the Gospel, we read about the acts that Jesus performed. Miraculous signs and wonders, we read about His Words of guidance and how He trained the disciples, but what did He sowed.

To answer the question, we need to consider John 17:18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. The Father send His Son into the world. The word send is the same word used for sow. So we can paraphrase the word as the Father send (sown His Son as a seed) to produce fruit to the glory of the Father, so have we been send (sown by Jesus as a seed) to produce fruit, of the same kind, to the glory of the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

The word used in Hebrew is Pronounce: shaw-lakh’, Strong: #H797 : Orig: a primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications):–X any wise, appoint, bring (on the way), cast (away, out), conduct, X earnestly, forsake, give (up), grow long, lay, leave, let depart (down, go, loose), push away, put (away, forth, in, out), reach forth, send (away, forth, out), set, shoot (forth, out), sow, spread, stretch forth (out).

Jesus was send into the world with one purpose, to show the Father, but in particular to show the love the Father have for us. When the Father send (sown) His Son into this world the harvest He expected was the obedient love of a Son, that would accumulate to the point of saying “not My will be done, but Thy will be done” in order to show the love of the Father to the world.

Jesus the Messiah came into the world to show us the love of our Father. He talked about it, but then at the harvest time, He presented Himself acceptable, likewise the fruit for the harvest is not measured in growth but in the fruit it produce. In like manner, it is only once the fruit become visible that you can say that what was planted bear fruit. Jesus remind us of the mentioned in Matthew 21:19 NKJV And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

If we say that Jesus was sown (as a seed or branch) as a expression of the Fathers Love, and that He beard the fruit of love on Calvary. Then we must acknowledge that Jesus came as a seed sown by the Father to bear fruit to confirm the Fathers Love, and Jesus said that as the Father send Him as a seed, sow He is sending us as a seed to produce fruit that will witness unto Him just as He witnessed unto the Father. The fruit is a witness of the seed that was sown, the bible said that you will know them by their fruit. Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Likewise the fruit that is visible in our lives will witness concerning the tree, the seed within. The Father gave us the promise that by the power of the Holy Spirit, if we submit, we will be able to produce fruit that will witness unto Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the seed that was sown into our hearts, that produce fruit to the glory of the Father and Jesus Christ. If the fruit as a witness of Jesus can’t be seen within the life of His followers. The messages of the Good News is without substance that can proof that the seed was sown. We can talk about the fruit that is produced by the seed, but we have no proof within us to witness concerning that seed.

Jesus came to destroy the work of the enemy, not by hating but by loving, He witness concerning the nature of the Father, that is love. Love, that is, sharing the love of the Father, as the weapon of choice. But love is like the bread and the fish, there is never enough until you start sharing. It is when we allow the love of Christ to be released through us, that it can be multiplied. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Even a very small light, bring light in the darkness. The way we live our life before people should witness about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the love of the Father demonstrated through His Son.

There is a true story told about a missionary who went to an island to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. As he tried to tell them the Good News, the people on the island said that they knew Jesus as he lived with them on the island, but he was not crucified, he died and they buried him. On investigation the truth came to light, a previous missionary send to the island, lived his life in such a way that they saw Jesus in Him.

In considering the testimonies of unbelievers who came to know the Lord through personal experience, what touched them, was the love of Jesus Christ. Love that forgave and embrace, a love that do not consider achievement, but surrender. If we want to be agents of change we need first to be transformed by the love of Christ so that we can bring change through love. We tend to look through eyes of success, a worldly perspective and think that people will follow because we represent success. But if we consider the bible, John the baptizer, did he represent success?. What about our Lord and Savior, did He represent success? If not, why did the multitude come to hear from Him, but only a few chose to follow Him.

When the disciples seemed to think that the time has come, and that the people are ready to receive Jesus as their king, a seemingly success story, Jesus refused and continue to proclaim the Kingdom. So the question once more, is the Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed a worldly view of success? No Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is at hand, or the Rule of God is at hand, how did it came about, through the ultimate expression of love, Jesus being crucified. The Kingdom of God is not about preaching but expressing God’s will, and that is love. Is not the greatest commandment to love the Lord thy God with all of your being and your neighbor as yourselves.