Luke 14:23 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. |
Abraham was known for his hospitality. He used to send his servant Eliezer search the wilderness for guests to bring to his table. Once there, Abraham served them a table that made them praise the God Creator of all things. This was his way to introduce people to God. If Eliezer came back empty handed, Abraham himself took off by the highways and byways compelling them to come in.
When Moses watched over Jethro's flocks, one of his Father-in-law's sheep went missing. Moses immediately left the flock and did not return till he that lost sheep (however rebellious it as) and secured it back in the flock of his father-in-law. From His throne up above God saw the whole thing and decided that if Moses was so faithful with Jethro's flock, He could be assigned to Israel: His own flock. Weather these two mishnaic legends are true I do not know, but they certainly found their way as parables in the mouth of the Master.
The Torah teaches us that we should return lost items (Deuteronomy 22:1-3). On the strength of this command, sages instituted that if you find something, you are to be the guardian over it until you find its owner and are able to restitute it. A story is told of an old Rabbi who found a bag of seed forgotten by a traveler on his property. The Rabbi found it secured it in his barn. After a year, fearing the seed would spoil he sowed the seed then harvested it and stored the proceeds in his barn. When later the rightful owner came to inquire about this lost bag of seed, the old Rabbi returned it with a profit.
Even so, through year of bad politics and History, Israel has lost the identity of its Messiah. Christians on the other hand, have lost the Torah. We who have found the 'Seeds' of the Kingdom of true King of Israel and His Torah are responsible to return it to those who lost it.
The seeds of Messianic Judaism have been sown into the world and produced a beautiful culture among those who practice it. The Master charged us to also go into all the world and make disciples of all nations Matthew 28:19). He taught us the virtue of leaving the ninety-nine behind to go rescue the one lost one (Matthew 18:12-14). He also told us to go by the highways and byways to compel them to come in (Matthew 22:9).
After all, isn't it what He did? Hasn't he left the realm of glory by the side of the Father in order to walk our dusty roads and find us who were lost and wandering, that He may return us to His father, with a profit?
Patrick Gabriel Lumbroso
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