Lost Among the Nations

Let your imagination take you back to the time when our father Abraham was merely a boy, trying to figure out the world around him. A time when he was wondering “why” about so many things that didn’t make sense to him. Imagine what it was like for him to leave the security and traditions of his father’s house to go on a journey with no clear destination.
I wonder what went on inside of him as he sat out under the stars, groping to know who it was that made all this wonder and beauty. What caused him to obey the voice of Elohim even at the cost of everything he had, trusting God for all his security? He didn’t have a set of laws or traditions to go by, only the response in his heart to the awesome Creator and all he could perceive about Him.
I don’t know what Abraham’s parents told him about God, but I know my parents told me that they didn’t believe there was a God. I didn’t understand them at the time because I was very young, but I did know that what they said didn’t satisfy my understanding.
Even though they didn’t believe in God they still celebrated the Passover and Chanukah. They still liked it when I wanted to go to the synagogue. For them it seemed to be a strong sense of culture or heritage in being a Jew. But for me it seemed shallow. If there was no God, what was the point? After all, what were the roots of our great heritage as a people anyway? The roots all seemed to be Israel’s faith in God. Their well being as a people always was due to their loyalty and obedience to His commands.
I wish I had been trained in His commands as a boy. But instead, for lack of direction and abundance of rebellion, I gave myself to the god’s of the nation around me. And this God was obviously not the God of Abraham. But wasn’t it supposed to be my heritage as a young Jewish boy to be raised to understand the promises and the commandments? Yes it was, but this understanding wasn’t there because really, there is no nation of Israel now. There’s a physical country but not a unified people that make up the true Israel of God; a people that live for and serve The One True God with wholehearted devotion just like King David exhorted his son Solomon to do.
I can’t blame my parents for they were not taught the ways of God either. It goes back to the time when our forefathers turned away from serving the God of Israel, and now generations later we are lost among the nations, not a people at all. Not sacrificing everything for God like our forefathers of faith.
I really want to be like these men of faith. They really wanted the land. They understood the promises to Israel and lived for them. They were inspired by the God of Israel and didn’t get their inspiration from the worthless things of the nations. They weren’t afraid of the truth. I really want the land. I want to see it come about. Do you really want the land? Not just the physical land, but what the land stands for. When Abraham was promised the land in Bereshit (Genesis) 15:18, he understood what that meant, for he had been listening to the voice of his Creator, gaining understanding about the purpose of a set-apart land, a place where brothers and sisters would dwell together in unity; a place of peace; a place where his offspring could be raised up to become a people who would live according to what was in the heart of his God; a place where this people could see the coming of their Rescuer who was promised to Adam after he was cast out of the Garden of Eden.
Are you afraid to look for God? Do you care about knowing God like Abraham; like David; like many others who were not cowards? A coward is someone that doesn’t seek to really hear what God wants to say to them because they are afraid they might have to give up their comfortable lifestyle among the nations.
The Levites were not cowards when they crossed the line at Moses’ call. They wanted to be God’s set apart people at any cost. But the whole nation is supposed to be His set apart priesthood. They were commanded to keep the covenant and be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. Shemot (Exodus) 19:4-6 They were actually set apart from the nations to be Ha Shem’s very own, just like Abraham was. Vayikra (Leviticus) 20:26 What does it really mean to be set apart from the nations?
HaShem still wants His twelve-tribe nation of priests to bring His salvation to the ends of the earth. This is what He said and it hasn’t been fulfilled yet, Yeshaiyah (Isaiah) 49:6, a light to the nations. It’s not with guns either that we are to bring about the promises, but through the surrendered hearts of those who truly desire to follow Him. It cannot be accomplished through our own strength, but the land will be given to His people “enemy free” when they have put his “spiritual enemies” under His feet for Him. The light to the nations can only come forth by His people Israel, dwelling together in unity as a twelve tribe nation, wholeheartedly devoted to being priests of the Most High God. I’m sick of the lame excuses of our people as to why they aren’t serving the God of Israel like Abraham and the others like him did. There are no excuses.
I also don’t think the Rabbis are right about Yahshua not being the Messiah. Not only do the prophet’s writings speak about a Messiah who would die for the nation, but also the miracles He did among our people speak for themselves. Why don’t the Jews believe in Him? How hard can a heart be? I used to get so mad growing up in a gentile school where I got in fights because children’s parents would tell them that I killed their messiah because I was a Jew. I hated Christianity because of things like this. But after I thought about it more, I realized that it is not Yahshua’s fault that people do awful things and attach it to His name. It’s not His Spirit that brought about Christianity. That’s obvious. But His true followers were the ones that made up the greatest expression of true Israel and the heart of God for His people to dwell together in love and unity that the world has ever seen. It’s not Yahshua’s fault that people who claim to be His followers but don’t obey His command to be like Abraham, say they are representing Him.
I am part of a gathering of people into communities around the world who are experiencing the essence of what Israel is supposed to be. People actually committed together in unity, wholeheartedly devoted to serving haShem.
What I want to know is, is there anyone left who can hear the truth or is everyone too caught up in their toys. If there is anyone left who really loves the truth, God wants you to know that He is gathering people like you together and helping us come back to Him. It’s the only way. I hope you will come see us in our communities.
Aharon Cohen

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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