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Through The Lens with Rabbi Eric Walker – In One Accord, The Power Of Unity

Through The Lens with Rabbi Eric Walker – In One Accord, The Power Of Unity

For many years I have been quite vocal about the lack of unity in the body of Messiah. Denominational and doctrinal differences have overshadowed the single most unifying act God ever performed with the final sacrifice for the atonement of our sins, yet we seem even more divided than ever. We are all familiar with the passages of the Bible which talk about unity.

Psalm 133 reads “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life for evermore.” And Paul reaffirms this in even more detail in Ephesians 4, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Messiah’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended”, what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Messiah, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Messiah, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Messiah!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Messiah forgave you.”

And the clearest and most direct passage addressing this is found in Mark 24 & 25, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” The world is in a state of chaos over the Covid pandemic, fires, famine, locusts, hurricanes, and a host of other events that have made it difficult for the Body of Messiah to come together in the natural, but there is no obstacle in the supernatural that cannot be overcome.

Hidden within Genesis 11 and the events surrounding the building of The Tower of Babel is a proclamation from God that few grasp the magnitude of the statement. Genesis 11:1-9 reads, “11 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.” The hidden message is found in verse 6” And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” There it is in black and white and God has clearly stated that if we act together in one accord nothing would be impossible for us.

Whenever I read this passage I get excited at the prospect of The Remnant coming together in unity of prayer and how the trajectory of the ever-increasing darkness of division can be overcome. There are many, like myself, who believe that this season of troubles in every corner of the world will usher in a new awakening and revival. Imagine what it would look like if we came together in unity crying out to God with one voice, one heart, and one spirit. In God’s own words, if we do this in one accord nothing will be impossible for us. This season of troubles has caused many to grow cold, but instead it should be the fuel needed to ignite an uprising of faith. There is a global cry for repentance and a return to God. We stand at the crossroads that God spoke of through the prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 6:6, “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” Our souls are troubled, but God promises rest for our souls if we choose the ancient path. That path takes us right into the throne room and now is the time for us to make our voices heard in the heavenly realm. Many will say there is more that divides us than unites us and I say we are united in faith in the Messiah and that is what broke down all division between Jew and gentile. Ephesians 2 tells us from the two God will make One new man.

In this season we must harness that single most unifying act of God and come together and boldly take a stand for the truth of the Gospel.

Imagine how bright our light will shine if we come together as one.

The times of trouble will not disappear and the prophecies of the coming antichrist will be fulfilled, but while we wait we must not be silent.

Our voices must become as one petitioning God to awaken those who have been passive in their faith.

If we do this in one accord nothing will be impossible for us.

Our hope is not in the election results or in a cure for the pandemic.

Our hope is in God and His sovereignty.

It is His desire that none shall perish and that all would come to full knowledge of His son.

Let our witness be emboldened and let our prayers be the light that overcomes the darkness.

Satan is the great divider, but God is the great unifier. With God all things are possible.

God has given us power and authority in the spiritual realm and there has been no greater time for us to come together in unity than today.

It is clearly the time for us to move past complacency and a lukewarm faith and join together to tear down every stronghold and be the overcomers God has called us to be.

And, if we do this in one accord, nothing will be impossible for us.

Thus saith the Lord!

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