Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Unfinished Wall

I am fascinated by Jewish culture. It probably has nothing to do my Jewish heritage, not that the shape and size of my nose isn't a dead give away. Just kidding. I have Jewish ancestors and because of this heritage I want to know more about where I came from.

You see I am just a kid who grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. Don't know where it is, just refer to your credit card junk mail. Almost 90% of that mail comes from my hometown. Or better yet Vice President elect Joe Biden and I are from the same state. Okay, I promise no more name dropping.

But my Jewish heritage is much deeper than my grandparents. I am related to a Jewish carpenter who walked the face of the earth over 2000 years ago. Because He has redeemed me and purchased me with His lifeblood on the Cross I am Jewish. According to (Rom 11:17) And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; I have become a part of the olive tree (Israel). This does not mean that I have replaced Israel, but that I a Gentile (having some Jewish background) have been brought into the family of God and I am a descendant of Abraham because of His promise seed which is Jesus. That stated let me move on.

Now during the Diaspora (literally the scattering) the Jewish people had a longing to return to their home. Listen as John Hagee explains this tradition. "During the Diaspora wherever the Jews found themselves on the face of the earth, the Jews prayed for the return to Zion, the biblical synonym for Jerusalem. Their synagogues, wherever in the world they are built were built facing Jerusalem. When the Jew built a house, part of a wall would be left unfinished, symbolizing the fact it was a temporary dwelling until the owner could return to Jerusalem." (Jerusalem Countdown John Hagee Pg. 84 Frontline Copyright 2007) After reading about this tradition my mind began to wonder isn't that descriptive of how we as Christians should handle our affairs in this life. We should have an "unfinished wall" to signify that this world is not our home. This wall should tell others that we have not finished building because this is not our final resting place. We are not comfortable in this world because it is not our home, things are not the way we would like them to be. We are citizens of heaven and the Lord Himself is preparing a place for us, and has been doing so for over 2000 years! Here is the promise found in God's holy Word

(John 14:1) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

(John 14:2) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

(John 14:3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

I am going leave up the unfinished wall as a sign to my Lord that I am looking forward to the place that He has prepared for me.

So today if you feel you have not accomplished anything in this life, maybe it is because you are not home yet. Maybe you don't feel at ease with the way things are unfolding in this world, you are not alone you are a part of the fellowship of the unfinished wall.

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