January 1 & 2, 2017
This morning, New Year’s Day, we left Texas while it was still dark. Our destination is Israel, the land where heaven met earth in the person of Yeshua HaMashiach. To most He is known as Jesus, the second person of the Triune Godhead. According to John’s Prologue (John 1:1-18) it was Jesus who said, “Let there be light!” And, there was. Yeshua spoke into the darkness, chasing the darkness away. That is what the Light always does. Enroute to Newark, the sun came up. Here above the white pillowy clouds below, with the blue sky illuminated in a manner never seen on the surface, I am contemplating what lies ahead. For fifteen days, the little flock Keith Myer (T-Bar-M Timothy Team Director) and I shepherd will explore Israel according to the timeline of Scripture.
Timothy Team Israel Tour
The first story of the Bible, a term I use without shame, begins in heaven. “In the beginning, God (Yeshua) created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) The second verse of this first story (Genesis 1:1-2:3) identifies a world devoid of any of the beautiful things God created over the next six days. It was initially dark and chaotic. Bible scholars debate what verse two means. Is this the way God created it , a canvas upon which He would display His glory for all to see (Romans 1:20-23) in order that He might be known and worshipped? Or, is the chaotic void the result of a cosmic cataclysm, hinted at by other Scripture (Ezekiel 28:11-19)? Whichever interpretation is accurate, there was deep darkness and the “Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
It is into this darkness that God spoke the first day into existence. Time began. Moses was the human author of Genesis. Nowhere does God indicate that a day was of any different length than what Moses understood as the amount of time contained in a single day, from sundown one day until sundown of the next. “There was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:5)
So, this is the first day of our journey together. It began in darkness, it will end in darkness. But what will this year’s Timothy Team accomplish with this first twenty-four hour period and the others that follow? We are His image bearers in a still chaotic and dark world. What light will others see in us, what questions might they give voice to or ask themselves as we are observed in transit?
Each member of this team approaches this journey with certain personal expectations for what lies ahead. But the truth is that this is currently the only day that we have? If this were to be the last day of our existence, what eternal impact might we have? Will we individually and/or corporately fulfill the expectations of the only One whose expectations matter the most?
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By the time you wake up tomorrow, we will have landed in Israel, met our guide and driver (Natalie & Shabtai) and completed our first day of adventure in the Promised Land of the Jewish people. I can’t wait to share what tomorrow holds, Lord willing!
Until then, consider the questions posed above. What light will others see in you today and will you be prepared to explain how your story of faith is a critical piece of the greatest story ever told?
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