As we approach the “wildernesses of the people” spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel we would be mindful to consider the very first example Yah gives His people of the wilderness experience. (Eze. 20:35) When Yah brought His people out of Egypt the first time there was a mixed multitude, foreigners, and strangers in the midst of his people. While many of them willingly left after the greatest deliverance since Noah was delivered from the flood that took over the world, all left Egypt, but most didn’t let Egypt leave them. There came a point where Yah sent spies to check out this land that flowed with milk and honey. Having a cluster of grapes so great in size they had to be carried by two men. (Num. 13:23)
Even with all of that, ten out of twelve came back with a false report of the land and as a typical democracy goes the majority of man was the minority of God. We must remember that broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that find it, and straight is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. (Matt. 7:13) The minority of God who was the majority with mankind cost all to have to travel an additional forty years in the wilderness until their very death. Only two witnesses from that generation would enter in to bear witness to the full deliverance of the Lord.
Yah kept his promise to Abraham and delivered Israel out of Egypt, the house of bondage, but most of those who were called Israel never allowed the house of bondage to leave them and therefore they received full compensation for their decision. As scripture puts it the wages of sin is death and they chose the wages of sin over the gift of God which is eternal life. (Rom. 6:23) Who we role with can determine our ultimate fate. Scripture gives us this warning:
|No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Mat 6:24)
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luk 16:13)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Co 6:14)
We cannot serve the world and Yah, and if we find ourselves in the midst of those who will cause us to compromise our relationship with our first love then we’d best find ourselves separating from that relationship. Scripture makes no bones concerning the direction of those who won’t align themselves with the agenda of the Almighty.
|For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. (Pro 2:21-22)|
As in the wilderness the first time many of us do not have the testimony of having our entire tribe choose to be on the Lord’s side as did Levi, and therefore some of us may find ourselves having biological family members who are enemies of Christ. (Exo. 32:26) While our love should be never wavering always abounding through prayer for them, our devotion and our steadfast faith must always be without reproach concerning the One to whom we owe our lives too, Yahushah Ha Maschiach.
Where we stand in the word will divide us with the world. If we stand for the word the world will hate us, if we stand with the world we will hate the word. There is no neutral ground and those who think that there is, is deceived.
|If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (Joh 15:19)
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Mat 10:35)
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Luk 12:53)
Rest assured that as it was in Egypt, as it was when Yahushah walked, so shall it be for us, as much as you may want it, not all family is going to be onboard with Yah’s plan. This conversely means that if you are on his plan and they are not there will be division. As it stands the only example of complete unity we see in scripture is when mankind is in opposition to God, not on board with him.
|And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Gen 11:6)|
If we therefore find ourselves in the category of the majority we had better make sure that we are still in the boat with God. We can only have a community where there is a common unity in Yah.