As there is a lot of division in Christendom there is too in Judaism

After a three week period of mourning during which the Jews remembered the series of events that led to the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of God’s people’s first Temple on that date in the year 586 BCE. we still do not have any reason to be very happy.

The last few days we could take some time to remember also the year 70 CE when the Roman legions pushed through the crumbling defences of Jerusalem to desecrated and destroy the rebuilt second Temple, as they crushed a rebellion that shook the heart of the Empire and drove the Chosen people of God into exile, but also to remember many of the most painful moments Jews had to undergo in camps and pogroms.

Many lovers of God showed their faithfulness to the Most High Elohim. They did everything to join with brethren and sisters and feel united in the family of the Patriarch Abraham.

On Tisha b’Av, many Jews felt most keenly their sense of powerlessness and their feeling of separation from their spiritual centre in their ancestral homeland. It was the day on which we acknowledged the emotional and spiritual pain of God’s people‘s exile.

Today, no longer in exile, when there is such an opening to see the Holy Land becoming a reality, so many Jews having returned to the Eretz Ysrael or Land of Israel, it looks like there is even more division than in the previous times of worries.

There are some groups who consider it not necessary any more to remember all the evil that has happened to the Jewish people. Even in the light that many may see a brighter future we should know and keep remembering what happened in the past. Jews and real lovers of God should understand that despite the many setbacks the Chosen People underwent, their struggles, their real loses and deep suffering, the Jewish people, have overcome the obstacles fate has set before them.

The Fast of the Ninth of Av should in a way stay a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the ninth of Av.  But in these times we also should open our eyes and receive a ‘slap in our face’ because there is something going on in this world by those who call themselves Jew. As in this world where we see many who call themselves ‘Christian‘ calling themselves names and fighting against each other, we can find also persons who call themselves Jew doing things against the Will of God, like creating hate between people or excluding people as if they are the pest.

Rabbi Ruth Adar, or the Coffee Shop Rabbi, has her eyes also open, seeing the division in the Jewish communities she also felt sick at heart this Tisha B’Av.

The people’s spirit might have gone in so many varied directions whereby some of them might have us wonder if they are not going away from the path laid in front of them by the Most High Elohim.

The Coffee Shop Rabbi writes

” The Jewish community is horribly divided. We are divided in many ways, and we poke many fingers at one another, scolding.

Some Haredim see the Kotel as their synagogue. From their point of view, whatever they need to do to maintain the sanctity of that place as they define sanctity is justified.

Some other Jews believe that the Kotel belongs to all Jews everywhere and because the Haredim have said and done ugly things, whatever they say about the Haredim is justified. {Sick and Tired}

The world has come to know so many different Judaic groups and various movements with very different ideas. Years ago between Jews there was a feeling, a sense, a rich swirl of emotion, a deep notion of Jewish communality. This is what the Talmud means when it says,

“all Jews are responsible one for the other” (Shavuot 39a).

But today it looks more that there is egotism and greed that has darkened the hearts of many Jews, not willing to be open for others. Perhaps today only a few (or more?) Jews are swimming upstream and striving for peace between all people living around Jerusalem, which in the end shall have to become the capital of the Holy Land, for all those who love and go for the Divine Creator. It was the wish of the Bore and it shall become so, whatever man wants to go against it.

In Israel there are Jews living who have put aside their faith in God and have become atheists calling other Jews to fight against the enemies of their state. In Israel as well as in other places around the world we also, strangely enough can find Jews who have taken a three-headed god as their god. Though they take Jesus (Jeshua) as their god, they clearly do not follow the teachings of that Nazarene rebbe who taught peace and tolerance. We can wonder if one may call such ‘Messianic Jews‘ really Jews. Opposite to them are real Messianic Jews, who stay faithful to the Jewish belief in One True God, the God of Israel, Jacob, Isaac, Jesus and his disciples, but have taken Jesus as the Messiah. But they are ‘shredded’ and hated by the trinitarian ‘Jews’ and ‘Christians’. By other Jews they are spoken of as traitors to the faith. Others speak about the Conservative Jews as the wrong believers, whilst others talk about the Reform, the Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Liberal or other sorts of Jews, as if they are “monsters”.

Some Jews act as if Jews of color don’t even exist.

Some Jews think other Jews don’t “look Jewish enough.”

Some Jews say Jews who became Jewish as adults aren’t really Jews. {Sick and Tired}

We can see that Judaism has become sick in the same bed as Christendom. There too has come such a shims that several groups claim the other group may not call themselves Jew. It has even come so far that Israel’s rabbinical authorities have compiled a blacklist of overseas rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in Israel.

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Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau. Moti Milrod – The Chief Rabbinate having released a list of foreign “kosher” rabbis whose conversions it recognizes and whose signatures it accepts on documents attesting to various aspects of personal status.

The Christian community and the Jewish community should remember

However, considering that the people during the Second Temple period were engaged in Torah study, observance of mitzvot, and acts of kindness, why was the Second Temple destroyed?

It was destroyed due to the fact that there was baseless hatred during that period. This comes to teach you that the sin of baseless hatred is equivalent to the three transgressions: Idol worship, forbidden sexual relations and bloodshed. – Yoma 9b {Sick and Tired}

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Preceding article

Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary

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Additional reading

  1. Converso Involvement in the Sabbatai Zevi Movement
  2. Difference between a Messianic Gentile, a Messianic Jew and a Christian
  3. The modern Messianic Jewish movement
  4. Today’s thought “Ability to circumcise your heart” (May 13)

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Further reading

  1. Synagogues and Sanctuary: It’s Time to Get Politicized
  2. On anti-Semitism, anti-Islam and fictitious alliances in U.S.
  3. UK’s chief rabbi: Labour ‘failed Jewish community’ with Livingstone suspension
  4. Happy Passover – Celebrate freedom
  5. The Insults Are No Accident
  6. Mimouna night in CSL
  7. Remembrance: Candle Lights For Fallen In Holocaust
  8. Canada’s oldest Jewish community welcomes new addition – a history museum
  9. Now Available: Wrestling in the Daylight 2.0!
  10. Cote Saint-Luc Rabbi represents Canada at Conference of Cardinals, Bishops and Rabbinic Leaders
  11. Israel must honor God or the Rule of Law is meaningless
  12. Jewish Security Funds In State Budget Leave Others Feeling Excluded
  13. New Holocaust museum will preserve lost Jewish identity and history in Thessaloniki
  14. Economic roots of Jewish persecutions in Medieval Europe
  15. B’nai Brith recognizes Cote Saint-Luc in fight against racism, anti-semtism, discrimination
  16. A Community for Secular Jews
  17. Marking the Boundaries
  18. The Real Wall Problem: When Will Diaspora Jews Fight For Palestinians?
  19. God-Optional Judaism
  20. Incredible speech in UN: “Where are your Jews?”
  21. What is Yom Yerushalayim and what does it consist of?
  22. #Navarra University listening to the GM of Spain Jewish Communities Council(#
  23. #Jews in #Zimbabwe
  24. Toledo: Sephardic Culture at the University
  25. Israeli Blacklist of US Rabbis Points to Widening Rift — The Rabbis Deemed ‘Kosher’ for Conversions by Israel’s Rabbinate: The Full List
  26. El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid rechaza el Boicot contra Israel
  27. Macabiah: The Zionist Olympics
  28. Malaga will have more than two years with a museum devoted to Spanish Jewish thought.
  29. The invisible Jewish population of Udine
  30. “Qualitavely Jews are not a minority”
  31. Potential new location found for CSL synagogue
  32. The Small But Mighty Greek Jewish Community of Thessaloniki -The Forward
  33. Chechnya’s Jewish community is angry at Israel… but doesn’t seem to exist
  34. French Jews ‘will have to give up dual Israeli citizenship’ if Marine Le Pen wins presidential election

Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8 NIV)

5 Yes, for this very reason, by YOUR contributing in response all earnest effort,+ supply to YOUR faith virtue,+ to [YOUR] virtue knowledge,+ 6 to [YOUR] knowledge self-control, to [YOUR] self-control+ endurance, to [YOUR] endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to [YOUR] godly devotion brotherly affection, to [YOUR] brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in YOU and overflow, they will prevent YOU from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NWT)

5 For this very reason, put forth all earnest effort+ to supply to your faith virtue,+ to your virtue knowledge,+ 6 to your knowledge self-control, to your self-control+ endurance, to your endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to your godly devotion brotherly affection, to your brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in you and overflow, they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (RefB)

they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful  / Or “unproductive.”

(Titus 3:14): 14 But let our people also learn to maintain fine works so as to help in cases of urgent need,+ so that they may not be unproductive.*+

(Revelation 2:4): 4 Nevertheless, I hold [this] against you, that you have left the love you had at first.+

(Colossians 1:10):10 so as to walk worthily of Jehovah* in order to please him fully as you go on bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the accurate knowledge of God;+

The limited number of Christians chosen by Jehovah to be associated with Christ in the heavenly Kingdom government undergo “a new birth” as spirit-begotten sons of God. They are anointed with holy spirit to become kings and priests with Christ. (Revelation of the apostle John 20:6) Peter states that this “new birth” opens up to them “a living hope,” which he calls “an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance” reserved for them “in the heavens.” Small wonder that the anointed ‘greatly rejoice’ in their living hope! (1 Peter 1:3-6) The realization of that hope, however, depends on their faithfulness. Peter exhorted anointed Christians to ‘do their utmost to make their calling and choosing of themselves sure.’ (2 Peter 1:10) They must exert themselves to develop such qualities as faith, godly devotion, brotherly affection, and love. w12 3/15 3:4, 5

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Preceding articles:

Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro

Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite

Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit

Next: Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer

Dutch version of this article / De Nederlandse versie van dit artikel:

Vruchten van geest beletten hetzij inactief of onvruchtbaar te zijn

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Additional reading:

  1. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  2. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  3. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  4. Followers with deepening
  5. Bearing fruit
  6. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone

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Self-control (fruit of the Spirit)

Self-control (fruit of the Spirit) (Photo credit: Joybot)

  • Chosen (psalmnineteenfourteen.wordpress.com)
    “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”—Ephesians 1:4-6
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    Why did Yahweh choose Mary to be the mother of Yeshua? What was so special about her? Why did Yahweh choose Abraham… Moses… David… Peter… Paul…etc.? What was so special about them? Why did Yahweh choose me? What’s so special about me? And here’s the answer…because He could. He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. Not because any of us are more special than anyone else (Romans 3:23), but because He shows mercy to whom He will show mercy and He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).
  • 2 Peter 1:8 (erlangerbaptist.wordpress.com)
    it’s all about surrender…surrendering control of our life so that the Holy Spirit can multiply himself in us.  And when He does, these characteristics will flourish and we will be the imitation of Christ that we have called to be.
  • Heart Check: Why are you here? (smilingbyfaith.wordpress.com)
    Have you ever been in a holding pattern that had you so uncomfortable for so long and while you could see the light at the end of the tunnel, every time you took a step toward it, it seemed to move further away from you?
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    There is a certain level of personal responsibility required of us as Christians. We are accountable for our knowledge of who He is and what He expects of us. So, as you question (silently or aloud) the reason that you are “stuck” in this place, ask yourself:

    • How do you treat God’s people (particularly those who can do nothing for you)?
    • Do you put neighbors before yourself?
    • Do you speak like a man or woman of God?
    • Do you speak in truth at all times?
    • Do you uplift or belittle those who think or behave differently?
  • Fruit of the Holy Spirit (fropuff7.wordpress.com)
    The fruit of the Spirit are issues of the heart. We read the Word with our mind, build it into character in the heart, out of the heart come the attitudes, veiwpoints, behavior, and ministries of life. Producing and living in the atmosphere of the Sprit is a choice we are continually making every moment. If we are sincere in seeking God then we will produce fruit. That is the evidence of our Christian relationship with God. Everyone who does not produce fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire. Even Christians. Though they profess Christ as king, but if they do not produce fruit they are not true Christians. True Christians have the Holy Spirit within them. Those who have the Holy Spirit within them will produce fruit.
  • Be Fruitful (calebsermons.com)
    Life before God can be compared to a fruit tree. We as people are the trees, and the fruits that are in our trees are the things we did in life.
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    No one plants a fruit tree for good looks, there are other trees that suit that purpose. We plant fruit trees to bear fruit. We expect something from it, a return of some sort. In like manner, Christians aren’t here just to look good, we’re here to bear fruit. And the fruits that we’re to bear aren’t apples and oranges, they’re the things that we do that please God.
  • Assurance of Salvation (josephfranks.wordpress.com)
    Scripture says one can deceive his neighbors.  It also says one can deceive oneself.  Then it presents the terrifying and sad story of Judas Iscariot.  So how does one know if one is at peace with God?  How can one have assurance of salvation?
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    How would we know if we were chosen?  How would we know if we were internally regenerated, transformed or born-again?  How would we know if the Judge has declared us “Not Guilty!” because of the sacrificial and substitutional work of Jesus Christ?  How would we know if the Holy Spirit dwelt within?  How would we know if Jesus were praying for us from the throne above?  How would we know if our heavenly garment was being pressed and our glorious mansion in construction?
  • Stairway to Heaven (xulonthoughts.wordpress.com)
    There really is a stairway to heaven in a spiritual sense – and we can spend our lives as believers climbing up the wrong flight if we’re not careful (lead verse).  We are now residents of God‘s household on earth.  It is a building fitly framed together into a holy temple – with a single staircase inside leading up to heaven (Ephesians 2:19-21).
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    If all the spiritual steps above are followed in order through abiding in God – as He abides in us (John 15:1-5) – fruits of the Spirit are bound to be produced and become abundant (Galatians 5:22-23).Our Father assures us we will not become barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ if we climb up the right flight of stairs.  God will make really large steps for us to land on – so our feet won’t slip (Psalm 18:36).  If we climb the stairway to heaven’s door the right way, we shall never fall – and we shall be saved (2 Peter 1:10-11, John 10:9).
  • The Body (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)
    there is rank rebellion in our midst today, both conscious and unconscious, that turns the hand of blessing into the hand of dutiful discipline and purifying judgment. God’s call to His children today is to turn from sin and heresy.  We are warned throughout the New Testament that compromise by individual believers ushers in judgment upon the body because of its corrupting influence.
  • Exercising Godliness (afewfish.com)
    Knowledge is a dangerous word because we usually think it is located in the mind. We learn French history or how to work on a car or how to program in Java and all of that is called knowledge. That sort of knowledge is safely separated from the rest of our lives and actions.
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    most of us enjoy the idea of godliness until we try to take a practical step.
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    the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ involves growing and changing.
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    Steadfastness (or perseverance) means continuing to believe, live righteously and bless God even when circumstances are difficult.
  • You – see – less (useless) (royholman.wordpress.com)
    brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble
  • Dream’s photography (queengods.wordpress.com)