Touches by Ofer Amitai

Jun 22, 2020

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

 

Touches: Small Thoughts on a Very Big God

 

“And the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land. And the sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you: for you, your male and female servants, your hired man, and the stranger who dwells with you, for your livestock and the beasts that are in your land—all its produce shall be for food.” (Leviticus 25:1–7, NKJV)

What if I told you that God’s desire for you is to enjoy Him and delight in Him? (Psalm 37:4, Isaiah 55:2)

Imagine a God who says to you, “I want you to rest from your anxieties, worries, and works (Hebrews 4:10, 9:14) and delight in me, take pleasure in being with me, worshipping me, trusting and resting in me.” How wonderous it is that our God’s first command to us is: “love me with all your heart, your soul, your strength and mind.”

That is what the seventh year sabbatical was all about. Israel was to cease from tilling the land and all of the work involved for a whole year! All so they would have time to delight in Him. God invited them to come to His House, to hear the Word again, and to rejoice in the provision of the atonement. (Deut 31:10-12) It is a type of revival or renewal of love.

“But what about food?” They could have asked. “I’ll give you triple on the sixth year” was the Lord’s answer (Lev. 25:20-21) Imagine a God like that who says, “I’ll pay for it…I will bless you so that you can turn your heart to delight in me.”

Although real, all these things were but shadows of the rest and delight that is in Messiah.

But it takes childlike faith.

Do you remember what it was like being a child? What it was like to be lost in the seeing and hearing of birds and sun and clouds and fields? I had many days like these, lost in such wonder. Israel was small then, fresh, new, simple. I remember wandering in the fields and groves around our home, not conscious at all of time. Without a shadow of fear or anxiety about tomorrow.

Maybe you did not have such a childhood, but Yeshua can be all this to you and much more, infinitely more. For in Him, there is a recovery of life itself, as it should be, and is meant to be. In Him, there is the innocence we no longer have; in Him, there is a childlikeness superior to any natural state. O’ to be lost in the wonder of His Presence.

Perhaps you are longing for God in this way; perhaps you are longing for such a sabbath rest. Maybe these words are awakening within you an awareness that this has been an ache in your heart all along. If this is so, then all you need to do is to turn to Yeshua Himself and let His Word do its work in your heart. (Hebrews 4:9-13)

He wants to be all to you; He can be your all; He is enough! He wants to be your delight, and He has promised to take care of everything else. (Matthew 6:25-34)

As the earth gets more hellish, we will need such a childlike heart ,absolutely trusting our God and delighting in Him. (Psalm 37:3-5)

Blessings in Yeshua,

Ofer

 

 

 

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 22.06.20

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