“The Lord works in mysterious ways!” Even the Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood, knew that. And I would imagine that anybody who at least can admit to the existence of a Creator would acknowledge that His ways are mysterious to the mind of man. On the other hand, what is even more mysterious is how someone can believe that everything came into existence on its own. It pretty much boils down to whether we think of ourselves as God, or of God as God. As Bob Dylan wrote, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
John, or Yochanan in Hebrew, told us in the very last verse of the book of John (21:25), that “There are also many other things that Yeshua [Jesus’ Hebrew name] did. If all of them were to be written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself will have room for the books being written!” Or, looking through a different set of lenses, we could say that not even every page on the world wide web would be enough to declare the marvelous things He did and does. “Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He had done so much even before Day One, as we know it in time and space reckoning. “For by Him all things were created—in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether thrones or angelic powers or rulers or authorities. All was created through Him and for Him. He exists before everything, and in Him all holds together.” And He continues. As Yeshua said in John 5:17, “My Father has been working until now, and I too am working.” Is not all of that a mystery?
Sometimes we want to see the grand and spectacular from the hand of Adonai (the Lord, or God). Mighty miracles are wonderful, but He also works in the simple things continuously, day by day. The Jewish prayer books have a blessing for pretty much everything, and when you think about it, we who are of faith ought to be blessing our Father continuously, blessing and being grateful. Being grateful for every breath we take. Being grateful each morning when we are able to get out of bed. Being grateful for the way the human body functions. On and on. Yes, we have problems, we go through bad or uncomfortable stuff, but “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Again, a mystery.
Yes, there are reasons for things that happen. We’re never going to fully understand this mystery until we step into eternity. Even then, I figure that Yeshua is reigning for a millennium at the beginning of eternity, just to give our human bodies and minds – even though renewed – time to absorb some of His magnificence and gain some understanding. I hope you who are still reading are ready to stand before The Throne covered, as it were, by the blood of Messiah Yeshua. “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Here’s a mystery – when the eyes of Heaven look at a saved one through the red of the shed blood of Yeshua, they see that saved one as pure, as white as snow. But watch out – a person can lose that precious gift of salvation if they’re not careful. I do not believe in once saved, always saved. Oswald Chambers taught that believers should “continue to turn to God as children, being continuously converted every day of our lives” (My Utmost for His Highest, Dec 28 reading).
Eternity’s a long long time compared to this present life. Don’t be like the rich man in Luke 16, who, after his death, wished for the beggar Lazarus to be able to dip his finger in water just to cool the rich man’s tongue, for he was “in anguish in this flame.” Abraham had to tell him that that was an impossibility.
Yeshua/Jesus is the One whom we should look to for our example of living this life. We look to Him as the ultimate; the penultimate could be those who have had significant spiritual impact on our lives, or even those listed in Hebrews 11. (The worst thing one can do is to deny the faith by looking at the life of a weak and hypocritical believer, and think that their example is all there is to the faith.) The Hebrews 11 list of names is followed by these verses, Hebrews 12:1-2, “So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment — that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
So, friends, keep your eyes upon the eastern sky – and that eastern sky means Israel and the middle-east. What happens to Israel affects the people of this globe, whether they/we realize it or not. Israel has not been able to completely fulfill her spiritual mission to the people of this earth, but Israel has not been forgotten by the Heavenly Council, or replaced by the church. “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you [Gentile believers] — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you” (Romans 11:17-18).
One day soon (“soon” in a biblical sense :-)), Yeshua will return to this planet to rule and reign from Jerusalem as King of Israel, and King of the earth, our Great High Priest, our Cohen HaGadol. Yes, He’s coming back. Glory to the Lamb!
And that’s a short look at the mystery of His way. Shalom.