Thursday, 2 April 2020
The stage is set for awakening and revival.
This requires, among other things, disruption. Recently, on his podcast "Rainer on Leadership" Thom Rainer discussed disruption in the church. He pointed to one example of Netflix. They were able to disrupt the movie rental industry with their initial business model. When people were ready, they returned the rental and got the next one on their list. This was a disruption that the largest chain was not ready for. Also, as a company, they were looking for the next disruption, which was the streaming model. Thom pointed out how, in the process of transition to this streaming model, he had to give up his membership because his bandwidth wasn't able to handle it.
Similarly, when I opened my first law practice, I had both a traditional and non-traditional practice model. I had an online law practice that would allow me to work from anywhere. The market wasn't ready for that kind of disruption - at that point.
Sometimes disruption catches us off guard and sometimes we prepared way ahead of time. Our response to this season and our readiness for the next season, determine whether we are ready for the next disruption and the coming awakening and revival.
Exodus 3:2) Then the angel of Adonai appeared to him in a flame of fire from within a bush. So he looked and saw the bush burning with fire, yet it was not consumed (TLV).
Moses' response to this disruption brought about a type of revival among the Hebrews. It brought him into a full version of his destiny.
Acts 10:44-45 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Ruach ha-Kodesh fell on all those hearing the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were astonished, because the gift of the Ruach ha-Kodesh had been poured out even on the Gentiles (TLV).
Peter's readiness and response to the disruption in the verses above in 47, "Can anyone refuse water for these to be immersed, who have received the Ruach ha-Kodesh just as we did?" helped to usher in an awakening among the gentiles during that early time of the believers.
The Hebrews, needed much transition to enter into their destiny of freedom. Each plague was a disruption and a point along the road of transition. If we view this season of disruption as a sign of transition, we will be prepared to receive and demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives as individuals and as a community of believers.
The question is into what are we as disciples of Yeshua transitioning?
The answer is His manifest presence. This is exactly what Moses and the Hebrews transitioned into. And, this is exactly what we must transition into for awakening and revival to become a reality in our lives. People are drawn to Yeshua through God's manifest presence.
If we are going to see a deep revival among the Jewish people here in Baltimore and in the region and in the world, we will see it as a result of God's manifest presence.
As we have discussed in recent days, this requires righteousness or faithfulness to God's covenant. It also requires us to meet God in new ways. When Moses was initially commissioned, he asked God by whom should I say I was sent? God, introduced himself as "I Am".
This was an introduction of the eternity past, present and future eternal existence of an unchanging God. Moreover, as mentioned above, with each plague and element of transition, God was introducing himself to the Hebrews and reintroducing characteristics of himself to Moses.
This is a magnificent and powerful challenge. We will go over more specific elements of what all of this means in the near future. What's the most important thing for now is that we need to meet the challenge to be ready for the manifest presence ...
Daniel & Berelyn,