One night, Kefa's (Peter's) brother Andrew had a dream. In his
dream, He was fishing by the side of the lake, and his brother Kefa, and friends
YaAqob (James) , and Yahukanon (John), drifted up in a little boat.
“Shalom Kefa! It’s been quite a night,” Andrew
called to them.
“What’s with the bubbles and all the gear? It’s not Purim already is it?”
Kepha replied in a scornful tone of voice, “That’s Reverend Kefa to
you, brother Andrew. I’ll not have you addressing me in such a profane manner.”
Ya’aqob, Yahusha’s brother, piped in, “And I’ll be Rabbi* YaAqob
from now on, and this is Pastor Yahukanon; dig? Otherwise, you can
call us ‘Father’ if you wish.”
*("Rabbi": "my exalted one" from Hebrew root "RAB",
lifted-up, exalted )
Andrew was stunned at the change in these formerly humble men. It made him feel
very low, unimportant, and unloved. He said in a faint, hesitant voice, “Where
have you been for the last several months, I’ve missed you all.”
Kefa said, “We’ve been studying in Rome, and now we have the whole
rank-and-file worked out. We’ve adopted the patterns of the Kaisar’s religious
council, due to its efficiency and absolute control. We’re pig-eating Sun-day
worshippers now, calling ourselves ‘Christians’. Help us with this
in us” works through our vessels to speak to the lost. We are not working among
ourselves in isolation.
If we consider certain people are unworthy in our eyes to be around, then we
find ourselves excluding most, and surrounded by only those who adhere to what
we agree with. There would be divisions everywhere; some would be called 7th Day
Adventists, others Jehovah's Witnesses, or Universalists, Catholics,
Presbyterians, Baptists, Amish, Society of Friends, and so on. In the parable of
the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18), which one of these two men went to
their house upright before Yahuah? When we place ourselves above others, we are
self-exalted in our hearts, and very unlike Yahusha. One of the reasons people
misunderstand Paul concerns his teaching of the nations. He became like them in
order that some of them might be delivered. I've worked among the lost and
received harsh criticism for being there, but those who were helped are more
than thankful I was there to reach them. If someone is not sent, how will they
hear? Astrologers, witches, murderers, thieves, fornicators, and atheists once
surrounded me on a daily basis. The Truth presented in love goes forth to change
hearts, and is an irresistible force. The rejection some experience is often
caused by the presentation style, not the message. When we share with the lost,
we don’t caste judgment on them, but express sincerity and love in our words.
"Therefore we are envoys on behalf of Messiah, as though Alahim were pleading through us. We beg, on behalf of Messiah: Be restored to favor with Alahim." 2Co 5:20 The logical conclusion of factions and divisiveness became a reality when backed by the power of the state under Constantine. The dark ages began with the Nicene Council in 325 CE. I drew the illustration above many years ago that upset many people, but I still hold it to be an accurate description of how far we've fallen.
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