Month 11:23, Week 4:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year 5935:310 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 15 February 2012
The Root That Supports
Seeing the Invisible Through Faith
Human beings have a tendency to get things the wrong way round or upside down. Not only that, but in today's passage we are being reminded of that tendency. That is a huge character defect, and it's a natural, prideful and arrogant characteristic of the unsaved and deceived.
"Remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you" (Rom.11:18, NKJV).
I am always amazed each time we have a bad storm and a tree is uprooted, as in the picture above. The supporting root of a tree is invisible and so we rarely get a glimpse of it except in a disaster. We see only that which above ground and tend only to be conscious of that.
Atheistic concepts of life are usually only exposed for the fallacy that they are when disaster strikes too. We think we are independent entities because the One who supports us is Himself invisible and seen only by emunah (faith):
We, who have seen uprooted trees, know that trees have roots that support them, or otherwise have faith in the reports of others who have seen these things. We, who have seen Yahweh by our emunah (faith), know that our very lives have their grounding, and that they are supported by, the Root of Jesse, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), or we have faith in the reports of others in Scripture or since who have testified of Him in their lives. We have multiple witnesses!
"By emunah (faith) [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible" (Heb.11:27, NKJV).
In context, the passage of Scripture we are studying today is speaking not only of the Primary Root, Yah'shua (Jesus), but secondarily His especial witnesses, the Children of Israel, whose history has been recorded for us for that purpose.
These people are Israel, the spiritual descendants of the Overcomer, Jacob, who wrestled and fought with that carnal tendency to get everything upside down until he had defeated the lie and illusion of that unspiritual man within in order to get right perspectice through entering into right relationship with He who is invisible and unknowable to all but they who will trust in Him and in the witness of His people of Him.
"And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious. It shall come to pass in that day that Yahweh shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left" (Isa.11:10-11, NKJV).
To know Yahweh our Heavenly Father well we not only have to exerercise emunah (trusting, faith) but we also need to get to the Hebrew roots of His primary witnesses, the Israelite peoples and their divinely ordained culture. This means we must have our eyes on both the Root of Jesse as well as His revelation to mankind through Torah. We will never properly understand if we try to look at Him through the lens of the Greeks and Romans who too took the original Besorah (Gospel) and hopelessly distorted it and thereby hid it from plain view. The dual witness of Messiah and Torah is both to make sure we go to source and to ensure we are not deceived.
The recovery of Yahweh's people is about to happen a second and last time - not from the nation of Egypt as it was in Moses' day but from the entire upside-down and wrong-way-up world system, both religious and secular. We are to make plain what is invisible to the world so that it may regain its sight and come home.
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to Elohim (God) who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen" (1 Tim.1:17, NKJV).