Who Knows what my friend will post later? but since the verse has to do with grafting…may as well toss my nickel in the plate now- right?
Much like the parable of the sower – the process of grafting in can be full of danger and heartache.
The major difference being that if you toss out seed that never sprouts..no harm done. But for a graft to work damage must be done to the original plant – like an organ transplant – you can’t just toss a replacement kidney at someone and hope they live…the original growth must be damaged in order to make a place for the transplanted piece to grow.
Now in trees – the example we are given in scripture is an Olive tree. Olive trees can survive forever it seems – even if they are in sad shape – one good year and they can resprout. But if you want to graft a wild olive branch into an existing olive tree – the original tree must be damage to accommodate the new branch. You can graft branches in all over a tree and not harm the tree. but there are things that make a graft or a transplant less likely to be successful – using plants that are way too different, “…each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush” If a graft won’t be nourished by the sap of the tree it will die and the tree remain. If either of the injured parts are too dry, too dead, it won’t grow together. The new part will wither. Of course many teach the church of today is just flourishing…but it is a whole ‘nother tree. And when the time comes to graft it onto the ancient stock…it needs to be similar enough to thrive on the original stock.
Some of this is about gardening see that little purple dollop there? that is one of my four little olives…my olive tree would not fruit, so I took some blossoms from one of my dad’s olive trees and brought it to my tree hoping it would help. Very few productive trees are self fruitful. When I started building up my yard I wanted to have the scripture literally come alive so everywhere I looked I would be reminded and so far it is working- I am growing five of the seven species – I don’t have a date palm yet…and wheat is really hard to grow.
The graft can be broken off with little harm to the parent plant..but once the branch dies – there is no grafting it back on.
And this is part of the problem. I was a wild tree. And hey I want to be grafted in. But trees do not make decisions like that. The job of the tree is to grow where it is planted – the scripture even says one thing is made for an honorable use and one for a shameful use. The clay can’t complain.
My real life friend was complaining the other day because I used to be a good teacher, working with the childrens ministry. It was great for a time…but the church got me bitter. Everyone was so happy sitting in their seats singing and then going on vacationary trips to
burden er.. Bless those less fortunate. And now that I see the big picture – I can’t do that anymore. I am truly conflicted. I can’t be jewish, I can’t stay at church, I try to work out on my own but it is LONELY.
Guess what? The ONLY thing the Jews have is HaShem’s promise that they are set apart. For the most part they refuse to bless the rest of the world. They are like the spoiled first born that won’t share anything. And here comes their younger sibling adopted from a foreign land and trying to learn the ways of the house and they won’t let us in. The first born can be a real brat as Tomer Debovrah has illustrated this for us brilliantly in her recent post: (http://palmtreeofdeborah.blogspot.com/2014/09/order-out-of-chaos.html) about how those nasty christians How dare we want what they have? She writes,” But, it’s not enough for them to be neighbors. They consider themselves mishpocha as the end of the passage (Ephesians 2) above informs them.”
News Flash Debvorah – we are figuring it out. it is taking a long time because the place where we come from is full of mixed up lies and half truths; and we are trying to separate the truth from fiction with NO HELP FROM YOU. We have to figure it out on our own. You…Jews who were set apart to be a shining beacon of light to illuminate the whole world with truth and mercy and justice. You fail the whole world. One rule was supposed to be for the native born and the foreigner among you. Those who CHOSE to join you.
And then those of us who are taken out of Christianity because we realize there is something amiss…we have no where to turn. We realize you are right in so many ways and we want to be be like our big sister, but you hate us. No one will teach us how to obey. We pray for mercy. For us. For you.
And when the book says, “by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances (this is dogma) that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,” Keep in mind Deut. 30 says ” “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
“See? I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your G-d that I command you today, by loving the Lord your G-d, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your G-d will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your G-d, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
But when Yeshua came to the temple he explains why the Pharisees have it all wrong – “For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.”
It shouldn’t be that HARD. It should be EASY to obey. But when we try because we LOVE HaShem…we are shut down called imposters. spies, infiltrators. Yeshua didn’t come along and tell people they could do what they like – he is criticizing all the extra stuff that made this so complicated. And now we are homeless. We can’t go back to Christianity knowing how wrong they are and the Older brother Judah hates us and will not help us to grow.
We grow alone and hope it will be good enough. Our tears are the salt for our sacrifice.