Yeshua wept over Lazarus grave and there was a resurrection from the dead.
Yeshua wept on the Mount of Olives before His crucifixion and there was a resurrection from the dead.
Yeshua wept over Jerusalem and ... there will be a resurrection from the dead. Matthew 23:37-39
Grateful to Scott Volk for that insight.
Paul wept over his kinsmen according to the flesh.
They are our kinsment according to the spirit.
I believe Yeshua is bringing us (gentile followers of the Messiah) closer to His heart, and when
get it, we will weep over the horrible price that Jerusalem has and will pay for rejecting the Messiah
in His first coming. But the result of those tears and that intercession will be the most amazing outpouring
of grace and supplication on an entire nation that the world has ever seen. National repentance, resulting
in national salvation. Oh what a glorious day.
In these days, the true followers of the Messiah are being drawn to the heart of God in intercession
for the chosen people of God, that is a sign and a mark of true followers, those who will fall away
in the times that are about to start unfolding are those who arrogantly think the faithfulness of the God
of Israel is up for questioning. IT IS NOT. The faith of Abraham, a gentile who trusted in God is the only faith that there is.
"How can you believe [in Me], when you [seek and] receive glory and approval from one another, and yet you do not seek the glory and approval which comes from the one and only God?" Amplified God's approval is the only approval that is reality. "23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person." John 2:23-25 So there is a place where you know God and you know people and you become aware that only His approval is real, and the approval of men is not important. That is the place of the freedom of a slave. A willing, loving, servant of the Most High.
“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?" Yeshua in John 5:44
How can you believe, when you...It appears Yeshua is saying believing must be single-eyed. To believe in the truest sense is an act of putting your trust, hope, and desire wholly on God alone. To be looking at another human and setting their opinion higher than God is a subtle form of idol worship. Praise God for the grace that reveals the height, the width, the depth, the breadth of the Father's love for us. To know that we are a people chosen, holy and beloved by God enlivens us to be a people of kindness, gentleness, humility, patience and love.
"That’s why it is hard to see how true faith is even possible for you: you are consumed by the approval of other men, longing to look good in their eyes; and yet you disregard the approval of the one true God." John 5:44 Voice version.
Believe? How can you, when you are busy seeking the approval of men.
Do we really believe these two things are so completely opposed that one can cancel out the other?
Yeshua is the one who said it, so we should pause and see what He is saying.
Correction is good. It is proof that God is still working on us.
He is still making us into the image of His Son. Indifference
would be a very bad thing. So thank You, God, for correction.
As we looked at Zechariah last week, one of our group, was lead to
share how when it comes to raising his children, God made it clear
that a disconnect occurs in children if they hear us say one thing
and see us act in a way contrary to what we say. Also when we
make a child obey without loving them, it is just for our convenience, and
as soon as they are old enough, we will see the fruit of that and it
will not be good. Most studies now see a massive leaving of the faith
occuring in late high school, early college, but the children have
left long before that in their hearts. The late high school time of
life is just their first opportunity to reveal what has happened in their
heart. As a parent I have had to apologize to my two oldest kids
especially, because I demanded behavior of them without ever doing the hard
work of hearing their heart and loving them through the many struggles
of growing up. Thank God they are forgiving and healing is happening.