What a blessing it is to begin the New Year serving our Lord and being involved with the restoration of Israel and the world! As many of you know, my family has been in Israeli for the last several months serving with HaYovel in the vineyards and of Judea and Samaria, blessing the Jewish people through a labor of love. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m always overwhelmed by the pouring out of God’s Spirit upon all those involved in this labor, both Jews and Christians working together, serving our King. This is what we were created for!
As we begin the new year, we turn back to beginning of the Torah in Bereishit or Genesis, and we rediscover the wonders of Creation and the purposes of God. As we walk through the Creation story, we find that God continually looks upon His creative works and says that they are good, meaning they were complete in their formation and purpose. Yet I find it interesting that He doesn’t say this concerning mankind. Man was created in God’s image. In what way was he not good or incomplete? The rabbis tell us that it was because mankind was created in God’s image, not as an equal, but with the capacity to grow and become more and more like his Creator as he walked with his heavenly Father and was taught the things of God. Thus, in God’s creation, He made man with the capacity for unlimited potential and capacity to mature into the likeness of his Maker, never to exceed, but to live eternally under the tutelage and blessing of his Creator! As I sit and ponder this reality, I find myself standing in wonder and awe of the majesty and love of our Creator and His desires and plans for those who love Him!
The Lord placed man in the Garden of Eden, where he was given the responsibility to work and watch-over God’s creation. What does God mean by saying man was to work and watch-over the creation? God’s purpose and vision for man was that they were to become like Him. Learning to be servants and protectors of God’s creation as they walked together with the Lord in the Garden, learning from Him, knowing His voice and observing His ways.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden, enjoying the blessings and fruits of His creation, knowing His voice and living in His presence as His son and daughter. Suddenly, the Tempter entered the Garden enticing Eve and causing her heart to turn away from the Lord and instead look to him for wisdom. Then Adam was drawn into the lie of the Tempter through Eve, but instead of rising up as a Protector and Guard over God’s creation and his wife Eve, Adam submitted to the Tempter’s enticement and bowed down to a new king. The desire postulated by the Tempter, that Adam and Eve could be like God, or a better understanding of the temptation would be, that they could be their own gods, with an intimate knowledge of good and evil, free to choose their own way.
So great was the fall! Suddenly removed from the very presence of God, His Shekinah and glory to the naked shame of trying to cover himself with his own glory, in the form of fig leaves. And so mankind was left naked before his Creator and those around him, trying to cover his shame with the facade of pride and self-justification, driven by lust and the unbridled indulgences of the flesh, prone to jealousy and fits of rage, separated from God and for the first time, he was suddenly alone in the world.
But we have a merciful God, Who did not completely abandon His creation, nor those who were created in His image. He called to Adam and Eve by name as they hid in the Garden, He covered their shame in loving kindness and promised them a future redeemer, the Messiah – one who would breach the chasm of separation and bring them back into the presence of God. He reached out to a fallen world by giving to us His promises of a future through the Patriarchs and His instructions, precepts and guidance through Moses and kept for us by the Jewish people. And in these last days, He has initiated the promised restoration by making a breach through the veil of separation between us and Him through the life, death and resurrection of His own Son, Yeshua – the promised Messiah of Israel. Today, we eagerly await His return to complete the work He began so long ago, for we have received a deposit, His Spirit, as a guarantor of what is to come, now we see dimly in a mirror, but then we shall see Him face to face.
So as we await the Day of His Return, let us be found going about the business of our Father, as workers and guardians of those things that are holy and precious to Him. This is God’s heart and calling, that we would lay down our pride and honor, cling to holiness and justice, learning to serve and sacrifice our lives for His Kingdom. Then we will be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, by the grace of our Lord Yeshua, we are new creations, created in Him for good works, which He prepared for us.
Are you still wondering why the Wearp family is serving Israel? It is because we know and understand our purpose as sons and daughters of God, the establishment of His throne in Jerusalem, the restoration of His people Israel, and the rule and reign from His Kingdom on earth. Maranatha.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the Lord will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62
Our prayer is that you also understand and are living out the calling and purpose God has created you for, and that we can all serve together in bringing about the realization of God’s Kingdom in our day, beginning in Jerusalem and going out to Judea, Samaria and to the utmost parts of the earth!
Thanks be to God for His intimate Wisdom and Mercy – and His unwavering Love for those who are called by His Name!