See the God of Grace
by Guy Cohen and wife Tali, Harvest of Asher Congregation leader, Tents of Mercy Network

Reading from Leviticus
According to Jewish custom when a boy turns 13 (12 for a girl), we make a festive ceremony, a Bar Mitzvah in which he declares that he has arrived at the age of commandments, and has become mature and responsible for his own actions. Bar Mitzvah means son of the commandment. The central element of the ceremony is the young man publically reading from the Torah scroll for the first time. I believe that this is the age when Yeshua went up to the temple in Jerusalem at Passover as a young man (Luke 2:41-52). Bar Mitzvah is not only an issue of age, but also a matter of physical and spiritual maturity. Indeed Yeshua demonstrated this maturity at Passover.

During March we celebrated our son Reu El-Chen's Bar Mitzvah both in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, and at the congregational building in Akko. It was very moving to see our son, who it seems was born only yesterday, grown and ready to take responsibility for his deeds in every way, and dedicating himself to the Lord.

Guy's parents
The event with the congregation in Akko was full of spontaneous joy. Many guests and family members who are not believers in Yeshua, joined us and watched the reading of the Torah scroll in a Messianic manner. They were moved by the holiness and love expressed, and the way our son shared. A meal and fellowship followed the ceremonial reading.

My parents and extended family were present in a Messianic congregational worship service for the first time, and we could see their excitement. I felt led to invite my parents to bless their grandson before the congregation. Afterward friends and leaders from around the country went up on the stage to bless and prophecy regarding our son's calling in the land of Israel.

Our son's name in Hebrew means: "See the God of Grace!" We were so happy to witness a new stage in the fulfillment of these prophetic words.

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