The Quarantine

I was thinking how wonderful it would be to be quarantined with all of your best friends in the same house. What greater quarantine could there be? No fear with all your friends who care for you, and are thankful to be together.

A few thousand years ago in Egypt there were Israelites working very hard as slaves to the Pharaoh, as discipline for turning away from their God. When they came to the breaking point, once again they cried out to their God to deliver them from the bondage of slavery. When they humbled themselves, He began to deliver them. He sent plague after plague to soften Pharaoh's heart to let the Israelites go. The final plague brought the death of all the firstborn in the land. But the Israelites were told that if they shed the blood of a perfect lamb, and put the blood on their doorposts, and stayed in their houses, they would be safe.

Now, as the annual festival of Passover draws near, the call is going out in many countries to remain in our houses because of the coronavirus that is spreading and killing thousands of people. We believe that if we are obedient to God's commands, and stay together, then we will be protected from death. We believe that this virus is a wake-up call for people to realize that death eventually awaits us, and none of us are exempt. Only the blood of Yahshua,1 our Redeemer, can deliver us, just like the Israelites of old.

I live in a community of wonderful people who love one another and strive to express that love every day. We are so thankful to be together as we go through this time of crisis. Why wouldn't people be happy to be together in the same house? Well, what we have realized is that self is at the root of the problem. Really, it is selfishness that quarantines us all to this planet, even though we were created to fill the universe. We are confined to this earth until selfishness, the deadly virus of sin, is eradicated. If humans were to colonize other planets in their fallen condition, they would probably blow them all up anyway.

Yahshua was the first one to overcome the same temptations that come to us. The way he overcame was by crying out to his Father in heaven to deliver him.2 Because he overcame sin, even though his enemies had him crucified out of envy, he was raised from the dead and ascended to his Father's right hand, being released from the quarantine. He actually took our place in death, receiving the wages of our sin, and now he intercedes for all those who surrender their lives to him, helping us to overcome as he overcame.3

So we believe that we also will be released from the quarantine when we, as his people, overcome selfishness, loving one another as he loved us, and confessing the ways that we don't love. In this way we can be healed and made just like our leader, Yahshua. This is what we live for.

Yahshua is our Passover lamb who was killed so that we could be found acceptable in the eyes of God. He brought us back into communion with our heavenly Father, and with one another, gathering us together just as he gathered his disciples together when he walked the earth. He taught them to love and take care of one another. They ate their last Passover meal together before he was crucified, and then seven weeks later, on Shavuot (the day of Pentecost), his Spirit came upon them, and they gathered thousands more and taught them how to live together in peace.4

Shavuot is actually a celebration of the restoration of how human beings were created to be. It is also a celebration of the first fruit of Yahshua's resurrection, showing that death doesn't have power over us anymore, as long as we maintain our fellowship, loving one another.

I've never been more satisfied than when I'm striving and receiving grace to be like our Master Yahshua. That was the whole purpose of his death and resurrection, that the Holy Spirit could be sent to fill his disciples, so that there would be many people walking all over this earth in the same way he walked,5 so that his kingdom could come, and his will could be done on earth as it is in heaven.

  • 1. Yahshua is the original Hebrew name of the one called Jesus in most English Bibles. His name means "Yahweh's Salvation" (as the syllable Yah is short for YHWH, the name of Israel's God, and shua means salvation). There is salvation in no other name.
  • 2. Hebrews 5:6-7
  • 3. Revelation 3:21
  • 4. Acts 2:42-45; 4:32-37
  • 5. 1 John 2:6

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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