Luke 11:10 The one who seeks finds. |
Before entering the Promised Land, Moses sternly warned the Children of Israel, "When you father children and children's children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of Adonai your God, so as to provoke him to anger, I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. You will not live long in it, but will be utterly destroyed. And Adonai will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where Adonai will drive you. And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But from there you will seek Adonai your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:25-28).
Judging by the 2,000 years exile that is now coming to an end, this prophecy has certainly been fulfilled. It is noteworthy here to notice that this scattering among the 'nations' where the Children of Israel were to ' serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell' was fulfilled by an exile in mostly Western and Eastern Europe which are all nations who, from the on-start of this exile, live various forms of Christianity.
Have you seen the next verse? But from there you will seek Adonai your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29). Oh, how the Father of all compassions never leaves us without a redemptive promise! We do not see it in the English text, but in Hebrew this whole section plays with the singular and plural form of the pronoun 'you'. Sometimes it refers to Israel as many people, sometimes as one nation, or one man.
Does God mean that only if each and every one of the people of Israel seeks Adonai, they will find Him? Each and everyone yes, but we are also talking of Israel as a nation (Romans 11:26). Will Israel find its God again only if each and every Jew seeks Him with all their hearts? In the knowledge of humanity, Abba has established a system of redemption through the representation of a remnant (Romans 11:1-5). The first century C.E. has given birth to a vibrant and fruitful Messianic Jewish community that spread the teachings of Yeshua throughout Israel and the world of their day. This community almost died through persecutions, but resurrected in our days and we find in today's Jewish believers of Israel and of the exile, a vibrant messianic force ready to play its Endtime role (Revelations 7:4; 14:4).
Yes, like James of old, those who seek with all their heart seek him in intercession for their fellow brother and sisters, and the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16). Yeshua also reiterated Moses' words in, the one who seeks finds (Luke 11:10). May we by living a life of simple godliness inspire others to seek Him too!
Patrick Gabriel Lumbroso www.thelumbrosos.com
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