There Must Be More

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:

Dwell

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There Must Be More

While the world is clearly reeling to and fro in so many ways these days and what we considered innocent isn’t so, it’s time to consider how to respond and to find out what G-d wants.

Good news is coming. In some ways it’s already here but in other ways it’s coming in a way unrecognized before. Some kind of revolution is coming one day sooner than we think. This revolution will touch the very essence of the identity of those who believe in Messiah, corporately and individually. We’ve been alone for far too long gazing at ourselves in Messiah rather than at Messiah himself. It’s time to look the other way around. It’s time to go from one to many, individuals to family, my world to Kingdom.

There must be a revolution coming that shifts and changes the identity of the corporate people who believe in Messiah. There must be something big and wild and crazy coming that’s really great and terribly awesome: a shaking that will shake everything inside of us and outside of us except the Kingdom of G-d, which will remain. This must come that those who believe in the Giver of life bring and give a testimony of this life within and without. It must come. This must happen. How long while the world stands in awe and shock, fear and outrage at the turbulence descending upon man without an answer of the reality of the goodness of G-d in the land of the living? May the answer be made known to all who are hungry.

G-d of Israel, G-d of all hope, bring hope and life in Zion today. Bring deliverance and rescue in Israel today.

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those who wait on G-d

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:

Weary

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The youth will faint and grow weary, the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the G-d shall renew their strength…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40

The Holy One of Israel
Doesn’t grow weary
He doesn’t faint
nor forget his people
in their difficulty

He doesn’t turn away
from the people
He called after himself

As Jerusalem suffers,
As Israel experiences
Bigotry and boycotts,
Hatred and murder
From enemies on every side

Holy One of Israel
Rise up on behalf of Jerusalem
Rise up on behalf of your people

You do not grow weary
You do not slumber nor sleep
You watch over Israel

You will finish what you started
in this people you chose
For your name
and your glory

Abba, help your people today
Let Israel know you are with them
To deliver them

He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep Tehillim/Psalm 130

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

When the LORD brought back
the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Tehillim/Psalm 126

What a day of dancing and rejoicing this day will be!
The Lord will fully and completely
bring back the captivity of Zion!

The people of Israel will know their G-d
He will be their G-d and they will be his people
in righteousness and truth

There is no question and no doubt
that this will happen
All the nations will look and see
the goodness of the G-d of Israel

There will be no other god
Exalted in that day
The one G-d, the living G-d,
The holy one of Israel will be
Exalted and lifted high
in that day

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Do not forget Jerusalem

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 31: Almost

The challenges continue in Israel
Attacks happening on a near daily basis
Many attacks have happened in and near Hevron
where the patriarchs were buried
Attacks are too common in Judea and Samaria
Stabbings have also visited Rishon leZion and Tel Aviv

The difficulties continue for Israel
Yet Israel hasn’t lost hope
Israel cannot lose hope
Israel hasn’t given up
and cannot give up

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Whether you’re in Israel
or you’re on the other side of the planet,

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
G-d loves Jerusalem and marked that city forever
He will not forget Jerusalem nor his people, ever
Because G-d does not forget,
Do not forget
Because his love does not grow cold,
Do not let your love grow cold

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Because of the house of the Lord our G-d
I will seek your good.

Tehillim/Psalm 122

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill!
If I do not remember you,
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth –
If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Tehillim/Psalm 137

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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To Love the G-d of Israel

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To those who have been reading daily, I apologize for the delay in posting this. You may understand when you read this post.

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 30: Bacon

Bacon is a difficult word prompt for me. Let me explain why.

About seventeen years ago, I accidentally landed upon a path that has been wonderful yet filled with heartache in many ways. It has been a lonely road and it took me years to comprehend why. The path has been to learn about and walk with the G-d of Israel and the people of Israel.

If you ask the average person that has been a part of what has historically been called the “church,” you may never know that the faith began as a Jewish sect. The church seems to be a place where it is very rare to learn about the dynamic Jewish experience and the story of the historical people of Israel. Most would know that Jesus was a Jew even though some still desire to rewrite this historical fact due to their hatred of all things Jewish.

The story goes on. I connected with G-d as the G-d of Israel almost two decades ago. It has been a journey I would never ever regret. As I mentioned earlier, it has been lonely and isolating at times. As I’ve delved into the study of Jewish history, their story is filled with loneliness, isolation and rejection.

The overall Jewish experience at the hands of those who profess to believe in Israel’s long-awaited messiah has been utterly horrible. Rejection and isolation would have been kind compared to what the historical realities are. There are not words to adequately describe this tragic and dark history nor the Jewish people’s anguish and persecution by Christians. I realize that you may be shocked by this information but the reality is undeniable. This history can no longer be denied nor argued away. It must be taken seriously.

If you have a courageous heart, I implore you to take a glimpse of this story for yourself. Please stare at it with open eyes and an open heart and be willing to ask some deep and difficult questions.

A book written by the late Catholic priest Father Edward Flannery, originally published in 1965, chronicles twenty-three centuries of anti-Semitism. Father Flannery wrote a “confessional” history of the historical church’s longstanding mistreatment and hatred of the Jewish people. His post-Holocaust self-reflective hope was to see many own and repent over such sins. He links the church’s anti-Semitism to ancient pagan anti-Semitism. This faulty foundation of anti-semitism in the church opened the door for supersessionist ideology, the claim that the church was the new and true Israel. This ideology thrived among the early church fathers and has proven to be a seedbed for some of the most vile and abhorrent acts of murder and hatred of the Jewish people ever expressed throughout history.

Most surprising of all is that this history has been mostly hidden and ignored in the halls of churches and the classrooms of theological seminaries. Yet the Jewish community is starkly aware of it. Here is an excerpt from Flannery’s book to this point, “The vast majority of Christians, even well educated, are all but totally ignorant of what happened to Jews in history and the culpable involvement of the Church…the anti-Semitic record does not appear in Christian history books or social studies, and because Christians are not inclined to read histories of anti-Semitism. Jews on the other hand are by and large acutely aware of this page of history if for no other reason than that it is so extensively and intimately intermingled with the history of the Jews and Judaism. It is little exaggeration to state that those pages of history Jews have committed to memory are the very ones that have been torn from Christian (and secular) history books.”

All that to say, caring about Israel in a world of people who profess to follow a Jewish man is harder than you’d think. 1900 years of a rewritten identity of this Jewish man is sad and it is painful. It is heartbreaking. And because most don’t know this history, people are shocked by even small pieces of this information. Many get offended when the subject is brought up and many want to stay ignorant of the hard facts and the real realities.

Yet, how can there be any real reconciliation between Jews and Christians without dealing with this history? How can the church be absolved if they never ask forgiveness for these crimes? How can those who follow this Jewish man walk outside of hypocrisy and into reality without dealing with him as a Jew?

Outside of the historical truths, what is the core identity of the messiah that the masses say they follow? Who was he? Where did he live? Who was his family? What was his background? It’s like knowing someone without knowing their personal history, their family background, the joys and heartaches of their experience, what they love and what they don’t. All of these things are simply thoughts and questions to stir hunger and hopefully shed light on the subject.

So what about bacon besides the obvious fact that it isn’t kosher. In light of what we’re talking about, Jews were forced to eat bacon to prove they had converted to Christianity or they would face death during the days of the Spanish inquisition. This is the history of the church. This is the history of the Jewish people.

Reconciliation is the goal. Yet the hard work of reconciliation is hard work. And oftentimes we don’t want to do the hard work until it comes knocking on our door, and oftentimes it comes later than we had wished. Germans know this better than any modern culture. A nation professing belief in the one G-d, yet standing by while the Jews in their midst slowly but surely had everything, ultimately their lives, taken from them.

If all of this sounds too heavy and is confusing, it is heavy but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Let me connect you a couple of resources to look into it on your own. Contact me on the comments page if you have throughts/questions.

Note: In using the term “church” I am referring to all parts of what has historically been considered a part of the church including Catholics, Protestants and other Orthodox churches.

The Anguish of the Jews by Edward H. Flannery
Link to New Revised & Updated Paperback Edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Anguish-Jews-Twenty-Three-Antisemitism/dp/0809143240

Link to Used Edition: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=anguish+of+the+jews

Link to Electronic Edition:
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=J40gNC7cxfYC&rdid=book-J40gNC7cxfYC&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb

Our Hands are Stained with Blood by Michael Brown
http://askdrbrown.myshopify.com/collections/special-deals/products/special-buy-our-hands-are-stained-with-blood-book-and-receive-a-free-dvd

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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