Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah? – Part 4.

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By Ron Ross, March, 2012
The Jewish wise man Maimonides said, “Each and every Jew should strive to become as great as Moses.”
– (Maimonides, Laws of Teshuva 5:2) Christians are instructed to grow each day to be more like Jesus! (Ephesians 4:15)

Rabbi Noah Weinberg wrote: Here’s the real secret of success: Regardless of our mortal limitations, our potential for greatness is unlimited when we have the power of the Almighty behind us.

These are very challenging bench-marks for Jews and Christians alike. Do we seek to do mighty things? We will, if we surrender and invite Him to use us for His glory.

Do we see our full God-given potential? We will, if we surrender and allow Him to be the undisputed Lord of our lives.

The Jews have always had a ‘God-code.’ They trace their faith, their future and their destiny in systematic study of the Torah. They seek their identity, goals and dreams in the promises of God.

The word Torah means ‘teaching.’ It’s the wisdom of heaven revealed to the Jews and shared with the world. This God-code has been handed down from Jewish father to son for more than 40 generations. The unbroken link of reading, teaching and instructing has brought success in secular, social, civil and spiritual life from generation to generation.

The Israelites were given a covenant and they embraced it despite the problems, the challenges, the setbacks and the enemies.

The Covenant
While Abraham (then called “Abram”) was living in Ur of the Chaldeans, God appeared to him in a vision instructing him to leave home and move to the land of Canaan.
At age 75, Abraham followed this vision. During his journey, God appeared to him several times, revealing His divine purpose for Abraham and his future heirs.
God told Abraham that:
•  he would become a “great nation” (Gen. 12:2)
•  he would be a “father of many nations” (17:4)
•  nations and kings would come out of him (see 17:6)
•  in his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed (see 22:18).

I believe a study by Christians of the continued prosperity and success of Israel and the Jewish people will be a great guide for us to succeed in the face of the persecution now aimed so vehemently at us.
Richard Booker is an author who’s significant work is published through The Sounds of the Trumpet, Institute of Hebraic Christian studies. He called for…. Return to Our Roots
He wrote: “We are living at a time when the Lord is calling both Jews and Christians back to their biblical roots.

“The biblical root of Christianity grew from an everlasting covenant God made with Abraham. Christians become part of that covenant through faith in Jesus (Yeshua).

“The more we can learn about our Hebraic/Jewish roots, the more blessed we will be in our Christian lives.”
Maybe in this hour we must learn to understand a famous Jewish word – ‘chutzpah!’
Yiddish dictionary: “Chutzpah (pronounced huuts-pah) is a Yiddish word that is used by Jews and non-Jews alike to describe someone who is particularly audacious or has a lot of “guts.”
I like what Dr Brad Young wrote about chutzpah: “The word chutzpah is difficult to define in a single word. It means headstrong persistence, brazen impudence, unyielding tenacity, bold determination or what in current English terms might be referred to as raw nerve.”
Do we Christians have chutzpah where our faith is concerned? Do we stand with Paul saying ‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel?”
Dr Brad Young in his book ‘Jesus, the Jewish Theologian’ wrote: ‘Jesus viewed the Kingdom of heaven as an active force in the world, that was energized by God’s power.’
In Mark 2: 5 we read Jesus ‘saw’ their faith and went on to heal the paralytic. In Luke 5:20 He ‘saw’ their faith and said, ‘my friends, your sins have been forgiven.’
Right now the world needs to ‘see’ our faith. We are not meant to live quietly and unobtrusively as Christians. Some good old-fashioned chutzpah will put our faith on display.
How do we fare on the ‘active’ chart? How boldly proclaimed or even displayed, is our faith? How much chutzpah do you have?
I fear we behave more often as ‘secret agents’ conforming to our local culture rather displaying the city set on a hill. Basic to the Jewish success story is their foundational faith in being descendants of Abraham and never in bondage to any man.
We must come to grips with the fact that Satan is the source of all persecution which targets those who seek to live and promote the truth of God. Remember Paul’s Damascus Road experience? The Lord appeared and said to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Paul was actually hunting down Christians, those we call ‘the body of Christ.’ They were attacked and persecuted because they represented the Lord.
Hear are some strong, powerful guidelines to help overcome the obstacles.
1Pet. 3:14 “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED.”
Torah example: Do you remember how Joseph was thrown into prison although he was falsely accused?
Gen. 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
When those challenges and tough times come, be aware of the faithful, steadfast, kindness of the Lord. Look for His blessing and don’t labour on the negatives.
In Matthew 26 there is this sad sentence. “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.” When you make a strong stand for the Lord, even your best friends, and maybe your family will not understand. They will withdraw from you. That’s what happened with Yeshua.
His fellowship with the Father was His priority and that’s the choice we must make.
Torah example
In Deuteronomy 1 Moses was warned ‘do not fear man.’ His anointing depended on his love of God. That’s our bottom line too.
Rom. 8:14 – 17 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
Dr Haim Shine in a recent article wrote:
“Many people often wonder why the birth of the Jewish nation took place in Egypt, of all places, why not in Canaan. Why was the evil Pharaoh, who wanted to dump the children of Israel into the Nile, the first one to address the tribes of Israel as one nation?
The answer, I believe, is singular and obvious: The history of the Jews is a long sad story of pain and persecution. Many attempts have been made to exterminate us physically, while others tried to eradicate us with a bear hug of assimilation and conversion.
No other nation in the world has faced as many trying tests as the nation of Israel. The Jewish answer has always been: “If we survived Pharaoh, the monarch of the huge Egyptian empire, we can survive oppression by any empire.”
And so it was. History’s most celebrated empires have all disappeared, but we are still alive and well. That is why we were born of a difficult reality. (Israel Hayam 17th January, 2012)
Our Saviour was crucified but He rose from the dead. Demonstrating to all who will follow Him, that with His anointing we will triumph, even over death and the grave.
Jesus said, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force. (Matthew 11:12)
“Take it by force’ means ‘they seize it for themselves.’ The power-packed force behind these words is profound.
Jesus Himself demonstrated how overcoming intense suffering is triumphant if the focus is on the Father.
Dr Brad Young points out a deeper understanding of what Jesus said. Rather that the translation ‘the kingdom of heaven suffers violence’. Young teaches the phrase should say ‘the kingdom of heaven breaks forth.’
Let’s look at this. In the King James Bible the Hebrew word ‘biazo’ is translated ‘suffers violence.’ But the NIV translates the same word as ‘forcefully advancing.’ The reason for the difference is simple. The KJV is a passive translation but the NIV is active.
Dr Brad Young said: “Moreover, the Hebrew background of this saying of Jesus actually denotes an action of breaking out with strong force.”
My question to the Church today is this – Are we being lulled into something other than an active faith? In fact, have we been trapped into passivity and even surrendered to the fallen world standards in which we live?
In an absorbing study Dr Brad Young said of Christians who respond to the Lord – ‘they actively pursue the divine purposes in life with all their strength.”
Rejoice in the power and the anointing provided for you as overcomers in the world today. Be aware of the events taking place around you and at all times be ready to make a stand for the Gospel.
In these amazing days we should all be those who ‘pray without ceasing.’ And rejoice for the day of the Lord, is at hand.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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