The Savior dealt with a lot of leadership drama. For the most part, people hate leadership. He worked the works of Our Father. There were many before Him who had been given preternatural tasks great and small. The work that was given to The Savior was greater than anybody’s work. He had to deny His flesh more, fast longer, vessel secrets of The Word more eloquently, pray more deeply, suffer more and longer, and He had to shepherd more people but with less worldly resources. He was however, given more grace. With this being said, The Savior had to be perfected more too.
Let’s look at the Jews and Israelites for a minute. A lot of the push back Our Savior received was from people who knew their word better than most people today could even imagine. The Savior was cursed and murdered, ultimately for truthfully exclaiming His character to some of those folks. The people would say “Are you claiming to be greater than our father Abraham?”
Let’s think about that for a minute. Our patriarch Abraham was a man being brushed up. Abraham started as a lump of clay, torn up by and tied down to sin and hate and unrighteousness just like all of us. When YHVH called Abraham He said “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing.” Indeed, Abraham was a blessing and the work He did through him is still blessing people today, and will continue to bless people. YHVH continued telling Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Those are some pretty serious promises right there. They aren’t just YHVH telling Abram that He will take care of him. It is YHVH telling Abraham that the entire world will be bent based upon how they treat Abraham’s family. Notice that it does not say “I have made of you a great nation,” or “Your name is great,” no no no, the implication here is that the both of them had a lot of work ahead of them in order to fulfill The Savior’s promise that He “will make of you a great nation.” And indeed Abraham is our patriarch because he accomplished Elohim’s work put before him.
It goes to show that putting Abraham in a place of great honor is no mistake by anyone, including our Israelite brothers and sisters. We rightly honor our patriarchs. They were hard working, faithful, life giving beings who loved YHVH with a great deal of strength. Does it stop there though? Is it Abraham that saves us? No. In fact, if one were to put their faith in Abraham they would find a brusque response falling upon their ears on judgment day.
The people of Israel who pushed against The Savior had not been loving YHVH with all their heart, mind, and strength and therefore were given over to a debased mind. A mind that read and understood scripture but for the wrong reasons. Those who pushed against The Savior ultimately drew untruthful conclusions from very truthful sources. We see this same push back in almost every conversation John the Baptist had with his own disciples when The Savior showed up and showed Himself greater than John. John’s disciples would come to him saying, “Master, look, The Savior is being awesome and stepping all over our toes!” All John could do was say “Dude, listen to me: I am nothing and He is The Creator of The Freakin Universe, Man! You are insane to think I am going to try and get in His way! I must decrease and He must increase, bro.”
The Savior was given an opportunity to describe His character to the Israelites after healing a man by the pool at Bethesda. The people pushed back at Him because He was breaking man made laws that were based on His word, but were an adding to or subtracting from, sometimes both: a very grave sin. In defending Himself He was able to describe Who He is, “For as The Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also The Son gives life to whom He will. Elohim judges no one but has given all judgement to The Son, that all may honor The Son, just as they honor The Father.” It is at this point that the glass ceiling that people had put between them and Yeshua shows itself quite clearly. They were using a buffer between them and The Savior because their hearts were not right, because they were being called but weren’t submitting, they were wallowing as pigs in a mire and returning like dogs to their own vomit. It is despicable and will be cast out of The Kingdom, not welcome to sup with Him.
Yeshua strives to bring them into Him none the less: “You sent to John and he has borne witness of The Truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp and you were willing to rejoice for a while in His light.” Yeshua continues and rightly says “The testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that The Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about Me, that The Father has sent Me. And The Father Who sent Me has Himself borne witness about Me.”
Claiming to be greater than The Almighty One is blasphemy. But why do Jews and Gentiles alike get angry when a man claims to be greater than a righteous, yet imperfect man? Being greater than an imperfect yet highly honored man, if true, should be encouraged, yet is met with social sparring and segregation even today.
You see, the spiritual glass ceiling is self inflicted, and can only be lifted by accepting, believing in, and acting upon Yeshua’s instructions and commands for you.
Please remember this when in your churches. The world needs acts of kindness even if the heart where the act is coming from is not true to YHVH. Religious games are played, and currently held “truths” of the Bible; current political correctness; and what is currently viewed as professionalism, matrix the point system. Those games will come to nothing, but will continue to be played and bless those who play them. We though, testify of The Savior with our hearts, minds and strength courageously.
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