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.
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.