The Letter to the Galatians, Part 17 & 18
As our Lord prophesied in the parables of the Kingdom, the beginnings of the history of the congregations of God, were difficult, filed with challenges. But this is good news, for these accounts tell us that if and when the Body of the Messiah is attacked, assaulted with different teachings and philosophies, it is because it is doing something good for is then worth being invested, it is then that we know, it is vibrant, dynamic and productive; this is a strange dichotomy but Galatians will remind us that the believer is really not part of this world, while here to bless it, to promote peace and all that is moral and good, God’s values are not popular, not accepted even aggressively rejected; but then again, it does not matter, for Galatians will tell us that we are strong, we are powerful for God’s Spirit who is in us and with us, protects His congregations.
Welcome to Messianic Viewpoint and this series on the Letter to the Galatians with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon. Be blessed as you listen and shalom.
Chapter 5 of Numbers made open and public internal sin and now, having dealt with that, God continues to stress holiness, offering each person, man or woman the opportunity to be set apart, to become, if you will, a Nazirite and to be dedicated to the service of God. Though not from the Levitical priesthood, here was the opportunity to demonstrate a holy living which would set them apart from the others. In that respect Lord, we want to be pious and separate ourselves from the world; yes to live in it but not to be part of it. Yes, the hair had to left long and yes, you couldn’t eat even the peel of a grape and yes, you couldn’t touch a corpse. We too must be different from the world. Instead of our hair, let’s let our love grow long and strong, let us rejoice in the vineyard of God’s harvest and let us not touch sin because it is the seed of death. Let us now live in the freedom of serving and dedicating our lives to You. We pray you will be blessed as you listen to the New Year's message in the Book of Numbers (our current study series at Beth Ariel Congregation) with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon, shalom.