In the Book of Samuel, chapter 7, we read; "And it came to pass, from the day that the ark abode in Kiriath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel yearned after the Lord." For many years the glory of God dwelled in that place waiting for the right moment to be brought to the city of Jerusalem, where its glory would not only touch that city but the whole world.
Last month in that exact area fifty members of our congregation Ahavat Yeshua gathered to immerse eight young members of our congregation! We see this as a prophetic promise of the return of that glory and its ultimate impact on the city of Jerusalem.
Some of them had been saved out of the world and others had grown up in believing families. But the wonderful reality was that each of them had reached a place in their lives in which they had decided that they wanted to serve Yeshua with all of their hearts. These were not kids who were just doing what their parents wanted, but believers whose passion and desire was to give their all to their King.
The joy that permeated our gathering that morning was the same joy that accompanies the arrival of a new child to a loving family. We met together in an open tent overlooking the beautiful mountains of Israel. We started with a short teaching on the miracle of immersion. I encouraged each of these young people to be filled with expectation as their immersion was not just a ceremony but an actual participation in the death and resurrection of Yeshua. Even as Yeshua rose from the dead with new power and authority, each of them should also expect a fresh and greater anointing in their lives.
And then, together, we walked to a beautiful pool of water ("mikveh"), hewn out of the natural rock of these ancient hills. Shmuel, a young and passionate believer from our congregation entered the water with me. There, near the place in which God's glory had rested so long ago, with shouts of joy, laughter and tears, we immersed each of these precious young Israelis into the name of Yeshua.
The glory of God rested on that place as we prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon these dedicated young servants of God. And as in the days of King David, it felt as if once again, this precious glory and presence of God was on its way up to the city of Jerusalem to prepare that city for the arrival of its King.
We all returned to the tent and this beautiful day was completed as we ate a meal together with glad hearts and enjoyed a wonderful time of loving fellowship.
Please pray that these eight, in addition to the other young Israelis who are being raised up, and all the members of our congregation, would fulfill their destiny and impact the City of the King and this whole nation with the glory of God that abides in Yeshua our Messiah.
Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Daniel Juster: The Corruption of Usury|
|Ron McDaniel: SHOFAR 2008: A Pilgrim's Perspective|
|Eitan Shishkoff: Reflections on the Akko Riots|
|Asher Intrater: Glorified and Human Appearances of Yeshua|