United We Stand

This past week we have heard a lot of opinions on whether we stand during the playing of our National Anthem or to take a knee.  We also heard the President in a speech call those who kneel an awful name speaking of their mothers.  Which I believe was not appropriate and uncalled for.  As the leader of the Free World you Mr. President must be held to a higher level of Diplomacy.  This kind of talk may be appropriate in your inner circle, even then I think it is un-appropriate.  Having said that, When we stand before God as the great assembly of His Son, Yeshua, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, there is neither male nor female;

In the Bible there are different meanings for to Stand. There is a word to Stand for honor or allegiance.  Then there is a word for Stand like In some one hitting a home run or running for a touch down. The Hebrew language has different words for standing up. The Hebrew of Deuteronomy 29:10 uses the word nitzavim (נצבים) when Moses says to the children of Israel, “You stand today, all of you, before the LORD your God.” Nitzavim implies standing at attention, more akin to the pledge of allegiance than the home run standing.

In the synagogue, there are certain parts of the service where everyone stands. Whenever the doors of the ark (the chest that contains the Torah scroll) are opened, the entire congregation rises to their feet to express their reverence for God’s Word. Certain prayers also require the congregation to stand and be mindful that they are in the presence of God. When a congregation stands together before God, it is more than a room full of individuals. By standing together to revere God, the congregation expresses itself as a single body.

In Deuteronomy 29, Moses knew that he was about to die. Before he left the children of Israel, he wanted to see them committed to the LORD. He asked the children of Israel to STAND at attention in reverence before God. He had come to the end of his long depiction of the covenant, its history, its terms and obligations, and its consequences. Now it was time to invite the children of Israel to affirm their commitment to live according to everything that he had just said.

When we stand before God as the great assembly of His Son, Yeshua, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, there is neither male nor female; for [we] are all one in the Messiah Yeshua, and Messiah is all, and in all” (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11). As believers, both heirs and coheirs with the great people of Israel, we should always endeavor to remember that differences and distinctions of person and station are irrelevant to our standing in Messiah.  (excerpts taken from FFOZ)

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