Touches by Ofer Amitai

Apr 24, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

Dear friends,

Here is our little, “touches”. Next week, we will  share the way our congregation is praying for Israel at this time. Mainly we are praying from a broken heart for our people. 

The peculiar situation in the land and in the world, has floated so much of the need of the country…. More on that, hopefully, we will share next week. May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause you to know His shining Face looking on you with love and compassion. 

If you see

Ex. 23:5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it. NKJV

Ex. 23:5 If you see that the donkey of someone who hates you has collapsed under its load, do not walk by. Instead, stop and help. NLT

This is a striking commandment, is it not? Several things stand out in this instruction.

First: God sees the donkey and its distress, Second, God sees the way you see the situation, and third, God would like to teach us to see the way He does.

God sees: The donkey is a pretty lowly animal in this part of the world, not highly thought of. People here use it as a by-word for someone they may not think of too highly. Yet God looks on it with compassion. 

That should make us aware of the fact that God Himself is very lowly. Proud people don’t look with much compassion on anybody. That He should notice that the donkey is in distress, is quite remarkable. That he should care about it, is even more remarkable. God sees all; not one sparrow falls to the ground without his notice. 

This should encourage us, especially at this time; He sees us, and He looks at us with love and compassion. He understands our burdens. Someone said that Grace is Love looking. 

Did He not see our burden? Did He not ease us of our sin on the cross? 

God sees how we look at things. Since God looks at things in this way, our seeing involves a moral issue. If God looks with compassion, our looking is measured by How he looks at things. 

We may not run into our enemy’s donkey anytime soon, but we may have people who resent us or even hate us, and we might be tempted to withhold grace from them in times of need. 

God wants to teach us to see as he does. Where then can we have the eyes of our heart, adjusted? In the Word, of course. This commandment reveals to us the way God sees, and in itself is corrective and directive. It is, if applied, the salve for our eyes.  

Yeshua is the Word of God, and there is a place where we can see Him and gain sight again. Yes, it is Calvary.

2Cor. 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

At the feet of the Risen One, seeing the Lamb as it had been slain, there you will see that He looks at you with compassion and knows everything, there you will learn to see as He does. 

“Be Thou My Vision, O Lord of my heart…..” (Audrey Assad)

Blessings in Messiah,

 

Ofer 

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 24.4.2020

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