The Sign

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

‘If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

‘A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another- just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.’

Once at the end of a congregational meeting I was looking for someone and asked his wife where he was. She responded “He left, he doesn’t come here to talk with people but with God.” That exchange precipitated some thought about the New Covenant. Is not the wonder of this New Covenant a New Relationship called “Messiah in you”? And, “Yeshua replied, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’” If so, it would seem we should be thrilled with seeing each other face-to-face.

Did not Yeshua tell us: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Our vertical relationship with God is secure in Yeshua. It is in our horizontal relationships with our brethren that our love for Him is manifested. That would include our relationships with our spouses, our children, and our friends that our love needs to be expressed in reality and truth.

“Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Not by Torah observance
& wearing a kippa & tzitzit
and keeping Shabbat?
Not by publishing magazines?
Not by loud music and praise?
Not by speaking in tongues?
Not by falling on the floor?
Not by screaming prophecies?
Not by ‘declaring’ healings?
Not by signs and wonders
and visions?

Love: Face-to-face

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham