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“I am the LORD, your healer” (Exo 15:26 ESV). It is fascinating that the very first thing that YHWH did when he took the people out of Egypt was the healing of Marah, bitter waters. The people encounter bitter waters. YHWH showed Moses a tree (Heb. etz), and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet (Exod. 15:25).

This miracle follows the singing of the Song of Miriam, “Sing to YHWH, for he has triumphed gloriously, the horse and the rider he has thrown into the sea.” (Exod. 15:21). Miriam means Bitter. Her name was a paradigm for all the abuses, mainly sexual abuses that the women of Hebrew slaves experienced at the hands of Egyptian militia. The victory at the Red Sea was a victory over all these abusive forces.

Two other things may be noted here. One, whenever human beings abuse others, especially women, it always impacts the environment. Two, God always seeks to heal both, the abused women, and the embittered nature.

This is what Jesus does during his ministry. He “heals” women, and people of low classes, of the societal “plagues.” (Greek, mastix, Mark 5:29, 34; Luke 7:21).

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The mission of the early church flowed organically from object of the encounter, which the people around them had. It was not an encounter with them. It was an encounter with Jesus. The people around them “knew that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13).

Sadly, in modernity the emphasis is more on charismatic human individuals, rather than the person of Jesus the Messiah!

Every individual Christian must ask the question, “When people encounter me, do they encounter me or Jesus?”

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Ancient religions, and religions of today have sought after three central divine characteristics: Light, Knowledge and Glory. In ancient times, the Jewish people sought after ‘or, the light; the Gnostics and Greeks sought after gnosis, knowledge; the Egyptians and Romans sought after doxa, glory.  Today’s religions also seek after the same three goals: Buddhism seeks enlightenment, bodhi; Hinduism seeks knowledge, jnana; Islam seeks glory, subhan Allah.

The New Testament says that all three of these three aspirations of both ancient and modern religions are found fully in the person of the human face of God, Yeshua the Messiah. “God who said, `Let light shine out of darkness,’  has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus the Messiah.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:6)

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“By faith Moses . . . considered the abuse suffered for the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt,” (Hebrews 11:26).

The early followers of the Messiah were quite convinced that whenever God revealed himself to the prophets of old, it was the revelation of the Messiah. He revealed himself in times of deep crisis, as the suffering Messiah, saying, “I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, I have heard their cry, I know their sufferings” (Exodus 3:7). Therefore, just like the prophets of old, they also were willing to suffer “the suffering of the Messiah.”

It is worth asking the question, “Who is the Messiah of the modern Church?”

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Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”  (John 15:4)

Too much of modern day Christianity is characterized by “going” and “doing.” No wonder, many times it is very shallow. If only modern day followers of Yeshua, Jesus, would learn the art of remaining, abiding, lingering . . . in his presence. No doubt, this would lead to a deeper, more “fruitful” Christianity!

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Throughout the history of Christianity, followers of the Messiah Jesus have always considered themselves to be sacrificial offerings- just like they found in the readings from the Book of Leviticus, just like their Messiah, the suffering Lamb of God!

The persecuted Church, in the majority world, still considers itself to be a sacrificial offering of Thanksgiving (Hebrew, Toda) to God!

(Hebrews 13:15; Leviticus 7)

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God’s creation gives amazing examples of his care and love- like a mother eagle may he care for you in this New Year and always! (Deut 32:11)

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