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Israel and the Nations
By Asher Intrater
Exile and Redemption
There is a profound mystery throughout the Scriptures about the relationship between Israel and the Nations.
Jew and Gentile
The covenant of God started with Noah for all the nations, and then was transferred to Israel through Shem and Abraham. Abraham himself lived in Ur of the Chaldeans (ancient Iraq) and immigrated to the land of Canaan. Abraham's calling was to bless the nations of the earth, and they were to bless his family in return (Genesis 12:3).
Jacob was born in the land of Canaan but was "exiled" to his uncle Laban in Syria. Joseph was rejected by his brothers and spent his life as a leader of the Egyptians. Moses was born and raised in Egypt as an Egyptian prince. Then he led the Israelites (and a mixed multitude of Gentiles) out into the wilderness, where he established the Levitical priesthood, which separated Israel from the Nations.
Joshua conquered the land, and then David and Solomon established the kingdom. The nation was exiled to Assyria (722 BC) and Babylon (586 BC), and regathered afterwards to restore Jerusalem (516 BC). They were conquered by the Greeks (330 BC) and Romans (63 BC), and then exiled to the Nations again (70 AD) a generation after Yeshua's resurrection. The modern regathering started in 1881 with national independence in 1948, after almost 2000 years of exile.
The theme of scattering and regathering, (exile and redemption - in Hebrew "Galut" and "Geulah") is as central to the Jewish view of the kingdom (Matthew 1:17) as the death and resurrection of Yeshua is central to the Christian view of salvation. The two ideas are over-lapped in the plan of God (e.g. 2 days equaling 2 thousand years). The prophets saw the resurrection of the dead and the regathering of Israel as a unified event (Ezekiel 37).
Rahab and Ruth, Gentile women, gave birth to the seed of the Jewish messiah (Matthew 1:5). Jonah, the nationalist prophet (II Kings 14:25) was sent against his will on a mission to Assyria. Paul (Shaul), an ultra-Orthodox rabbi became the founder of the Gentile Church. He wrote of this mystery (Ephesians 2:11 -3:6), and called the Gentile believers to be grafted back in to Israel (Romans 11:17-25).
The mystery of Jew and Gentile continues all the way into the book of Revelation, where there are the 144,000 of the tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:4) alongside the uncountable multitude of every nation (Revelation 7:9). Even heavenly Jerusalem contains the names of the tribes of Israel written on its gates (21:12).
The word "Goy" in Hebrew has two meanings: one positive (nation, people), and one negative (gentile, pagan). When a "Goy" receives the Jewish Messiah by the New Covenant, he remains a member of his own people group, but is no longer a pagan. [I prefer to describe the "Gentile" Church (ecclesia) as "international" instead of "Gentile" to avoid this misunderstanding.]
The mystery of Israel and the Nations is eternally profound (Romans 11:33). The dynamic relationship between the two is as foundational as that between man and woman, or between heaven and earth. There is a spiritual equilibrium between the two, like the positive-negative balance in electrical poles or a chemical equation.
Perhaps this mystery is connected to the very nature of Yeshua Himself, who is both the son of God and the son of David; both the king of Israel and head of the Church. His dual nature is reflected in the duality of the relationship between Israel and the Nations.
Responding Rightly to Mistreatment
What do we do when we are hurt by someone? In this message Asher speaks from Matthew 18 and stresses the call we have to love and forgiveness in relationships. Included in this call is, "Thou shalt not Gossip." Gossip brings a 'murder' like result to another person's character when we speak behind their back in an attempt to justify ourselves and point out their wrong. To watch, click HERE!
Passover Camp - Katzir
By Vanessa Ben Moshe
The latest camp, the first of 2014, took place from April 7 to April 10. The camp was held in the Negev Desert and was called “On the Altar”. The camp was attended by 84 youth from approximately 25 congregations within Israel.
There were teachings and discussions on the following topics:
- Putting ourselves on the altar and living free from the chains of sin. (by Eitan Shishkoff)
- Raising awareness of our behavior as believers in a secular society. (by Moti Vaknin)
- Strengthening the youth’s understanding that Yeshua’s sacrifice has freed us from sin and death. (by Youval Yanay)
On the second day, we hiked through the desert near the Ramon Crater and rappelled down the side of a cliff, which was a lot of fun and a great bonding experience for the youth.
Judging by the testimonies at the final gathering of the camp, many of the youth were touched by God’s word and love! Many were moved by the teachings, affected by their counselors and felt highly appreciated by the camp’s leadership. Above all they felt closeness with God.
We are looking forward to and ask you to pray for our 10-day-summer-camp which will take place in July.
Answering Rabbis Objections to Yeshua #1
Eitan & Moti are Jewish-Israeli followers of Yeshua who are fed up with the Anti-missionary organizations and the Rabbis’ lies about Jesus and decided to refute them in public, with a lot of humor! To watch (with subtitles in English), click HERE!
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