Magazine Issue 8

Yeshua’s Mindset

It is difficult to distinguish where the man Yeshua stops and the Messiah God in flesh begins, we know He was fully man and fully God. Angels ministered to Him after His temptation in the desert and after His prayer at Gathsemane. He spent much time alone in prayer which is evidence of being a man, requiring time to wait, listen and hear from the Father. “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:4-6) All the suffering, hunger, thirst, physical exertion, and abuse, He endured as a man. 

The Impossible 

With God all things are possible. (Matt. 19:26) Do you know the scripture? Have you quoted it to others? Have you expressed it in prayer? Are there things in your heart or mind that you consider impossible? How can God judge our nations wickedness and preserve His children? I know many people have prodigal children and family members for whom they yearn will return to God and family – is God able to do it? Faith says, “Yes”, but our weakness raises questions. There is no way to overestimate God’s power and ability to keep His promises and His word. His faithfulness is established in Heaven. (Ps 89:2) Yeshua believed God and surrendered His life for our redemption, because He knew the Father and His word. Faith in God and acknowledgement of His Supremacy and Sovereignty are needed to silence the wicked lie. Though we may suffer persecution and fail to always trust and obey, we can still give glory to God. In our weakness, His power is perfected. (2 Cor. 12:9) 

Questions for God 

“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” (Jer. 33:3) Yeshua’s disciples asked Him many questions from the meaning of parables, to when He would restore the Kingdom of God on earth, to whether they could have places of honor in His Kingdom. He always answered, even if the answer was, “this is not for you to know.” The disciples were sometimes hesitant or afraid to inquire about certain things. For example, they wondered why was He talking to a Samaritan women at the well.

For us, it requires faith to converse with Him as our connection is the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus met Yeshua at night and asked some good questions. He got insightful answers which he could not understand because they were spiritual matters, but he was trying to understand in physical terms. The Pharisees got nowhere with their questions, but they really weren’t looking for answers, just opportunities to trick or corner Yeshua, which they never did. What are your questions and motives for them?

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