As violence erupted in Israel this week, I thought about the passion and conviction that supports unyielding ideals. Humanity, when finding it impossible to give way, descends rapidly into hostility and aggression. Sadly, over the centuries, we have fought viciously even over sacred issues, and Biblical beliefs. Yet the final instruction from Yahshua was, “Go and make disciples…” [Matthew 28:19]! He did not tell His disciples to, ‘make converts to your own opinions’!
The dictionary describes a disciple as, “One who follows the opinions and teachings of another, believes in all his ideas, is a pupil to all His doctrines, tries to copy Him in everything and be just like Him.” The nature of discipleship is such that it must have a master. Our Master said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,” [Matthew 11:29]. Yahshua was used to seeing animals yoked together, He would have known that a younger animal, in training, would be yoked to an older one, where it would feel its authority through the yoke, and learn how to obey the commands of the farmer. Aligning our lives with Yahshua, being yoked to Him, and learning from Him, is more important than issues of dogma! Gentleness and humility is His personal recommendation!
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, [thoughtfully and attentively] consider the Apostle and High Priest whom we confessed [as ours when we accepted Him as Saviour], namely, [Yahshua];” [Hebrews 3:1; Amplified Bible]. The Greek word translated ‘consider’ in this verse carries the idea of the prolonged, concentrated gaze of a space scientist. Those who study the vastness of the heavens frequently spend a lifetime doing so. Yahshua is my High Priest, yoked to me by His own love; I should ask myself, “How diligently do I ‘consider Him’?” Am I willing to spend my lifetime concentrating my gaze on Him?
J.B. Phillips translated 2 Timothy 2:8 as, “Remember always, as the centre of everything, [Yahshua the Messiah],”. The apostle Peter wrote, “Unto you therefore who believe, He is precious;” [1 Peter 2:7]. Let us consider Him; the precious centre of our everything!
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