©13 March 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
The Price of Unity
By Asher Intrater
Unity is the end product of love. If I love you and you love me, and we all love one another - then the totality of our love makes us united. Being "One" is a divinely-inspired, spiritual union (Ephesians 5:31-32); becoming united is the human process or outworking of being one. We are "one" in the Lord, but we have to do a bit of work to be united.
Yeshua prayed for us to be One in John 17; in John 18, He entered the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. John records the prayer for unity, while the other gospels record the Gethsemane prayer of "Not My will but Yours be done (Matthew 26:39)." Let's put the two together.
The Gethsemane prayer of obedience unto death was the price that would be required in order to bring us into the oneness of John 17. After the Gethsemane prayer, Yeshua was arrested and led off to be crucified. On the cross, He paid the price for sinners to be saved, and for believers to be one. The cross is the price to make our "oneness with God" possible.
Forgiving Your Betrayer
As Yeshua was crucified on His cross, we too have to take up our cross daily to bring ourselves into unity. On the cross, Yeshua prayed this crucial prayer: "Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do" – (Luke 23:34). There are many different levels of forgiveness and many different types of people to forgive. But the most difficult situation to forgive is when someone close to you betrays you.
No one goes through life without feeling betrayed, or at least abandoned, by another person. Perhaps you were betrayed by someone who did it on purpose; or perhaps he did not realize what he was doing. Maybe he didn’t actually betray you, but the circumstances of life simply brought distance into what once was a close relationship, and so you feel betrayed. To whatever degree it was intended or perceived, it is still the most painful experience in life. Someone cannot betray you unless he has a level of intimacy with you. Intimacy demands vulnerability; betrayal touches that sensitive area of intimate vulnerability. That is why betrayal is so painful.
Yet this is the price of unity: to forgive those who have betrayed you. This is how we "carry our own cross." The only way to reconciliation and unity is to forgive those who have hurt us. Each one of us has to do it within the sphere of his own life and relationships, whether in family, friendship or congregation.
Esther Fast Recap
This year we arrived at new levels of anointing, logistics and unity. Local participation more than doubled from last year. 14 different congregational leaders participated throughout the day.
One highlight was having Bassam, a Muslim background believer and Pastor of the Alliance Evangelical Church in East Jerusalem leading us in prayer for the Middle East. He gave a powerful prophetic word and explained how he is hearing that ISIS has changed their focus from making Mecca the capital city of their caliphate to Jerusalem. This insight led into focused and timely intercession.
Other highlights were a guest worship team from Gateways Cyprus who joined us along with a number of their students, as well as our first worship team from Yad Hashmona, half of which were teenagers. We are excited about what God is doing among the young people in this strategic Messianic village.
We have been encouraged by the positive feedback from people who joined us literally from all around the world through the live web-stream. Some technical issues connected to the internet and sound levels challenged our media team, but overall it was another big step forward from previous years.
A big thank you to everyone who participated with us!
To watch a worship song from the day, click HERE!
Embracing Commitment to Congregational life
In this audio message taken from a recent Shabbat service from Ahavat Yeshua, Dan Juster teaches that commitment to congregational life is a central aspect we are to embrace in our obedience to Yeshua. To listen, click HERE!
Final countdown to Israel's Elections
The Israel elections take place this week. Please pray. Praying for government leaders is a high priority (I Timothy 2:2). God can change who takes positions of authority in the government (Daniel 4:17). The prophets of Israel prayed for the nation and anointed those called to be kings. Godly government leaders influenced the nation for good, while evil leaders influenced for the worse.
The word for "prime minister" in Hebrew is actually "head of the government." There has been much ugly personal attack on Netanyahu during the present campaign. Netanyahu has repeatedly cited biblical values and verses during international speeches, and has embraced evangelicals worldwide. However the issues in Israel are complex.
- Housing prices – are so high that the average Israeli middle-class working family has little chance of purchasing a home, as well as paying taxes and basic living costs.
- Security – with ISIS forces on the Syrian border with Israel, as well as Hamas and Hezbollah, it is critical that Israel have a leader who can stand against them. Israel has become a significant factor in fighting the advance of worldwide Jihad.
- Arab coalition – the previous three or four Arab parties have joined together to form a coalition that is vying to be the third largest party in Israel. While many Arab Israelis are "pro" Israel, this coalition has been rather "anti" Zionist.
- Ultra-Orthodox – there are three ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties which would possibly join a right wing coalition. These parties often push an extremist agenda, limiting religious freedom and hurting the economy.
- Centralist Parties – while the election is primarily a competition between the Herzog and Netanyahu coalitions, the final composition of the government may depend on the two centralist parties, led by Lapid and Kahlon.
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