Turning to the Torah
Monte Judah from LionLamb.net publishes a monthly article on his website that is always a great read. I eagerly wait for the month to change to pickup his latest posting and I’m never disappointed in the depth and insight he has. This is the November issue on Turning to the Torah and finding unity within the body of the Messiah.
There is an interesting geometric trick that illustrates how a diverse group of people can be in unity. First, you take a group of people, no matter how scattered they are, and pick one place for them to walk to. It matters not if the place is beyond the group or in the midst of the group; as each individual turns to the selected place and begins to advance they will discover that no one intersects in a crossing fashion to get there. Every person’s path is either the same or parallels one another. It is a simple illustration that explains how all believers of the Messiah can follow Him and not collide in conflict with one another.
Not every person of faith is at the same starting place. We all are individuals with differing experiences and levels of understanding, but that does not separate us as we walk toward the common goal. Instead, as we walk we tend to come closer and closer to one another without a collision.
Many in the Messianic movement would like to see more unity among the brethren. I agree that it is needed and desired. The problem with achieving that unity is how we go about it. Some leaders think that calling all brethren to rally on them is the solution. Like the joke on compromise I heard, “Let’s compromise; do it MY way.” Some try to suggest that not rallying at all (each person does his own thing seeking the LORD) will bring about spiritual unity. Based on my observations and life experience, neither of those suggestions work.
There is no question that the LORD desires us to be better unified and more cooperative with one another. But with all of the different opinions and groups, how can we find our way to such a goal?
I believe that if the LORD wants us to be unified that He Himself will prescribe how to accomplish that. I believe He has already done exactly that, given to us through two prophets. One, the prophet Isaiah, was a prophet to the House of Judah. The other was the prophet Micah, a prophet to the House of Israel. It is fitting that these two prophets, speaking to the great division in Israel, would offer the same instruction. This same instruction, therefore, defines the future unification of the two houses of Israel and how it is to be achieved. I submit that these same words are the source of unification for the entire Messianic movement as well.
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