Abraham's tent flaps

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

By Mark S Railey September 18, 2021

Abraham's tent flaps were open on four sides. This was so that he could offer hospitality regardless from where his guests might come. Today we stand with arms locked in mutual respect and admiration of all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or political/religious persuasion. We want to welcome all who would join us in our walk with Hashem, with our desire for Tikkun Olam (healing of our world), and in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, with our commitment to Israel, the Jewish people, and mastering the roots of our faith.

As Christians, we acknowledge the biblical truth that the 144,000 will represent each of the 12 tribes of Israel, that each in that group will be sealed with the Holy Spirit, and according to Revelation 14:1b, will be sealed on their foreheads with the name of the Lamb and of the Father. The Messiah is not coming for lawless ones. He is coming for a pure and spotless bride.

As Jews, we acknowledge the text says that the Torah will be in our hearts, on our minds, and in the works of our hands. We embrace our heritage, lineage, and ancestry. We celebrate with all who would be grafted into Israel. We look forward to the arrival of the Messiah.

John teaches us how G-d wants to be loved, namely by keeping his instructions (Torah). Jesus/Yeshua taught that all the Law and the Prophets hang on two ideas: 1. To love the L-RD G-D with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and 2. to love your neighbor as you love yourself (that is, with all your heart). The first command is fulfilled by following G-d's instructions (again, according to John). The second command "To love your neighbor," first rooted in loving G-d, is surely mixed with mercy and grace. Thus, we look past sins and offenses (with mercy) and we offer opportunities to save face, we give the benefit of the doubt, and we choose to love our neighbors even if they disagree with us and don't really understand why we do what we do. We reject the evil and hateful practice of "cancel culture," the despicable practice of first judging politics before measuring the heart, and we despise objectifying our fellow human beings thus distancing them before we even get to know them.

Our communities need the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah. We need it today. We need it now. Join me in praying for hospitality within our communities and as we welcome others with open arms.

Baruch HaShem!

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